Abe visits Fukushima to check reconstruction efforts


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.

  • IAskThis

    Does he have the courage to do what’s best for the Japanese people?

  • Raphael von Blumenthal

    I find this to be somewhat of a non-story, a photo opportunity for Abe who has very little to say. “I would like to step up efforts to rebuild” – why has it taken so long? Why are so many still in temporary housing? Why are many of the funds that were promised to the rebuilding effort being syphoned to other local governments? Perhaps most importantly though, why do journalists not have the courage to probe for the answers to such questions?