Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Calls for Action to Protect Lives immediately at the Ministerial Conference on Typhoon No.10

Typhoon No.10 Ministerial Meeting Prime Minister Abe Calls for Action to Protect Lives Immediately September 6, 5:00 p.m.

At the Ministerial Meeting on Typhoon No. 10, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called on the public to take action to protect lives as the highest vigilance was needed, and instructed the relevant ministers to work closely with local governments and related organizations to respond to all situations.
The government’s ministerial meeting was held at the Prime Minister’s official residence shortly after 4 p.m., attended by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Chief Cabinet Secretary Naoto Kan and Minister for Disaster Risk Management Takeda.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said, “In a large area, there is a risk of unprecedented record-breaking heavy rains, storms, high waves, and storm surges, and the largest level of vigilance is needed. Due to the heavy rain in the future, there is a high risk of flooding in rivers such as the Kawauchi River and the Hepato River, and it is necessary to be fully vigiling in other rivers.”

On that basis, he called on the public to pay due attention to information from local governments and other areas, and to immediately take actions to protect lives, such as evacuation and safety.

He also told the relevant ministers, “In order to respond to various situations, not only the police, the fire department, and the Japan Coast Guard, but also the Self-Defense Forces are on an immediate response, and we would like them to continue to take all possible measures. We would like them to continue to disseminate information to the public in a timely and accurate manner, and to respond to all situations in close cooperation with local governments and related organizations.”