Diet passes extra budget for Kumamoto quakes
NHK -- May 18
Japan's Diet has approved a supplementary budget bill to help those affected by the recent earthquakes in Kumamoto, southwestern Japan.

The Upper House passed the bill by a unanimous vote in a plenary session on Tuesday afternoon. The bill was approved by the Lower House on Monday.

The extra budget, worth over 7 billion dollars, includes expenditures for building temporary housing and paying the rent of evacuees.

Assistance will be provided to people whose homes have been damaged. Funds will also be allocated to rebuild infrastructure such as roads and bridges, and to help small businesses.

News source: NHK
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