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JCP lawmakers investigate disaster sites

March 13 & 14, 2011
On March 12, just after the Great East Japan Disaster, Japanese Communist Party members in disaster areas who themselves were victims began taking actions to help relieve other disaster sufferers.

At the same time, Japanese Communist Party Dietmembers on March 12 and 13 visited areas hit by the massive earthquake and tsunami to investigate the post-disaster situation and to listen to what local governments and their residents need immediately.

JCP member of the House of Representatives Takahashi Chizuko on March 12 visited the Aomori and Iwate prefectural office buildings. In the meeting with each prefecture’s vice-governor, Takahashi expressed her sympathy and asked about the situation and what the JCP could do to help.

At the Iwate Prefectural Government office, Takahashi met with a disaster measures division official and said, “I’ll voice the prefecture’s demands in the Diet and make the utmost effort to make sure the government implements appropriate measures to relieve the sufferers and rebuild the prefecture.”

JCP House of Councilors members Daimon Mikishi and Kami Tomoko on March 12 visited disaster sites in Shirakawa and Iwaki cities in Fukushima Prefecture and on March 13 visited Sendai City in Miyagi Prefecture.

At an emergency evacuation center in Sendai City, evacuees surrounded them and asked for help. Daimon told them, “I promise to present your demands to the government.”

On March 12 and 13, JCP House of Representatives member Shiokawa Tetsuya together with local JCP members visited victims in Hitachi, Takahagi, Mito, and Kitaibaraki cities in Ibaraki Prefecture.

In Kitaibaraki City, asked by a resident about the present system of financial support for rebuilding homes, Shiokawa answered, “The system should be improved to one providing financial support to those who have difficulties to rebuild their livelihoods in accordance with the actual damage incurred. I will introduce the various demands of the disaster victims in the Diet.”
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