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 (http://tinyurl.com/visitfuku). 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.