Gov’t to support municipalities that accept tsunami debris, japan today, 3/5/12

Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda said Sunday the government will offer financial support to local municipalities that accept tsunami rubble from the Tohoku area.

Speaking on NTV’s “Bankisha” program, Noda said the government will financially help local governments that agree to accept tsunami debris by subsidizing the construction of incineration and other disposal facilities and by paying for radiation checks of the debris.

The government aims to clear up all the disaster rubble by March 2014, but Environment Minister Goshi Hosono, who is also the minister in charge of dealing with the nuclear crisis, said last month that so far, only a little more than 5% of the estimated 23 million tons of rubble from Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures had been disposed of.


About liz

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


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