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Flood victims still living in despair one month after disaster

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Very sad and bad news for these people. They are among the better off of the world though. Most people wouldn’t receive any assistance at all.

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A 48-year-old man who runs a business in Okayama said, "My home was destroyed and it would cost 30 million yen to rebuild it. I don't see how the government aid can be of any help."

Didn’t buy insurance then? Sheesh. I guess that’s just too bad.

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@Bungle - Didn’t buy insurance then? Sheesh. I guess that’s just too bad.

You might be surprised to learn that, it is nearly impossible to get flood insurance if you live in a flood plain. And, if you can get it, it is extremely expensive. The 30 million yen mentioned in that quote is equal to around five years of flood insurance premiums.

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You might be surprised to learn that, it is nearly impossible to get flood insurance if you live in a flood plain.

More sensible people might consider this sound advice against building property on a flood plain.

No doubt those who did build houses on flood plains did so to exploit cheap land prices. They took a gamble, and it backfired. Hard cheese.

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"My home was destroyed and it would cost 30 million yen to rebuild it."

You could build a brand-new house for that! Ridiculous.

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The 30 million yen mentioned in that quote is equal to around five years of flood insurance premiums.

Not true. No insurance company charges 6 million per year. That would be 125,000 yen per week.

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You could build a brand-new house for that! Ridiculous.

Without knowing the size of the house he lost I would hesitate in making such a comment.

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kawabegawa198 - Not true. No insurance company charges 6 million per year. That would be 125,000 yen per week.

Ok, make that ten years of premiums.

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I truly feel sorry for these people, as one month has passed, and the writer is looking to get a sympathy response from the audience. Ok fine.

There are people here in Japan who have been living in despair for over 7 years now. Where are your articles about their needs as well!

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Is this surprising considering Fukushima residents are still displaced?

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@Bungle

Your comments would make sense if you were talking about a country with a lot of spare land and a small population but that is not Japan....

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No doubt those who did build houses on flood plains did so to exploit cheap land prices. 

You have ZERO idea about land prices here in Japan if you think that flood plain areas are "cheap".

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A government that doesn't care, just look at Fukushima people still living in temp shelters!

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"a third said they are not happy with public relief measures."

I can believe that. Biggest problem, aside from not many people living nearby the afflicted areas who have a spare room in their house or apartment willing to open their home to temporarily accommodate the flood victims, is most city governments don't have any budget for real emergencies.

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We live in a place where the next disaster is just around the corner -

I heard that the government is going to shell out 3 million each for these households, according to news i read last week

To the detractors here, i challenge you to tell me the name of a country that does as much as the J.GOV does for it's people in terms of disaster relief

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This will take years to get over. Muck, mold, crawly things get everywhere and that's if the home isn't a complete loss. Sometimes it is best to bulldoze and start over, on higher ground and with raised 1st floors.

If you cannot buy flood insurance, perhaps you shouldn't live where it floods? Darwin at work.

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Gosh, it's only been a month! Give the authorities time! Look at how long people had to wait in Fukushima for any help. There are still people from there without houses!

(Sarcasm)

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If you cannot buy flood insurance, perhaps you shouldn't live where it floods? Darwin at work.

How much do you actually know about the area and the situation? Seems to me that you know little about either. Yet you see fit to suggest that these people where "dumb" or "stupid" for building where they did.

How about the governments responsibility for building AND more importantly maintaining the levees in the area?

You also have no idea the costs involved with construction here either, and not to mention earthquakes and landslides that occur as well.

There are few options, yet you think you know better?

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According to government figures after risk assessments, there are over 3500 sites at risk of landslides and many more where flooding may occur -

Can you recommend a safe place that is not at risk of some kind of natural disaster in japan?

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