Tokyo, Aug. 31 (Jiji Press)–The Japanese government decided Friday to make all major train stations quake-resistant by March 2016 as part of a five-year plan for infrastructure development.
Given the experience of the massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, Japan aims to increase the proportion of quake-resistant major train stations across the country from the current 88 pct to 100 pct. Major stations are defined as those used by 10,000 passengers per day.
A total of 75 targets are included in the infrastructure plan, which covers the five years through March 2017. Many of them are disaster response measures.
In fiscal 2003, the government first adopted a five-year program for infrastructure development by integrating nine similar plans to build airports and port facilities among others. The current program is the third of its kind.
By making all 268 major train stations quake-resistant, the government hopes to prepare for a massive earthquake said to hit Tokyo and another expected in the Nankai Trough off the coast of central to southwestern Japan.
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