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Japan slow to execute quake budget in 2011/12

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Wonder how much of it was siphoned into private bank accounts of government officials...

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Ted, far, far too much. One yen is too much.

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Lay the blame everywhere but not there fault? Incompetent corrupt and not giving a damn about people, tax payers left to their own means. A corrupt system that leads the world in shafting the people who pay to be shafted. It's not anywhere near a Democracy it's money protecting money. 3rd latest economy can't look after it's own. But not their fault...

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I wonder if some of the money went to the Whaling fleets like some of the donation money did.

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5 trillion yen unused? 5 TRILLION YEN. You know how many people they could help with that. But nooooooo instead they keep discussing who should get the money and spend it. seriously it doesnt surprise me anymore.

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Yeah, but they were pretty quick to use the funds to send coast guard ships to the southern ocean to protect their farcical whaling fleet, weren't they? I seriously 'hate' the Japanese government's policies! They are a bunch of dithering cronies with no idea how to run this country. They don't give a sh!t about the people, only money! And, the majority of the population just take it on the chin. There is another anti-nuke protest in Tokyo tonight, but it will mean nothing to these twats!

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Maybe they realised the next tsunami was going to wipe it out all over again? Still, there is no excuse for leaving people stuck in those crappy shelters especially when they had the money available to them. On a different note, I heard somewhere (twitter) that the Fukushima mayor rejected some of the donations, because he said that "there is nothing wrong with Fukushima." Talk about denial.

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Al Stewart,

Please do not believe the Hollywood conspiracy theories. Donation money was not included for whaling activity. Only Japanese tax payers money was used for whaling activity.

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And who is surprised by this?

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ihope2eatwhales

Please do not believe the Hollywood conspiracy theories. Donation money was not included for whaling activity. Only Japanese tax payers money was used for whaling activity.

Yeah taxpayer money earmarked for reconstruction work hey ihope2eatwhales.....

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Only Japanese tax payers money was used for whaling activity.

Um, so you think MY non-Japanese taxes weren't used?

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Honestly people.... are you NOT surprised at this... Japan can't do anything right... I know they try, they mean well, but really they coincidentally screw up someway shape or form. I really do feel sorry for those people that are living in the shelters and other makeshift houses. Especially when the money was there.. Way to go Japan... Way to help your people... pathetic

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Its official INCOMPETENCE is inbeded in local DNA!

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Too much focus on Fukushima hysteria and hence not enough critical focus on issues where most of the destruction was caused by the tsunami. The most severe devastation and death toll was elsewhere in other prefectures, not in Fukushima prefecture.

Hopefully those folks (known for being more reserved and quieter than other parts of the Japan) will get more air time and some more action as a result.

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888naff, Well, those quiet folks had better find their voice.

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Folks, it's policy coordination. You know how it is in JP; everything by the numbers, can't skip a step or you'll have to start all over, doesn't matter if the people is suffering. The money has to go to the right "company" for reconstruction purposes. Policy coordination means that the various factions are still fighting about which companies get which work and how much, that's all. The poor people displaced by the disaster doesn't fall into the equation. This JP.

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ihope2eatwhales: "Donation money was not included for whaling activity. Only Japanese tax payers money was used for whaling activity."

Money that WOULD have been used for reconstruction if not for the donations. Thanks to donations, they treated other money as 'found money' that they could use in lieu of putting it towards actual and useful purposes, such as helping those in need. As it is, clearly they could rush to put money into protecting whalers but cannot rush to put it where it is truly needed, and people are suffering needlessly and even committing suicide as a result of their horrible conditions.

No excuses! If the fault is with coordination then fire the people who obviously can't coordinate and hire those who can -- evidently 6 year olds could do a better job.

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As I understand it, the main reason for the delay was due to the towns involved not making a decision whether to rebuild at all, or WHERE the rebuild was going to happen. Personally, I would have taken one of the worst-hit towns, scrapped the rest of the town, then rebuilt the whole town, but only after trucking in enough earth to raise the town's elevation by 40 meters. All residential and public buildings would be on the raised section of town. Obviously buildings related to fishing and ocean transport would still need to be near sea level, but there's no reason the rest of the town needs to do so. If you're going to rebuild to avoid the destruction of the next tsunami, then that is the way to go.

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Fadamor: "As I understand it, the main reason for the delay was due to the towns involved not making a decision whether to rebuild at all, or WHERE the rebuild was going to happen."

That is also one of the reasons I've heard for the delays, and like I said, the people in charge in those towns should have been given an ultimatum -- allocate or lose it, or better yet, the central government should have decided what to do immediately after it was clear the local governments could not (not that the central government can ever decide anything -- hence they always fob it off on others).

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The government had aimed to use 14.9 trillion yen ($187 billion) for disposal of debris and building of roads and railways, among others, but it only spent 9.1 trillion yen in the year ending in March, said the agency.

Yep. Those raving anti-nuke citizen groups are spamming/jamming the local municipalities that are considering taking disposal of tsunami debris.

As for the usual anti-whaling crowd, it's obvious that they do not care about the people who were employed in the whaling industry for they are also the ones who depend on the coastal fishing industry.

While these two types of "crowd" cry constantly about the "well being" of the victims, it's painfully obvious that they have absolutely no clue as to what these people are needing but rather spew their political agenda which in turn is slowing the reconstruction.

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Japan slow to execute quake budget in 2011/12

The priority shifted to bribing whoever was willing to support continuation of nuclear electricity. This included politicians, local opinion and cheer leaders

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As I understand it, the main reason for the delay was due to the towns involved not making a decision whether to rebuild at all, or WHERE the rebuild was going to happen

Imagine... a group of Japanese people in a position of power taking their sweet time making decisions.... I would have hated to have been stuck in those meetings.

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@ihope2eatwhales

Not hollywood, it was an article on JT

its expired now but: http://www.japantoday.com/category/national/view/japan-using-quake-disaster-budget-for-whaling-aid

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