The Prime Minister Visits Miyagi and Iwate Prefectures
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda visited Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture, and Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture, to gauge the extent of the damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake and to exchange views with local municipalities and relevant parties.
Arriving at Matsushima Air Base of the Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF) by SDF aircraft, the Prime Minister travelled to Kesennuma City, Miyagi Prefecture and observed the damage to the Kesennuma Joint Government Building and fish market. The Prime Minister then exchanged views with Vice Governor of Miyagi Prefecture Shuichi Miura and Mayor of Kesennuma City Shigeru Sugawara at a hotel in Kesennuma City.
Afterwards, the Prime Minister travelled to Iwate Prefecture and observed the damage to the Takata Matsubara area and former Rikuzentakata City Office, which was followed by an exchange of views with Vice Governor of Iwate Prefecture Hisaki Miyadate and Vice Mayor of Rikuzentakata City Takashi Kubota at the temporary government office building of Rikuzentakata City.