Newly elected opposition Liberal-Democratic Party (LDP) leader Shinzo Abe visited Fukushima Prefecture on Wednesday and promised residents who had been forced to leave their homes because of last year's nuclear disaster that he would speed up assistance to them if the LDP wins a general election later this year.
Abe's visit comes ahead of a planned visit to Fukushima by Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Sunday.
On Wednesday morning, Abe visited Soma City and met displaced residents who are living in a temporary housing complex, Fuji TV reported. He told the mostly elderly group that the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) had failed in its duty to assist them return to a normal life.
"The government has to step up and take greater responsibility," Abe said. "I promise you that if the LDP is returned to power, we will speed up recovery work."
In the afternoon, Abe also visited Minami-Soma and Namie, as well as the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, where he thanked workers for their efforts.© Japan Today