Japanese people told to prepare for loo paper shortage
The Japanese government advises the nation to stock up on toilet paper, as earthquakes could threaten supplies
Published 01/09/2014 | 23:48
Japan's government has urged people to stock up on toilet paper, saying that more than 40 percent of the nation's supply comes from a high-risk earthquake zone.
The Trade and Industry Ministry promoted speciality toilet paper for emergency use as part of events marking national disaster prevention day on Monday.
Government and industry officials said 41 percent of the country's toilet paper supply comes from Shizuoka, central Japan, one of Japan's most earthquake-prone areas.
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 mega-quake in Tokai, a lesson learned from the deadly March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan.
Hundreds of thousands of Japanese take part in an annual safety drill every September 1 - the anniversary of the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake in Tokyo that killed more than 140,000 people.