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Japan rail transportation restarted, large scale temporary housing planned – Logistics Update 4/25

April 25, 2011 Leave a comment

ALAN is providing updates on the Japan logistics situation from Ms. Hikaru Kajita, a CSCMP member in Japan. ALAN continues to work with our partners to support the relief efforts in Japan. Additional information on ALAN is available at ALANaid.org

“Today, Tohoku Shinkansen (Super Express Train) from Fukushima to Sendai was restarted. It came to be able to go from Tokyo to Sendai in two hours. On 29th, from Sendai to Ichinoseki will be restarted, so it will connect Tokyo to Aomori in four hours. Time until operating again the Sinkansen is much earlier than Kobe and Chuetsu earthquake. The restoration of the Shinkansen is expected contributing to the tourism industry in Tohoku district.

As of today, it has been understood that 68,493 houses were completely destroyed, 25,567 houses were destroyed partially, and 8,675 houses were flooded by the Great East Japan Earthquake. From request base of victims, 72,290 temporary houses construction are needed. Japan government plans to offer 30,000 within two months, and offer 30,000 within next three months. MLIT pay effort of procurement of materials and land for the temporary houses, and solving of supply-demand gap.

Now, 2,396 temporary houses were completed. Supplying 60 items of household utensil for each temporary house was started: These are sanitary goods (shampoo, soaps, toothbrush, toilet paper, washbowls), kitchen goods (teacup, chopsticks, plates, knife, sauce ladle, cutting board, detergent, lap, garbage box), washing and cleaning supply (broom, dustpan, detergent, dustcloth, wash-line pole, suspender), first aid outfit (plaster, clinical thermometer, nail clipper, cotton bud), outer and inner clothes, beddings, and clocks. In each prefecture’s disaster management plan, prefecture government contract to the specific retailer for supplying them.

About Fukushima daiichi nuclear plant accident, Japan Government announced new designated evacuation areas: “Precaution district”, “Premeditated shelter district”, and “Shelter preparation district in emergency”. About 78,000 peoples were lived in “Precaution district”. People in this area have been taking shelter almost as putting on since March 11. About 10,500 peoples living in “Premeditated shelter district” should evacuate to the end of May, however, house moving transporter doesn’t undertake the move of this region. People have been perplexed. In “Shelter preparation district in emergency”, about 67,000 peoples are living. They are regaining ordinal life.”

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Despite damages, logistics businesses contribute to recovery in Japan – Update 4/14

April 15, 2011 Leave a comment

ALAN is providing updates on the Japan logistics situation from Ms. Hikaru Kajita, a CSCMP member in Japan. ALAN continues to work with our partners to support the relief efforts in Japan. Additional information on ALAN is available at ALANaid.org

“It is assumed that the possibility that the earthquake of M8 class occurs is high on the east side of the source region of a East Japan great earthquake, and two or more research laboratories advance the analysis. There is danger where the earthquake with a tsunami reappears within one month if it is early.

Mr. Makoto Kigawa, president of Yamato Holdings talked about the damage situation of a East Japan great earthquake at the press conference held in the MLIT on April 7th. As of the date, 11 offices are destroyed, 5 are unavailable by the earthquake and the tsunami. 4 offices are unavailable because of 30 km range by the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. 50 vehicles were depreciation disposal, about 100 vehicles need to repair. 5 employees are dead or missing. Yamato announced to contribute 10 yen per 1 parcel for revival.

Nikkei Business Online carries the article on Yamato, which title is “Ten days of Yamato Transport – Drivers’ Pride Supported Restoration”. Drivers acted voluntarily aiming at restoration. The driver in the local office of the off queued up in the gas station for securing the fuel. Local offices delivered the rescue supply even to a small refuge autonomously. By employee’s these effort, the business in the stricken area was able to be restarted 10 days from the disaster.

The cooperation corps of about 50 people in Yamato works with about 50 self-defense force officials in the temporally warehouse in Kesennuma City, Miyagi now. The warehouse is a distribution center of the rescue supply. Transportation of goods to Kesennuma from the Miyagi Prefecture Center is done by the Self Defence Fource, and the role of Yamato is to sort and deliver to each refuge.

http://business.nikkeibp.co.jp/article/topics/20110411/219397/?ST=print (Japanese only)”