Abe commits to Fukushima recovery

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Abe commits to Fukushima recovery

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Saturday pledged continued efforts for the reconstruction of Fukushima Prefecture, especially areas near the site of the 2011 nuclear accident.

“The government will make utmost efforts until the day the reconstruction of Fukushima is achieved,” Abe told reporters. The government-set postdisaster reconstruction support period is set to end in spring 2021.

“I’ve realized that progress has been made on reconstruction steadily step by step,” he said after visiting areas near Futaba Station of East Japan Railway Co.’s Joban Line. The station is on a section closed after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which triggered the nuclear accident.

An evacuation order is still in place in the town of Futaba, one of the host municipalities of Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s accident-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The government is resolved to take all possible measures to revive the local economy by taking advantage of the full reopening of the Joban Line planned for spring 2020, Abe said.

Earlier in the day, the prime minister visited a hospital with a multipurpose medical helicopter that opened in the Fukushima town of Tomioka in April this year.

Together with International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, Abe also visited a stadium in the city of Fukushima that will be used as a venue for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.