Police search for missing people in Marumori, Miyagi Prefecture, on Wednesday. Photo: KYODO
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Gov't to use ¥710 million from reserves to deal with typhoon damage

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The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism said it plans to set up a panel of experts to study damage along seven state-controlled rivers that flooded neighboring areas.

So the original Pannel of experts who Oked the original plan are proven to have been completely wrong. Not holding my breath about this next Pannel of experts getting it right.

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how can you have reserves when almost half the yearly budget of around 100,trillion yen isnt covered by tax revenues, the rest is borrowed!?

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Must be a wrong number right? That's less than 7 million US. That's the cost of just one day of search and rescue

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 Abe said he aims to create a "land that is strong and resilient against disasters" in the long run.

And one more empty, meaningless, PR driven, unhelpful, silly, full BS loaded statement from Abe.

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Must be a wrong number right? That's less than 7 million US. That's the cost of just one day of search and rescue

No, it is the right amount.

There is no money, you know.

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Typhoon 19 was not THE most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in decades. It was the most powerful to hit central Japan, sure, but not Japan. Just speak to any residents of Miyako island, which is part of Japan. Even Typhoon 24 (Tramil) just last year packed more of a punch in terms of wind speeds.

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Take the stored water from the Fukushima nuclear disaster site and turn it into concrete blocks to use for reinforcing the levees and banks of the busted rivers.

The released funds will be used to provide for those in emergency shelters.

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*Just speak to any residents of Miyako island, which is part of Japan. Even Typhoon 24 (Tramil) just last year packed more of a punch in terms of wind speeds.*

Apples and bananas. Miyakojima is a different kettle of fish to central Japan:

It's used to strong typhoons; the infrastructure, buildings etc., are built better able to withstand high winds.

There are no rivers round every corner waiting to overflow and flood whole neighbourhoods (in fact, Miyako has not a single river and relies on groundwater and rainwater for its water supply.)

The island is relatively flat, with no major hills or mountains to threaten landslides.

That's not to say Miyako (and indeed Okinawa as a whole) does not get more than its fair share of typhoons. I did notice when we stayed there that a lot of the trees seemed to be growing sideways; we were told a typhoon the week before we arrived had blown them partially over.

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I thought that was a misprint. ¥710million!!!

Of course every bit, large & small counts, but that's a mere drop from the vaults.

I hope they're not "big dealing" this in anyway.

It's the minimum required for the first couple of days of assistance.

$710million would seem to be more on spot even in the first instance, esp considering the scale of devastaion and suffering.

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A lot of deaths in Fukushima and Miyagi, both victims of course of the 2011 Tsunami. It must be traumatic for them to see rising water again.

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The released funds is only for helping those in evacuation centers. Further money will be needed for reconstruction which will be trillions.

To date Tohoku reconstruction ¥30 trillion. Nuclear disaster site ¥25 trillion. (total cost will be ¥100 trillion). Kyushu and Okayama reconstruction from typhoons/earthquakes/floods. I don't have the figure.

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Makes you wonder how much longer you can keep printing and debasing the currency before the world/people lose faith in it and massive price inflation strikes. But then i guess every other country is doing the same to maybe to a lesser degree though

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Funny we're not hearing much from the naysayers who were commenting on this typhoon when it was just a few hours out from landfall. Remember those that were lamenting the government's "overreaction" and "fear mongering"? Turns out the warnings were valid. Those that disregard weather service warnings will be the first to whine about not being immediately saved when their inaction and lack of preparation leaves them stuck in the mud.

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7 million bucks may seem like a small amount, but it’s going to take a lot more than money to rebuild the shattered lives of so many people. Japan loves throwing money at problems and hope they go away. The levies that broke are going to cost a small fortune to repair. I always said I would never live in a levy flood area. There is one near my place where thousands of people live. The water level of the river is higher than the houses. That’s a disaster waiting to happen.

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...Additional, all those catastrophes happened in Japan, in this 1 decade only!

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Where are the people hired to maintain the many rivers ecology and infrastructures? With embankment collapse (rot) in 79 places along 55 rivers? River Keepers are essential to the health and wellbeing of the People and the rivers.

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No thought to maintaining and upgrading infrastructure before and accident. J Gov is only good cleanup work. J Gov so busy in the international arena, while leaving the very thing holding up the country itself to collapse.

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Kudos to Japan, its Diet and Abe for using the funds where they are needed. Better than building a stupid unnecessary xenophobic Berlin/Iron Curtain -type wall.

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Makes you wonder how much longer you can keep printing and debasing the currency before the world/people lose faith in it and massive price inflation strikes. 

since nearly everybody does it your only disadvantaging your own currency by not doing it. If people didnt look at Japan as a haven currency in times of market uncertainty then I guess Japan wouldnt fell the need to rebalance the imbalance it causes. Japans economy is far from healthy and the yen isnt a reflection of that , should be closer to 130~140yen\$1

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Domestic efforts to artificially weaken the yen will continue to fail so long as the country refuses to reconsider its one track mind obsession with a massive and unsustainable surplus trade imbalance that is largely a product of the closed nature of it’s markets. Its natural level is somewhere in the range 70~80 yen to the $US and a lot stronger against many other currencies. Exporters will squeal, but sometimes a bit of gaiatsu can go a long long way.

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Climate change, it's merely the beginning folks. The new norm.

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I recommend you to see "Princess of the Yen" on YouTube then you will have better understanding of how we deal with inflation and economic crisis.

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The said money 710million yen, it just for the temporary toilet, foods, water, and their beds. Of course they have to cut the budgets and keeping more big amount for the Olympic. Japan don't want to show to the world that they were in a tight budgets right now because of the calamities.

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