Yoshihiro Murai, governor of Miyagi, the prefecture that was the ground zero of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, stands before a gathering in Tokyo of 300 representatives of Japan’s biggest companies and community organizations.
Japan’s rebuilding is lagging behind the nation’s responses to the Tokyo earthquake of 1923 and Kobe’s 1995 disaster because of political infighting, the head of the reconstruction committee said.
Japan should consider a new tax to help fund its recovery from the March 11 earthquake, tsunami and ensuing nuclear crisis, the chief of a government advisory panel on disaster reconstruction said.
"Kobe remade the same port it had before, and it kept losing competitiveness."
- Makoto Iokibe on Oct 10, 2011