Government Studying How to Support 2011 Disaster-Affected Areas Beyond 2021 (News)

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Tokyo, Jan. 23 (Jiji Press)—The government has started work to determine how to support reconstruction of areas in northeastern Japan that were hit by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident after the Reconstruction Agency is abolished in March 2021, informed sources said Tuesday.

As the first step, the government is now listening to 12 municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture, where a number of residents were forced to evacuate following the triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s disaster-crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant, so as to find out what support they expect from the government, according to officials familiar with the matter.

The government aims to establish a basic assistance policy by the end of March 2020 chiefly by determining the roles of an organization that will succeed the agency, the officials said.

The agency was set up in February 2012 to take control of support for reconstruction efforts particularly in severely damaged areas in the three Tohoku prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi, and Fukushima.

It has now some 520 staff to support affected people's lives and back business revitalization there. It is also helping the return of evacuees to their hometowns in Fukushima.

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