kyodo, welfare

More than 1,000 households start receiving benefits due to disaster, kyodo, 2/1/12/

The welfare ministry said Wednesday that 1,055 households started receiving welfare benefits during a 10-month period from March as they have been affected by the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent nuclear disasters.

Of the total, 519 were in Fukushima Prefecture, home of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, followed by 344 in Miyagi, 101 in Ibaraki and 72 in Iwate, according to the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

The number of recipients will increase further as jobless benefits, which were extended mainly in the disaster-hit coastal areas of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, are coming to an end, ministry officials said.

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

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