Progress seen in rebuilding quake-hit Miyagi: Abe

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Monday progress has been made on reconstruction in Miyagi Prefecture, an area devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

"I listened to those who have been making much effort, and felt their step-by-step progress toward reconstruction from the tough environment" following the natural disasters, Abe told reporters on a visit to the northeastern Japan prefecture.

He has repeatedly visited the affected prefectures in the Tohoku region since taking office in December. It was his fourth trip to Miyagi as premier following the previous one in May.

On the latest trip, Abe mainly visited the coastal area of Miyagi, inspecting temporary shopping streets and a medical clinic as well as public housing for those affected by the disasters.