Govt to cover earthquake refugees' hotel tab
The Yomiuri Shimbun
The government will pay all charges for accommodation, as well as travel costs, for victims of the March 11 disaster who stay at hotels and inns designated by the government for use as shelters, the Japan Tourism Agency said.
According to the agency, accommodation for about 34,000 people at such facilities was ready in nine prefectures--Kanagawa, Aichi, Toyama, Yamagata, Akita, Gunma, Ishikawa, Okayama and Fukuoka--as of Saturday.
The prefectural governments of disaster-stricken areas will requisition rooms at hotels and inns at 5,000 yen per person per day, including three meals a day, the agency said. They will work with municipal governments to register people who want to evacuate to other prefectures.
The cost of the evacuees' accommodation and travel will eventually be reimbursed by the central government by way of local tax grants and other fiscal resources, in line with the Disaster Relief Law and administrative rules, the agency said.
Evacuees will be allowed to stay at designated hotels and inns only for a limited time, until the construction of temporary housing facilities is completed.
Meanwhile, 7,373 buildings in Tokyo and 12 prefectures in the Tohoku and Kanto regions were judged "unsafe" following emergency risk assessments conducted by the metropolitan and prefectural governments.
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