And why not?
Because his agency, modeled after the one that had existed in the wake of the devastating 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake, didn't tally. There was no plan to do so either.
Children at play, whether it's in Japan or in the US or the EU.
From Tokyo Shinbun (11/14/2012):
Amount of money spent for recovery and reconstruction in the disaster affected area: "We don't know", says Minister of Reconstruction
Minister of Reconstruction Tatsuo Hirano said in the Lower House Budget Committee meeting on November 13 that "there is no data compiled" to account for the amount for the money spent in the disaster-affected areas out of the total recovery/reconstruction budget for the March 11, 2011 disaster. It is another example of the lax treatment of the reconstruction budget.
Mr. Hirano explained that 60 percent, or 9 trillion yen has been spent, of the total 15 trillion yen recovery/reconstruction budget for the fiscal 2011 [that ended on March 31, 2012]. Of 9 trillion yen, he said he didn't know the exact the amount spent in the disaster-affected areas.
When questioned how much of the money actually spent had gone to the companies that did the actual work [of recovery/reconstruction] in the disaster-affected area, Mr. Hirano answered, "We will have to interview [the businesses] and find out. It will take time to collect the data."
The Reconstruction Agency is now tallying the amount of money actually spent in the disaster affected area.
As it has been revealed that the projects not related to the recovery of the disaster-affected areas got funding from the recovery/reconstruction budget, the agency has decided to tally up the amount even though there was no plan to do so.
What kind of projects got funded? Here are some examples:
Remodel the tax collection agency's offices throughout Japan so that the tax collectors can continue to operate even in a major disaster;
Counter the activities of anti-whaling groups;
Training in the prisons in Hokkaido and Saitama, so that the prisoners won't commit crimes in the disaster-affected areas once they are released;
Seismic retrofit for the government buildings throughout Japan
Renovate kitchens and baths in the Self Defense Force camps outside the disaster-affected areas
The last one I approve. It was not just SDF soldiers in Tohoku who were deployed in Tohoku right after the March 11, 2011 disaster.
The most cynical is the first one, remodeling of the tax offices so that the government continues to collect taxes in the next major disaster.
The general election cannot come soon enough, but it's just too bad you cannot vote out the bureaucrats who make their living out of taxpayers' money.