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Japan decided Thursday to send relief supplies, including drinking water and equipment for cleaning away volcanic ash, in addition to more than ¥114 million in aid to disaster-hit Tonga, after an undersea volcanic eruption caused major damage on the Pacific island.

Two C-130 transport planes operated by the Self-Defense Forces were set to leave for Australia later Thursday to carry the relief supplies, Defense Ministry officials said.

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