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From Fukushima to Kyushu, disaster victims have mixed reaction to Abe news

Residents in locations struck by all-natural calamities reacted to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s statement Friday of his choice to surrender with words of appreciation and also problem.

“The current administration supported us well, and we were able to speedily push forward with reconstruction,” stated Yoshihide Abe, 52, head of a team targeted at restoring the community of Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture. Regarding the following head of state, he stated, “I believe the change to a younger generation will lead to good results.”

The community’s facility, which was ruined by the March 2011 tidal wave, has actually seen significant progression in restoration, with a handling plant, train terminal and also various other centers rebuilt.

“I felt Prime Minister Abe has always cared about disaster areas,” occupation college trainee Shinya Sasaki, 19, stated. “I wanted him to continue.” Abe when saw his secondary school in the community of Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, which was additionally harmed by the tidal wave.

Tamiko Ando, 74, stayed in the community of Tomioka in nearby Fukushima Prefecture at the time of the quake and also tidal wave. Following the unmatched three-way core crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, which experienced a power outage, she was compelled to relocate even more inland to Koriyama. “I wanted him to exercise his leadership a bit more,” she stated.

“I have no expectations” for the Tokyo Summer Olympics and also Paralympics, she stated, mentioning Abe’s September 2013 remarks throughout Tokyo’s quote that the Fukushima nuclear disaster was “under control.”

“I want the next prime minister to take action and push forward postdisaster reconstruction,” Ando stated. The Tokyo Games have been delayed by a year to 2021 due to the unique coronavirus pandemic.

In Kyushu, locals of Kumamoto Prefecture that experienced prevalent damages from the April 2016 quakes and also this year’s hefty rainfall revealed many thanks.

“I’ve heard he is sick, so it can’t be helped,” stated a 70-year-old female that was stunned by news of Abe’s choice. She was compelled to relocate right into a sanctuary in Hitoyoshi complying with the rainfall disaster.

“I am worried about my life from now on,” she stated.

A 46-year-old guy whose house in the town of Kuma was swamped by flooding waters, thinks Abe “had lots on his hands” due to having to respond to both the coronavirus pandemic and also all-natural calamities.

“I want aid measures to continue” under the following head of state, he stated.

Mayumi Tominaga, 61, a local of the city of Kumamoto that stood for family members of the victims of the Kumamoto quakes at a funeral in April 2017, given thanks to Abe for sharing his intent to assistance disaster victims at the event.

But she additionally stated she wishes the following management will certainly “listen to small voices,” keeping in mind that her mommy passed away from the results of residing in an automobile after the quakes, which the existing federal government did not give adequate assistance to such individuals.




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