In response to the large amount of pumice stones being washed ashore in Okinawa and Kagoshima prefectures, Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Kaneko has indicated that he will provide financial support through special allocation tax measures in order to reduce the burden on local governments for collection work. rice field.

Pumice stones have washed ashore in ports and coasts of Okinawa, Kagoshima, and Izu Islands, causing damage such as engine troubles on fishing boats, and local governments are proceeding with recovery work.

Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Kaneko told reporters in Shiraoi-cho, Hokkaido, that he was visiting, "I would like to take appropriate measures so that the financial management of local governments will not be hindered" regarding the damage caused by pumice stones.

He added, "The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism is subsidizing the port and the Ministry of the Environment is subsidizing the coast, but we have decided to take special allocation tax measures for the local burden."

Prior to this, Minister Kaneko met with Governor Suzuki of Hokkaido.

Governor Suzuki sought national support for the damage caused by the red tide on the Pacific coast of Hokkaido, saying that the damage amounted to more than 8 billion yen.

In response, Minister Kaneko announced that he would take special allocation tax measures for support measures for fishermen.