Jul. 15, 2012 - 06:32AM JST
Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Saturday visited the Iwate town of Kamaishi to meet with evacuees from last year’s March 11 disaster.
Noda encouraged the evacuees who are still living in temporary housing and said the government had not forgotten them, TBS reported.
Some residents expressed concern that the planned hike in the consumption tax would slow reconstruction work. Noda said the government will study measures to minimize the impact of the consumption tax hike on the recovery effort in the Tohoku region.
Noda also inspected the town’s port and fish market.