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Date : May 17, 2011

Notice (Press Briefing): Japan’s Fisheries Industry: Road to Recovery (May 17, 2011)

post date : 2013.08.19

Press Briefing:“Japan’s Fisheries Industry: Road to Recovery”


Professor Masayuki Komatsu, National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies


The great earthquake and tsunami off the Pacific Coast of the Tohoku Region in March caused great loss of life and property among fishery workers in the region, which is one of Japan’s major fisheries, and severely ruined infrastructure including ports, boats, fish-farming facilities, markets and seafood processing plants. The impact of the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant including the subsequent spread of harmful rumors are making the situation surrounding fisheries more serious. Rebuilding the main industry of the disaster-stricken areas is crucial for putting those areas on their feet. Japan’s fisheries industry had been suffering from many problems such as the declining fish catch and the aging of fishermen even before the disaster. How will the country get out of this national crisis and get the industry back on track?


FPCJ will invite Professor Masayuki Komatsu of the National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies to talk about the industry’s road to recovery, taking account of both the disaster areas and the fisheries administration. Professor Komatsu, whose home town is Rikuzentakata City, one of the disaster-hit areas in Iwate Prefecture, has been addressing the problems of the Japanese fisheries industry using his experience as a former fisheries agency official with local knowledge.


Time & Date: May 17 (Tue), 15:00-16:30


Place: Foreign Press Center/Japan (6th floor, Nippon Press Center Bldg.)


Language: Japanese (with English interpretation)


Japanese media, FPCJ supporting members and embassy representatives may also attend the briefing as observers (admission free). 


*No car park is available. Please use a nearby car park if you come by car.

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