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Date : February 22, 2021

Video report: Minister for Reconstruction Katsuei Hirasawa Discusses the Current State of and Challenges for Reconstruction Ten Years After the Great East Japan Earthquake

post date : 2021.02.24

Nearly ten years have passed since the Great East Japan earthquake. This disaster caused massive losses, with over 22,000 people dead or missing, including indirect disaster-related deaths. The number of evacuees has declined from a peak of 470,000 to 42,000 now, but issues still remain, such as restoring a livable environment in areas affected by the nuclear accident and providing evacuees with mental care while preventing them from becoming isolated.


The region’s industry has generally recovered to former levels, but new sales routes need to be developed for the seafood processing industry, in which sales have been slow to recover, and negative perceptions of agricultural, forestry, and fishery products from Fukushima Prefecture also need to be eliminated.


The FPCJ invited Minister for Reconstruction Mr. Katsuei Hirasawa, who grew up in Fukushima Prefecture and is determined to deal with the remaining issues, to discuss the current state of and challenges for reconstruction.     


The briefing had a total of 40 participants including journalists from Belgium, China, Denmark, France,  Germany, Indonesia, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, UK, USA, and Vietnam.


                                   *The briefing starts at 2' 15''.            Handouts

■Date: February 22 (Mon), 2021, 17:30-18:30 

■Briefer: Mr. Katsuei Hirasawa, Minister for Reconstruction and Minister in charge of 

          Comprehensive Policy Coordination for Revival from the Nuclear Accident at Fukushima


    1. First Half (Speech by the Minister): Simultaneous English translation of original Japanese

    2. Second Half (Q&A session): Japanese/English, with consecutive translation  


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