Masao Uchibori, Governor of Fukushima

​​​​​​​Ten Years Since Great East Japan Earthquake, Tsunami and Nuclear Disaster

The speech and Q & A will be in Japanese with English interpretation
*Mr. Uchibori will join the event online.

The magnitude 9.0 earthquake that shook northeast Japan on March 11, 2011, was the country's strongest on record, unleashing a monster tsunami that devoured shorelines, wiped out towns and crippled the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. It left more than 20,000 people dead or missing and displacing hundreds of thousands from their homes at its peak.

This tragedy continues to leave its mark today. Farmers and fishermen fear the 'Fukushima' brand will forever be tainted. Towns that were once nuclear no-go zones are still shells of what they used to be. Decontamination efforts at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant continue to face problems – broken seismometers, worse-than-expected radiation levels, and a lack of storage space that could result in a substantial amount of contaminated water being dumped into the Pacific Ocean. And the earthquakes haven't stopped. In February, the same region was rocked by a magnitude 7.1 "aftershock." 

Fukushima Governor Masao Uchibori has been at the forefront of the prefecture's recovery and reconstruction since Day 1. He was Vice-Governor at the time of the tragedy and was elected Governor in 2014.  On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the disaster, Mr. Uchibori will address the FCCJ in a teleconference, with a progress report on Fukushima's reconstruction and revitalization efforts. He will also explain about the prefecture's aspirations of becoming a robotics and renewable energy hub.

How to attend: 
Please register at with your name, name of media outlet, FCCJ membership number. Due to space restrictions, please note number of reservations will be limited to 20. Doors open at 09:30. Please sign in your name and contact details at the reception and to have your temperature taken before proceeding. 

How to watch online:  
Livestreaming of the press events will be available and video of this event will be uploaded to our FCCJ YouTube channel. 

How to ask questions: 
Members watching the event online can submit questions for the speakers in advance using this submission form (English only).

TV crew: Please make a reservation at Doors open for TV crews only at 09:15. There will be five positions available for livestreaming. 

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