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Japan to offer Mauritius economic support after oil spill

Tokyo ready to contribute to cleanup and recovery despite lack of legal liability

The wreckage of the bulk carrier Wakashio in waters off Mauritius. (Mauritius government via Kyodo)

TOKYO -- Japan's government has begun consideration of economic assistance to Mauritius following an oil spill caused by a Japanese-owned vessel, Nikkei has learned.

The funds, which could come in the form of grants or yen-denominated loans, are intended to help the tourism-dependent island nation recover from the leak of roughly 1,000 tons of fuel from the bulk carrier Wakashio.

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