TOKYO (Nikkei)–In a bid to restore operations knocked out by last year’s tsunami, the fishing cooperative of disaster-hit Kesennuma plans to spend 2.05 billion yen to build a large ice-making facility.
The port city in Miyagi Prefecture hopes that the project will help it quickly restore its brand as the No. 1 spot in Japan for bonito and saury hauls.
Equipment for making ice, vital for freezing and packaging fish, is due to be completed by June, when the bonito season starts. The Kesennuma fishing cooperative will receive financing from Norinchukin Bank.
All the infrastructure of the fishing cooperative was damaged in the disaster, rendering ice-making equipment as well as refrigerators and freezers useless.
(The Nikkei Feb. 11 edition)