Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

National and World

October 31, 2012

Japan spent rebuilding money on unrelated projects

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Even communities remain divided over how to rebuild. Moving residential areas to higher ground involves cumbersome bureaucratic procedures and complicated ownership issues. Each day of delay, meanwhile, raises the likelihood that residents will leave and that local businesses will fail to recover, says Itsunori Onodera, a lawmaker from the port town of Kesennuma, which lost more than 1,400 people in the disaster.

"Speed," he says, is the thing most needed to get the region back on its feet.

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Associated Press writer Mari Yamaguchi in Tokyo contributed to this story.

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