Press Release

Situation of Temporary Housing Imported from Foreign Countries


As of June 21st, 2011, the relevant prefectural governments as a whole have planned to construct about 51,000 units of emergency temporary housing in the disaster-stricken area of the Great East Japan Earthquake; construction work of about 44,000 units has been started or will be started within a few days, of which about 31,000 units have already been completed.

At present , the number of temporary housing units imported from foreign countries, excluding those that use imported materials partially, is 550 in total; 150 units using materials of Thailand and 400 units using materials of China which have been ordered in Iwate and Fukushima prefectures and are being constructed by the local contractors.

Temporary housing units other than those 550 units are constructed by using domestic materials basically, except for those that use imported materials such as heat-insulating materials partially. Regarding the remaining units unordered in Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, both prefectural governments are currently reconfirming the number of units required by municipalities, and the coordination of construction sites and the preparation of orders are in progress (Orders are made by the prefectural government in Fukushima, whereas they are made either by the prefectural government or by municipalities in Miyagi.); construction materials for those remaining units are procurable domestically.

We would like to add that we have recently obtained information through Korean media reports that there is a Japanese company which is offering to Korean companies to make contracts for the import of a mass of temporary housing units in the disaster-stricken area of the Great East Japan Earthquake. However, those media reports differ completely from the actual circumstances mentioned above.