The reporting out of Japan doesn’t define who is still homeless due to the nuclear disaster and who is still unable to return home due to the tsunami damage. 45,832 people still live in the tiny prefabricated temporary housing units. Others live in apartment buildings and other residential locations deemed “temporary” housing by the government. Some of the delay has been the slow construction of new public housing developments that were supposed to give residents a new permanent home. There have been accusations in the past that this construction was purposely slowed to prod people into returning home to areas that lack infrastructure or may still be contaminated.
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