System eyed to speed crisis resupply

Kyodo

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry said Tuesday it will set up a digital system to track inventories of food and daily necessities in numerous locations in a bid to prevent such items from running short during emergencies.

Planning for the ¥800 million project started after the government had a rough time delivering daily necessities to areas hit by the March 11 disasters due to a lack of information on the quantity of available items.

METI officials said the system will allow the central government and municipalities to ascertain the supply capacity for such products and which stores are open during an emergency so they can release necessary information to consumers.

The ministry aims to begin operating a prototype of the system before the end of the year.