10,000 public housing complexes require earthquake-retrofitting

Of the 183,547 public housing complexes run by local governments and the Urban Renaissance Agency (UR) across Japan, as many as 10,111 buildings require earthquake-retrofitting work. The total number of individual apartments within these buildings is 396,361.

A further 25,758 buildings (148,910 units) have not yet been inspected for their earthquake resistance. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT) is strongly encouraging local governments to take prompt and necessary action.

UR owns 16,745 residential buildings of which 1681 require earthquake-retrofitting and 678 have yet to be inspected. UR has carried out retrofitting work on 80.5% of their buildings that were not built to the latest earthquake codes.

Source: Searchina, December 26, 2011.

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