Japan to Create Jobs for Earthquake Victims

The Japanese government announced Tuesday a package of measures to create jobs for those left without livelihoods following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.

Companies hiring young people affected by the disaster within three years of their graduation will receive 1.2 million yen in subsidies per person. Those taking on others, including the disabled, will receive subsidies of up to 900,000 yen per head.

After the 1995 earthquake in the western Japan city of Kobe, subsidies were given to companies that hired victims aged 45 or over. But the new measures will not impose age limits due to the enormity of the problem.

In reconstruction projects, companies in target areas will be given priority in the selection of contractors.

The national government and local governments will form a panel to study such projects in each of the affected prefectures.

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