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.