Reconstruction Promotion Council
Friday, May 18, 2012
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda held the second meeting of the Reconstruction Promotion Council at the Prime Minister's Office.
Discussion took place on the progress of the recovery and reconstruction, the work plan and roadmap for reconstruction measures, and the reconstruction and revitalization of Fukushima.
The Prime Minister said in his address, "Regarding the status of recovery and reconstruction, 26 prefectures and 13 ordinance-designated cities currently agree to accept the disposal of disaster-related debris. Disposal already started in four prefectures among them.
At the time of the Great Kanto Earthquake, the debris was used to create Yamashita Park in Yokohama. By taking into consideration such example in the past, it was decided to start the "Green Kizuna Revitalization Project," which aims to create about 140km of disaster-prevention forests along the coast of East Japan, by reusing the debris. For this fiscal year, it is planned to construct 50km of the total.
I believe that efforts toward reconstruction must be made continuously through the thorough implementation of one-stop response at the Reconstruction Agency and by closely supporting the region and the disaster-stricken areas. Therefore, I would like you to also make every effort for implementing reconstruction measures."