31 Août 2017
August 29, 2017
Lowest reconstruction budget request
The rebuilding of areas hit by the 2011 earthquake and nuclear accident is showing signs of progress. Japan's Reconstruction Agency plans to request a budget of nearly 15 billion dollars for the next fiscal year, a record low.
Officials will ask for about 14.8 billion dollars for fiscal 2018.
That's roughly 10 percent less than the original budget for the current fiscal year, and it marks a decline for the 5th year in a row.
The request includes about 10 million dollars for nursing care services and personnel in disaster-hit Fukushima Prefecture.
It also has more than 140 million dollars to build research and development facilities related to radioactive substances and robots.
The actual funding amount is expected to grow when the agency finalizes its budget after getting more details from local governments.