The bottom part of the trunk had already been installed on February 12, 2013, and now the entire trunk is up, with the steel rod in the core and secured by glue.
According to NHK (the link has the news clip), a woman in her 60s who came to see the work said she felt power and strength from the dead tree.
The mummified pine tree was installed in the same location where it had stood for 175 years before damaged irreparably by the March 11, 2011 tsunami and died. On February 6, fake leaves and branches made out of special resin will be attached to the trunk.
From NHK, the tree trunk being installed by a crane:
From Yomiuri Shinbun local Kanagawa version (2/28/2013), fake leaves and branches ready to be attached; they were made by a company in Sagamihara City in Kanagawa:
It is really none of my business if the city residents would rather resurrect a dead and mummified tree as their symbol, than actually resurrecting their city from rubble and desolation It's their choice, but my cheer and support would go to the latter.