Reconstruction Promotion Committee
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The Prime Minister said in his opening address, "I visited Miyagi, Fukushima and Iwate Prefectures on July 3, 7 and 14, respectively, in order to understand the actual situation of the disaster-stricken areas. I was able to hear various stories from people in the fisheries industry and residents of temporary housing
What I felt particularly strongly was that even in the disaster-stricken areas where evidence of tsunami damage can still be seen, it is clear that things are now steadily shifting from the stage of drawing up a vision for the reconstruction to the stage of actually putting things into practice.
The government is engaged in measures such as the transfer of residential areas to plateaus and the full-fledged reconstruction of industries. At the same time, the Cabinet has decided last month the Basic Guidelines on Fukushima Reconstruction and Revitalization for the reconstruction and revitalization of Fukushima from the nuclear disaster.
I would like to accelerate the efforts toward reconstruction by paying attention to various opinions.
It is scheduled that the Reconstruction Promotion Committee will compile a mid-term report by around September. I would like to ask Dr. Makoto Iokibe, chairman of the committee, and other members to continue with lively discussions."