Tokyo, Sept. 7 (Jiji Press)–Calls are mounting for the Japanese government to step up efforts to secure municipal workers for postdisaster reconstruction amid serious manpower shortages, two and a half years after the massive earthquake and tsunami struck the Tohoku northeastern Japan region.
Disaster-hit municipalities are struggling to hire enough skilled workers by themselves, while local governments across the country are finding it difficult to send more relief workers to the region.
According to the internal affairs ministry, a total of 1,415 relief officials from local governments across the country are working for cities, towns and villages in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures, which were hit hardest by the March 2011 disaster.
In addition, the affected municipalities have a total of some 330 workers they have employed on fixed-term contracts.
Still, the Tohoku municipalities need to secure at least 300 more workers to carry out reconstruction projects smoothly.