Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited the towns of Namie and Tomioka in the Fukushima Prefecture to check on the progress of reconstruction efforts in two of the no-go zones around the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant. He also assured the displaced residents that the government has not forgotten them and that his administration will do everything they can to help them rebuild their lives.
In only his second visit to the region in his second term as Prime Minister, he met with local farmers in Tomioka to discuss their next steps when limited access will finally be allowed for the residents of the town. This means some residents will be allowed to make periodic short visits to their houses. He listened to the farmers’ concerns about the possible radioactive contamination of their crops, due to the nuclear meltdown in 2011. In Namie, where limited access will be allowed by April 1, he met with local officials and checked on shopping areas and local government offices. Namie Mayor Tamotsu Baba requested to hasten infrastructure work in their town and PM Abe agreed that reconstruction efforts need to be stepped up.
PM Abe said that the decontamination of the 20 kilometer no-go zone and the ongoing clean up inside the power plant is something that humanity has never experienced and he believes that the successful recovery efforts in the region will eventually lead to the reconstruction of Japan.
[ via Jiji Press ]