Japan Proposes Keeping Reconstruction Agency until FY 2030

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Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government on Thursday proposed extending the term of service for the Reconstruction Agency, currently due to run out at the March 2021 end of fiscal 2020, by 10 years through fiscal 2030.

The agency was launched in February 2012 to lead efforts for the reconstruction of areas affected by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which mainly hit the Tohoku northeastern region, and the subsequent triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station in Fukushima Prefecture.

The government submitted a draft outline of its basic policy for the postdisaster reconstruction, including the extension of the agency, to a meeting on the day of a relevant expert committee, headed by Gakushuin University Prof. Motoshige Ito.

The government hopes to finalize the basic policy within this year, after hearing opinions from committee members, and submit related legislation to next year's ordinary session of the Diet, the country's parliament.

"We'll continue working strenuously to adopt the basic policy by the end of the year," postdisaster reconstruction minister Kazunori Tanaka told the meeting, indicating that the government will submit the basic policy draft at the postdisaster reconstruction promotion committee's next meeting, slated for December.

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