Japanese rescue workers searched the ruins of homes Thursday looking for dozens of people still missing after deadly rains that killed nearly 200 people.
But with around 60 people still feared missing, local authorities said they would continue searching house by house looking for survivors, or victims.
"Looking ahead, as we are expecting a massive amount of disaster-generated waste, I plan to send a team to each prefecture to support" clean-up efforts, Abe said, according to footage of a morning meeting broadcast on local television.
Around 10,000 people whose homes were buried by landslides or submerged in flood waters are still in shelters.
"We don't know how long it will take for the recovery," said Okayama official Imawaka.