TOKYO (Kyodo) — Major Japanese construction contractors Kajima Corp. and Shimizu Corp. doubled their civil engineering order receipts from the public sector in the April to December period from a year earlier thanks to massive demand for the disposal of rubble in disaster-hit northeastern Japan, they said Tuesday.
Kajima reported that order receipts from the public sector in the first three quarters of fiscal 2011 stood at 165 billion yen, with big orders mainly in Miyagi Prefecture, which was hardest hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Shimizu’s order receipts increased 2.4 times to 93.8 billion yen, while Obayashi Corp.’s receipts rose 46.3 percent to 84.8 billion yen.
But Taisei Corp. said its civil engineering order receipts in the period declined 13.3 percent to 73.1 billion yen.
The government implemented the initial part of its 19 trillion yen postdisaster reconstruction package during the reporting period.
General contractors are expected to see a further expansion in their order receipts as local governments plan to dispose of massive amounts of waste left over from the disaster and rebuild levees in response to the high tsunami waves that ravaged coastal areas in the disaster.
The contractors are jointly receiving disaster waste disposal orders under a government plan to complete the process by March 2014. The Environment Ministry estimates there is disaster waste of 15.69 million tons in Miyagi Prefecture, 4.75 million tons in Iwate Prefecture and 2.08 million tons in Fukushima Prefecture.
(Mainichi Japan) February 8, 2012