Abe visits Fukushima ahead of March 11 anniversary
NHK -- Mar 09
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday, 3 days before the 3rd anniversary of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disasters.

In Tamura City, he met with residents of Miyakoji District. They'll be allowed to return to their homes on April 1st when an evacuation order for the district is expected to be lifted. It will be the first evacuation order lifted since the nuclear accident.

Abe asked residents to express their thoughts. One of them said he wants the government to consider building playgrounds for children as schools will reopen. He said he thinks the return of many children will help lead to the city's recovery.

東日本大震災から3年を迎えるのを前に、安倍総理大臣が福島県を訪れ、災害公営住宅の­建設状況や除染の進み具合を視察しました。 安倍総理は、福島第一原発が立地する大熊町では除染の状況を視察し、街の復興拠点とし­て整備を計画している大川原地区の現状を聞きました。
Sources: NHK, ANNnewsCH
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