April 13(Wednesday)

As the tense situation continues, moving from excessive self-restraint to a design of reconstruction

 

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, I have held back from sending out my thoughts through my blog. This was to avoid confusion amidst the ongoing flurry of large amounts of information, while I dedicated myself entirely to responses to the disaster.  With a tense situation continuing even now, a month since the disaster toward the future while I will continue to devote my energies to responses to the earthquake disaster and the nuclear accidents, I will resume blogging little by little.

 

At yesterday's press conference, I called on the public to refrain from a mood of excessive self-restraint while maintaining a spirit of thoughtful compassion towards the disaster-stricken areas. A mood of excessive self-restraint could reduce consumption and dampen the business activity of Japan as a whole. Conversely, purchasing products from disaster-stricken areas and enjoying them would help support the affected areas.

 

Tomorrow the Reconstruction Design Council will hold its first session. Professor Takeshi Umehara, Special Advisor to the Meeting, and I will join with the 15 committee members to launch discussions that look squarely to the future.



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