Japan's Abe says to submit extra budget for earthquake reconstruction

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) visits a earthquake affected area in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, on April 23, 2016.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (centre) visits a earthquake affected area in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, on April 23, 2016.PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (REUTERS) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Sunday (April 24) his government will soon compile a spending package to fund reconstruction from recent earthquakes that hit southern Japan.

Abe told a meeting of his disaster-response committee that the government would compile a supplementary budget during this session of parliament, which ends on June 1.

The earthquakes on the island of Kyushu killed about 50 people, and damaged at least 5,000 houses, forcing about 80,000 people out of their homes as of Friday.