Japanese PM proposes new blueprint for post-quake restoration (2)

08:37, April 13, 2011      

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Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan (R) shakes hands with local boys as he visits a fishing port in Ishinomaki, Miyagi prefecture, April 10, 2011, after the area was devastated by a magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami. (Xinhua/Reuters File Photo)

He went on to say that the restoration process must prioritize the wishes and opinions of those directly affected by the earthquake and tsunami and that the wisdom of experts nationwide would be called upon to achieve a forward-looking restoration agenda.

"The expertise and wisdom of officials, experts and academics, as well as the participation of local prefectural governors will be used to create a new reconstruction design counsel," Kan said.

"Various budgets and bills must be passed through the diet to achieve this and I'm hoping that members of the opposition parties will help out with crafting this blueprint."

"A specific proposal (on restoration) will be crafted by the end of this month," he said.

Kan later said that Japan had risen up from the burning ruins after WWII and that it was that kind of post-war determination that was needed once again to rebuild the nation going forward.

"We must renew the determination we had in the post-war period. Many people have perished, but it's not for us to be devastated and discouraged by the crisis -- we must honor those lost through our efforts to rebuild."

"What we need to do is achieve a complete restoration that we can be proud of and pass on to our children," said the premier.

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