2014. – Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan, Anesa Kundurović, visited the Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures

14 July 2014

Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan, Anesa Kundurović, visited the

Fukushima and Miyagi Prefectures

On 14 and 15 July 2014, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan organized the visit of

the Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina in Japan, Anesa Kundurović, to Fukushima

and Sendai, who have suffered the most from the consequences of the devastating

earthquake of 2011.

In the Fukushima Prefecture, a meeting with the Mayor of Fukushima, Kaoru

Kobayashi, and his associates was held. In her introductory speech, Ambassador

Kundurović expressed deep regret over the victims of the nuclear disaster, and noted

her appreciation for the assistance offered to BiH during the recent floods and the

support shown by the youngest residents of Fukushima – the Kasennuma kindergarten,

through their drawings and banners sent to their peers in BiH. The same support was

sent by children in Bosnia and Herzegovina – Brcko District, three years ago, to the

children affected by the consequences of the nuclear disaster. Ambassador Kundurović

thanked the Mayor for the reception and expressed her hope that the process of

decontamination of nuclear power plants, as well as creating conditions for the safe

return of people to their homes will continue as planned.

During the visit to the capital of the Miyagi Prefecture, Sendai, the largest city in the

Tohoku region, with a population of about one million inhabitants, Ambassador

Kundurović visited areas affected by the tsunami and met with the city officials. During

the visit to the region affected by the tsunami, a representative of the city of Sendai

showed the devastated primary school in the coastal area, which has remained as a

monument and a warning to future generations of the disaster which has not been

recorded in the last 400 years.

Ambassador Kundurović was warmly welcomed in the Fukushima and Miyagi

Prefectures by the city officials of Fukushima and Sendai, and attracted great media

attention, considering that these are areas are still undergoing the process of renovation

and reconstruction and represent areas with continuing radiation and earthquake risks.

Ambassador Kundurović was invited to attend the 3rd UN World Conference on Disaster

Risk Reduction that will take place in March 2015 in Sendai.

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