Tokyo, Sept. 9 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s ruling bloc on Wednesday proposed that the government put the highest priority on creating an education and research hub in the Tohoku northeastern region to promote its reconstruction from the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
A task force of the coalition submitted its ninth set of proposals for the region’s reconstruction to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, putting the creation of the research hub on the top of the agenda.
Abe said the government will make all-out efforts toward the 10th anniversary of the disaster next year.
“No matter who becomes my successor, our basic policy remains the same,” he said. Abe’s successor will be elected in parliament next week after he announced his resignation late last month for health reasons.
The hub is designed to promote research and human resource development for the creation of new industries.
It is slated to be set up in Fukushima Prefecture, one of the three Tohoku prefectures hit hardest by the earthquake, tsunami and subsequent triple meltdown at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.’s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.
The proposals sought to establish a state-backed institute to take charge of operating the hub.
The ruling bloc’s proposals also called on the government to decide swiftly and responsibly how to deal with treated radioactive water from the nuclear plant.
After a decision is made, the government should implement measures continuously to tackle the issue of harmful rumors about product safety, the proposals said.