Joseph M. Young, deputy chief of mission of the U.S. Embassy in Japan, visited Ofuntao and Rikuzentakata on May 31. He toured the Ofunato Disaster Prevention, Tourism and Exchange Center in Ofunato and deepened his understanding of the progress in the reconstruction of areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
DCM Yong visited the Ofunato City Office with Carl Hodgson, a foreign area officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Sapporo, and several others. He referred to the “Arigato (Thank you) Host Towns for Supporting Reconstruction” program, which Ofunato has registered with to promote exchanges with the U.S., and said, “I’m touched by the robust reconstruction taking place here and looking forward to deepening our exchanges.”
Ofunato Mayor Kimiaki Toda expressed his deep appreciation to the U.S. “We are grateful for the support extended by the U.S. after the disaster and hope to further deepen the bonds of our friendship.”
DCM Young also met with Mayor Futoshi Toba at the Rikuzentakata City Office. He will attend the opening ceremony of the “2019 Sanriku Disaster Risk Reduction and Reconstruction Project,” which will be held in Kamaishi on June 1.