Both the government of Canada and the western province of British Columbia are contributing to efforts for northern Japan’s Tohoku region as it continues to recover from last year’s earthquake and tsunami. Canada’s aid will go to the Tohoku Reconstruction Project, whose first goal is rebuilding the Yuriage City Public Market, an important asset for the local fishing and farming industries.
Canada’s Minster of Natural Resources, Joe Oliver, commented on the announcement that Canada was pleased to be able to help the people of Japan in the wake of the disasters, and also proud that they could contribute with Canadian material recognized for their quality. Referring to wood-frame construction, Oliver said the form of construction was widely recognized in Japan and Canada, and is gaining global acceptance. British Columbia Premier Christy Clark also commented that the wood being used would be a symbol of the province’s friendship to those in Japan recovering from disaster.
The Yuriage City Public Market, which was visited by people from Natori and Sendai, was destroyed in March of last year. The new market will be built with 2×4’s of wood and other products from the B.C.’s forests. As the first undertaking for the Tohoku Reconstruction Project, it has received $2 million each from both the province of British Columbia and Canada’s central government, as well as another $500,000 in donations from Canada’s forest industry. This in all in addition to over $40 million that donated by Canadian citizens and businesses, with $1.5 million from the forest industry going towards humanitarian aid from the Red Cross.
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