to oversee the rebuilding of areas devastated by the massive
earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident, Japan created a year ago a new
agency called the Reconstruction Agency. The agency was expected to
guide related government agencies (whose administration is often
vertically divided) and coordinate long-term recovery efforts.
Toba explained that initial expectations for the new agency were high.
Before the formation of the new agency, Toba said, if he had plans
for the city’s future, he faced an alphabet soup of bureaucracies. “If I
have an issue with schools, I’d have to talk to the Ministry of
Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; if my problems are
related to handling of rubble, I’d have to go to the Ministry of the
Environment. It was getting too much. So they told us the Reconstruction
Agency, with authority to guide other agencies, could be a one-stop
shop for local governments like ours that could help us find resolution
In reality, though, “there isn’t a single thing the
Reconstruction Agency has done to make our life easier,” said the
outspoken mayor. “Now I just have extra government agency--the
Reconstruction Agency--that I need to talk to.”
administrative disorganization should surprise no one who has ever
worked with government agencies in Japan or in the United States.
But what made things worse was that nobody from the Reconstruction
Agency appeared willing to stand up to other government agencies, let
alone to fight for constituents like Mayor Toba. “People from the
Reconstruction Agency came to visit us in Rikuzentakata often. But they
had the gall to tell us not to be so unreasonable with our demands,” he
explained. “So, the mission of the Reconstruction Agency turns out to be
persuading us to back down, not persuading the other government
agencies to do their job.”
I actually look forward to Junko's articles and enjoy her style of reporting. It gives me a valuable insight into the technical supply chain issues that are not reported in the nightly news.
Junko, keep up the good work!
That what I always found in this EE Times site from this author. What she want to seek in this site for Japan. For good or bad for Japan. When she given some article about Japan problem more uneducated opinions or comments is given and not many good suggestion especially from Japan haters. Its not matter if Japan response to it or not. Or it will be better not posting article about Japan at all. This is technology website not problem website. Thanks.
"Japanís fat, complacent, mostly male bureaucracy."
Why is it when results are not found, people start complaining? And when results are met, they are congratulated.
It's not just this, this author complains about everything Japan: Panasonic, Sharp, Sony were just the recent victims of her global opinions that would be better suited to a local japanese news paper.
I agree with EREBUS, and for Junko I know how you felt to you fellow japanese aspecially in the disaster zone. But to redeveloped a proper infrastructure in the disaster zone take long time and with the scale of disaster because it involve many issue to consider but I can`t accept if Japan Gov can`t ready the basic and important thing. All in all not to expect fast or blink of the eye recovery. Thanks.
It is not an issue about stop complaining.
The issue is about a realistic understanding about the magnitude of the damage they need to undo. Complaining about something not being done instantly creates a needless redirection of resources that in the end takes longer to implement than the initial plan.
Until you have seen a city rebuilt, you have no idea about all of the issues involved.
I wish there was a magic wand or a global undo button, but rebuilding communities takes time.
Don't shoot the messenger just because you disagree with the message.
Just my opinion.
Why is it, every time someone raises an issues that needs some social involvement, some non-participant cries, "Stop complaining"?
Junko, you are doing a wonderful service by reporting on this. Perhaps it will embarrass the people who have been enlisted to resolve this problem enough to entice them to do the jobs they are being paid to do.
Anyone that believes the public should "stop complaining" and put up with whatever injustice is thrown at them is being completely unrealistic.
Nothing happens unless someone complains. Only a Mother Teresa does something completely out of the goodness of her heart. And the world is lacking in Mother Teresa's.