¥2.8 trillion sought for reconstruction

JIJI

The Reconstruction Agency on Friday requested ¥2.82 trillion in the fiscal 2013 budget, to be spent on measures related to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis.

The agency was launched in February. All of the money it is seeking is from the government’s postdisaster reconstruction special account.

Of the total, the agency requested ¥2.23 trillion for reconstruction measures associated with the quake and tsunami, including ¥1.17 trillion for restoring damaged infrastructure and disposing of disaster debris.

It plans to use ¥499.6 billion for decontamination of areas tainted with radioactive substances emitted from the Fukushima No. 1 plant and ¥13.9 billion for designing facilities to temporarily store radioactive waste.