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Fukushima governor puts on his sales hat
By Elleda Wilson

The Daily Astorian

Published on September 8, 2017 12:01AM

Most folks wouldn’t consider visiting Fukushima — home of the nuclear facility that is still leaking radiation after being damaged during the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami — as a highlight of their bucket list, much less a prime tourist attraction. But a good salesman might change all that.

In August, the governor of Fukushima prefecture, Masao Uchibori, met with two Vietnamese companies and wrangled a deal to increase the number of charter flights/tour packages from Ho Chi Minh City to Fukushima Airport between February and April, The Japan Times reports ( He is pictured, courtesy of KYODO/The Japan Times.

The governor wants the “Vietnamese people to see Fukushima making its way on reconstruction” and “feel hope for the future.” While visiting, he appeared at a local market offering tastings and selling some Fukushima-grown Japanese pears. Hopefully, they weren’t glowing.


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