26 January 2017
A preliminary draft concept of the "revival memorial park" to be constructed in Fukushima Prefecture by the national and prefectural governments was unveiled on Jan. 25. It calls for the park to be located in an about 50-hectare area straddling the Nakano district of Futaba town and the Morotake district of Namie town. The area is divided north to south by the Maeda River.
The draft was presented by the central government at a meeting of an expert committee discussing the park project held in Fukushima city. The planned location was selected on the basis of recommendations from the prefectural government and reconstruction plans for the two towns, hit by the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi plant.
The draft describes the park's fundamental concept as "mourning lost lives, conveying facts, connecting bonds and restoring signs of presence." As a basic policy on the park, it is characterized as a place to mourn all lost lives and pray for the repose of their souls as well as handing down the memories and lessons of the tsunami and nuclear accident to future generations.
(Translated by Kyodo News)