6 Juin 2016
June 3, 2016
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his government will lead efforts to revive communities in Fukushima, including areas where radiation levels remain prohibitively high.
Abe on Friday inspected the villages of Kawauchi and Katsurao near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Evacuation orders for parts of the 2 villages are due to be lifted in mid-June.
In Katsurao, former residents asked the prime minister to support people who plan to return and resume farming and other businesses.
Abe told them that the desire to revive the hometown is the driving force for reconstruction. He promised to do his best to restore community ties and vitality.
Abe told reporters the government plans to present ideas by the summer for restoring heavily-contaminated areas declared unfit for return.
He said it will be a long process, but that his government is determined to see it through.