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Hokkaido governor highlights need for resilient tourism infrastructure

Hokkaido Governor Harumi Takahashi visited Tokyo on Tuesday to make a number of requests related to recovery from the massive earthquake earlier this month, some of these requests highlighting the need to strengthen the tourist infrastructure against blackouts and similar emergencies.

Fears of aftershocks and the extended region-wide blackout has been taking a severe toll on Hokkaido’s economy by sharply reducing the number of visiting tourists.

In a meeting with Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga, Governor Takahashi asked for assistance in providing major tourist facilities with their own electricity generators and other equipment to allow independent operations even at times of emergency.

Additionally, she asked for support to put up more signage and materials in foreign languages.


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