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Aid distribution presents unique challenges – Japan Logistics Update 3/29

ALAN is providing daily updates from Ms. Hikaru Kajita, a CSCMP member in Japan. Additional information is available at http://www.ALANaid.org.

“National road, railway, port are almost recovered, so MLIT disaster web site update frequency go slow.
Current Status of Transport Infrastructure (MLIT): http://www.mlit.go.jp/common/000138151.pdf

The situation of the donation goods collected in Tokyo metropolitan government was taken up on today’s TV. For this disaster, individual good donation direct send to disaster area government is prohibited. In addition, each safe area government specified the item, unused, unopened, one item in one case, or bringing to the specified place to sort. This system is for lighten the workload in the stricken area.

However, lots of parcels are sent to the Tokyo metropolitan government, which don’t follow these rules. Someone sent used clothes which are not specified. Some parcel pack assorted foods. Because of sorting workload is so high and so many goods that cannot send to the stricken area, now, Tokyo metropolitan government stops to accept individual donation goods.

Even if supporting goods are sent to the stricken area warehouse, these are not sent to victims because of the shortage of picker. Stricken area donation goods warehouses need volunteers of inside the city. Food and lodgings cannot be offered, so outside city volunteers must secure their own food and lodgings. But, persons who are living inside the city are also victims, cities cannot collect enough volunteers.

Parcel transporter, Yamato and Sagawa help several cities supporting goods distribution. Yamato arranged about 500 pickers and about 200 tracks for stricken cities. Sagawa began to do the distribution support of the Miyagi prefecture in about 300 refuge places. This may help the situation better, but because the disaster area is too wide, more volunteers are needed.”

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