The number of vehicles in Miyagi Prefecture damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami has been estimated by the prefectural government at 146,000. The figure accounts for almost 10% of the 1,540,000 registered vehicles in Miyagi Prefecture.
According to a prefectural government spokesman, the figure is based on the average car ownership statistics combined with the number of households in flooded areas.
The prefectural government has announced a plan to assist towns and villages to dispose of the damaged vehicles. Local government officials say they are currently in the process of establishing 15 storage locations for up to 70,000 damaged vehicles. The license plates of the vehicles will be listed and made public on local government web pages so that owners can reclaim their cars. Cars whose ownership cannot be proved will be disposed of, according to Japanese motor vehicle law.
A prefectural government spokesman said that the prefecture is trying to ensure that, in principle, vehicle owners will not have to bear the burden of the cost involved with disposal.© Compiled from news reports