• Kyodo


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Fukushima Prefecture on Sunday to check the progress of reconstruction in areas damaged by the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

Abe visited Namie, a town that was evacuated following the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant and that only offers restricted access to residents.

“I would like to step up efforts to rebuild” the area, Abe said, responding to a request from Namie Mayor Tamotsu Baba to hasten infrastructure work.

The entire town is designated as a no-go zone, but the boundaries of the restricted area will be narrowed April 1, with residents to be allowed to visit some parts temporarily.

Abe also visited Tomioka, where the no-go zone will be narrowed from Monday, and heard complaints from farmers who detailed fears about radioactive contamination of their produce.