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A silver lining is beginning to emerge in efforts to deal with pumice stones from an undersea volcanic eruption, which have become a headache for many areas in Japan, as a number of ideas to utilize the troublesome debris are now taking shape.

A large amount of pumice stones from the eruption of an underwater volcano at the Ogasawara Islands in the Pacific has drifted onto the coasts of Okinawa Prefecture and other areas, dealing a blow to the fishing and tourism industries in the affected regions.

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