Following the dramatic recent events in Japan that have resulted in thousands of people being killed or made homeless, Britain's foreign secretary William Hague announced in the Commons today that the UK would be leading the world in the field of disaster prevention by taking over a Japanese volcano.
"It's vitally important to give as much support to Japan as possible in these difficult times" said Mr Hague. "Particularly as they own what's left of our manufacturing industry" he added.
The UK government has decided that to reduce the potential threat of a volcanic disaster adding to the considerable problems of the current earthquake, tsunami, and radiation related trouble currently being suffered by the Japanese people, Britain will take over a semi-active volcano.
"We need a level playing field, not just for our European owners but our Asian ones as well" said the charismatic, in-touch, well informed foreign secretary in his much admired monotone voice.
The volcano currently located 20 miles north of Tokyo will be posted in 1Kg packages to the UK where it will be reassembled on a piece of scrap ground in Birmingham that used to house a motorcycle factory.