Fukushima Port Damaged in 2011 Disaster Fully Restored


Namie, Fukushima Pref., Nov. 20 (Jiji Press)--A ceremony was held Saturday to mark the completion of work to reconstruct a fishing port in the town of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, which was heavily damaged in the March 2011 tsunami.

The Ukedo port is the closest Fukushima fishing port to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station, which was knocked out by the powerful earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. All 10 Fukushima fishing ports that were damaged in the tsunami have now been restored. The Ukedo port was fully reconstructed in March this year.

The ceremony had some 40 attendees, including Namie Mayor Kazuhiro Yoshida, local fishing industry people, and elementary and junior high school students.

Flatfish and Japanese sea bass painted on the restored port's seawalls by elementary and junior high school students, and university students from the Ukedo district were unveiled at the ceremony. Also showcased was a monument of salmon created using the Oborisoma traditional local pottery technique.

The restoration of the Ukedo port is an "encouragement," Kanji Tachiya, head of a local fisheries cooperative, said after the ceremony. "I think that we'll be able to catch more fish," he added.

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