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Roads designed to promote Tohoku revitalization following the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami will fully open in four prefectures by the end of fiscal 2020, the land ministry said Thursday.

The opening of the final 47 kilometers of roads in five sections is now set for the end of March 2021.

At a news conference, land minister Keiichi Ishii said the occasion will be “very meaningful from the viewpoint of stimulating the region, revitalizing local business activities and helping the recovery from the disaster.”

“We’ll do all we can to open all routes,” he said.

In November 2011, the ministry decided to construct 550 kilometers of roads in the prefectures of Aomori, Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima to reinforce infrastructure in disaster-stricken areas. So far, 397 kilometers, or about 70 percent of the total, have opened to traffic.

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