May 17, 2012, on the NHK television show "News Watch 9"
"I hope to make the reconstruction of the disaster areas a springboard towards a vibrant Japan as we undertake reconstruction activities. The Reconstruction Agency has designated 14 places as 'special zones for reconstruction.' This designation is intended to eliminate various regulations, making it possible to engage in various activities and build communities with a freer hand. With this as a springboard, I also hope conversely to link into the rebirth of Japan the fact that 'these kinds of success stories came about in the disaster zone.' I believe these two will positively interact, and I would like to make them into a virtuous circle."