2008-05-21 12:12:05 GMT 2008-05-21 20:12:05 (Beijing Time) Xinhua English
TOKYO, May 21 (Xinhua) -- The Japanese government is deliberating on measures to improve the quake-resistant level of public school buildings, said a chief government spokesman Wednesday.
Japan has some 10,000 school buildings with potential safety problems in the event of an earthquake, said Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura at a regular press briefing.
These school buildings need immediate repair work as they serve as evacuation shelters in case of any disaster, said Machimura.
He said that the central government might earmark more money for the quake-resistant reinforcement of school buildings since local governments are in tight fiscal conditions and could hardly bear the financial burdens.