Japan’s national J-Village in Fukushima to partially re-open

According to the Japan Times the J-Village national football training centre in Fukushima Prefecture will partially re-open on July 28th. Which is more than seven years after it was forced to close due to the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that devastated the Tohoka region.

After the re-opening six pitches will be available to be used again, one artificial and five grass. As well as the pitches a lecture hall and some athlete’s accommodation will also be re-opened. The vice president of the facility is determined to attract more people back to the region through the use of sports. He said, “We will make every effort to ensure the J-Village becomes a place that attracts many people with the power of sports once again and serves as a symbol of reconstruction in Fukushima”.

The J-Village is located in the towns of Naraha and Hirono and was used by thousands of workers during the reconstruction effort in area caused by the meltdowns at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s nuclear plant.

The training centre is expected to be fully opened in the spring of 2019.

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