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Rolling blackouts and equitable relief distribution challenge logisticians in Japan – Logistics Update 3/31

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

“Since supporting goods distribution became almost smooth, new news about earthquake and tsunami disaster has decreased. Instead, news of accident of Fukushima daiichi nuclear electric plant, and influence given to manufactures of rolling blackout are increased. These two impact Japanese economy much higher than earthquake and tsunami, and these two give Japanese logisticians to reconstruct current logistics systems.

There is bias of supporting goods between refuges. One city needs office goods to start ordinal work, other city needs cars for doing delivery by itself, but the other city still need foods and other living goods. The thought factors of this problem are, that the information transmission between prefecture office and refuge doesn’t go well, and lack of logistics knowledge in the city office. In such a regional disaster, it has been understood that these system of an individual city become important.

Yesterday, I heard the living condition of Sendai city. He lives in the half between place that exist in the Sendai station and the tsunami. His house didn’t get any damage, electricity has come back on 12th, only one day after the earthquake. Instead, he has to buy all the necessities by himself, and this is still hard. The restoration of usual circulation is late because of concentrating the delivery of goods to the stricken area.”

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