Sessions to Discuss Rokkakugawa River Basin Plan (Draft) with People in the Basin

Each evening from 26 August to 7 September 2011, MLIT Takeo River Office organized the session for people to discuss Rokkakugawa River Basin Plan (Draft). According to the River Law revised in 1997 below, the river improvement plan is divided into two parts: one dealing with matters thought of as the basis for river improvement (Basic river management policy) and the other dealing with specifics concerning river improvement (River improvement plan). For the Rokkakugawa River basin, the basic river management policy was established in 2009. Based on this policy, the river improvement plan, called Rokkakugawa River Basin Plan has been drafted and now is in the process of public comments since 11 August 2011. During this period, nine sessions were organized. There were about 380 people in total for nine sessions. The deadline of public comment is 16 September 2011 either through email, mail, facsimile, MLIT homepage or post-boxes in the local community offices.

Draft of Rokkakugawa River Basin Plan (Japanese only)

30 people on Friday 26 August 2011, 18:30-20:30 in Kohoku Town

30 people on Monday 29 August 2011, 18:30-20:30 in Ogi City (Ogi)

60 people on Tuesday 30 August 2011, 18:30-20:30 in Shiroishi Town

50 people on Wednesday 31 August 2011, 18:30-20:30 in Ogi City (Ushizu)

30 people on Thursday 1 September 2011, 18:30-20:30 in Ogi City (Ashikari)

30 people on Friday 2 September 2011, 18:30-20:30 in Taku City

60 people on Monday 5 September 2011, 18:30-20:30 in Takeo City (Takeo)

60 people on Tuesday 6 September 2011, 18:30-20:30 in Takeo City (Kitagata)

30 people on Wednesday 7 September 2011, 18:30-20:30 in Omachi Town

River Law revised on 4 June 1997

(The River Improvement Plan )
Article 16-2.


River administrators shall establish a plan to improve the river concerned hereinafter referred to as the river improvement plan for the section for which river improvement shall be implemented deliberately in accordance with the fundamental river management policy.

2 The river improvement plan shall comply with the fundamental river management policy and as provided for in the Government Ordinance 16-2-2), enabling an integrated administration of the river concerned. In such cases, the river administrator shall give special consideration to take necessary measures to prevent the occurrence of disasters and/or mitigate damages for those areas where disasters frequently occur due to precipitation, topography, geology and other conditions.

3 When river administrators intends to draft a river improvement plan , he shall consider opinions from persons with experience or an academic background when necessary.

4 In connection with the previous paragraph (Paragraph 3), river administrators shall take necessary measured, such as public hearings etc., to reflect the opinion of the people concerned whenever necessary.

5 When river administrators intend to establish a river improvement plan, he shall consider opinions from concerned prefectrural governors and mayors in advance as provided in Government Ordinance.

6 When river administrators establishes a river improvement plan, he shall make a public notification to that effect without delay.

7 Paragraphs 3 to 6 shall be applied mutatis mutandis for amendments to the river improvement plan .

(The River Law with commentary by article, cited from )






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