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Japan: time to stock up on toilet paper

TOKYO (WKYT) - The Japanese government is urging citizens to stock up on toilet paper.

Monday is National Disaster Prevention Day, and more the 40% of the nation's supply of toilet paper comes from a high-risk earthquake zone.

The Trade and Industry Ministry promoted specialty toilet paper for emergency use. Toshiyuki Hashimoto, an industry ministry official in charge of paper products, warned of a nationwide toilet paper shortage crisis for about a month if the area is hit by an imminent Tokai mega-quake, a lesson learned from the deadly March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan.

Hundreds of thousands of Japanese take part in an annual drill every September 1 - the anniversary of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake in Tokyo that killed more than 140,000 people.


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