Fukushima Pref. fruits presented to Thai royal family

Fukushima Vice Gov. Masao Uchibori presented fruits grown in Fukushima Prefecture, such as peaches and pears, as gifts to Thailand's royal family on Oct. 22, hoping to draw attention to the tastiness and safety of the products. Uchibori was on a tour of Thailand to promote products from Fukushima Prefecture, which was hard hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami as well as the subsequent nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant. The vice governor visited the Thai royal palace and met with Khuying Araya, chief secretary to Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. In the meeting with the chief secretary, Uchibori offered thanks for Thailand's support for people in Fukushima Prefecture, saying Fukushima residents were encouraged by it. He asked Araya to sample peaches, pears, grapes and apples grown in Fukushima Prefecture. A day earlier on Oct. 21, Uchibori visited the prime minister's office in Bangkok to present fruits such as peaches to Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Kittiratt Na-Ranong accepted them on behalf of the prime minister. On Oct. 22, Uchibori visited the head offices of Asia Atlantic Airlines and of the Thai Travel Agents Association (TTAA), briefing their officials about customs and quarantine procedures at Fukushima airport and about nature-rich Fukushima Prefecture. In response, TTAA President Suthipong Pheunphiphop told Uchibori that Thai Airways International is scheduled to launch flights linking Bangkok and Sendai near Fukushima on Dec. 4 and that his organization will help send tourists to Fukushima Prefecture. (Caption) Fukushima Vice Gov. Masao Uchibori (second from left) presents Fukushima-grown fruits to Khuying Araya (center), chief secretary to Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn.