Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday that Japan will begin sending more than 50,000 troops to the region as it tries to stem the growing threat of a devastating earthquake.
The Japanese government has urged people to keep away from crowded areas in the affected regions and stay inside, but authorities have been struggling to contain the threat.
The country’s cabinet is expected to approve a massive $3.7 billion ($3.9 billion) package to address the issue.
Japan is also considering raising the maximum annual salary of public employees from 6,500 yen ($67) to 10,000 yen ($112) and allowing those who have retired to take advantage of a pension scheme.
But the government has been struggling since April to provide sufficient aid to those affected, and its response has been severely limited.
Abe made the announcement in a news conference in Tokyo, where he said Japan’s response was not enough.
He said the government was seeking to find a solution that will meet the country’s needs, and said Japan will make a public announcement on how it plans to deal with the emergency situation.
A tsunami warning was issued in Japan and South Korea last month, the first in Asia since the 2011 Tsunami and Mersenne-Rockefeller event.
But that was the second earthquake in two days in the region, with an earlier one that killed at least 19 people.
A new magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck in southern Japan on Monday, triggering tsunami warnings for the southern and central regions, and a warning for the southwestern island of Okinawa.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake struck at 3:19 p.m.
(1100 GMT) at a depth of about 20 miles (32 kilometers).
The agency said the temblor caused a temporary tsunami warning for Okinawa, but there was no immediate tsunami damage or damage to the coast.
The agency urged residents to remain indoors.
A small tsunami warning went out for the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan on April 19, triggering the most powerful quake in nearly 20 years.
Japan was hit by a massive earthquake in March 2011, which triggered a tsunami that killed hundreds and damaged more than two dozen nuclear reactors.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant is now shut down.