9 Avril 2016
April 9, 2016
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he wants the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games to demonstrate how Japan has recovered from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
Abe spoke at a cherry blossom viewing party he hosted on Saturday at the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden.
About 16,000 guests from various fields enjoyed the flowers.
Abe said that 5 years since the disaster, residents of the affected areas continue to struggle to rebuild their lives. He said these people worry that memories of the disaster are fading among the rest of the population.
Abe said he would like to use the Tokyo Games to show the world how Japan has rebuilt and regained its strength.
April 4, 2016
Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says he will strive to ensure that the torch relay course for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics will pass through Fukushima Prefecture.
Abe met in Tokyo with 18 students from 2 high schools in the prefecture.
The schools have been using temporary buildings due to the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident.
The students asked Abe to include a road along the coast of Fukushima in the torch relay course. They also asked that decontamination work be sped up so that there will be no need for the runners to be anxious.
The prime minister said he thinks that having the torch relay pass through the prefecture would show the world that Fukushima has recovered from the disaster.