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Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012

Governors mull more disaster aid personnel


Prefectural governors have begun discussions on providing personnel support to disaster-hit Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima in fiscal 2013.

After accepting requests from the three Tohoku region prefectures, the National Governors' Association, consisting of all governors in the country, plans to come up with details by early December, including how many officials other prefectures will be asked to supply, officials of the group said.

Since the March 2011 earthquake-tsunami calamity, the association has asked prefectures to send personnel to help in the disaster areas based on requests from the three prefectures.

Fiscal 2012 has seen 463 people sent to the three prefectures.

In fiscal 2013, the three prefectures are likely to ask for more technicians, including civil engineers, to work on land readjustment projects.

By the end of this month, the association also plans to draw up a report of prefectural officials that have been sent to the disaster areas to explain how to select officials by position and job title.

Prefectures are finding it difficult to find enough personnel to meet the needs of disaster areas due to a sharp cut in the number of employees following administrative and fiscal reforms.

A senior official at the association said it will consider ways to send personnel based on the requests from the three disaster-hit prefectures.

The association also "hopes that the report will be used to help send as many officials as possible," the official said.

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