On April 18th, members of the Federation of Iwate and Miyagi Prefectural Assembly Members for the ILC travel to Tokyo to visit the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and Federation of Diet Members for the ILC (FDMILC, chair: Hon. Takeo Kawamura of the House of Representatives). There, they petitioned these two organizations to realize the ILC as quickly as possible.
Eight members of the Iwate delegation (led by assembly chairman Junichi Sasaki), and seven members of the Miyagi delegation (led by assembly chairman Koki Sato) traveled to Nagatacho in Tokyo to the LDP headquarters. They handed their petition to Hon. Katsutoshi Kaneda (standing in for the LDP secretary-general), and Hon. Takeo Kawamura and Hon. Ryu Shionoya (chair and secretary-general for FDMILC, respectively).
The petition stated that the whole of the Tohoku region of Japan was working its absolute hardest to prepare for the ILC and maximize its benefits to the region. They called for the ILC to be made a national project, and for the government to state that it would host the project as quickly as possible. Hon. Kaneda said, “I will tell this to the LDP secretary-general.”
They also made a petition to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology(MEXT) on the same day. Chairman Sasaki of Iwate said, “We will continue to work hard on preparations, and convey to the entire country the benefits of the ILC.” Chairman Sato of Miyagi said, “We will work even closer with Iwate to broaden our efforts.”