Fukushima municipalities secure 83.7% of aid staff sought from elsewhere

18 February 2017

Fukushima Prefecture's 17 municipalities seeking support staff from elsewhere to cover manpower shortages stemming from the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi plant secured 83.7% of their required numbers for fiscal 2017 as of Feb. 1, up 21.7 percentage points from the fulfillment rate a year earlier for fiscal 2016 ending this March. Prefectural government officials attributed the improvement to growing moves among the villages, towns and cities concerned to employ staff on their own, including limited-term workers, along with efforts to request other prefectures and municipalities to dispatch supporters.

The figures were made known on Feb. 17 at a meeting of representatives from the municipalities seeking backup staff, held in Fukushima city. Of the 651 staffers sought, 545 have been secured, leaving 106 yet to be filled.

The municipalities requested outside concerns to dispatch 298 staffers, securing 192 or 64.4%. It involved the good offices of the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry and independent channels such as friendly municipalities having disaster cooperation and sister-city ties as well as Fukushima and other prefectural governments.

Meanwhile, the number of municipalities covering shortages by hiring temporary staff is on the rise, with 353 people secured through limited-term contracts, reappointments and other means, more than the number of staffers seconded from outside concerns.

(Translated by Kyodo News)