“I was stunned. I was speechless. During those challenging months, many people shed not only sweat but also tears for the victims. I can’t express enough how thankful I still am for all the help you gave us,” Abi said in a message on the occasion.
“Today, I am pleased to make an announcement: The people who suffered tremendously have not lost hope. In Watari, the strawberry farmers have recovered, rising to new heights. I ate their product, those big and red strawberries. They were delicious. Indeed, they may even be tastier, as the fruit is now being grown under newly installed precision temperature control, cutting-edge technology,” he added.
“This is the new Japan: The result of peoples’ resolve plus advanced knowledge. A country that faced up to a taxing and unimaginable challenge has been reborn. The nation once helped by your goodwill now stands at the cusp of a new future.
“Please join us as we journey into this new future. The New Japan,” Shinzo Abi concluded.
On 11 March 2010, a 9.0-magnitude offshore earthquake and giant tsunami killed nearly 19000 people, mainly along the Pacific coastline of Japan’s Tohoku region in the nation’s northeast.