Mayor Kimiaki Toda, the Mayor of Ofunato, gave a speech at the Japan Foundation outlining the details of the recovery of Ofunato from the Japan earthquake five years ago. A lot of progress has been completed including rebuilding of local buildings and infrastructure. Mr. Takata attended the speech and learned about the substantial progress made. New construction included a new shopping center downtown, 2 new hotels, and commercial fish market facility. Also, new apartments, homes, and schools have been built on higher ground. It was a very informative speech.