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Visit to Miyagi Prefecture

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashimatsushima City (1)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashimatsushima City (1)

  • Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashimatsushima City (1)
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting a shopping center in Minamisanriku Town (1)
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting a shopping center in Minamisanriku Town (2)
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister observing the building of the former disaster prevention center from a shopping center in Minamisanriku Town
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting a commercial area in Onagawa Town (1)
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting a commercial area in Onagawa Town (2)
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister offering a silent bow in front of the “Ganbaro! Ishinomaki” signboard
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister observing the “Ganbaro! (Let’s do our best) Ishinomaki” signboard
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting the planned site for the Ishinomaki-minamihama Tsunami Memorial Park (1)
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting the planned site for the Ishinomaki-minamihama Tsunami Memorial Park (2)
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashimatsushima City (2)
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashimatsushima City (3)
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashimatsushima City (4)
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister offering flowers in the Yuriage area of Natori City
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister offering a silent bow in the Yuriage area of Natori City
  • Photograph of the Prime Minister observing a land readjustment project in the Yuriage area of Natori City

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting a shopping center in Minamisanriku Town (1)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting a shopping center in Minamisanriku Town (1)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting a shopping center in Minamisanriku Town (2)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting a shopping center in Minamisanriku Town (2)

Photograph of the Prime Minister observing the building of the former disaster prevention center from a shopping center in Minamisanriku Town

Photograph of the Prime Minister observing the building of the former disaster prevention center from a shopping center in Minamisanriku Town

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting a commercial area in Onagawa Town (1)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting a commercial area in Onagawa Town (1)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting a commercial area in Onagawa Town (2)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting a commercial area in Onagawa Town (2)

Photograph of the Prime Minister offering a silent bow in front of the “Ganbaro! Ishinomaki” signboard

Photograph of the Prime Minister offering a silent bow in front of the “Ganbaro! Ishinomaki” signboard

Photograph of the Prime Minister observing the “Ganbaro! (Let’s do our best) Ishinomaki” signboard

Photograph of the Prime Minister observing the “Ganbaro! (Let’s do our best) Ishinomaki” signboard

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting the planned site for the Ishinomaki-minamihama Tsunami Memorial Park (1)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting the planned site for the Ishinomaki-minamihama Tsunami Memorial Park (1)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting the planned site for the Ishinomaki-minamihama Tsunami Memorial Park (2)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting the planned site for the Ishinomaki-minamihama Tsunami Memorial Park (2)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashimatsushima City (2)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashimatsushima City (2)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashimatsushima City (3)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashimatsushima City (3)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashimatsushima City (4)

Photograph of the Prime Minister visiting Miyanomori Elementary School in Higashimatsushima City (4)

Photograph of the Prime Minister offering flowers in the Yuriage area of Natori City

Photograph of the Prime Minister offering flowers in the Yuriage area of Natori City

Photograph of the Prime Minister offering a silent bow in the Yuriage area of Natori City

Photograph of the Prime Minister offering a silent bow in the Yuriage area of Natori City

Photograph of the Prime Minister observing a land readjustment project in the Yuriage area of Natori City

Photograph of the Prime Minister observing a land readjustment project in the Yuriage area of Natori City

[Provisional Translation]

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Miyagi Prefecture.

The Prime Minister visited a shopping center that has made a fresh start after moving from a temporary facility to a permanent facility in Minamisanriku Town, and then visited a redeveloped commercial area in Onagawa Town. Afterwards, the Prime Minister offered flowers and a silent bow in front of the "Ganbaro (Let's do our best)! Ishinomaki" signboard in Ishinomaki City, and observed the planned site for the Ishinomaki-minamihama Tsunami Memorial Park. In addition, in Higashimatsushima City, the Prime Minister visited Miyanomori Elementary School, which has been built on a plateau in the Nobiru Hokubu Kyuryo area. Lastly, the Prime Minister offered flowers and a silent bow at a memorial in the Yuriage area of Natori City, and observed a land readjustment project.

After his visit, the Prime Minister said,

"Reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake has been a top priority since the inauguration of the Abe administration. With many people still facing difficult circumstances, even a single day's delay is unacceptable. I have made my 34th visit to the disaster-affected region, this time with Minister for Reconstruction Yoshino. We will continue to pay the utmost attention to the frontlines and take into consideration the sensitivities of disaster victims. Based on this approach, we will steadily deliver results one by one to regain the trust of the people.

Today I was able to see once again bright happy faces at the renovated Sun Sun Shopping Village in Minamisanriku and at Hama Terrace in Onagawa. The passion and efforts of everyone in the communities have given rise to the establishment of new centers and new flows of people. It makes me happy to see for myself that reconstruction is making steady progress.

Furthermore, in Higashimatsushima, I visited Miyanomori Elementary School, which has been newly opened on a plateau. The school building uses a lot of wood and has a very warm feel. It is truly a school in a forest. I believe that the children studying in this wonderful environment are the hope and the future of the areas affected by the disaster.
A large number of precious lives were lost in that large-scale disaster. Many lost those who were dear to them as well as their loved ones. During this visit, I once again offered a moment of silence in Ishinomaki and in Yuriage. Taking to heart the feelings of such people, I have renewed my resolve to do everything in my power for the reconstruction of homes, the reconstruction of 'nariwai,' or occupations and livelihoods that sustain people's daily lives, mental health care, and the reconstruction of the areas affected by the disaster. There can be no revitalization of Japan without the reconstruction of Tohoku. Based on this view, the Abe administration will continue to make concerted efforts towards reconstruction."

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