INTERVIEW: New Japan Land Minister Resolved on Disaster Management


Tokyo, Sept. 15 (Jiji Press)--Japan's new Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Minister Kazuyoshi Akaba has stressed his resolve to beef up the country's disaster preparedness, following a recent spate of serious natural events, such as earthquakes and typhoons.

He also underlined the importance of the central and local governments working hand in hand closely to enhance the effectiveness of related measures.

"Once a disaster occurs, minimizing damage is the most crucial task of politics," Akaba, who assumed the ministerial post in a cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, said in an interview with Jiji Press and other media organizations. "We have to work on disaster prevention and reduction, from the standpoint of protecting the lives of people."

He noted that the government has secured special budgets for disaster-related emergency measures for the three years through fiscal 2020, which starts in April next year.

"The state, and prefectural and municipal governments should proceed with anti-disaster measures efficiently by setting priorities and making full preparations," Akaba pointed out, calling on the administrative authorities to avoid acting separately.

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