Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato called on the central government to revise the final draft of its basic policy for rebuilding the prefecture that was hit hard by the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant following the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
The central government unveiled the final draft at a meeting in the city of Fukushima on July 1 with the Fukushima prefectural and municipal governments to discuss reconstruction of the prefecture in northeastern Japan.
Sato requested the central government to revise five items in the draft, expressing dissatisfaction with the contents of them, including a scheme to provide subsidies to companies that locate plants or facilities in Fukushima Prefecture.
Reconstruction Minister Tatsuo Hirano replied that he would consider the proposed revision seriously, but did not make any specific reply.
The prefectural and municipal governments accepted the other items in the draft. The central and local governments are now in the final stage of working out the basic plan to rebuild Fukushima Prefecture before the Cabinet approves it in mid-July.
Sato urged the central government to increase the size of subsidies for business operators that locate plants and facilities in Fukushima Prefecture, noting that the prefectural government has received a large number of applications for subsidies from them.
The governor also asked the central government to revise the contents of such items as the full resumption of train services on the JR Joban Line, radiation decontamination of forests and the reduction of radiation levels at evacuation zones.
The Fukushima prefectural government will formally file Sato’s request with the central government under the new law on reconstruction of Fukushima Prefecture that came into force in March this year, prefectural government officials said.
(Translated by Kyodo News)