• Kyodo


Despite government efforts to relocate households inland or to higher ground following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, none of the affected municipalities has drawn up the necessary plans, a Kyodo News tally showed Wednesday.

In November, the central government introduced expanded measures to cover all project expenses. But local authorities are struggling to make progress amid hurdles including staff shortages, geographical constraints such as the lack of suitable highland for building homes, and difficulty in building consensus among residents.

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