The government will spend some 200 billion yen to construct 2,000 temporary school buildings for students affected by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami under its first special budget to finance relief measures, government sources said Monday.
The government and Prime Minister Naoto Kan’s Democratic Party of Japan aim to win within this month Diet approval of the draft supplementary budget for fiscal 2011, which could amount to 4 trillion yen. The Liberal Democratic Party showed its readiness to cooperate when the DPJ’s policy chief met with his counterpart from the main opposition party earlier Monday.
The construction plan would cover schoolhouses for students ranging from kindergartens to universities, the sources said, while the draft budget also involves an expenditure of about 100 billion yen to support people whose houses were damaged by the disaster.
The biggest portion in the budget — some 1.13 trillion yen — would go to public works projects, including restoration of roads and ports.
The government would also spend about 160 billion yen to build housing for sufferers.