It's the prerogative of the local governments to decide whether to let companies based in other prefectures participate in reconstruction work to speed up the work or to place priority on protecting the interests of local companies. But it's the disaster victims who are forced to endure the inconvenience. It's necessary to think about how long local governments can make the victims wait.
Prof Toshihiko Hayashi of Doshisha University, an expert on economic policies. Very few construction companies outside the three prefectures devastated by the March 11, 2011 disaster have been invited to participate in the reconstruction of the region despite a government program meant to encourage them to do so. (Daily Yomiuri)