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Monday, 3 June 2013

Disaster relief funds in Japan (200 B Yen+) used to count turtles, promote cheese, wine events


By Miwa Suzuki

National Jun. 04, 2013 - 06:50AM JST ( 26 )


Around 200 billion yen of public money earmarked to help people hit by Japan’s 2011 quake and tsunami has been spent in areas unaffected by the natural disaster, the government admitted Monday.

Projects ranging from counting sea turtles on semi-tropical beaches, to the promotion of cheese and wine events hundreds of kilometers from the disaster zone benefited from the largesse, a report said.

While there is no suggestion of corruption, the admissions are an embarrassment for the Japanese government, which has previously acknowledged the country’s controversial whaling program was being supported by disaster money.

The Asahi Shimbun, a major daily newspaper, surveyed local authorities around the country to find out what happened to the 200 billion yen Tokyo set aside in 2011 for job creation after the disaster.

More than half of this sum is to be raised through higher taxes.
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YubaruJun. 04, 2013 - 07:06AM JST

While there is no suggestion of corruption,

The joke of the year! Tell this to the people who are STILL suffering and need help! Angry does not begin to explain how I am feeling about this.....


sillygirlJun. 04, 2013 - 07:17AM JST

WOW, can anyone really be surprised at this news. This seems to be standard operating procedure here in the land of wa. Guess what....there is no wa without siphoning off money for those that want their wa.


MarkXJun. 04, 2013 - 07:25AM JST

"Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, the government’s top spokesman, said staff were checking how the money had been used, but noted the reported spending took place under the previous administration." I love this comment. The LDP would never do anything like this. No they are far too concerned about the people who were devastated by the March 11th earthquake. I have a feeling if the LDP were in power at the time, even more money would have been wasted as they would have been like a kid in a candy store with an unlimited credit card.


OkinawamikeJun. 04, 2013 - 07:29AM JST

The government of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to allocate 25 trillion yen over five years to fund reconstruction from the disaster, including building new homes and public facilities

When would be a good time to start this construction you think?

This does not even raise an eyebrow these days.

Look to hear more of such reports over the next few years, as it does not look like anyone is in charge of the funds and some people are writing checks to their own agenda.


YubaruJun. 04, 2013 - 07:32AM JST

I do not understand why there is more of an outcry from the public about this criminal mismanagement of public funds. Heads should be rolling, and right into jail!

Wake up people of Japan! The people you elected into office are robbing you blind right before your eyes and all you seem to care about is who is screwing whom. When it's you that's taking it up the backdoor! I know I feel something back there too, as it's my taxes that are getting misused too!

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