Japanese government audit has found that chunks of the $150 billion fund intended for reconstruction after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami wound up being spent on other, unrelated projects, including faraway roads, ads for Japan's tallest building, and support for whaling research. Meanwhile, rebuilding has been frustratingly slow in some areas devastated in the disaster. "In 19 months, there have basically been no major changes," said Deputy Major Takashi Kubota of Rikuzentakata, a fishing port where nearly half of the houses were destroyed and "not one single new building" has been built downtown since the tsunami
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