Fukushima's last damaged port reopens

The last one of 10 fishing ports in Fukushima Prefecture, northern Japan, that were devastated in the March 2011 disaster has now reopened.

Tomioka Port reopened on Friday for the first time in eight years and four months after restoration work was completed.

It was devastated and most of the boats based there were washed away by more than 20 meter-high tsunami following a powerful earthquake on March 11, 2011. The area was also designated as an evacuation zone after the ensuing accident at the nearby Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Restoration work began on the port after the evacuation order on the area was lifted two years ago.

In a ceremony on Friday, five fishing boats that had been transferred to nearby ports after the disaster returned, flying their flags, typically signify a large catch of fish.

Before the disaster, the port thrived on large catches of flatfish, a local specialty, as well as salmon and Japanese sea bass.

Akio Sato, aged 52, lost his boat in the tsunami, but has continued fishing elsewhere. He said he hopes to do his best so that people can enjoy the fish caught in Fukushima.