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.
This article was posted: Monday, July 23, 2012 at 1:00 am