Build Back Better from the 2016 Earthquakes
In response to the unprecedented disaster, in which Kumamoto was struck but two earthquakes of intensity 7 on the Japanese scale and suffered more than 4,300 aftershocks, I have been working alongside Kumamoto’s residents to resolve our difficulties one by one in accordance with the following principles: Minimize the pain experienced by earthquake victims. Accomplish our goal of Build Back Better. Connect Kumamoto’s revival with future development opportunities.
In Kumamoto, we have put in place ten major points in order to strengthen and expand recovery efforts and successfully connect reconstruction with development for the future. This will include rebuilding homes, reconstructing roads to Aso, and other initiatives that will improve the lives of people across the prefecture. Focusing on these ten points, we will share with prefectural residents our goals for Kumamoto’s revival and our progress in reaching these goals, and we will speed up the recovery effort.
Recovering from the earthquake is impossible if each individual victim is not able to recover. There will be many difficulties to overcome to achieve complete recovery, but there is a deep bond between all those who experienced the Kumamoto earthquakes. We all feel great appreciation for the support we have received from all over Japan, and we will all work together to Build Back Better.
Governor of Kumamoto Ikuo Kabashima