26 Oct '11, 5am

Japan lawmakers propose to make Osaka the back-up capital in case natural disasters knock out Tokyo

TOKYO - Japan's government should turn Osaka's old airport into a site to handle administrative functions and economic activities in the event an earthquake, or other disaster, knocks out Tokyo, according to a group of lawmakers. The lawmakers from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) and opposition parties are proposing a National Emergency Management International City at Itami airport north-west of Osaka, they said at a press conference in Tokyo on Monday. The March 11 earthquake and tsunami in north-east Japan, which left nearly 20,000 people dead or missing and caused the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl in 1986, highlighted the need for an alternative seat of government, the lawmakers said. The earthquake knocked out trains and power around the capital, stranding millions of commuters. "The idea of being able to have a back up, have a spare battery ...

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