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About 40 percent of the first batch of public housing for people displaced by the Fukushima nuclear disaster will not be ready by the end of fiscal 2015, forcing those who evacuated to wait longer for permanent abodes.

At a Reconstruction Promotion Council meeting Aug. 4 in Fukushima, the prefectural government revealed that 1,600 housing units, or about 40 percent of the first 3,700 planned in the prefecture, will likely face delays of up to nine months.

Residents who evacuated from the area after March 11th 2011 were scheduled to move into the units by March 2016. But construction delays have forced the prefecture to talk with the central government about extending the deadline, officials said.

According to the prefecture, it is taking longer than expected to conclude deals with landowners of construction sites for large housing complexes. Work to transform forests and rice paddies into residential land is also going slowly.

In addition to the first batch of 3,700 units due in fiscal 2015 ending in March 2016, 1,190 more expected to be built in the same time frame are likely to be delayed by a year, they said.
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First tranche of public housing for Fukushima evacuees hit by delays (Japan Times)

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