INTERVIEW: Minister Reiterates Need to Hand Down March 2011 Disaster Lessons

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Tokyo, March 8 (Jiji Press)--Japanese reconstruction minister Hiromichi Watanabe has stressed anew the need to pass down what the country learned from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear crisis to future generations, keeping in mind the expiry of the state-set intensive reconstruction period at the end of March 2021.

"It's important to examine the measures we've taken in response to the disasters, and hand down the experiences and lessons to future generations and utilize them," Watanabe said in a recent interview.

Noting that postdisaster reconstruction know-how is being accumulated, Watanabe expressed eagerness to gather "good examples" and disseminate them.

The Reconstruction Agency, which was launched in February 2012 to lead the government's efforts to rebuild disaster-hit areas, is slated to be dissolved by the end of March 2021.

Watanabe said that the government this month will review its basic policy for reconstruction and come up with a direction for steps to be taken after the end of the intensive period, including the roles of a successor body to the agency.

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