Fukushima City's Path of Reconstruction from
14:46, March 11, 2011

Fukushima City's Path of Reconstruction from
14:46, March 11, 2011

The Great East Japan Earthquake broke out at 14:46 on March 11, 2011. Let us follow Fukushima City's path of reconstruction from that catastrophic moment to date together with major events that took place in Japan.


Chapter 1: Eruption of the Great East Japan Earthquake, 11, 3, 2011

2011

3.11.2011
    14:46–
  • The Great East Japan Earthquake (Earthquake off the Tohoku Region Pacific Coast) strikes.
  • 14:50–
  • Disaster Response Headquarters is established.
  • Fukushima Prefecture’s Disaster Response Headquarters and Disaster Security Headquarters of the prefectural police are established.
  • The Prime Minister’s Office establishes the Disaster Response Office and assembles the Emergency Response Team.
  • 15:20 –
  • Water pipes managed by Fukushima Regional Water Supply Corporation burst, causing suspension of water supply to the entire Fukushima City (111,779 households affected).
  • 16:00 –
  • Evacuation centers are opened and begin to accept refugees.
  • 16:45 –
  •  Due to collapse of the sloping surfaces in the Asahi Housing Complex, an evacuation order is issued to its 164 residents (80 households); Dispatch of the Self-Defense Forces is requested.
  • 16:47 –
  •  Fukushima Prefectural Governor requests dispatch of Self-Defense Forces.
  • 19:03
  •  The national government declares a state of emergency related to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
  • 19:15
  • Three people are rescued from the collapsed main building of Fukushima Gakuin University.
  • Black-out occurs to some 147,000 households in areas (including Fukushima City) under the control of Tohoku Electric Power Company.
  • To insure safety, city gas supply is suspended to 2,952 households centering around the Horai Housing Complex (2,571 households).
  • Supply of gasoline becomes impossible due to damaged oil refinery facilities.
  • 20:50 –
  •  The prefectural government issues an evacuation order to the area within a 2km radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
  • 21:23 –
  •  The national government issues an evacuation order to the area within a 3km radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and an order to shelter indoors to the area within a 10km radius.
3.12.2011
    2:45 –
  • 6,910 people find shelter within 74 evacuation centers.
  • 3:59 –
  • An earthquake strikes northern Nagano Prefecture (maximum seismic intensity: strong 6).
  • 5:00 –
  • Water supply by tank trucks begins.
  • 5:44 –
  • The national government issues an evacuation order to the area within a 10km radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
  • 7:45 –
  • The national government declares an emergency state for the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant while simultaneously issuing an evacuation order to the area within a 3km radius of the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant and an order to shelter indoors to the area within a 10km radius.
  • 8:30 –
  • An emergency survey is begun on earthquake-damaged buildings to determine their level of danger.
  • 9:40 –
  • The Disaster Volunteer Center is opened on the first floor of the Fukushima City government main office.
  • 11:00 –
  • Tohoku Expressway becomes available for emergency vehicle traffic.
  • 12:00 –
  • With availability of Tohoku Expressway for emergency vehicle traffic, relief supplies such as blankets and crackers arrive from Arakawa Ward of Tokyo with which Fukushima City has an agreement for mutual support in case of emergencies.
  • A decision is made to temporarily close (on March 14 and 15) municipal kindergartens, elementary, junior high and special-support schools for the handicapped.
  • 15:36 –
  • Hydrogen explosion occurs to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Unit 1.
  • 17:39 –
  • The national government issues an evacuation order to the area within a 10km radius of the Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Plant.
  • 18:25 –
  • The national government issues an evacuation order to the area within a 20km radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
3.13.2011
    10:00 –
  • 5,661 people take refuge at 74 evacuation centers.
  • 13:00 –
  • The Iiizaka Line of Fukushima Kotsu is fully reopened.
  • 22:10 –
  • Relief supplies arrive from Saitama City with which Fukushima has an agreement of mutual support in case of emergencies.
3.14.2011 
    3:12 –
  • Supply of electricity fully recovers.
  • 9:00 –
  • Disaster waste temporary storage facilities are opened at three locations – Fukushima Industrial Complex, Fukushima Research Park and Matsukawa Industrial Complex – and begin accepting waste.
  • 11:01 –
  • Hydrogen explosion occurs to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Unit 3.
  • 16:00 –
  • 6,323 people take refuge at 50 evacuation centers.
  • Decision is made to extend the period of temporary closing of municipal kindergartens, elementary, junior high and special-support schools for the handicapped to March 16.
3.15.2011
    6:10 –
  • Sound of explosion is heard at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Unit 2.
  • Fukushima Nuclear Power Station establishes Accident Response General Headquarters.
  • 8:00 –
  • The number of refugees at 47 evacuation centers come to the maximum, totaling 8,495 (4,141 refugees from Fukushima City and 4,354 from other areas).
  • 11:00 –
  • Decision is made to extend the period of temporary closing of municipal kindergartens, elementary, junior high and special-support schools to March 18.
  • The national government issues an order to shelter indoors to the area within a 20~30km radius of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant.
  • 16:04 –
  • Hydrogen explosion occurs to the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Unit 4.
  • 18:40 –
  • The radiation detector at the Kenpoku Public Health and Welfare Office records a maximum radiation dose of 24.24 μSv.
3.16.2011
  • Fukushima City Office begins to accept donations for the Great East Japan Earthquake.
  • Onahama Port becomes available for provisional use.
3.17.2011
  • Fukushima City Office opens Consultation Window for a Safe and Sound Life on the first floor of its main building.
  • The Iizaka district offers its hot-spring facilities to refugees for free (up to July 31, 2011).
3.18.2011
  • Decision is made to extend the period of temporary closing of municipal kindergartens, elementary, junior high and special-support schools to March 23.
3.19.2011
  • Soma Port becomes available for provisional use.
3.21.2011
  • Some oil refinery facilities resume operation and begin shipments to oil terminals in Koriyama City (Fukushima Pref.).
3.22.2011
  • Diploma awarding ceremonies at municipal special-support schools are suspended.
  • Graduation ceremonies at municipal kindergartens are suspended.
  •  Water supply service is fully recovered (except in evacuation order zones).
  • Tohoku Expressway (Utsunomiya IC ~ Ichinoseki IC section) becomes available for large-size vehicle traffic.
3.23.2011
  • Diploma awarding ceremonies at municipal elementary schools are suspended. Graduation ceremonies for municipal elementary, junior high and special-support schools are suspended.
  • Survey of earthquake-stricken houses begins.
  • City gas supply is fully recovered.
  • Decision is made to postpone the election date for Fukushima Prefectural Assembly members to November 20, 2011. This is based on regulations as stipulated in the “Law on special provisions for election dates regarding local assembly members and local chief executives in the wake of the 2011 Earthquake off the Tohoku Region Pacific Coast.”
3.24.2011
  • The entire Tohoku Expressway (Urawa IC ~ Aomori IC section) becomes available for traffic to general vehicles.
3.28.2011
  • Decision is made to postpone the election date for Fukushima City Assembly members to July 31, 2011. This is based on regulations as stipulated in the “Law on special provisions for election dates regarding local assembly members and local chief executives in the wake of the 2011 Earthquake off the Tohoku Region Pacific Coast.”
3.31.2011
  • Yamagata Shinkansen Line (Fukushima ~ Shinjo section) and Ou Honsen Line (Fukushima ~ Aomori section) reopen.
4.1.2011
  • Cabinet decision is made to name the disaster caused by the earthquake as the “Great East Japan Earthquake.”
4.5.2011
  • Environmental radiation dose monitoring begins on schoolyards and playgrounds of elementary, junior high and special-support schools as well as kindergartens and nursery schools.
4.6.2011
  • Entrance and first-semester opening ceremonies take place as normal at municipal elementary, junior high and special-support schools.
4.1.2011
  • Tohoku Honsen Line (Motomiya ~ Fukushima section) reopens.
4, 11, 2011
  • Fukushima-ken Hama-dori Earthquake strikes (maximum seismic intensity: weak 6).
4.12.2011
  • Tohoku Shinkansen Line (Nasu-shiobara ~ Fukushima section) reopens, enabling through traffic between Fukushima and Tokyo.
  • Tohoku Honsen Line (Fukushima ~ Sendai section) reopens.
  • The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry comes out with provisional assessment of “Level 7” – the worst on the international evaluation scale – regarding the seriousness of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident.
4.14.2011
  • The Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Initiative Board holds its first meeting.
4.18.2011
  • Gasoline shortages begin to be resolved as oil refinery facilities resume shipments.
4.19.2011
  • Fukushima City requests Vice President Tsuzumi of Tokyo Electric Power Company, who visited the city office, to solve the nuclear power plant accident problems as soon as possible and make appropriate compensations to the severely damaged local industry members of Fukushima City.
  • The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology introduces a guideline dose level (3.8μSv/h or higher) to limit outdoor activities at schools.
4.21.2011
  • The entire Tohoku Honsen Line (Ueno ~ Aomori) resumes operation for the first time in 41 days.
  • Emergency temporary housing begins to accept refugees.
4.22.2011
  • The area within a 20km radius of the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant is designated as a caution zone.
  • Demarcation is set for emergency evacuation preparation zones and planned evacuation zones.
4.28.2011
  • Fukushima and Minami-Soma cities conclude their mutual “Agreement on support of refugees who have suffered from the Great East Japan Earthquake.” Also, an agreement is concluded to support refugees and set up a Minami-Soma City branch office within the Fukushima City Office.
4.29.2011
  • The entire Tohoku Shinkansen Line (Tokyo ~ Shin-Aomori) resumes operation for the first time in 49 days.
5.1.2011
  • Fukushima City Mayor, together with heads of the other municipalities within the prefecture, submits to the Prime Minister a letter of request to secure children’s safety and restore their well-being.
5.8.2011
  • The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology carries out a verification test by switching upper and lower soils at a local kindergarten playground in Fukushima, obtaining a positive result that the radiation dose has dropped to one tenth.
5.11.2011
  • Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress visit Azuma General Gymnasium and encourage refugees from surrounding areas.
  • The planned parade of drum-and-fife corps from elementary schools in Fukushima is cancelled.
5.16.2011
  • The entire Abukuma Kyuko Line resumes operation for the first time in 66 days.
5.26.2011
  • Refugees from surrounding areas begin to move into the newly completed Sasaya-higashi temporary housing community.
5.27.2011
  • Surface-soil improvement work (radiation decontamination) begins at schoolyards and playgrounds of 26 schools that suffer from relatively high radiation doses.
  • Health survey of prefectural residents is conducted.
5.3.2011
  • Fukushima City and Iidate Village conclude their mutual “Agreement on support of refugees taking the opportunity of Iidate Village’s designation as a planned evacuation zone.” Also, an agreement is concluded to support refugees and set up an Iidate Village branch office within the Iino Branch of Fukushima City Office.
6.6.2011
  • The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency under the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry announces the analysis results, concluding that the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Units 1 to 3 have melted down.
6.17.2011
  • Their Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino visit Fukushima Prefecture.
6.18.2011
  • Iwaki City holds a city-wide memorial service for the disaster victims.
6.2.2011
  • NEXCO East Japan (East Japan Expressway Co.) offers special toll-free service exclusively for disaster sufferers in the Tohoku region and in  support of their recovery and reconstruction endeavors.
  • The Basic Act on Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake is enacted.
6.24.2011
  • The results of city-wide (at 1,118 spots) radiation dose measurement is announced with the average radiation dose being 1.33 μSv/h.
6.25.2011
  • The Great East Japan Earthquake Reconstruction Initiative Board decides on the “Proposal for Reconstruction.”
6.27.2011
  • Internal exposure inspection using whole-body counters begins.
6.29.2011
  • Fukushima City Mayor submits to the Prime Minister a letter of request regarding the national government’s support in the wake of the nuclear power plant accident.
7.2.2011
  • Fukushima City Mayor submits to the Reconstruction Minister a letter requesting collaboration among ministries and agencies to promote initiatives for decreasing children’s radiation exposure levels.
7.8.2011
  • Radioactive cesium, at a level which is higher than the provisional regulation value, is detected in Fukushima-produced beef.
7.11.2011
  • Dismantling of damaged houses begins (the number of accepted cases being 3,168 up to June 29).
  • 100 units of simplified radiation measuring instruments are made available for rent to neighborhoods.
7.12.2011
  • Emergency evacuation centers are closed because all refugees have found shelter in secondary facilities (inns, temporary housing and borrowed homes).
7.14.2011
  • Fukushima City and Namie Town conclude their mutual “Agreement on support of refugees who have suffered from the Great East Japan Earthquake.” Also, an agreement is concluded to support refugees and set up a Namie Town Fukushima Branch Office within the Fukushima City Office.
7.15.2011
  • Environmental aquarium “Aquamarine Fukushima” reopens.
7.21.2011
  • Fukushima Branch Office of Tohoku University’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Response Headquarters is opened within Abukuma Clean Center.
7.24.2011
  • Watari district residents and 3,753 volunteers jointly engage in radiation decontamination of routes to schools.
  • With the Watari district as a model area, Fukushima City carries out decontamination of the routes to Nankodai Elementary School and houses in the area.
7.25.2011
  • Decontamination work begins at 506 parks.
7.26.2011
  • Their Highnesses Crown Prince and Princess visit Fukushima Prefecture.
  • Heavy rain in July 2011 strikes Niigata and Fukushima prefectures.
7.28.2011
  • Results of comprehensive testing of Fukushima cattle are published.
7.31.2011
  • The election of Fukushima City Assembly members, which has been  postponed due to the earthquake, is implemented.
8, 3, 2011
  • The 35th All-Japan High School Culture Festival “Fukushima Sobun” is held.
8.4.2011
  • Their Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino visit Fukushima Prefecture.
8.6.2011
  • “Fukushima Waraji (Straw Sandal) Festival” is celebrated with the festival period shortened by one day.
8.8.2011
  • Ban Gimun, Secretary-General of the United Nations, visits Fukushima Prefecture.
8.9.2011
  • Fukushima City designates Onami as a model district and carries out decontamination of routes to Onami Elementary School.
8.11.2011
  • The prefectural government formulates the “Fukushima Reconstruction Vision.”
8.24.2011
  • The national government establishes the Fukushima Decontamination Promotional Team.
8.25.2011
  • Ban on shipments of beef from Fukushima and other producing centers is lifted.
8.26.2011
  • Residents within a 3km radius of the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant are allowed to temporarily return home for the first time.
8.27.2011
  • The Council for Fukushima Reconstruction and Rebirth from the nuclear plant accident holds the first meeting.
8.3.2011
  • The “Act on Special Measures in Response to Radiation Contamination” is promulgated to establish a framework for addressing decontamination and disposal of contaminated waste and part of the act begins to be executed.
  • Typhoon No. 21 of 2011 strikes Japan (mainly hitting the Kii Peninsula area with heavy rain).
9.1.2011
  • Personal glass-badge cumulative dosimeters are distributed to kindergarten children, elementary and junior high school students as well as pregnant women in the city; the target recipients number 46,303.
9.8.2011
  • Prime Minister Noda visits Fukushima Prefecture and meets the Prefectural Governor.
9.11.2011
  • Fukushima Medical University hosts an international convention with participation of experts in radiology and radiological protection from 14 countries of the world and two international organizations.
9.16.2011
  • A lecture presentation on the subject “Radiation and Children’s Health” begins.
9.27.2011
  • The “Plan for Decontamination of our Home, Fukushima” (1st edition) is formulated.
9.3.2011
  • Designation of emergency evacuation preparation zones is canceled.
  • The Act on the Establishment of the Nuclear Accident Investigation Committee is enacted.
10.6.2011
  • Fukushima City formulates the draft of its Reconstruction Plan.
10.9.2011
  • Thyroid test for young people 18 years old and younger is conducted in a health care survey of prefectural residents.
10.16.2011
  • The national government holds a symposium titled “The International Symposium on Radiation Decontamination” in Fukushima City.
10.18.2011
  • Spatial decontamination of houses, etc. begins, based on the “Plan for Decontamination of our Home, Fukushima” (beginning of decontamination of houses and roads in the Onami district).
  • Prime Minister Noda (then) visits Fukushima City for inspection of the ongoing decontamination.
10.25.2011
  • President Wulff of Germany visits Fukushima Prefecture.
29, 10, 2011
  • Decontamination is carried out by Onami district residents with cooperation of 109 volunteers.
11.1.2011
  • Radiation level measurement of school lunch ingredients begins using simplified food radiation testers distributed to four school lunch cooking centers.
11.14.2011
  • Radiation Monitoring Center is opened on the first floor of the former Children’s Culture Center, and begins operation with germanium semiconductor detectors (2 units) and simplified food testers (3 units). Also, the Fukushima Branch of Tohoku University’s Fukushima Nuclear Accident Response Headquarters is transferred to the Monitoring Center.
  • As a result of voluntary testing, radioactive cesium higher in radiation level than the provisional regulation level is detected in Fukushima Prefecture-produced rice.
  • Fukushima Prefecture begins a model project for spatial decontamination.
11.16.2011
  • Fukushima Prefecture announces that radioactive cesium higher in radiation level than the provisional regulation level (500Bq/kg) specified under the Food Sanitation Law, has been detected in unpolished rice harvested in the Onami district.
11.17.2011
  • Due to detection of radioactive cesium higher in radiation level than the provisional regulation level in rice harvested in the Onami district, the national government instructs Fukushima Prefecture to stop shipments of rice produced in the Onami district in 2011. Halting of rice shipments due to the nuclear accident is the first time ever.
11.18.2011
  • Their Majesties King and Queen of Bhutan visit Fukushima Prefecture.
11.19.2011
  • The “Fukushima Candle Night” event takes place at Fukushima Horse Racetrack under sponsorship of candle and gas makers.
11.2.2011
  • The 17th prefectural assembly member election takes place.
11.22.2011
  • Fukushima Prefecture decides that rice produced by 154 Onami district farmers be subjected to all-bag inspection in principle, and begins sampling on November 22.
  • City planning decision is made to construct a southern extension of the Fukushima-nishi Road on National Route 13.
11.25.2011
  • Fukushima Prefecture announces that the all-bag inspection has revealed radioactive cesium higher in level than the provisional regulation value was found in rice produced by five more farmers in the Onami district, thus bringing the total of problematic farm households to 6 out of 154.
11.26.2011
  • The International Commission on Radiological Protection hosts a seminar in Fukushima City.
11.28.2011
  • Internal human body radiation exposure inspection begins at the Fukushima Prefectural Labor and Public Health Center.
11.3.2011
  • Representatives of Tokyo Electric Power Company visit Fukushima City Office to apologize for causing the radioactive contamination of rice produced in the Onami district.
12.2.2011
  • Radioactive cesium higher in radiation level than the provisional regulation value is found in rice produced by three farmers in the Watari district. Accordingly, Fukushima Prefecture requests farmers to voluntarily stop shipments of rice produced in the former Fukushima City area.
  • All-bag inspection conducted in the Onami district reveals problems with rice from two more farmers.
12.5.2011
  • The national government instructs Fukushima Prefecture to stop shipment of rice produced in 2011 in the former Fukushima City area including the Watari district.
12.9.2011
  • The “Act on the Establishment of the Reconstruction Agency” is enacted.
12.19.2011
  • The Nuclear Accident Investigation Committee of the National Diet has a meeting for the first time in Fukushima City.
12.2.2011
  • Fukushima Prefectural Governor requests Self-Defense Forces to withdraw.
12.27.2011
  • A briefing is held to relieve anxieties among Fukushima City residents who voluntarily took refuge in Yamagata and Yonezawa cities.
12.28.2011
  • Fukushima Prefecture formulates its Reconstruction Plan (1st stage).
  • Primary evacuation centers within the prefecture are closed.

Chapter 2: Initiatives toward recovery and reconstruction

2012

1.1.2012
  • The Act on Special Measures to Address Radioactive Contamination fully goes into effect.
1.4.2012
  • Municipal elementary and junior high schools begin the third semester earlier than usual to compensate for the extended summer vacation.
  • The Ministry of the Environment opens its Fukushima Regional Environment Office in Fukushima City.
1.17.2012
  • Their Highnesses Prince and Princess Hitachi visit the Temporary Housing Community No. 1 in the Matsukawa Industrial Complex.
1.20.2012
  • The Ministry of the Environment and Fukushima Prefecture jointly establish the “Decontamination Information Plaza.”
1.23.2012
  • Internal human body radiation exposure survey begins using a mobile whole-body counter vehicle introduced solely by Fukushima Prefecture.
1.30.2012
  • Acceptance of early registration for emergency oil supply to social welfare and other facilities begins.
2.1.2012
  • Reverse tillage of farmland soil using adsorbents and bark washing to decontaminate trees in arboricultural areas begin.
  • “Fukushima Mental Care Center” opens in Fukushima City.
2.2.2012
  • Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Spain to Japan pays a courtesy visit to Fukushima City Mayor.
  • Fukushima City formulates its Reconstruction Plan.
2.3.2012
  • Fukushima Prefecture announces final results of the emergency survey of radioactive substances in rice produced in 2011.
2.6.2012
  • Work starts on the construction of the first temporary storage site for contaminated soil (Onami district).
2.10.2012
  • The Reconstruction Agency begins operation and opens its Fukushima Reconstruction Bureau.
2.16.2012
  • Administrative consultation windows for voluntary refugees open in Yamagata and Yonezawa cities.
2.21.2012
  • Real-time dosimeter systems, the establishment of which has been advanced by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, begin operation. Such units set up in Fukushima City number 359.
2.22.2012
  • Spatial decontamination work begins in the Watari district.
2.27.2012
  • The mobile whole-body counter vehicle, introduced solely by Fukushima City, begins internal body exposure inspection, beginning with Onami Elementary School.
  • To ensure that elderly residents and others in need can lead their refugee lives free of worry, Fukushima City concludes an agreement – known as the “Agreement on Designation of Welfare Evacuation Centers in Fukushima City” – with old-age nursing homes and facilities for the handicapped (42 facilities operated by 28 organizations).
3.1.2012
  • Food radioactivity measurement begins at 21 locations, including 17 city branch offices, the Onami sub-branch office, the Radioactivity Monitoring Center, AOZ (a community center for social interaction) and the Sangyo Koryu Plaza.
3.11.2012
  • A memorial service is held for victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
3.30.2012
  • The Act on Special Measures for the Reconstruction of Fukushima is enacted.
4.1.2012
  • Revision of the Food Sanitation Law makes changes in criteria for radioactive substance content in food products. For food ingredients in general, the former criterion of 500Bq/kg comes to 100Bq/kg after the revision.
4.2.2012
  • The project known as the "Program for Whole Inspection of School Lunch" begins at 23 locations such as city branch offices and community learning centers.
4.6.2012
  • Fukushima Prefecture requests the Onami and Watari districts, which were designated as rice shipment limitation zones in 2011, to voluntarily refrain from planting rice for the current year.
4.7.2012
  • Fukushima Horse Racing reopens for the first time in one year and five months.
  • Decontamination work is carried out at Bentenyama Park in the Watari district with cooperation of 387 volunteers.
4.9.2012
  • The “Inspection Program for the Whole School Lunch Program” begins at four school lunch cooking centers and 17 other locations including city branch offices and community learning centers.
4.10.2012
  • Minister Hosono (then) of the Ministry of the Environment inspects the contaminated soil temporary storage site in the Onami district.
4.21.2012
  • “Fukushima Kids’ Parade” sponsored by the Fukushima Chamber of Commerce and Industry is held.
4.24.2012
  • Fukushima City announces results of the simultaneous radiation dose measurement at 2,916 spots throughout the city conducted during the period from March 8 to 23, the average dose being 0.77 μSv/h.
4.25.2012
  • As part of its support for refugees from surrounding areas, the city begins to distribute free bus transportation passes to the elderly aged 75 and older.
4.30.2012
  • Decontamination of 577 houses out of a total of 92,730 has been completed (0.6% in percentage of progress).
5.12.2012
  • For the first time in two years, outdoor sports events resume at elementary schools throughout the city.
5.14.2012
  • On March 11, 2011, Fukushima Prefecture begins thyroid examination in a health care survey of prefectural residents targeting those zero up to the age of 18 (approx. 350,000 people). In Fukushima City, some 53,000 young people were the target.
5.16.2012
  • Minister Hirano (then) of the Reconstruction Ministry inspects the contaminated soil temporary storage site in the Onami district.
  • The parade of municipal elementary school drum-and-fife bands takes place for the first time in two years.
5.19.2012
  • Decontamination work is carried out at the Onami Castle Site with cooperation of 102 volunteers.
5.21.2012
  • The “Plan for Decontamination of our Home, Fukushima” (2nd edition) is formulated.
5.23.2012
  • Kita-shiobara Village hosts the Meeting of Prefectural Governors in the Kanto Region.
6.1.2012
  • Ten locations including JA Shin-Fukushima Farming Center and individual community learning centers become prepared to serve as facilities to conduct food radiation measurement. After all, 38 locations in Fukushima City become ready to begin such radiation measurement activities.
  • Big Palette Fukushima (an integrated convention facility) reopens.
6.27.2012
  • Outdoor swimming pools at elementary schools reopen.
6.30.2012
  • Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Romania to Japan pays a courtesy visit to Fukushima City Mayor.
7.1.2012
  • Fukushima Association for Securing Safety of Agricultural Products begins monitoring survey of radioactive substances in farm products ready for shipment.
7.13.2012
  • Cabinet decision is made on The Basic Policy for the Reconstruction and Rebirth of Fukushima.
7.16.2012
  • Nakoso Bathing Beach in Iwaki City reopens to the public for the first time in two years.
7.27.2012
  • Full-scale decontamination under the direct initiative of the national government begins in the preparatory zone for the withdrawal of evacuation orders in Miyakoji-machi of Tamura City.
  • London Olympics opens.
7.28.2012
  • The traditional Soma Nomaoi Festival resumes normally for the first time in two years.
7.31.2012
  • The project known as the “Local Hot Spot Decontamination Program” begins with the aim of choosing and decontaminating areas of high radiation dosage.
8.3.2012
  • “Fukushima Waraji (Huge Straw Sandal) Festival” reopens for the first time in two years, highlighting a “Happy Waraji” time to all.
8.11.2012
  • New playground equipment is installed at Hirose Park in the Moniwa district where radiation level is relatively low.
8.18.2012
  • The Chuo Shimin Swimming Pool reopens for the first time in two years.
8.25.2012
  • Total inspection of all rice bags begins.
9.19.2012
  • The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is inaugurated.
9.20.2012
  • Fukushima Association for Securing Safety of Agricultural Products begins total inspection of all rice bags (beginning with rice harvested in 2012).
9.24.2012
  • Fukushima Prefecture announces results of the monitoring survey of radioactive substances contained in daily food.
9.29.2012
  • Indoor playground “Sand Park” opens in the Civic Center for children who cannot play freely outdoors due to the nuclear plant accident.
  • Fukushima Prefectural Culture Center reopens.
10.1.2012
  • The system of free medical services for the young 18 years old or younger begins.
10.5.2012
  • Fukushima City “Koderanni (Just very good) Exposition” holds a symposium titled “Reconstructing a cheerful and vital Fukushima” to encourage local residents to live in the city for many years to come.
10.8.2012
  • Prof. Shinya Yamanaka and other scientists receive the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.
10.13.2012
  • Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress visit Fukushima Prefecture.
10.27.2012
  • Her Highness Princess Takamado visits Fukushima Prefecture.
10.30.2012
  • Minister Nagahama (then) of the Ministry of the Environment visits Fukushima City and requests Tokyo Electric Power Company to bear costs relative to the rapid establishment of intermediate storage facilities and expenses that individual many residents incurred.
11.15.2012
  • Road-center stakes are set up along the Fukushima-nishi Road (southern extension section).
12.3.2012
  • In a test operation, the Soma-Futaba Fisheries Cooperative unloads the first catch of fresh fish (since the earthquake) at Matsukawaura Fishing Port.
12.16.2012
  • The 46th election of members of the House of Representatives takes place.
12.28.2012
  • Fukushima Prefecture formulates its Reconstruction Plan (2nd stage).

2013

1.6.2013
  • The long-running TV period drama series “Yae-no-Sakura” (featuring a young woman in a region of Fukushima) begins to be broadcast.
2.1.2013
  • Hanamiyama Park (a celebrated spot for viewing cherry and other blossoms) fully opens for the first time in two years (attracting 237,000 visitors).
2.2.2013
  • Fukushima City Mayor meets Reconstruction Minister Nemoto (then) and submits a letter of request for support and other disaster-related matters.
2.6.2013
  • Fukushima City concludes an emergency mutual support agreement with Nagasaki City.
2.7.2013
  • Fukushima City concludes an emergency mutual support agreement with Yamaguchi City.
3.1.2013
  • Simultaneous radiation measurement is undertaken at 3,280 spots throughout the city during the period from March 1 to 15, the average radiation level being 0.56 μSv/h.
3.11.2013
  • The “3.11 Memorial Service for the Victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake” is held with the pledge for Fukushima’s reconstruction from the March 11, 2011 disaster.
3.15.2013
  • Decision is made to hold “The Destination Campaign”, one of the largest   scale tourism promotional campaigns in Japan, in Fukushima in the spring of 2015.
3.19.2013
  • Fukushima Prefecture notifies the Onami and Watari districts, which were designated as agricultural product shipment limitation zones in 2011, to lift the limitation on farming.
3.31.2013
  • Decontamination of 5,113 houses out of the total 92,730 is completed (percentage of progress: 5.5%).
4.1.2013
  • The Decontamination Information Center is opened in the Fukushima City Office.
4.10.2013
  • Decontamination work begins on agricultural water supply channels.
4.13.2013
  • A roofed trampoline facility known as the “Pyon-pyon Dome” is made available within Jurokunuma Park.
5.5.2013
  • Messrs. Shigeo Nagashima and Hideki Matsui are honored with the People’s Honor Award.
5.9.2013
  • Their Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino visit the terminal treatment facility in the Horikawa-cho district and the temporary Iidate Junior High School in the Iino-machi district.
5.12.2013
  • Fukushima Prefectural Medical University opens its Aizu Medical Center.
6.1.2013
  • The “Tohoku Rokkon-sai Festival” takes place in Fukushima City (on June 1 and 2), highlighting the six great festivals of the Tohoku region, attracting 250,000 visitors during the two days.
6.26.2013
  • The “Radiation and Local Residents’ Health” lecture series begins.
7.21.2013
  • Fukushima Reconstruction Festival opens.
  • The 23rd election of members of the House of Councilors takes place.
7.22.2013
  • Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress visit Fukushima Prefecture.
8.26.2013
  • Ambassador of the Republic of Ghana to Japan visits Fukushima City Mayor in a courtesy call.
8.28.2013
  • The “Police Liaison Council for Fukushima City Reconstruction” is established.
9.8.2013
  • Decision is made for Tokyo to host the 2020 Olympics.
9.22.2013
  • Their Highnesses the Crown Prince and Princess visit Fukushima Prefecture.
10.2.2013
  • “Sengyo-no-gi” (the rite for transferring the Divine Spirit from old to new buildings) takes place in the Ise Grand Shrine.
10.16.2013
  • Typhoon No. 26 of 2013 strikes (mainly Izu Islands and the Kanto region) with record-breaking heavy rain.
10.18.2013
  • Test fishing begins in the waters off Iwaki City, targeting 16 different varieties of fish.
10.30.2013
  • Appeals for settlement arbitration are made to the Center for Compensation Disputes over the Nuclear Accident Damage.
11.1.2013
  • Her Highness Princess Nobuko of Mikasa visits Fukushima Prefecture.
11.11.2013
  • Empirical research on the floating offshore wind electric power generation farm for the reconstruction of Fukushima begins.
11.17.2013
  • Fukushima Mayor election takes place.
12.2.2013
  • Shipment of “Ampogaki” dried persimmon, a specialty of northern Fukushima Prefecture the making of which has been under self-imposed  control due to the nuclear accident, resumes for the first time in three years.
12.23.2013
  • The “Fair for Great Interaction with Fukushima for Smiles and Good Fortune” is held in Tokyo.

2014

1.16.2014
  • Evacuation order for Asahidai Housing Complex is lifted for the first time in 2 years and 10 months.
2.7.2014
  • The 2014 Winter Olympics opens.
2.10.2014
  • Fukushima Prefecture concludes a memorandum of understanding on collaboration with North Rhine-Westphalia of Germany, which is widely known for advanced technology in the field of sustainable energy.
2.14.2014
  • “Fukushima Waraji (Huge Straw Sandal) Festival” is highlightted in Taiwan’s Lantern Festival for the first time in an overseas country/region.
  • The 2014 heavy snowfall hits Japan.
3.3.2014
  • Simultaneous radiation measurement is undertaken at 3,292 spots throughout the city during the period from March 3 to 20, the average radiation level being 0.37 μSv/h.
3.9.2014
  • Fukushima United FC competes in its first game in the J3 League.
3.31.2014
  • Decontamination of 31,003 houses out of the total 92,730 is completed (percentage of progress: 33.4%).
4.1.2014
  • Consumption tax rate is raised from 5% to 8%.
4.12.2014
  • The Nihonmashi Fukushima-kan “MIDETTE” opens as Fukushima’s information dissemination center within the Tokyo Metropolitan Area.
4.30.2014
  • Fukushima Prefecture announces its first wide-area evacuation plan in preparation for nuclear accidents.
5.10.2014
  • Results of the radioactive cesium inspection on farm and marine products conducted by Fukushima Prefecture in 2013 reveal that radiation levels of all vegetables and fruit in Fukushima are below the Food Sanitation Law danger levels – a first-time achievement since such inspection was undertaken in fiscal 2011.
6.2.2014
  • Tokyo Electric Power Company begins to construct frozen soil watertight impervious walls as a measure to control contaminated water.
6.6.2014
  • The 98th Japanese Athletics Championships opens.
7.14.2014
  • Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Japan visits Fukushima City Mayor in a courtesy call.
7.25.2014
  • Limitation of shipment of wood-cultivated shiitake mushroom (grown in culture facilities) due to the nuclear accident is lifted and shipments begin for the first time in three years.
8.20.2014
  • The heavy rainfall of August 2014 hits Japan, causing large-scale landslide disasters in Hiroshima City.
8.30.2014
  • Construction of intermediate storage facilities for contaminated waste is approved.
8.31.2014
  • Construction of the Public Housing for Reconstruction project (23 houses) in the Iino-machi district, which was promoted by Iidate Village, is completed – the first occurrence in Fukushima Prefecture of public housing to accommodate nuclear accident refugees.
9.5.2014
  • The UN Scientific Committee opens an international convention titled “The level and impact of radiation exposure in the wake of the nuclear power plant accident resulting from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.”
9.15.2014
  • All of National Route 6 becomes fully available for traffic of general vehicles for the first time in about three years and a half.
9.19.2014
  • The 68th All-Japan Recreation Meet opens.
9.27.2014
  • Mt. Ontake volcano erupts.
10.26.2014
  • The 20th Fukushima Prefectural Governor election takes place.
11.7.2014
  • Her Highness Princess Nobuko of Mikasa visits Fukushima Prefecture.
  • The first prefectural Public Housing for Reconstruction is completed in Koriyama City and the key hand-over ceremony takes place.
12.12.2014
  • Mt. Azuma’s volcanic eruption warning level is raised from 1 to 2.
12.14.2014
  • The 47th election of members of the House of Representatives takes place.
12.20.2014
  • Tokyo Electric Power Company completes withdrawal of all fuel from the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Unit 4’s used nuclear fuel pool.

2015

1.7.2015
  • An agreement is concluded for securing safety of areas surrounding the Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant relative to the decommissioning of its nuclear reactors.
2.23.2015
  • Simultaneous radiation measurement is undertaken at 3,292 spots throughout the city during the period from February 23 to March 9, the average radiation level being 0.31 μSv/h.
2.24.2015
  • Prefectural Governor announces acceptance of waste resulting from decontamination into the intermediate storage facilities.
2.28.2015
  • Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, of the United Kingdom visits  Fukushima Prefecture for the first time, accompanied by Prime Minister Abe.
3.1.2015
  • Joban Expressway fully reopens.
3.3.2015
  • Renewal of the square in front of the Fukushima Station West Entrance is completed.
3.13.2015
  • Trial transport of waste to the intermediate storage facilities begins.
3.14.2015
  • The extended section (between Nagano and Kanazawa) of the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line begins operation.
3.27.2015
  • Fukushima City formulates the Urban Center Revitalization Plan.
3.31.2015
  • Decontamination of 57,741 houses out of the total 92,730 is completed (percentage of progress: 62.2%).
4.1.2015
  • A roofed playground (“Komorebi Hiroba”) opens within the Shiki-no-Sato (Village of Four Seasons) Park.
  • The “Destination Fukushima” campaign begins.
4.8.2015
  • The prefectural Futaba Mirai Gakuen High School (a junior- and senior-high integrated school) opens in Hirono Town.
4.11.2015
  • SFC Momorin Park (children’s park) reopens after renewal.
4.12.2015
  • Fukushima Hopes, a new professional baseball team in the independent BC League, plays its first regular game.
4.14.2015
  • The Kumamoto Earthquake strikes (the maximum seismic intensity: 7).
4.18.2015
  • Fukushima sends emergency relief supplies to Kumamoto City that severely suffered from the Kumamoto Earthquake.
5.16.2015
  • The PET-bottled “Fukushima Water” is honored with a Superior Taste Award (one star) in a competition sponsored by the International Taste Institute.
5.22.2015
  • The 7th Pacific Island Summit opens in Iwakii City.
6.1.2015
  • The PET-bottled “Fukushima Water” is honored with the Gold Prize in the Monde Selection.
6.8.2015
  • Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to Japan visits Fukushima City Mayor in a courtesy call.
6.17.2015
  • Their Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino visit Fukushima Prefecture.
7.16.2015
  • Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress visit Fukushima Prefecture.
7.30.2015
  • The “Experts’ Review Committee on the Positive Image of 12 Municipalities in Fukushima” submits its proposal to the Minister of Reconstruction.
8.24.2015
  • The government-and-private sector joint team for the reconstruction of Fukushima’s Soso region is inaugurated.
9.10.2015
  • The 2015 Kanto and Tohoku Heavy Rainfall storm strikes the northern Kanto region most severely.
9.12.2015
  • Her Highness Princess Takamado visits Fukushima Prefecture.
10.1.2015
  • The Leading-edge Laboratory of Fukushima Prefectural Aizu University  begins operations.
  • Futaba Police Station (main office) resumes partial operations.
10.5.2015
  • Three scientists including Prof. Satoshi Omura are honored with the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.
10.6.2015
  • Two scientists including Prof. Takaaki Kajita are honored with the Nobel Prize in Physics.
10.7.2015
  • “Ikiiki Momorin Exercises” for healthful long life begins.
10.8.2015
  • Their Highnesses Crown Prince and Princess visit Fukushima Prefecture.
10.19.2015
  • Opening ceremony for the Naraha Remote Technology Center (“Mock-up Center”) is held.
10.27.2015
  • Fukushima Prefecture Environmental Creation Center (the main building) opens in Miharu Town.
10.28.2015
  • The “Council to Follow up the Future Image of 12 Municipalities in Fukushima” is established.
11.16.2015
  • Fukushima Prefecture Environmental Radiation Center opens in Minami-Soma City.
11.20.2015
  • Completion of the binary power plant using steam from hot springs in Tsuchiyu Onsen hot-spring town.
11.30.2015
  • Fukushima Prefecture formulates its demographic vision.
12.1.2015
  • Trial transport of waste to the intermediate storage facilities begins (Onami district).
12.25.2015
  • The “General Strategy for Revitalizing Fukushima” is formulated.
  • The Fukushima Prefecture Reconstruction Plan (3rd stage) is formulated.

Chapter 3: Initiatives toward recovery and reconstruction

2016

2.1.2016
  • Futaba Reconstruction Clinic attached to Futaba Medical Center opens in Naraha Town.
2.9.2016
  • Tokyo Electric Power Company completes installation of frozen soil watertight impervious walls as a measure against contaminated water.
  • Simultaneous radiation measurement is undertaken at 3,292 spots throughout the city during the period from February 15 to March 8, the average radiation level being 0.25 μSv/h.
2.26.2016
  • Fukushima City concludes a sister city agreement with Arakawa Ward of Tokyo.
3.5.2016
  • Fukushima Prefectural Medical University hosts an international symposium in commemoration of the fifth year after the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear power plant accident.
3.16.2016
  • Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress visit Fukushima Prefecture.
3.25.2016
  • The Research Center for Revitalizing Agriculture in the Hama District opens in Minami-Soma City.
3.26.2016
  • The Hokkaido Shinkansen Line section between Shin-Aomori and Hakodate-hokuto stations opens.
3.31.2016
  • Decontamination of 91,648 houses out of the total 92,730 is completed (percentage of progress: 98.8%).
4.1.2016
  • The After Fukushima Destination Campaign begins.
5.27.2016
  • Decontamination of all parks (506 locations) throughout the city is completed.
5.30.2016
  • The PET-bottled “Fukushima Water” is honored with the Gold Prize in the Monde Selection for the second successive year.
  • Decontamination is completed for all the planned 92,730 houses.
6.11.2016
  • Information delivery for the “Fukushima Kenmin (prefectural residents) App” begins.
7.10.2016
  • The 24th election of members of the House of Councilors takes place.
7.12.2016
  • Nuclear Disaster Response Centers open in Minami-Soma City and Naraha Town.
7.21.2016
  • Fukushima Prefectural Environmental Creation Center “Commutan Fukushima” celebrates its grand opening.
8.1.2016
  • A rapid-dispatch-type first-aid workstation is established in Fukushima Prefectural Medical University Hospital.
8.5.2016
  • Rio de Janeiro Olympics opens.
8.17.2016
  • Typhoon No. 7 of 2016 hits Japan, directly striking Hokkaido.
8.18.2016
  • The first discussion meeting of municipality heads in the Fukushima prefectural area is held.
9.1.2016
  • The 11 municipalities around the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant and Fukushima Prefecture conclude an agreement with Tokyo Electric Power Company for securing safety.
9.5.2016
  • The “Plan for Decontamination of our Home, Fukushima” (2nd edition) is partially revised.
  • Full-scale transport to the intermediate storage facilities of soil resulting from decontamination begins.
9.11.2016
  • The section of Tohoku Chuo Expressway between Fukushima JCT and Fukushima Ozaso IC opens.
9.12.2016
  • The Fukushima International Medical Science Center opens in Fukushima City.
9.28.2016
  • Fukushima Prefectural Crisis Management Center opens.
11.1.2016
  • Contaminated soil that has been removed and stored in parks begins to be transported to the temporary storage sites.
11.7.2016
  • The Fukushima Medical Equipment Development Support Center opens in Koriyama City.
11.8.2016
  • A large road collapse occurs in front of Hakata Station in Kyushu.
11.11.2016
  • Fukushima City hosts the 11th all-Japan convention for interaction among major city and road areas in Japan under the theme “Towns and Roads of the Tohoku Region.”
12.9.2016
  • Registration as the host town for Switzerland is fixed.

2017

1.31.2017
  • “Evacuation Preparation Information” is renamed “Request and Advice for Evacuation Preparation” to ensure that the elderly and others can quickly evacuate quickly and securely.
2.7.2017
  • Simultaneous radiation measurement is undertaken at 3,301 spots throughout the city during the period from February 7 to March 7, the average radiation level being 0.21 μSv/h.
2.11.2017
  • Fukushima Prefecture celebrates the 50th anniversary of the creation of the “Song of Fukushima Prefectural Residents.”
2.13.2017
  • Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation to Japan visits Fukushima City Mayor in a courtesy call.
3.10.2017
  • Cabinet decision is made on the New Law on Vacation Rental aiming to deregulate vacation rental.
3.13.2017
  • The “Plan for Decontamination of our Home, Fukushima” (2nd edition) is partially re-revised.
3.17.2017
  • Official decision is made for Fukushima City to host baseball and softball competitions during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
3.26.2017
  • Onami Elementary School is closed.
4.11.2017
  • Odaka Senior High School for Industrial Technology opens in Minami-Soma City.
5.15.2017
  • The slogan “Fukushima: Challenge the GAP” is declared.
5.29.2017
  • The PET-bottled “Fukushima Water” is again honored with the Gold Prize in the Monde Selection.
6.1.2017
  • Prices of Japan Post’s post cards and stamps are raised by ten yen per piece for the first time in 23 years. (Other price increases were due to consumption tax increases.)
6.19.2017
  • Fukushima Prefecture concludes a basic agreement with JR East Company on railroad restoration of the JR Tadami Line.
7.5.2017
  • Heavy rainfall of July 2017 hits northern Kyushu Island.
7.8.2017
  • Fukushima City celebrates the 110th anniversary of the establishment of its municipal system.
7.25.2017
  • The “Fukushima Innovation Coast Plan Promotional Organization” is established.
9.21.2017
  • National Route 114 reopens for the first time in six and a half years.
9.29.2017
  • The city planning road Koshihamacho-Machiniwasaka Route (two sections) opens.
10.15.2017
  • Mr. Yoshihide Muroya wins the annual overall victory in the Red Bull Air Race Series.
10.22.2017
  • The 48th election of members of the House of Representatives takes place.
10.28.2017
  • The intermediate waste storage facilities begin full operation.
11.4.2017
  • Tohoku Chuo Expressway (the section between Fukushima-ozaso IC and Yonezawa-kita IC) opens.
11.9.2017
  • Ambassador of French Republic to Japan visits Fukushima City Mayor in a courtesy call.
11.10.2017
  • Decontamination begins on agricultural ponds (66 locations).
11.20.2017
  • Fukushima City Mayor election takes place.
12.1.2017
  • Fukushima Mental Care Center opens its Futaba sub-branch.

2018

1.4.2018
  • Ohara General Hospital moves to the Uwamachi district.
2.5.2018
  • Shipment of green laver “hitoegusa” (edible seaweed) from Matsukawaura of Soma City resumes for the first time in seven years.
2.9.2018
  • Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018 opens.
2.13.2018
  • Follow-up decontamination begins at 48 locations throughout the city.
  • Simultaneous radiation measurement is undertaken at 3,301 spots throughout the city during the period from February 13 to March 13, the average radiation level being 0.17 μSv/h.
2.19.2018
  • Video titled “MIRAI 2016”, which depicts the hopes of Fukushima, is released.
2.27.2018
  • Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Japan visits Fukushima City Mayor in a courtesy call.
3.8.2018
  • Part of the re-revised “Plan for Decontamination of our Home, Fukushima” (2nd edition) is revised again.
3.19.2018
  • Spatial decontamination throughout the prefecture (except hard-to-return-home areas) is completed.
3.24.2018
  • Moniwa Elementary School is closed.
4.1.2018
  • Fukushima City becomes the region’s principal city.
4.19.2018
  • Fukushima City Nighttime Emergency Clinic moves to the Uwamachi district.
4.23.2018
  • Futaba Medical Center-affiliated hospital opens in Tomioka Town.
5.18.2018
  • The 8th Pacific Island Summit is held in Iwaki City.
5.24.2018
  • The PET-bottled “Fukushima Water” is honored with the highest Gold Prize at the Monde Selection for the second consecutive year.
6.1.2018
  • The Water Resources Institute opens in Soma City.
6.10.2018
  • Minami-Soma City hosts the 69th National Tree-Planting Festival with the attendance of Their Majesties the Emperor and Empress.
6.18.2018
  • Northern Osaka-fu Earthquake strikes (maximum seismic intensity: weak 6).
6.20.2018
  • The Japan Horse Racing Association (JRA) celebrates the centennial of the Fukushima Horse Racetrack.
7.2.2018
  • Fukushima City hosts the 2nd “All-Japan Peach Summit.”
  • Yuzuru Hanyu becomes the youngest recipient of the People’s Honor Award.
7.7.2018
  • The Heavy Rain of July 2018 hits Japan, bringing record-breaking rainfall to western Japan.
7.21.2018
  • The Haragama-Ogama bathing beach in Soma City opens to the public for the first time in eight seasons.
7.22.2018
  • Fukushima City dispatches an emergency support team to Kurashiki City that was heavily damaged by the Heavy Rain of July 2018.
7.28.2018
  • The national training center “J-Village” resumes operation for the first time in seven years and four months. A commemorative ceremony takes place with the attendance of Her Highness Princess Hisako of Takamado, the Honorary President of the Japan Football Association.
8.8.2018
  • A ceremony takes place to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the merger of Fukushima City and Iino Town.
8.27.2018
  • Fukushima City concludes the “Agreement for establishing the Fukushima City industry-government-academia platform and comprehensive collaboration” with three universities, two junior colleges, the Fukushima Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Fukushima area chapter of the Fukushima Prefectural Association of Small-business Entrepreneurs.
9.4.2018
  • Typhoon No. 21 of 2018 hits Japan, bringing fierce wind and rainfall to the Kinki and Shikoku regions.
9.6.2018
  • Hokkaido Iburi Tobu Earthquake strikes (maximum seismic intensity: 7).
9.15.2018
  • The eruption warning level for Mt. Azuma is raised from 1 to 2, halting vehicle traffic on the Bandai-Azuma Skyline scenic highway (it reopened on June 28, 2019).
9.21.2018
  • Fukushima Prefecture holds a ceremony to commemorate the inauguration of a multi-purpose medical helicopter.
9.30.2018
  • All of the spatial and follow-up decontamination of houses, woods in residential areas, roads and farmlands is completed.
10.1.2018
  • Two scientists including Prof. Tasuku Honjo are honored with the Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.
10.21.2018
  • Fukushima Arena (Fukushima Gymnasium) opens.
10.28.2018
  • The 21st election of Fukushima Prefectural Governor takes place.
11.19.2018
  • Fukushima Area Collaboration Promotional Council is established.
12.1.2018
  • The 20th Japan Boccia (wheel-chair ball game) Championships opens.
12.25.2018
  • The “Urban Development Plan to Ptomote a Respectable Prefectural Capital” is formulated.
12.27.2018
  • Simultaneous radiation measurement is undertaken at 3,301 spots throughout the city during the period from December 27 to February 2, 2019, the average radiation level being 0.16 μSv/h.

Chapter 4: Challenges toward Fukushima City's new era

2019

1.1.2019
  • Fukushima Red Cross Hospital moves to the Yashima-cho district and begins operating.
1.18.2019
  • “2020 Fukushima Cheering Group” is inaugurated.
1.20.2019
  • The Fukushima Prefecture team wins the men’s “Ekiden” (relay marathon) race of all prefectures for the first time.
1.29.2019
  • Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Luanda to Japan visits Fukushima City Mayor in a courtesy call.
2.9.2019
  • Ground-breaking ceremony is held for the construction of the “Great East Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Power Plant Accident Commemorative Museum.”
2.24.2019
  • A prayer ceremony is held for His Majesty the Emperor’s Thirty Years on the Throne.
2.28.2019
  • Decision is made by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation) to broadcast the long-running morning TV drama series titled “Yell (Voice of Cheer)”, featuring Mr. Yuji Koseki (a famous composer) and his wife Kaneko.
4.1.2019
  • Fukushima University inaugurates the Cluster of Agricultural Sciences and Faculty of Food and Agricultural Sciences.
4.8.2019
  • Prefectural Futaba Mirai Gakuen opens as a junior- and senior-high integrated school.
4.20.2019
  • The national training center “J-Village” fully reopens.
5.1.2019
  • With the Crown Prince’s succession to the Imperial Throne, the imperial era name changes from “Heisei” to “Reiwa.”
5.9.2019
  • Tickets for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics begin to be sold.
5.24.2019
  • Tsuchiyu Onsen Reconstruction Celebration takes place.
6.1.2019
  • The 2019 Tohoku Kizuna (fellowship) Festival takes place in Fukushima City from June 1 to 2, attracting 308,000 visitors.
  • Basic outline is announced of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics torch relay route within the prefecture.
6.3.2019
  • The PET-bottled “Fukushima Water” is honored with the highest Gold Prize at the Monde Selection for the third consecutive year.
6.17.2019
  • The eruption warning level of Mt. Azuma is lowered to 1.
6.18.2019
  • Earthquake off Yamagata Prefecture strikes (maximum seismic intensity: strong 6).
6.28.2019
  • Host town registration for the Socialist Republic of Vietnam is fixed.
6.30.2019
  • Japan officially withdraws from the International Whaling Committee (IWC).
7.1.2019
  • The Fisheries and Ocean Research Center begins full operation in Iwaki City.
  • The High-tech Plaza Minami-Soma Technology Support Center opens.
7.20.2019
  • Bathing beaches in Shinchi Town and Minami-Soma City open for the first time in nine seasons.
7.21.2019
  • The 25th election of members of the House of Councilors takes place.
7.24.2019
  • Tokyo Electric Power Company officially announces the decommissioning of the Daini Nuclear Power Plant’s reactors.
7.30.2019
  • The 29th World Boys’ Baseball Tournament in Fukushima opens.
8.3.2019
  • Fukushima Waraji (Huge Straw Sandal) Festival takes place, highlighted by the “New Waraji Dance.”
8.27.2019
  • Localized heavy rainfall due to the August 2019 weather front hits Japan, heavily damaging northern Kyushu Island.
8.28.2019
  • The “Citizens’ Conference to Promote a Healthful Prefectural Capital” is held with full support from all Fukushima City citizens.
9.5.2019
  • Boso Peninsula Typhoon of Reiwa Gannen (the first year of the Reiwa Era) attacks Japan (a violent storm causing heavy damage to Chiba Prefecture and its vicinity).
9.12.2019
  • Reconstruction Minister Tanaka and Environment Minister Koizumi  visit the Fukushima Prefectural Office and meet Governor Masao Uchibori for the first time since taking office as ministers.
9.20.2019
  • Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan opens.
9.24.2019
  • Renovation of the prefectural Azuma Baseball Stadium is completed.
9.30.2019
  • Partners for the Promotion of Barrier-Free Initiatives hold their kick-off meeting.
  • The Fukushima Robot Test Field research building fully opens.
10.1.2019
  • Consumption tax rate is raised from 8% to 10%.
10.9.2019
  • Three scientists including Mr. Akira Yoshino are honored with the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
10.12.2019
  • Higashi-Nihon Typhoon of Reiwa Gannen (Typhoon No. 19 of 2019) attacks Japan, hitting the Kanto, Koshin and Tohoku regions with record-breaking heavy rainfall.
  • Higashi-Nihon Typhoon of Reiwa Gannen (Typhoon No. 19 of 2019) also hits the Fukushima City area, causing serious flooding.
10.22.2019
  • His Majesty the Emperor fulfills the Enthronement Ceremony.
10.28.2019
  • The “Okuchi-no-Momorin Exercises” for good health and long life begin.
10.31.2019
  • Shuri Castle in Naha City, Okinawa, is entirely destroyed by fire.
11.10.2019
  • The 19th election of members of the prefectural assembly takes place.
11.17.2019
  • Fukushima City wins the overall victory for the first time in 14 years in the 31st trans-prefecture Ekiden (relay marathon) race engaged in by municipalities from within the prefecture (Fukushima Ekiden).
12.2.2019
  • Simultaneous radiation measurement is undertaken at 3,301 spots throughout the city during the period from December 2, 2019 to January 17, 2020, the average radiation level being 0.15 μSv/h.
12.17.2019
  • Fukushima City becomes the first municipality in Fukushima Prefecture to reach an agreement with the Swiss Confederation as the “Host town to promote a symbiotic society.”

2020

1.10.2020
  • The total all-bag inspection of rice is completed (for rice produced by the end of 2019).
1.16.2020
  • A report is made regarding the first COVID-19 sufferers in Japan.
1.20.2020
  • Construction of the Fukushima-ozaso IC Industrial Complex is completed.
1.30.2020
  • The COVID-19 Response Headquarters is established.
1.31.2020
  • WHO declares an emergency regarding a public-health emergency of worldwide concern.
3.4.2020
  • Decision is made on temporary closing of municipal elementary, junior high and special-support schools up to March 23.
3.6.2020
  • For the first time in the prefecture, Fukushima City is officially recognized as the “Leading host town to promote a symbiotic society” with the Swiss Confederation.
  • The movie titled “The Fukushima 50” depicting the way some 50 workers, who remained in the nuclear plant to perform their demanding duties, is released.
3.7.2020
  • The first COVID-19 suffer is found in Fukushima Prefecture.
  • The Fukushima Hydrogen Energy Research Field opens in Namie Town.
3.11.2020
  • Decision is made to call off the 92nd National Invitational High-School Baseball Tournament.
3.14.2020
  • The entire JR Joban Line resumes operation.
3.15.2020
  • “Fukufuru”, an urban facility for interaction and activities among citizens, opens where participants engage in DIY activities such as hand-crafting of chairs and tables, for example.
3.23.2020
  • Fukushima City announces the first deal of emergency support measures.
3.24.2020
  • Decision is made to postpone by one year or so the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics due to the worldwide spread of COVID-19.
  • What is known as the "A Flame for Reconstruction" relative to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics torch relay is introduced to the public.
3.30.2020
  • The long-running morning TV drama series titled “Yell (Voice of Cheer)”, featuring Mr. Yuji Koseki and his wife Kaneko, begins to be broadcast.
3.31.2020
  • The first COVID-19 sufferer is found in Fukushima City.
  • Entire facilities of the Fukushima Robot Test Field open in Minami-Soma City and Namie Town.

Fukushima City will continually strive to live up to our slogan: “The healthful prefectural capital that conveys a voice of cheer to the world.” People throughout Japan and the world, please kindly support Fukushima City. And thank you, the citizens of Fukushima, one and all for who you are and what you do.