Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to visit areas hit hard by the recent Typhoon Hagibis on Thursday to hear requests from the afflicted people.
Abe told a meeting of the disaster management taskforce on Wednesday that people in the affected areas are seeking goods and services that would help them withstand the cold weather.
He said it is important to provide people with easy-to-understand information on relief goods, so they can have access to what they need. Abe also said he wants to go to the storm-hit areas to grasp the extent of damage and learn what residents and officials need now.
The prime minister plans to visit Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures on Thursday.