Tokyo, Feb. 10 (Jiji Press)–Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Friday called on local communities across Japan to share the burden of accepting and disposing of debris from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that ravaged the Tohoku northeastern region.
“The disaster-hit areas’ disposal capacity is limited, so it is indispensable for many other regions to share the task,” Noda told a news conference, held in line with the launch of the Reconstruction Agency the same day.
Promoting the disposal of rubble from the disaster is one of important tasks for the agency, he said.
Among Japan’s 47 prefectures, Tokyo and Yamagata are currently accepting debris from affected areas. Kanagawa and Akita are considering doing so.
Noda said the government hopes to increase the number of local communities that will offer cooperation, by providing sufficient information about the safety of debris in response to concerns about contamination with radioactive substances emitted from Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which was damaged by the quake and tsunami.