Environment Minister Goshi Hosono, who is also the minister in charge of dealing with the nuclear crisis, took to the streets on Saturday to ask for support on disposing of tsunami debris.
Hosono handed out flyers near a train station in Shizuoka City and asked for the public's understanding and help in disposing of tsunami debris, NHK reported.
On Thursday, the Shizuoka city of Shimada officially announced that it will accept tsunami debris for disposal.
Hosono told reporters that he felt debris disposal work was finally starting to gain momentum.
In the afternoon, Hosono attended a public briefing in Nakanojo, Gunma Prefecture, which has also agreed to accept tsunami debris. Hosono thanked the gathering of 250 citizens and said that by accepting just 1,000 tons, they were setting an example for the rest of the nation.
Hosono reiterated that the government will provide support to local municipalities and make sure the process of testing all debris for radiation is transparent.© Japan Today