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The Reconstruction Design Council in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake

The Reconstruction Design Council in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake, an advisory panel of intellectual figures which was set up by the Government of Japan on April, 2011, submitted its report of recommendations on reconstruction planning, to the Prime Minister Naoto Kan on June 25, 2011. The recommendations included in this report will be respected to the maximum by the Government in its effort to develop basic reconstruction guidelines of the Government to be announced later. The Reconstruction Design Council had engaged in broad and vigorous discussions to formulate a “blueprint” for reconstruction that would be a source of hope for people in both the disaster areas and the other areas of the nation for the future.

The Great East Japan Earthquake, which occurred on March 11, 2011, was a natural catastrophe that not only devastated an extremely large area of eastern Japan together with following massive tsunamis, but was also compounded by a nuclear power plant accident.
In order for Japan to reconstruct the damaged areas successfully in the wake of the unprecedented devastation, it is essential that all citizens living in this nation―not just the disaster’s survivors and the residents of affected areas―play their own roles in the recovery efforts, guided by a spirit of mutual support and solidarity. At the same time, it is also vital that the process of recovery not be limited to simply picking up the pieces, but instead be geared towards creative reconstruction that looks ahead to the future.
For these reasons, the nation must quickly formulate a roadmap for reconstruction that will provide residents of the disaster areas with courage and hope for the future, and will lead to the rebirth of a prosperous and dynamic Japan shared by its entire people.
Accordingly, the Government set up an advisory panel of intellectual figures under the name of the Reconstruction Design Council in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake and its Study Group for engaging in broad discussions of a framework for formulating governmental reconstruction guidelines. The Council was expected to submit its report of recommendations at the end of June 2011.

Its Legal Basis: Cabinet Decision on the Formation of the Reconstruction Design Council in Response to the Great East Japan Earthquake (April 11, 2011) 

Its Mandate: Request for Consultation made by Prime Minister to the Chair of the Reconstruction Design Council (April 14, 2011)

Member List of the Reconstruction Design Council and its Study Group

“Towards Reconstruction - Hope beyond the Disaster”, report to the Prime Minister of the Reconstruction Design Council in response to the Great East Japan Earthquake (June 25, 2011)

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June 25, 2011

The Council adopts its report of recommendations and submits it to the Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
The Reconstruction Design Council adopted its report of recommendations, at its 12th meeting on June 25, 2011 and the Chairman of the Council, Professor Makoto Iokibe submitted it to the Prime Minister Naoto Kan. [See the report of recommendations]

June 22, 2011

The Council continues to elaborate the draft report of its recommendations on the reconstruction planning.
The Reconstruction Design Council discussed, at its 11th meeting on June 22, 2011, draft report of its recommendations to the Government drafted by the vice-chairman of the Council, Professor Takashi Mikuriya. The Council will adopt and submit its report to the Government on June 25, 2011.

June 18, 2011

The Council discusses a first draft report of its recommendations on the reconstruction planning.
The Reconstruction Design Council discussed, at its 10th meeting on June 18, 2011, first draft report of its recommendations to the Government drafted by the vice-chairman of the Council, Professor Takashi Mikuriya. The Council is expected to submit its set of recommendations to the Government by the end of June, 2011.

June 11, 2011

The Council discusses the third study report of the Reconstruction Design Council’s Study Group and examines a proposed outline of its recommendations on the reconstruction planning.
The Reconstruction Design Council discussed, at its 9th meeting on June 11, 2011, the third report of the studies made by the Reconstruction Design Council’s Study Group. The Study Group, chaired by Professor Jun Iio, is assigned to provide the Council with its expertise in the various fields related to the reconstruction planning and had studied relevant elements needed in the deliberations of the Council. The Reconstruction Design Council also examined an outline of its recommendations to the Government drafted by the vice-chairman of the Council, Professor Takashi Mikuriya. The Council plans to submit its set of recommendations to the Government by the end of June, 2011.

June 4, 2011

The Council discusses the second study report of the Reconstruction Design Council’s Study Group.
The Reconstruction Design Council examined, at its 8th meeting on June 4, 2011, the second report of the studies made by the Reconstruction Design Council’s Study Group.

June 2, 2011

Chair of the Council meets Managing Director of the World Bank to discuss possible future cooperation.
The Reconstruction Design Council’s Chairman, professor Makoto Iokibe met with Mr. Mahmoud Mohieldin, Managing Director of the World Bank on June 2, 2011 and discussed future possibility of cooperation between Japan and the World Bank in the field of great natural disasters.

May 29, 2011

The Council discusses the first study report of the Reconstruction Design Council’s Study Group and makes public a list of main opinions expressed in the deliberations so far.
The Reconstruction Design Council examined, at its 7th meeting on May 29, 2011, the first report of the studies made by the Reconstruction Design Council’s Study Group. The Study Group is assigned to provide the Council with its expertise in the various fields related to the reconstruction planning and had studied relevant elements needed in the deliberations of the Council. The Council made public, after the meeting, a list and arrangement of the main opinions expressed thus far during deliberations of the Council on each of five discussion points that the Council was considering as it worked toward the submission of its recommendations at the end of June 2011. (The number of discussion points had been changed from 8 to 5 points in the Council deliberations.) The Council expects that the release of this document would enlarge and deepen national debate on reconstruction design in every corner of society. (See the document: “the Main Opinions Expressed in the Deliberations Thus Far” -“Seven Principles for the Reconstruction Framework” and “Five Discussion Points”-)

May 21, 2011

The Council continues to elaborate its ideas of reconstruction design along the 8 points of discussion.
The Reconstruction Design Council continued to elaborate its ideas of reconstruction design along the 8 points of discussion at its 6th session, held on May 21, 2011. (See the 8 discussion points)

May 14, 2011

The Council elaborates its ideas of reconstruction design along the 8 points of discussion
The Reconstruction Design Council issued, at its 5th session held on May 14, the 8 points of discussion to be followed in its deliberation on a blueprint of its recommendations to the Government. (See the 8 discussion points)

May 10, 2011

The Council formulates the Seven Principles for the Reconstruction Framework.
The Reconstruction Design Council has engaged in vigorous discussions and toured the disaster-afflicted region since its inaugural meeting on April 14. At its 4th session held on May 11, ahead of the issuance of its recommendations, the Council formulated the “Seven Principles for the Reconstruction Framework” as a set of recognitions shared by all its members. (See the Seven Principles for the Reconstruction Framework)

April 30, 2011

The Council has a briefing from former high-ranking officials on the experience in the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake.
The Reconstruction Design Council had a briefing from two former high-ranking officials on the experience and expertise accumulated in the recovery process in the aftermath of the Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake and heard presentations by the three business associations. The Council also received updated report from the Government officials on the legal and financial measures to be taken by the Government.

April 23, 2011

The Council hears reports from governors of the three most damaged prefectures in Tohoku area.
The Reconstruction Design Council held its second meeting on April 23, 2011 and heard reports on the current situations from the governors of the three most damaged prefectures: Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.

April 20, 2011

The Council launches its study group and holds its first meeting.
The Reconstruction Design Council launched its study group chaired by Professor Jun Iio and held its first meeting on April 20, 2011. The Study Group is assigned to provide the Council with its expertise in the various fields related to the reconstruction design and will study relevant elements needed in the deliberations of the Council.

April 14, 2011

The Council holds its first meeting and has a briefing on the current situations in the disaster areas.
The Reconstruction Design Council held its first meeting on April 14, 2011 and had a detailed briefing from the government officials on the current situations in the regions affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake as well as the measures already taken for the immediate recovery and to be taken by the Government and other actors.

 

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