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Leaders Mark 2011 Tsunami Deaths

The heads of Pacific island states who are in Japan to attend the PALM 7 meeting paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the March 2011 tsunami. The
23 May 2015 10:23
Leaders Mark 2011 Tsunami Deaths
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and wife Mary Bainimarama with other Pacific delegations at Iwaki, Fukushima.

The heads of Pacific island states who are in Japan to attend the PALM 7 meeting paid tribute to those who lost their lives in the March 2011 tsunami. The tsunami hit Iwaki City in Fukushima.

Before visiting the city, the heads of states were hosted to a luncheon by the Governor of Fukushima, Masao Uchibori, at Palace Iwaya.

Pacific island leaders were also welcomed by students of Iwaki Shirtsu Kashima Nursery Schools, who waved hand painted flags of the 14 countries.

After the luncheon the prime ministers and presidents accompanied by their spouses reached the tsunami site where the co-chairs of PALM 7 Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Palau president Tommy Remengesau laid wreaths to honour those who lost their lives in the 2011 tsunami.

The heads of states were informed that when the tsunami hit at around 3pm, only the elderly were home and could not evacuate in time.

The city of Fukushima embarked on a tedious task of ensuring that no other tsunami would wreck as much havoc as the 2011 one.

Seven-metre high seawalls are being constructed along the coast of the city as one of the measures.

Meanwhile, a senior foreign affairs official – while briefing the international media – said while all countries had their bilateral meetings with the Japanese Prime Minister for 15 minutes, Fiji was allocated an hour for the meeting.

He said this was indicative of the seriousness Japan was placing on getting ties with Fiji back on track.

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