Message from Fukushima Vice Governor

2014/12/17

At the timing of the 1st anniversary, Mr. Fumio Murata, Vice Governor of Fukushima Prefecture, offered his message to the JRCS who has been providing assistance activities since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami.


(English translation)

Three years and nine months have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. Since then, the citizens of Fukushima have been assisted and encouraged by a large number of people from around the world including the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS), other Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) societies, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The support has helped the Fukushima citizens to rejuvenate. On behalf of the people of Fukushima, I would like to deeply express our appreciation for the assistance.

The JRCS has been offering heart-felt assistance since shortly after the earthquake and tsunami and continues to do so even at the present time. The provision of electrical household appliances to temporary housing units helped the survivors very much to rebuild their lives. The provision of whole body counters and food radiation measuring equipment to many facilities in the prefecture protected the health of the Fukushima citizens, food safety and food security.


Mr. Murata, Vice Governor (middle)
Mr. Cotte, Under Secretary General (second from the right)

Mr. Murata, Vice Governor (middle)
Mr. Cotte, Under Secretary General (second from the right)

In September 2014, we visited the IFRC secretariat in Geneva, Switzerland in order to extend our gratitude for the assistance from the RCRC Societies and to enhance the relationship with the RCRC Movement. At the meeting in Geneva, we were joined by Mr. Walter Cotte, Under Secretary General, and members of the ICRC and we had a meaningful discussion.

At the meeting, Mr. Cotte told us about the RCRC Movement’s efforts to create guidelines regarding response to nuclear disasters and a wide range of medium- and long-term recovery assistance. Responding to his remarks, we told him that we, Fukushima Prefectural Government, would like to share the lessons learned from the nuclear disaster that we experienced. At the end of October 2014, subsequent to our visit to the IFRC, the Reference Group Meeting on Nuclear & Radiological Emergency Preparedness was held in Fukushima. RCRC members gathered in Fukushima from around the world and deeply observed the current situation since the disaster and the efforts towards reconstruction in Fukushima. We think that it is significant for the future to make use of the lessons from the nuclear accident and also to pass them down to the next generation.

In March 2015, the JRCS and Fukushima Prefectural Government will co-host a symposium in Fukushima on the sidelines of the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. We hope to strengthen our bonds with the JRCS, RCRC Societies, the IFRC and the ICRC during this occasion.

Under the slogan “Future From Fukushima”, Fukushima Prefecture will continue to make every effort for recovery and revitalization so that we will be able to show pride to the rest of the world. We would appreciate your continued heart-warming assistance to us to help promote the efforts.


Fumio Murata
Vice Governor,
Fukushima Prefecture