Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday visited Miyagi Prefecture to inspect the reconstruction effort and assure victims of the March 11, 2011 disaster that they haven’t been forgotten by his government.
It was Abe’s third visit to the prefecture since he took office last December.
Abe visited Onagawa in the morning and was briefed by local officials on their plan to rebuild homes on higher ground and relocate businesses, TV Asahi reported. Abe praised the plan and said he hoped Onagawa would become a model for other areas undergoing reconstruction.
In the afternoon, Abe visited the Self-Defense Force base at Matsushima.
Abe has made several trips to Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures this year. He reiterated to reporters that he believes recovery in the Tohoku is the key to the Japanese economy recovering as whole.