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Gov't speeds up reconstruction efforts after torrential rains

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The photograph provided quite more info than the wording of the article.

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Abe stay in Tokyo,

You make promises to the people you can't keep. (Tohoku, Kumamoto, etc) not to mention that if you decide to go and visit these areas you will be getting in the way of the people who are actually working to save lives.

Keep your "show" for another time, better yet, dont bother coming because no one can trust what you say!

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Does that 2 billion include to 20 million from Taiwan? Let's also give credit where credit is due. Also, Prime Minister should stay in Tokyo. We got it. You want to increase you popularity polls. All the security and media personnel will only get in the way for rescue, recovery and rebuilding efforts. I am sure he has a command post in Tokyo where he can receive info from the designated leaders of the operations.

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It seems that 'full-fledged reconstruction' would require an expanded workforce. The workers will come from...?

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Does that 2 billion include to 20 million from Taiwan?

A typhoon is hitting Taiwan. If it causes extensive damage, will Japan reciprocate? My best to Taiwanese people; my travels there have left only positive impressions.

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Politicians take-they don’t give!

If Abe is serious then he’ll make the make the disaster areas tax free zones whilst providing funds for reconstruction (not loans)

But this is wishful thinking and won’t happen.....

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If this goes anything like Fukushima these folks should settle down for a long stay in their "temporary accommodation"

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@PTownsend - cue the hiring of foreign overseas workers perhaps?

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Donated money is given to the local governments effected by the disaster who decide how best to spend it for the benefit of the communities.

The evacuated people in Fukushima initially wanted to return to their former homes and communities but that wasn't possible because of the radiation contamination. Decontamination has been complete but there are still areas with high levels of radiation. The return rate of the evacuated people is low. Only about 20,000 of the 160,000 remain in the temporary accommodation because they have refused to move to new locations or because while in their accommodation they are not paying any rent.

The disaster from the flood is very different than the nuclear one. But its still a major disaster across a large area. Some areas will remain flooded for many more weeks.

The central government spend more than ¥25 trillion for the reconstruction of Tohoku.

Japan is quicker and better than most countries dealing with the aftermath of major disasters. In Italy I saw major earthquakes and after ten years very little had happened to rebuild.

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Reconstruction after the calamities is kind of too late measures. Before "natural" disasters happen should find ways, e.g., for properties insurances to cover the damages, for the lands more infra-structures, for people safety more local guidance be instructed by experts. Just to think it will happen every year some place in Japan, statistically displayed. Once prepared to those items it will cost less the government measures for reconstructions, as well as, it won't be enough to regain the same what was before the disasters.

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JR West should prioritize re-opening the San'yo Main Line from Shimonoseki to Himeji, since once that line reopens at least essential goods can be moved by train. They also need to get the San'yo and Chugoku Expressways reopened, too.

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One of the things that I most admire about the Japanese is how quickly they recover from a disaster. Ganbare Japan!

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Raymond Chuang

JR West should prioritize re-opening the San'yo Main Line from Shimonoseki to Himeji, since once that line reopens at least essential goods can be moved by train.

But its not only clearing the lines but ensuring the mountain side is stable from further landslides.

They also need to get the San'yo and Chugoku Expressways reopened, too.

Some of that needs reconstruction.

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Yes. The photo gives more info. I'm glad to see communities pulling together for each other.

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Snap election anyone?

BTW. A F-35A bomber costs around $85m plus maintaince, training and fuel. Suga will give $18m for 180+ dead and upwards of 200000 homeless...

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Not to be a downer, but we heard the same thing after the 3/11 earthquake. People are still waiting for housing and compensation from TEPCO more than seven years later. I would seriously like to believe this is more than lip-service, as would the quarter of a million people relying on government assistance to rebuild their lives.

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People are still waiting for housing and compensation from TEPCO more than seven years later. 

Fukushima evacuees have received more than ¥5 trillion in compensation payments. There are hundreds of thousands of people in Miyagi and Iwate who lost their homes to the mega earthquake and tsunami and received zero compensation. Sone of the Fukushima evacuees also lost their homes to the mega earthquake and tsunami but received compensations because of the nuclear disaster.

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Goodlucktoyou

"Finance Minister Taro Aso said around 420 billion yen will be allocated for reserve funds and expenses for disaster management for the time being. If necessary, the government will consider compiling a supplementary budget, he said."

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If necessary, the government will consider compiling a supplementary budget, he said."

Not necessary ...plenty stashed away in the " discretionary" fund govt has at its disposal.

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Goodlucktoyou

The Tokyo central government spent ¥25 trillion directly on the Tohoku reconstruction. They were nor loans. You like to twist the facts to suit your opinions.

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Japan is quicker and better than most countries dealing with the aftermath of major disasters. In Italy I saw major earthquakes and after ten years very little had happened to rebuild.

Sure they are, and it's mostly due to the government being willing to bankrupt future generations to do it!

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@Zichi - People are still waiting for housing and compensation from TEPCO more than seven years later. - Fukushima evacuees have received more than ¥5 trillion in compensation payments. There are hundreds of thousands of people in Miyagi and Iwate who lost their homes to the mega earthquake and tsunami and received zero compensation. Sone of the Fukushima evacuees also lost their homes to the mega earthquake and tsunami but received compensations because of the nuclear disaster.

A big “So what!” to that. Yes, many people have received portions of their compensation , but only a few have been fully compensated. And, there are still thousands of people living in temporary housing or shelter in the Tohoku region. This flood disaster in western Japan is on the sane scale as the tsunami with around a quarter of a million people displaced. This means that, these people will be waiting for years to get any kind of help from the government despite the lip-service in this article.

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Do the Hustle

The 150,000 Fukushima evacuees to date have received ¥5 trillion which is ¥34 million per person.

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@Zichi. 90,000 still in containers and others forced to move to highly irradiated homes. Then there is Kumamoto...abe is only there for his snap election.

if your figures are true, please prove, that is about 8 years living expenses. They lost houses but have mortgages. They lost family. They lost everything. We the taxpayers had to pay. Tepco split and is making a nice little profit.

but the latest disaster can’t be blamed on a well-connected company. It is the result of bad planning.

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GoodLucktoyou

According to Fukushima Prefecture Government, 20,000 remain in temporary accommodation which are not containers. Some of those people were offered alternative new accommodation but didn't want to leave the area and also they would have to start paying their own rents.

The total compensation paid to the original 150,000 evacuees does include living expenses and many will receive further compensations for lost of property.

Yes the people lost their homes but still have mortgages and cars but still have monthly payments. But so did the hundreds of thousands of people in Miyagi and Iwate who also lost their homes to the mega earthquake and tsunami but didn't receive any compensations or living expenses.

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