"Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has decided to cancel his visits to Belgium, France, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, scheduled for July 11-18, in order to fully engage in disaster response, such as life rescue missions and restoration assistance, given that heavy damage continues to emerge following this record heavy rainfall," Suga told a briefing.
Meanwhile, the EU-Japan summit, initially scheduled to take place in Brussels on Wednesday, has been canceled in the light of the deadly floods and landslides, and the European Union expressed readiness to move talks to Tokyo next week, according to the EU Council President Donald Tusk.
My heartfelt condolences and words of European solidarity with the people of Japan and PM @AbeShinzo. EU will help in any way we can. In view of the tragic circumstances, we are ready to move our EU-Japan Summit from Brussels to Tokyo next week.— Donald Tusk (@eucopresident) July 9, 2018
Earlier in the day, Japanese media reported that the death toll in the disaster had reached 112, while 78 people remained missing. The Japanese prime minister was expected to attend the signing ceremony of the economic partnership agreement (EPA) between the European Union and Japan in Belgium, as well as to hold talks with French President Emmanuel Macron in France.
Some 5.9 million Japanese have received instructions or recommendations on evacuation in connection with the heavy rains, with over 30,000 people staying in evacuation centers. The Japanese Meteorological Agency has warned about a threat of new flooding and landslides.
Earlier in the day, Abe held a meeting with the governor of Ehime Prefecture, which has the second-highest death toll caused by the flooding, and pledged to consider a set of possible financial measures to assist the disaster-hit region.