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EDITORIAL: How to respond to disasters key issue for LDP candidates

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One important role of political leaders is to plan and promote measures to ensure the nation is better prepared against natural disasters and limit potential damage to a minimum. Voters need to hear the candidates for the leadership of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party discuss their plans in depth to tackle this political imperative.

Water-related disasters such as floods, storm surges and landslides caused 650 billion yen ($5.9 billion) in economic damages last year, the fourth highest sum in this category in the past 10 years, according to a preliminary estimate by the land ministry.

Total damage from water-related disasters in 2019, when devastating Typhoon No. 19 struck, came to 2.18 trillion yen, and the figure for 2018 was 1.4 trillion yen. It often happens that different parts of the nation are hit by a new disaster as recovery efforts are under way in another affected area. The government urgently needs to address the nation’s preparedness for a rapid succession of disasters by taking bold new steps.

The Suga administration last year announced plans to commit 15 trillion yen over five years on steps to enhance the nation's........

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