Party: Ten years after the mega-quake and tsunami, rebuild wisely for the future

March 11 , 2021

On the anniversary of the March 11, 2011 disaster, Komeito issued a formal statement in response to the giant earthquake and tsunami that struck northeastern Japan that claimed the lives of tens of thousands and left many more homeless and destitute.

In its statement, the party reiterated its commitment focusing on the rebuilding of devastated communities in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima, the three prefectures that suffered the most. This includes meaningful support for some 41,000 people who remain unable to return to the towns they once resided—not just in material assistance but also care and counseling enabling them to cope with and overcome the trauma that still haunt so many to this day.

Another key objective is to push forward the decommissioning of the nuclear power reactors in Fukushima, which is expected to take decades. This must be coupled with programs to return residents living in communities affected by the meltdown while creating jobs upon their return. At the core of this effort is the Fukushima Innovation Coast initiative, which aims to establish the sci-tech infrastructure necessary for emerging industries to take root and flower—which in turn should facilitate the transition to a carbon-neutral and highly digitized society not only for the region but for the entire nation.

The ultimate aim, of course, is to leverage the harsh lessons learned from the 2011 disaster into a highly effective and comprehensive national disaster contingency and response program to meet any future tragedies that may arise over time. Only then can Japan truly rebuild the lives that have been shattered and begin anew upon a path securing a better future for all.