Fukushima Pref. hopes to host 2015 Pacific island summit

Vice Gov. of Fukushima Prefecture Fumio Murata asked the central government Thursday to allow the city of Iwaki of the nuclear disaster-hit prefecture to host the 2015 Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting.

In the meeting with Deputy Chief Cabinet Secretary Hiroshige Seko at the prime minister's office, Murata said the summit "will be an opportunity to dispel fears over the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant and its contaminated water leaks."

Seko said he would relay the request to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Japan has invited the leaders of the 16 members of the Pacific Island Forum to discuss regional issues every three years since 1997. The previous summit was held last year in Nago, Okinawa Prefecture.