Japan to Maintain Reconstruction Agency beyond Fiscal 2020

Politics

Tokyo, Aug. 5 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government plans to come up with legislation next year to keep the Reconstruction Agency in existence past the expiration of its current term of service at the end of fiscal 2020, informed sources said.

The agency was formed in February 2012 to lead reconstruction efforts mainly in the northeastern Japan region following the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster.

On Monday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe received recommendations from his ruling coalition that the agency continue to operate beyond March 31, 2020. Abe said his government will consider how the agency should be in the future based on the recommendations.

The legislation is expected to specify the agency's future, including a renewed term of service, the sources said. The government is likely to submit it to parliament early next year, they said.

The ruling coalition said the government is responsible for meeting the demands of people who want it to continue providing sufficient support for the reconstruction efforts.

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