A new, high-level special panel has been established to guide the recovery process in Japan. In the U.S., such blue-ribbon panels also have been used effectively, after a disaster. From the Asahi news service: New panel to offer post-quake reconstruction vision, April 13, 2011. The composition of the panel is quite interesting.
The government set up a panel Monday to develop a big-picture national reconstruction plan following the Great East Japan Earthquake. Makoto Iokibe, president of the National Defense Academy of Japan, was named chairman of the panel, which is expected to compile its first package of proposals in June.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan met with Iokibe for about 50 minutes Monday and told him, “We hope that a good blueprint can be presented to us because the public has high expectations.” At a Monday news conference, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said, “It will be important to put together a comprehensive vision that will give hope to the disaster victims and that can be shared by the entire public.” Architect Tadao Ando and Takashi Mikuriya, a political science professor at the University of Tokyo, were chosen as deputy chairmen.
Among the 12 members appointed to the panel are the governors of the three prefectures that suffered the greatest damage–Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.
Thanks to Phil Palin for calling my attention to this source.