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Prime Minister Abe changes travel plans as damage from Kyushu quakes spreads

At a 5 a.m. emergency disaster headquarters meeting at the prime minister's office on April 16, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stated that damage from the ongoing earthquakes in Kyushu could spread, and instructed attending officials to make full-scale efforts to implement emergency measures.

The prime minister also canceled a trip that he had planned to take on April 16 to Kumamoto Prefecture to inspect the hard-hit areas, as well as a trip to Hokkaido on April 17, in which he was expected to throw his weight behind the ruling Liberal Democratic Party candidate for the by-election in Hokkaido's No. 5 single-seat constituency.

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