The Japanese government will give anti-tsunami guidelines for land use to municipalities affected by the March 11th disaster.
Municipalities hit hard by the disaster need to make drastic reviews of their previous land-use policies in order to craft rebuilding plans.
Reconstruction Minister Tatsuo Hirano said in an interview with NHK that it is hard to decide whether people can continue to live and work in the same areas as they used to before the disaster. He said that even if seawalls are rebuilt, they could still be breached by giant tsunamis.
Hirano said the government wants to compile guidelines for land use and give them to municipalities as soon as possible.
The guidelines are expected to encourage municipalities to build hospitals and schools on high ground and decide where to place major commercial facilities in the early stages of reconstruction plans.
The guidelines will also call on municipalities to consult experts and the central and prefectural governments to decide where to set up residential zones, because high ground is limited in some areas.
Monday, July 11, 2011 05:42 +0900 (JST)