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Japan Quake Budget to Build 100,000 Homes

Japan’s $50B Quake Budget to Build 100,000 Shelter HomesJapan’s government has proposed a $50 billion special budget – the first of several expected - that includes the building of temporary homes for the 135,000 people left homeless after a March 11 earthquake and tsunami tore through the northern region of the country. The Associated Press reports that the plan calls for building 30,000 homes by the end of May. Read More

Local residents walk on a street covered with collapsed houses and damaged vehicles in Tagajo, Miyagi (Photo: KAZUHIRO NOGI/AFP/Getty Images)
An aerial view shows floodwater and debris around the terminal building of Sendai airport in Natori. (Photo: JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images
A member of the Japanese Self Defense Forces appears through the window of destroyed house. (Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
Shigeru Ban, Hon. FAIA, wrote on his Web site earlier this week, the the cardboard partitions are necessary to help the refugees avoid distress from lack of privacy.
A couple walks under falling snow amongst the rubble in Yamada, Iwate prefecture, on March 15, 2011. (Photo: JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
A man and his sister stand before their broken house, destroyed by the tsunami at Rikuzentakata in Iwate prefecture on March 17, 2011. (Photo: JIJI PRESS/AFP/Getty Images)
The devastated City Hall building of Rikuzentaka city is seen amid debris. (Photo: STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Self-Defense Force members continue rescue work (Photo by Sankei via Getty Images)

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  • The AIA knows the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan is on the minds of many of our members. We invite you to send us your comments on the tragedy and we will post them in this space. Email your thoughts to or join the discussion on AIA KnowledgeNet.


    Dear People of Japan, with millions of others throughout the world, we offer our sympathy and prayers to all of you who have lost and suffered so much. We pray and hope for your recovery in all ways – physical, emotional, and spiritual.

    Karen Lewand, Hon. AIA
    Executive Director


    As a nation, we grieve with you and your people as you struggle to comprehend and adapt to the daily trauma of this natural disaster. Friends and allys, our prayers go out to your families and business communities for hope and faith that your recovery will bring new life and, once again, a revitalized Japan.

    Lisa Bounds, IFDA
    Ellicott Interiors, LLC


    Very sorry to hear about the current problems in Japan. Our hearts go out to you. Our thoughts are with you.


    A few years ago, my son was fortunate to be able to experience being an exchange student in Japan. My wife and I will always be grateful to his host family with whom he stayed, had meals and traveled with. They and my son continue to communicate with one another on occasion, and their generosity will never be forgotten. Later, my family and I had the pleasure of hosting a Japanese exchange student in our home. Obviously, each of us in my family feels some connection and relationship with those there. Our hearts and prayers are, and will be, with all in your country during this time of tragedy and through what I’m sure, are difficulties that I cannot even imagine.

    Bill Groh, AIA
    Architect-Healthcare Services
    Shive-Hattery, Inc.




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