Prime Minister Kan visits Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and other facilities “Responsible for Reconstruction” September 26 at 6:36 p.m.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan visited Fukushima Prefecture on June 26 to inspect the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant of Tokyo Electric Power Company, where decommissioning work continues. After the visit, Prime Minister Kan stressed that the government would take responsibility for reconstruction, and indicated that he would like to decide on a policy as soon as possible on how to dispose of water containing tritium and other radioactive materials, which is increasing at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan visited Fukushima Prefecture on June 26 as his first visit to the region since taking office.
Prime Minister Kan, who arrived in Okuma town just after 11 a.m. on the JR Joban Line, which resumed operation on all lines for the first time in nine years in March, first visited TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
After going around the premises by bus, we got off the bus on a high road overlooking Unit 1 to Unit 4 and inspected the status of the decommissioning work. At the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, water containing tritium and other radioactive materials continued to accumulate, and disposal methods became a challenge, and Prime Minister Kan got a container containing processed water and was explained by a TEPCO representative.
“I think it’s a tough and long-term task, but I want you to do it safely and steadily. I’d like to bring the country to the fore and do my best.”
Prime Minister Naoto Kan then visited the Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Disaster Heritage Museum, which opened in Futaba-cho on the 20th of this month, to see records of evacuations of residents and a corner displaying items of support from around the world after the earthquake.
After this, Prime Minister Kan visited Futaba Mirai Gakuen, an integrated junior high and high school in the prefecture, which was built in Hirono Town with the aim of developing human resources who will be responsible for reconstruction, and three students presented the results of their learning activities to solve regional issues.
Of these, Yutaro Ono, a second-year junior high school student 16th grade student cause his grandfather is a fisherman, said he wanted to create a picture book that conveys the charm of local fisheries in order to dispel reputational damage. After listening to the students’ presentations, Prime Minister Kan said, “It’s really wonderful that we’re working hard with our goals. I worked hard under the motto “If there is a will, there is a way” and became prime minister before I know it. I want you to do your best without admireding your mistakes.”
After a series of visits, Prime Minister Naoto Kan told reporters, “I chose Fukushima as my first visit to Japan since I became Prime Minister. Regarding the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, it was confirmed that decommissioning work is progressing safely and steadily. In the future, the government will come to the fore and work hard to achieve both reconstruction and decommissioning.” On that basis, he stated that “the government would like to responsibly decide on a disposal policy as soon as possible” on how to dispose of water containing radioactive materials such as tritium, which is on the increase.
Prime Minister Naoto Kan also said, “Without the reconstruction of Fukushima, there would be no reconstruction of Tohoku,” and “Without the reconstruction of Tohoku, there would be no re revitalization of Japan,” which is my basic policy as a Cabinet. On the day of the cabinet, I give instructions to all ministers and write this down firmly in them. We will continue to take responsibility for the reconstruction of Fukushima and the Great East Japan Earthquake, and continue to work as a government.”
As for the difficult-to-return areas around the nuclear power plant, he said, “In the end, I want to lift everything and take the time to get everyone to live there.”