Tokyo, Feb. 8 (Jiji Press)–With Japan’s postdisaster reconstruction agency set to open on Friday, local communities hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami are uneasily hoping the new body will become a one-stop contact for reconstruction support.
The new agency, to be launched 11 months after the disaster, “will respond to demand from affected areas as quickly as possible,” said Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, who will head the new agency.
To reduce red tape, the reconstruction agency will rank above ministries. It “will hopefully be a good partner for municipalities,” said Tatsuo Hirano, minister in charge of postdisaster reconstruction.
Although the agency is based in Tokyo, it will have local bureaus in the three most severely affected prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, and two branches in each prefecture’s coastal areas.
As a one-stop contact for reconstruction support in the prefectures, the local bureaus will accept all kinds of reconstruction demand.