Tokyo, Jan. 19 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government will set up a new agency in charge of reconstruction from last year’s disaster on Feb. 10, according to sources.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda plans to appoint Tatsuo Hirano, minister for postdisaster reconstruction, to oversee the new agency headed by the prime minister, the sources said late Wednesday.
The launch of the new agency allows the government under law to increase the number of ministers by one and pick two vice ministers for the agency.
The Tokyo-based agency will have reconstruction bureaus in Morioka, Sendai and Fukushima, the capitals of three prefectures hit hardest in the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Its branches will be located in six cities devastated by the tsunami–Miyako and Kamaishi in Iwate Prefecture, Kisennuma and Ishinomaki in Miyagi Prefecture, as well as Minamisoma and Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture.