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Kishida pledges to accelerate Fukushima reconstruction

Prime Minister Fumio Kishida visits the site slated to host the Fukushima Institute for Research, Education and Innovation in Namie on Saturday.

Sep 17, 2022

Minamisoma, Fukushima Pref. – Prime Minister Fumio Kishida on Saturday renewed his pledge to quickly rebuild damaged areas of Fukushima Prefecture as he visited the prefecture for the seventh time since taking office in October last year.

“We will make use of research and development, industrialization and human resources development to accelerate Fukushima’s creative reconstruction,” Kishida said to reporters during a visit to the Fukushima Robot Test Field, which was established in Minamisoma as a center for industry creation and advanced research.

Fukushima was rocked by the massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 and the ensuing meltdowns at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The prime minister tried his hand at controlling an avatar robot that moves in sync with the user’s body and rode in the cockpit of a flying car.

He later exchanged opinions with local business leaders over measures to help startups.

Earlier in the day, Kishida visited a “reconstruction base” zone in the town of Futaba, for which the government recently lifted its nuclear evacuation order issued following the Fukushima No. 1 plant meltdowns. He held talks with Shiro Izawa, mayor of Futaba, one of the two host towns of the nuclear plant, and young town staff members.

He also visited the site in the nearby town of Namie slated to host the Fukushima Institute for Research, Education and Innovation.

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