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Japan Launches Reconstruction Agency of Earthquake

submitted by Alister Wm Macintyre - February 10, 2012

TOKYO - Japanese government officially launched on Friday a reconstruction agency to promote the recovery of areas devastated by the March 11th earthquake.    

The reconstruction agency was planned to operate about 10 years until the end of March 2021, mainly dealing with questions about making reconstruction policy, settling down the location of special rebuild area, allotting reconstruction funds, and coordinating with other related departments to promote reconstruction.


Japan’s New Reconstruction Agency Faces Urgent Problems in Wake of Quake Damage

submitted by Alister Wm Macintyre

By David Sandercock - - February 11, 2012

TOKYO _ The newly inaugurated Reconstruction Agency, which the government considers the “command tower” for recovery from the Great East Japan Earthquake, faces monumental challenges that need to be urgently addressed.

Among them are debris removal, relocation of disaster-zone neighborhoods to higher ground and decontamination work, for which the agency is tasked with allocating financial and human resources.

On Friday afternoon, Kazuko Kori, parliamentary secretary for reconstruction in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake reported for duty at the Miyagi reconstruction bureau. The regional bureau was opened on the 13th floor of an office building in Sendai.


Civil Engineers Needed in 3 Disaster-Hit Prefectures

submitted by Alister Wm Macintyre

Many coastal Tohoku municipalities hit by the March 11 disaster and others affected by the Fukushima nuclear crisis are suffering from a severe shortage of civil engineers and other backup staff, according to a Yomiuri Shimbun survey.

The survey, which targeted 42 municipalities in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, was conducted before Saturday, which marked 11 months since the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Thirty-three of the municipalities along the hard-hit coast or near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant have called for outside help to meet the worker shortage, the survey found.


New Agency Must Speed Up Disaster Recovery Work

submitted by Alister Wm Macintyre

Eleven months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake. This occasion must be used to jump-start efforts to make up for the widely criticized tardiness in recovery and reconstruction efforts.

The government has finally launched the Reconstruction Agency.


See How Japan Has Rebuilt in the 11 Months Since the Earthquake and Tsunami

submitted by Alister Wm Macintyre - February 9, 2012

Photos compiled by Zoran Bozicevic and words by Michael Higgins

Japan’s Reconstruction Agency will be inaugurated Friday, almost 11 months after an earthquake and tsunami devastated the country. The agency will streamline the process to help municipalities, set up special reconstruction zones and provide subsidies for disaster-hit local governments.


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