MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Tuesday, Imamura during a press conference that the Japanese government was not responsible for providing assistance to people, who decided to leave the Fukushima prefecture voluntarily. The remarks of the official had been criticized by Japan's opposition parties that had demanded the resignation of the official.
"I want [Imamura] to continue to be alongside those affected by the disaster and devote every effort to his duties with the aim of [implementing] reconstruction as soon as possible," Abe said, as quoted by the Kyodo news agency.
In March 2011, an earthquake triggered a tsunami that hit the NPP in the Fukushima prefecture and resulted in a leakage of radioactive materials. Following the incident, Japanese authorities had evacuated local residents, however several of them had also left Fukushima on their own.