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Tomioka resumes some town duties after hiatus of 4 years, 7 months, fukushima minpo, 10/2/2015

The municipal government of Tomioka, where the entire town remains evacuated as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing nuclear disaster in 2011 at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, resumed some official on-site duties on Oct. 1 for the first time in about four years and seven months. Some 20 officials of the town’s reconstruction promotion and restoration divisions moved to its health center next to the town office from the municipal government’s temporary branch office in the neighboring town of Naraha.

The reconstruction promotion division is in charge of listening to residents’ requests and opinions about such issues as the Environment Ministry’s decontamination work in residential areas and the demolition of damaged houses. The restoration division, on the other hand, takes care of repairing roads and waterworks, putting back in place the damaged social infrastructure and paving the way for residents to return home “as early as April 2017.”

About 30 town officials and others attended an opening ceremony at the health center. “In aiming for the town’s revival, we have moved (two) important divisions back to town and I hope this will help accelerate recovery and reconstruction,” Tomioka Mayor Koichi Miyamoto said in his greetings.

Yoshimi Tsukano, chairman of the town’s assembly, and Fukushima Vice Gov. Masaaki Suzuki both delivered congratulatory speeches, followed by the unveiling of the office’s signboard by Miyamoto and other officials.

In his address to Tomioka resumes some town duties after hiatus of 4 years, 7 months

The municipal government of Tomioka, where the entire town remains evacuated as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing nuclear disaster in 2011 at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi plant, re
the staff members inside the office, the mayor instructed them to do their best in meeting townspeople’s needs. A mutual-aid association formed by town officials planted a “sakura” cherry seedling as a symbol of their hopes for the town’s reconstruction.

(Translated by Kyodo News)

About liz

from the u.s., recently moved from kobe to sendai, japan, researching community-based housing recovery after disaster.

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