By ERIC JOHNSTON
OSAKA — Of the more than ¥251.4 billion collected for survivors of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, only about 15 percent had been distributed by the beginning of this month, largely due to the scale of the disaster and the lack of local manpower to distribute the funds.
Donations are managed by a government committee established in early April, and allocated to the victims of the disaster starting with prefectural governments and following with cities, towns and villages.
By NATSUKO FUKUE
SAITAMA - Governments in the Kanto region opened shelters Thursday for people who have evacuated from northern Japan.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government opened the Tokyo Budokan arena in Adachi Ward and Ajinomoto Stadium in Chofu for 1,600 evacuees.