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Friday, February 03, 2017, 15:00 - 16:00

TEPCO's Efforts for Revitalization of Fukushima

Takao Onuki, General Manager, Planning & General Affairs Department, TEPCO Fukushima Revitalization Headquarters

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation.

In a little more than a month, Japan will once again pause to remember those who lost their lives in the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.

For many who survived the earthquake and tsunami that hit towns and villages on Japan's northern Pacific coast, the task of rebuilding their lives and livelihoods has continued since. For those who lived in areas around the Fukushima nuclear power plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Co., the rebuilding couldn’t start because the radiation risk caused by melted reactor cores in the plant forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people.

Six years on, controversy still surrounds what has been done to assist these citizens in rebuilding their lives. Some areas have been declared safe to return to, but not all former residents are convinced.

Tokyo Electric Power, or TEPCO, has agreed to hold a press conference at the FCCJ to explain the part it has played in Fukushima revitalization efforts to prepare for the return of the nuclear disaster evacuees and the development of local communities in Fukushima. TEPCO says it will explain efforts to create job opportunities in Fukushima, the introduction of renewable energy projects, and activities to promote Fukushima produce and attract tourists to the prefecture.

The speaker is Takao Onuki,who was appointed General Manager of the TEPCO Fukushima Revitalization Headquarters in July 2016. Since then, he has been in charge of various public relations activities for visitors from overseas. He is also involved in a local community development project to create a Fukushima Disaster Archival Library.

Prior to the above role, Onuki was General Manager of the TEPCO Washington Office for three years. He joined TEPCO in 1984 after graduating from Keio University's school of economics. From 2000 to 2001, Onuki was a visiting fellow at Harvard University's Weatherhead Center in the U.S.

Please reserve in advance, 3211-3161 or on the website (still & TV cameras inclusive). Reservations and cancellations are not complete without confirmation.

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