New Fukushima Gov. Masao Uchibori, who was elected in October, assumed the governorship on Nov. 12 and reported to work at the prefectural government office. Uchibori, 50, said he will start drawing up the third prefectural reconstruction plan and a future vision for 12 municipalities, including eight Futaba County towns and villages, where evacuation zones have been set up. The move will be part of efforts to reconstruct the prefecture battered by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the subsequent accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
In his first press conference at the prefectural government office, Uchibori said recovery from the nuclear disaster is the most important issue. “I will steadily take various measures for disaster areas and evacuees that suffered from the nuclear disaster,” he said. The governor added that he plans to put into motion by the end of this year work on compiling the future vision which will indicate a medium- to long-term set of reconstruction measures for the 12 municipalities.
The prefectural government will play a central role in blueprinting the vision together with the central government and related municipalities. The vision is expected to include the establishment of footholds for evacuees’ homecoming, a “Fukushima Innovation Coast” scheme designed to turn the prefecture’s coastal region into a leading-edge R&D hub, and measures to step up industrial recovery.
The governor said he plans to put together both the future vision and the third prefectural reconstruction plan sometime in fiscal 2015 that begins next April.