Japan Needs Powerful Reconstruction Body: Kuntoro

Thursday, May 26, 2011

TOKYO (Nikkei)--Kuntoro Mangkusubroto, who led Indonesia's rebuilding efforts after the gigantic earthquake and tsunami that hit the country in 2004, said Thursday that Japan needs a powerful entity to oversee reconstruction following the March 11 disaster.

Speaking at the Future of Asia conference, co-sponsored by The Nikkei and the Japan Center for Economic Research, Kuntoro said the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant is making the situation complicated and that Japan's reconstruction body should be given more authority than the Indonesian one had.

Following the 2004 disaster, Kuntoro served as director of the rehabilitation and reconstruction agency for Aceh Province and the island of Nias.

Titles of speakers, names of companies, etc., were correct as of the time when the forum was held.