Efforts for Reconstruction of TohokuAfter the disaster on March 11, 2011, the Japanese Government promptly formulated budgets, modified laws and orders, and established “Reconstruction Agency,” in 2012. A timeframe for reconstruction was set to be 10 years, of which first 5 years (2011-2015) were set as a “Concentrated Reconstruction Period,” and 25 trillion yen (approx. $250 billion) were allocated for the period. The latter 5 years (2016~2020) is designated as “Reconstruction and Revitalization Period” and 6.5 trillion yen(approx. $65 billion) were allocated.
Much of the infrastructure in the areas affected by the earthquake has been recovered. Housing reconstruction is in progress. The number of evacuees decreased from over 470,000 to about 190,000. Reconstruction Agency works also on reviving industry and livelihoods as well as providing health and living support.
(Please refer to “Progress to Date” for further information.)
The Government is making every effort to provide accurate information about the current situation in the Tohoku region including the eventual risks of radiation so that people can safely enjoy agricultural products and visit the region. With regards to the rice produced in Fukushima Prefecture, for example, all the products are tested for the contamination of radioactive materials, and 100% of those produced in 2014 proved to contain the amount which is less than the standard value. All of marine products of Fukushima Prefecture which are distributed on the market contain less radioactive materials than the standard value.
(Please refer to MAFF and FA website for food safety information.)
As the amount of radiation reduces naturally and due to decontamination, the evacuation order which was issued after the accident of the Fukushima Daiichi Plant has been lifted for Tamura City (April, 2014), Kawauchi Village (October, 2014), and Naraha Town (September, 2015).
(Please refer to METI website for Assistance of Residents Affected by the Nuclear Incidents.)
(Updated November, 2015)