Futaba Post Office reopens after 13 years(双葉郵便局、13年ぶりに再開)

The Futaba Post Office on March7(3月7日の双葉郵便局)

 FUTABA, Fukushima - A post office in the quake-hit town of Futaba, Fukushima Prefecture, has reopened 13 years after the nuclear incident occurred.
 The Futaba Post Office operated in the town's Shinzan district prior to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake but closed due to the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, Inc.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant triggered by the quake. Japan Post Co. opened the new post office in the town's Nagatsuka district. Until it reopened on March 7, Futaba was the only municipality in all of Japan without a single operating post office.


 Townspeople flocked to the office on the opening day.
 Miki Shima, who lives in public housing, came to send postcards of cherry blossoms in Hamadori, the coastal region of the prefecture, to her relatives and friends.
 "I want to tell them that spring is coming to Futaba," she said. "There's also an ATM and it's very helpful."
 Postmaster Norio Sasaki, a native of Soma in the same coastal region, said, "We want the office to serve as a home to the people in the community where anyone can feel free to stop by."


 At the opening ceremony, Japan Post Senior Executive Officer Kieko Onoki said, "We will strive to have the post office connect the hearts of those who have returned to the town and those who are still living as evacuees."
 Mayor Shiro Izawa then gave a speech and cut the ceremonial ribbon with other guests.


 Services including sending postal mail and packages, savings and insurance are available on weekdays. ATM services are available throughout the year, including Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
 The Haramachi Post Office in Minami-Soma will continue handling home delivery and pickup services.

( Translated by The Japan News )


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