Govt. To Expand Support For Storm - Hit Facilities

Govt. to expand support for storm-hit facilities

Japan's government has decided to expand the scope of its financial support for facilities damaged by Typhoon Hagibis, which swept through the country earlier this month.

The Cabinet Office said private schools, as well as public facilities such as community centers and libraries, have been added to the list of entities that can receive subsidies for repair work.

The move came after the office last week announced plans to designate the storm a "severe natural disaster" and help fund work to repair damaged agricultural facilities, public schools and other infrastructure facilities.

The government also plans to help municipalities pay for measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. It said workers who are not paid due to their employers temporarily suspending business because of the effects of the typhoon will likely receive allowances.