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Results of Damage Caused by the Earthquakes that Occurred in Kumamoto Prefecture and METI’s Response (as of 6:00 am, Thursday, April 21)

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces the results of damage caused by the earthquakes and METI’s response in the areas where METI is in charge.

Convenience stores and supermarkets

Convenience stores: 574 operating out of 593 major stores in Kumamoto Prefecture
Yesterday (April 20), these stores supplied 770,000 or more meals to people in Kumamoto Prefecture. Today (April 21), they plan to supply an even quantity of meals.

Supermarkets: 47 operating out of 57 major stores in Kumamoto Prefecture
About 83% of total stores are now open. Following on from recent days, some of them continue conducting sales in parking lots.


Electricity outage was resolved completely.

City gas

Outage: About 97,300 households contracting with Seibugasu Co., Ltd., around Kumamoto City
Yesterday (April 20), gas supply was recovered at about 7,700 households. Today (April 21), operators are still undertaking the recovery operations sequentially while confirming safety.

Seibugasu Co., Ltd. is accepting requests from customers to open gas valves for 24 hours.
Contact counter: Seibugasu Costumer Service Center (Toll-free telephone number: 0120-099-312)

Gas stations (service stations or SS)

727 operating out of 797 stations in Kumamoto Prefecture
As for core service stations (core SS) of gas stations, which preferentially supply petroleum to emergency vehicles, all 34 designated stations are operating in Kumamoto Prefecture.

Supply shortage of petroleum at gas stations in Kumamoto Prefecture has been almost completely resolved. Gas stations are also operating in Mashiki Town (6 stations), Minamiaso Village (6) and Takamori Town (5).

Information on operating gas stations (second report by municipality) is accessible on the following website:

Release date

April 21, 2016

Division in charge

Public Relations Office, Minister's Secretariat

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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