Japan govt. to subsidize work by quake-hit areas to fix liquefaction

The Japanese government has decided on support programs for areas affected by liquefaction triggered by the New Year's Day earthquake in central Japan.

The government finalized the measures on Friday at a taskforce meeting on the Noto Peninsula earthquake. The quake caused liquefaction in the prefectures of Ishikawa, Toyama and Niigata.

The measures include an augmented subsidy program for local governments in affected areas.

The government will pay half the costs to municipalities to fix liquefaction damage to residential areas together with public infrastructure such as water supplies, roads and parks.

The 50-percent subsidy rate will be a hike from the current 25 percent.

The government will also provide a subsidy of up to 1.2 million yen, or about 7,900 dollars, for repairing land which has liquefied and improving earthquake resistance when individuals restore their houses in other areas.

Prime Minister Kishida Fumio instructed relevant Cabinet ministers to do all they can to advance rebuilding of quake-hit areas.