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Japan – Firms urged to send staff to disaster zones

11 November 2013

Japan’s Reconstruction Agency is strengthening its efforts to help companies dispatch personnel to municipalities in the Tohoku region still facing chronic workforce shortages more than two years after the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, reports the Japan Times.

The Reconstruction Agency is the principal agency of the Government of Japan tasked with leading and managing the reconstruction process following the 11 March 2011 earthquake, which precipitated the triple disaster of the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear incident at Fukushima.

The agency opened a website for information on job offers by these municipalities, while holding briefing sessions for firms interested in dispatching employees to the disaster-hit areas.

As part of the effort, the agency has been in close contact with governments in the three hardest-hit prefectures of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, business groups, and other central government agencies.

The Reconstruction Agency’s efforts come as municipalities struggling with heavy workloads are pinning their hopes on help from corporate employees with flexible work approaches and business experience.

The new website, which the agency opened last month, offers a variety of information on municipal jobs so that firms can better focus on positions that match their particular field of expertise, such as tourism planning. The site also includes interviews with companies that have experience in sending employees to the disaster-hit municipalities.

For companies interested in sending their staff, the agency also holds briefing sessions in Tokyo every month, where officials from the affected regions speak about the kind of workers needed. The agency also serves as an intermediary between companies and municipalities.

An agency official advised: “People sent from private companies are playing important roles in disaster areas and are thanked by local people. We are working to increase such dispatches as much as possible.”


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