Global young leaders inspect Fukushima Pref., witness post-disaster recovery

16 April 2018

Members of a global youth group, inaugurated by the Geneva-based World Economic Forum known for its annual meeting of global leaders in Davos, Switzerland, inspected on April 15 areas of Fukushima Prefecture affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima Daiichi plant. The visit by the group, comprising young leaders engaged in activities that provide a contribution to society, was organized by the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry to arouse their interest in Fukushima's reconstruction battle in the wake of the 2011 disaster and help send out a broad range of information to the rest of the world.

Participating in the inspection tour were 14 members from the "Global Shapers Community" made up of people aged 33 or younger and active in their respective specialty fields such as politics, economics and science. The participants were from seven countries, including Ukraine and Bulgaria as well as Japan.

In the town of Naraha, once entirely evacuated following the nuclear accident, the visitors toured salmon fishing facilities on the Kido River, which resumed in 2015.

In the village of Kawauchi, also temporarily left entirely vacant, the tour visited farmers producing wine grapes in an effort to establish a winemaking industry in the area. They planted around 50 grape vine saplings at a vineyard.

(Photo) Members of a global young leaders' group join local farmers in planting grape vine saplings at a vineyard in Kawauchi village.

(Translated by Kyodo News)