The Prime Minister Visits Fukushima Prefecture
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda visited Fukushima Prefecture to gauge the extent of the damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake and to exchange views with local municipalities and relevant parties.
First, the Prime Minister visited J-Village in Naraha Town, Fukushima Prefecture and gave words of encouragement to the people and the Self-Defense Force (SDF) members who are engaged in the work there. Then, after changing into protective gear, the Prime Minister offered words of encouragement to the police members who guard the checkpoint inside the No-entry Zone. From there, the Prime Minister headed to the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO)'s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. At the Emergency Center, he extended words of encouragement to the personnel engaged in the work to bring the nuclear accident to a conclusion. He then examined the nuclear reactor building, among other sites.
Afterwards, the Prime Minister observed the Central Meeting Hall and an elementary school in Date City where decontamination work is underway to remove the radioactive substances, and received an explanation of the overall decontamination work, among other matters.
Lastly, the Prime Minister headed to the Fukushima Prefectural Office and exchanged views with Mr. Yuhei Sato, Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, and the mayors of municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture.