JAPAN | Governors rap state for poor handling of quake, nuclear disasters

Posted on July 12, 2011

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JAPAN | KYODO | 12 July 2011

Governors criticized the central government Tuesday for its poor handling of rebuilding areas hit hard by the March earthquake and tsunami and the protracted Fukushima nuclear crisis.

 

Kyoto Gov. Keiji Yamada, who chairs the National Governors’ Association, told a meeting of the association in Akita, ”In times like this, local governments should ask what this country stands on, while taking account of voices on the ground.”

 

Niigata Gov. Hirohiko Izumida said an envisioned tax increase when the economy is in deflation would be ”foolhardy,” while Tottori Gov. Shinji Hirai said, ”The government has spent too much time on meetings. We should voice our frustration as a special statement” of this meeting.

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