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Rule changes for public housing buyers, daily yomiuri, 8/23/11

The government will likely take special measures to permit the sale of public houses to be built by disaster-hit local governments to disaster survivors wishing to buy them within five years from the construction date, it was learned Monday.

Normally, wooden public houses are available for purchase only after 7-1/2 years have passed since construction. However, the government plans to take special measures to help disaster victims put their lives back in order sooner.

The government likely will include a pertinent regulation in the bills tentatively named Great East Japan Restoration Special Measures, to be submitted to an extraordinary Diet session in autumn.

Houses are scheduled to be built in the disaster-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima from autumn by local governments, with subsidies from the central government.

The government expects to facilitate early settlement of disaster survivors by making home purchases possible sooner. A senior official at the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry said, “Disaster victims will be able to purchase their own houses as fixed assets early, which will help them stabilize their social status.”

The government also feels that if the number of wooden houses built with local wood increases, it will help revive the local forestry industry.

To support disaster victims’ housing, the government plans to supply temporary housing units where people can live rent-free for a maximum of two years and houses where people are required to pay rent but can live long-term and purchase the houses if they choose to.

(Aug. 23, 2011)

About liz

from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.

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