300,000 Still In Temporary Housing After 3-11 Disaster

NHK reports 300,000 are still in temporary housing after the March 2011 disaster. Japan Today cites a number of 305,000 across 8 prefectures. A lack of available housing in the region and also limited flat land to build housing units were cited as contributing to the problem.

23,000 units are planned but land has been secured for only 1/3 of the units planned and only 40 have been completed.  Of those 40 units, 12 are in Fukushima and 28 in Nagano. 7,351 houses have the paperwork started, construction has begun on only 1,673.

The temporary housing includes accommodations rented by the government that could be anything from a hotel room to an apartment. About 50,000 temporary housing units were built in the region. These are very small trailer like units that are about 300 square feet sometimes housing whole families. About 100 units are tightly packed into plots of land. There are also still some isolated incidents of people still in emergency shelter situations like the group of elderly Futaba residents still living in a former school in Saitama.

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