The loss of taxpayers
and taxable assets in the bombing greatly shrank the tax base of
the city, which turned to the national government for special assistance.
Mayor Shinzo Hamai made the rounds of ministries and agencies asking
for money and land grants, but he was refused on the grounds that
Hiroshima was only one of many cities ravaged by war.
In June 1946, the City Restoration Bureau calculated the money needed for complete restoration. The total cost of public works projects was ¥2.043 billion, with more than ¥937,580,000 going to roads. Adding the expense of various cultural buildings, the total was a massive ¥2.277 billion. To put this amount in perspective, the city's total initial budget for 1946 was ¥9,614,114; for 1947, it was ¥47,252,891.
Suggestions included presenting General MacArthur, the Supreme Allied Commander, with a position paper, doggedly petitioning the national government, and requesting other countries for assistance. Mounting intensity failed to bring progress. The stalemate was broken by the idea of enacting the Hiroshima Peace Memorial City Construction Law.