I made an official visit yesterday to the disaster areas affected by the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant on October 9. The Abe Cabinet is determined that “the restoration of Japan will not be accomplished without that of Fukushima Prefecture,” and is aiming at strengthening the current policy to restore Fukushima Prefecture as an integral part of the overall restoration policy for Japan. It is seven and a half years since the accident occurred, but the restoration of Fukushima Prefecture is still under way.
I visited three towns of Naraha, Futaba and Okuma in Fukushima Prefecture, and met with the mayor and the chairman of the assembly of each town. We exchanged our views on the current issues of the disaster areas, and agreed to accelerate the current and planned restoration programs. Right after each meeting was over, I announced the outcome of the meeting at the press conference on the spot. The two interim storages in towns of Futaba and Okuma aim to keep safely the remaining soil and other wastes after the decontamination treatment of radioactive materials until 2045 deadline when all the wastes must be finally treated outside the Prefecture. I shall be grateful to the people in those two towns for their kind cooperation.