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Japan Investigating Alternative Capitals in Case Earthquake Takes Out Tokyo

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Nikkei
July 23, 2012

A Cabinet Office council has proposed five cities — Osaka, Sapporo, Sendai, Nagoya and Fukuoka — to replace Tokyo as the seat of government should an earthquake knock out the capital.

In an interim report issued Thursday, the Central Disaster Management Council outlined steps to prepare for a major offshore quake in the Nankai Trough, which runs southwest from Shizuoka Prefecture to Kyushu, or a direct hit on Tokyo.

The government will seek funding for the most urgently needed measures in next fiscal year’s budget.

The council’s report is the first proposal to establish a command center outside the greater Tokyo area to replace the Prime Minister’s Office in the event it becomes incapacitated by a quake. Under the current planning, the first standby option is the Cabinet Office, followed by the Ministry of Defense and the disaster base in Tachikawa near central Tokyo.

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