Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has congratulated a graduating class at a junior high school in the city of Miyako in Iwate Prefecture in northeastern Japan. The region was hit hard by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Abe delivered a speech at the graduation ceremony of Daiichi Junior High School on Sunday. He is visiting the area to see how reconstruction work is progressing.
Abe said he can imagine how the students suffered hardships, as they were third-year elementary school students 6 years ago. He said they have overcome obstacles and are now graduating.
He said he believes the hopes of each student will lead to the recovery of the city of Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, the Tohoku region and all of Japan, and wished the students a bright future.
Abe then presented the students with a paper card on which he had written Chinese characters meaning "hope" and had a picture taken with them.
In the afternoon, Abe is scheduled to visit the town of Iwaizumi, which was hit hard by a powerful typhoon last year. He is to visit Ryusendo Cave, one of the 3 most famous limestone caves in Japan. It was closed to the public after the typhoon struck and will reopen next week.
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