24 Jun '11, 10am

Japan names quake reconstruction minister

TOKYO: Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan has chosen disaster management minister Ryu Matsumoto as the minister in charge of reconstruction from the March 11 quake and tsunami, reports said Friday. Matsumoto, who also serves as an environment minister, will officially take up the new portfolio on Monday, according to major local media, including Jiji Press, public broadcaster NHK and the Nikkei financial daily. The senior ruling party lawmaker has been in charge of programmes to remove debris and to deliver aid to tens of thousands of people living at evacuation shelters, NHK said. Kan decided to give 60-year-old Matsumoto the new post to ensure continuity in those programmes, NHK said. Officials are considering handing his environment duties to another person to allow Matsumoto to focus on his new position, Jiji Press said. Scores of communities along the northern Pacific c...

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