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Procurement of Relief Supplies

“Do whatever it takes, regardless of the jurisdiction of the MLIT.” Under the strong leadership of the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, procurement of relief supplies had been undertaken by the Regional Bureau staff on behalf of the affected municipalities based on their needs, until full-scale communication system was restored in the affected areas.

  • Relief supplies sent: temporary housing, portable toilets, fuels (diesel oil, kerosene, gasoline, etc.), machinery such as backhoes, daily necessities (diapers, futon, etc.), food (powder milk, canned food, etc.), etc.
  • Procurement was made under the support of the Japan Civil Engineering Contractors Association, Inc., the Japan Road Contractors Association, etc. What had been procured by March 31, 2011 against the requests of the municipalities was:
    • The number of items requested: 218
    • The ratio of successful procurement to request: 91%
    • Average time to accomplish the procurement after relevant request was made: 3 days

Procurement went beyond the jurisdiction of the MLIT

A letter from the Tohoku Regional Bureau chief was handed over to the leaders of the affected municipalities by dispatched liaisons (on-site coordinator for disaster response). “Consider me a dealer of black market, and tell us anything you need”, said the letter. Although the “willingness to extend any kind of support even beyond the jurisdiction of the MLIT” was expressed in the previous message, most of the municipal leaders were hesitant about asking what was offered. That was why the message was so phrased, in an expression rarely used in official letters, to let the municipality leaders know that the message was indeed what it meant.
After this message, many municipality leaders indeed started contacting the Bureau for a variety of requests. The exceptional procurement began. Things ranging from temporary housing, portable toilets, fuels, etc. to sanitary items and coffins were procured.

A letter handed over to the municipal leaders

A letter handed over to the municipal leaders

Tuesday, March 22, 2012
To the leaders of the affected municipalities
Hideo Tokuyama, chief of the Tohoku Regional Bureau

I guess you have been busy with restoration works. Though I said in my letter to you yesterday, I would repeat. Tell us anything you need, even if it is beyond the jurisdiction of the MLIT.

Here is what happened yesterday. This is a conversation with a mayor.
I said, “We can deliver even coffins“.
“Really? That’s amazing, if you can do that”, said a mayor.
We actually called various people, and purchased coffins directly or made arrangement with coffin owners.

I guess you still think, “It must be impossible, because they are a member of the Regional Bureau under the MLIT”, but this is misconception. We have been told by Ohata, the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, “Work as a representative of the Japanese Government, regardless of the jurisdiction of the MLIT”. So, tell us anything you need. Take the word as it is.
Consider me a “dealer of black market”, not a “Bureau chief”. We are willing to extend our help anytime.

Main relief supplies for the local governments

Temporary building (Minamisanriku government office building)
Portable toilet
Tent
Temporary building (Otsuchi government office building)
Fuel supply (refueling bulldozer)
Engine generator (shipping by boat)

List of relief supplies for local governments (As of March 31)

Item Total amount Number demanded Number supplied
Temporary buildings 300 12 8
Carpet 1,951m2 2 0
Insulating material 6,990m2 2 0
Portable toilets 1,039 11 11
Tents 576 7 4
Coffins 100 1 1
Storage bags 883 2 2
Gasoline 11,000L 4 4
Gas oil 36,740L 17 17
Kerosene 56,400L 8 8
Engine generators 95 9 9
Communication facility 1 1 1
Installation of satellite phone 1 set 1 1
Backhoes 6 2 2
Bottled water/tea 31,900 8 8
Daily necessities, food etc. 1 set 22 22
Sanitary napkins 300 1 1
Diapers
(for child/adult)
500 1 1
Futons 300 sets 1 1
Washing machines 30 2 2
Laundry detergent 20 boxes 2 2
Stand/Pole for drying clothes 50 sets 1 1
PCs 27 1 0
Anchors/Wires 109 2 2
Shackles 20 1 1
Anchoring wires 20 1 1
Balloon lights 14 4 4
“Terastar” lights 7 2 2
Flood lights 10 1 1
Cable drums 22 3 3
Lighting vehicles 2 1 1
Chain saws 30 1 1
File, etc. 1 set 1 1
Oil/fat 1 set 1 1
Fuel oil 1 set 1 1
Vinyl tape 10 1 1
Water trucks 2 2 2
Water tanks 4 1 1
Sprinkler trucks 18 4 4
Item Total amount Number demanded Number supplied
Timber 8,000 2 2
Oil pumps 5 1 1
Gas cylinders 147 1 1
Boxes of charcoal 150 1 1
Firewood 2t 1 1
Underwater pumps 7 3 3
Sunny hoses 10 5 5
“Unic” truck 1 1 1
Pump for refill 1 set 1 0
Blue sheets 15,627 4 4
“Tora” ropes 23 3 3
Sandbags 101,551 7 7
Bags of slacked lime 100 1 1
Anchors 1,000 1 1
Boxes of oil absorbing mats 50 1 1
Color cones 360 3 3
Composite panels 200 2 2
Red spray 24 1 1
Waterproof sheet 2,000m2 1 1
Bamboo brooms 75 1 1
Monocycles 170 3 2
Raincoats 667 3 3
Work gloves 30 1 1
Scoops 740 6 4
Rakes 20 1 0
Work clothes 100 1 1
Boots 110 2 2
Rubber gloves 10 1 1
Flash lights 50 1 0
Helmets 140 2 1
Loudspeakers 32 2 2
Bicycles 12 2 2
Speaker systems 7 sets 2 1
Road cleaning vehicle 1 1 1
Attachment for B.H 1 1 1
Debris processing (man power) 1 set 1 1
Chairs 16 1 1
Desks 18 1 1
Total   218 198

The space of the Bureau’s website was made available for the affected municipalities which lost a means of communication.

Disaster-stricken municipalities lost a means of effective communication. They must be having a hard time due to shortage of necessary goods - the MLIT Tohoku Regional Bureau made a “Temporary Bulletin Board for the Affected Municipalities“ on the Bureau’s website, until a full-scale communication means was restored in the municipalities. The bulletin was used by 20 municipalities as a space to make necessary announcements, for example, about their needs for relief supplies, etc. Urgent needs announced on this bulletin brought about the flow of relief supplies from all over Japan.

< Reaction to the Temporary Bulletin Board on the web >

The Soka Town Association happened to notice that there was a need of school supplies such as satchels in Otsuchi. The Association resolved to contribute 1,085,000 yen for purchasing satchels for kids in Otsuchi.

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