(Balloons with messages of hope released into the sky above Fukushima)
Nearly six years have passed since a powerful earthquake and tsunami struck the coast of northeastern Japan. In Fukushima Prefecture, reconstruction efforts are the central topic of a new video produced by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI).
Record number of overseas visitors
In 2016, a record 24 million overseas visitors traveled to Japan. After a sharp decrease following the Great East Japan Earthquake, the number of visitors to the affected Tohoku region is showing signs of recovery.
METI is proactively promoting areas in the Tohoku region, including Fukushima, to draw more overseas visitors to unique tourist destinations such as Aizuwakamatsu Castle, Mount Bandai, Lake Inawashiro, and a variety of natural hot springs.
Radiation concerns mitigated
The video explains the results of a study conducted by students of Fukushima High School, a “Super Science High School” officially designated by Japan’s Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Under the supervision of radiation experts, the students discovered that individual hourly doses for high school students living in Fukushima Prefecture were nearly identical to those of students in the rest of Japan and in Europe.
The experts who supervised the study then published the findings in a research paper.
Strict food safety standards
Fukushima Prefecture is also an area known for the delicious fruit it produces throughout the year, including peaches, cherries, pears, and apples. The video shows how produce harvested in Fukushima must pass rigorous safety examinations for radiation before going on the market, and that these standards are much stricter than those internationally.
Bringing Fukushima to the world
METI will broadcast the video in major hotels, airports and on inflight entertainment systems to encourage more people around the world to discover the story of reconstruction in Fukushima.