Thursday, April 21, 2011

Post-tsunami rebuilding ,Japan plans budget

Japan drew up an extra budget worth over $50 billion on Friday to help finance post-tsunami reconstruction efforts.

The Cabinet of Prime Minister Naoto Kan approved the budget totaling 4.02 trillion yen ($50 billion), the finance ministry said. Japan's parliament is expected to pass the budget next week.
"This is the first step toward rebuilding Japan after the major disasters," Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda told reporters.

The government will allocate around 1.2 trillion yen to fix roads and ports damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The twin disasters decimated much of northeastern Japan and killed more than 25,000 people.

Under the budget, the government will spend over 362 billion yen to build temporary homes for disaster victims, with another 352 billion yen for clearing rubble. The government has said the cost of the tsunami disasters could reach $309 billion, making it the world's most expensive natural disaster on record.

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