Iwate, Miyagi Disaster Victims to Find Public Homes by FY 2020

Politics

Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Pref., Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government aims to finish the relocation of March 2011 disaster victims living in temporary housing in Iwate and Miyagi prefectures to public homes by fiscal 2020, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested Thursday.

"Securing homes is an important step toward reconstruction. We'll do all we can so people no longer have to live in temporary housing," Abe told reporters in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture. He was visiting the northeastern prefecture to take a firsthand look at progress in reconstruction from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

The government has designated fiscal 2016-2020 as a period for the reconstruction and revitalization of disaster areas after a five-year intensive reconstruction period.

Abe welcomed an agricultural corporation set up by young people in Higashimatsushima after the disaster, praising it as "a very model of regional revitalization." He added, "We'll continue to support livelihood reconstruction with full force."

Earlier on Thursday, Abe visited a fishery processing company in Ishinomaki, a coastal city of Miyagi, and toured its plant and a nursery school on its premises.

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