Disaster-hit Tohoku now What local people have to say



It is more than three and a half years since the Tohoku region was ravaged by that horrendous earthquake and tsunami. Intensive measures continue to be put into force to help people there overcome the tragedy that left Japanese society with its greatest ordeal since the end of World War II. It looks, however, that people outside the region are becoming less concerned with the ongoing reconstruction work. In fact, we can barely see the full vigor with which the whole nation worked in support of the afflicted people immediately after the disaster. Any overt consideration for them such as the mood of voluntary restraint that prevailed across the nation soon afterwards may not be needed now. However, the nation should at least keep worried eyes on what is being done and what is going to be done in the years ahead to make the life in Tohoku better and easier.



Hakumon Herald reporters visited Miyagi Prefecture in the summer and had a series of interviews with various persons there to learn how everything was destroyed by the killer quake and tsunami in 2011 and see what local people have been doing in an effort to tide over their hardship. The persons they talked to were diversified, ranging from those from the Ishinomaki fishery harbor and the Ishinomaki municipal office to those from the Sendai brewery of Kirin Co., the Kumakkonouen organic farm and the Omagarihama Shishimai (lion dance) Preservation Association. They tried to shed light on aspects of the prolonged reconstruction process rarely covered by the media, such as the difficulties the people are experiencing in relocating to upland areas and the harsh situation tormenting the local fishermen and farmers, in an attempt to call back the waning public concern about Tohoku.