The Sunday editions of all national dailies reported on Prime Minister Suga’s first trip to Fukushima Prefecture on Saturday since election to his new post. He visited the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, which was devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. In response to a GOJ advisory committee’s recommendation in February to discharge the radioactive water now being stored at the plant into the ocean and the local opposition to the idea, Suga said that the GOJ will make a decision on the matter as soon as possible while carefully listening to the opinion of the local community.
The prime minister also traveled to municipalities affected by the nuclear accident, visiting a disaster memorial center In Futaba and talking with students at Futaba Mirai Gakuen (Futaba Future School) in Hirono. Suga stressed his cabinet’s stance of attaching importance to the reconstruction of areas affected by the earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear disaster in 2011 by saying: “There will be no recovery of Tohoku without the recovery of Fukushima, and there will be no revival of Japan without the recovery of Tohoku.”