On March 7-11, 2012 the official visit of Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Volodymyr Lytvyn to Japan was held in order to discuss the prospects of cooperation between Japan and Ukraine in the sphere of elimination of the consequences of the nuclear power plants accidents, discuss a number of political and economic cooperation issues, including an intensification inter-parliamentary component of bilateral relations as well as to demonstrate of solidarity and support to Japanese nation in connection with the anniversary of the tragedy and honoring the memory of those who affected in the Great East Japan Earthquake Great and tsunami which triggered the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster.
During the visit, the audience of the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine with eldest son of Emperor of Japan Akihito Crown Prince Naruhito, meeting with Prime Minister of Japan Y. Noda, meetings and talks with Speaker of the Chamber of Representatives of Japan T. Yokomiti, Head of the Advisors' Chamber of the Parliament of Japan K.Hirata, Head of Japanese Parliamentary Association of Friendship “Ukraine-Japan” Y. Mori, Minister of the Environment, Minister for the Restoration from and Prevention of Nuclear Accident, Minister of State for the Nuclear Power Policy and Administration G. Hosono were held.
V. Lytvyn also met with Head of the International Friendship Exchange Council of Japan K.Matsuzawa, members of the Japan Business Federation “Keidanren”.
Ukrainian parliamentary delegation headed by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukrainevisited Fukushimaand Miyagi Prefectureswhere they had the meetings with the Governor of Fukushima Prefecture Y. Sato, the representatives of the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of Japan and Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).
V. Lytvyn also visited Fukushima-1 Nuclear Power Plant and Mitazono No. 2 district in Natori, where temporary buildings for the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake were constructed, as well as the Yuriage district (Natori) that suffered from tsunami.
On the 11 of March, 2012 the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine attended the commemorative ceremony dedicated to the casualties of the Great East Japan Earthquake (Natori).
In the frame of the visit, the Head of Ukrainian Parliament gave an interview to a journalist of the most leading and largest newspaper circulation in the world “The Yomiuri Shimbun” and a TV-interview to the correspondents of the largest State Japan Broadcasting Corporation “NHK”.