Newly-minted United States ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy made her very first official visit to northeastern Japan, the hardest hit of the regions in the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami of 2011. This was her first trip to the Tohoku region as she received a briefing on how the region has coped with the disaster.
Kennedy, the daughter of assassinated U.S. President John F. Kennedy, met with Miyagi Prefecture Governor Yoshihiro Murai and assured him that they have not forgotten the survivors of the massive natural calamity. She said it was important that she make this visit to the area, as a lot of Americans back home were inspired with the way the Japanese people responded and by the courage of those who were affected. Murai asked her to continue to tell people about what she saw in the region, to let the whole world know that there is still a lot to be done and the survivors hope the rest of the world will not forget about what they went through.
Local land ministry officials also gave their updates to the ambassador on what was the impact of the earthquake and tsunami in all aspects of their lives. The March 2011 incident killed 15,000 people and to date, there are still 2,600 people missing or presumed dead. Thousands more, particularly in the Fukushima region, are still displaced or may never return home due to radiation fears after the meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
[via Global Post]