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2011.09.06 20:35

Report: Kesennuma Disaster Relief Event "NUMA☆FES 2011"

Reported by Ryu and Tahel, Staff of Rentai Tohoku

Kesennuma Disaster Relief Event "NumaFES 2011" which took place at Hongo, Kesennuma on the 20th August 2011 was blessed with fine weather and proved to be a great success. Rentai Tohoku opened a stall at this event.

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Some Pakistani and Chinese volunteers also joined the event to create a bond with people in Kesennuma and welcomed guests with an exotic atmosphere.

 

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Categories:RENTAI TOHOKU activitiesSanriku

2011.09.06 20:35 admin

2011.07.29 16:03

Volunteers' voice: 29 July, 2011 vol.2 -Katsura Island, Urato Islands

(Mr. K, Age 49, Tokyo)


This time I helped with tying nets for seaweed cultivation, cutting ropes to make nets and making loops. When cutting ropes to make nets for seaweed, I chatted with young fishermen. According to them, there was a meeting at Shiogama where they discussed if fishing rights should be sold to business entities. Apparently, most fishermen were strongly against the idea. One of the reasons was that they had seen a capital investor who obtained fishing rights fail in business and retreat leaving local fishermen with debts. Another fisherman worried that if a salary system was introduced and fishermen wouldn't be able to earn according to how hard they worked, their motivation to culture good quality seaweed might decrease.

Categories:Katsurashima, Urato IslandsRENTAI TOHOKU activities

2011.07.29 16:03 admin

2011.07.24 15:49

Volunteers' voice: 24 July, 2011 -Katsura Island, Urato Islands-

Activity: Cutting ropes to be used for floating rafts of seaweed and oyster farms

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(Mr. T, Age 30, Tokyo)

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Gathering information on television or the Internet may be one thing, but I realized how important it is to talk directly with local people and experience the reality of affected areas. Even now, destroyed houses and public buildings are left abandoned, and tons of rubbish and huge containers are washed up on the beach. There are cracks in the ground at the port due to liquefaction. Apparently the removal of the rubble had just started one day before our arrival. Actions by the local government could have been a little faster.
When I asked local fishermen if they had any particular worries, they said "No, not specially. But we would need successors."
They are doing their usual work as they have always done. Fishermen on Katsura Island have already taken a path to self-supporting recovery.

Some people I met were anxious about the disposable of the rubble and said they were willing to take any advice or suggestion.

Categories:Katsurashima, Urato IslandsRENTAI TOHOKU activities

2011.07.24 15:49 admin

2011.07.15 15:48

Volunteers' voice: 15 July, 2011 vol.1 -Katsura Island, Urato Islands-

(Mr. M, Age 25, Tokyo)

 

Activity

I helped fishermen tying ropes for fishing etc. with their technical advice.

The current state of Katsura Island

When I arrived at the island, though four months had passed since the earthquake, it was surprising that paved roads were still left cracked, the subsidence area were flooded at high tide, and destroyed houses were abandoned as they were. The earthquake seemed to highlight their longstanding problems such as the successor problem in the fishing industry and the depopulation of the island.

Mid- to long-term support for recovery required

When I asked locals if they had changed their prospect about the restoration since immediately after the earthquake, they told me that at first, they expected things would get back to normal before summer, but now, they admitted the recovery would take years. For the reconstruction support, I strongly believe that it is most important to continue support activities to assist the people in affected areas to become self-reliant. We should talk with local people to specify what is most needed and provide advice and actual help for their self-supporting recovery.

 

Categories:Katsurashima, Urato IslandsRENTAI TOHOKU activities

2011.07.15 15:48 admin

2011.07.10 11:49

Volunteer report: 10 July 2011 vol.1 - Katsurashima, Urato Islands -


Here we would like to present the views of someone at the site.

 

(Mr. K ・Age:30 ・ Male   Resident of Katsurajima, Miyazaki prefecture   Occupation:Fishing (Oyster cultivation)

<Recent situation of island residents' lives>
People who had been living in emergency shelters have begun occupying temporary housing since July. In terms of restoration work, we have been cooperating with the Self Defense Force to maintain roads, clear grass for the construction of temporary housing, and removing debris from beaches. At the beaches though, however much clearing is done, rubble continues to be washed ashore.

 

<Message to people from all areas>
Volunteers, the Self Defense Force, temporary housing construction workers, various people have visited us and our daily lives are improving.

 

Without this support we would not be where we are now, and we are very thankful for all your goodwill. We will strive for recovery and hope that we will be able to repay you with our delicious seafood products. In addition, if you have the chance to visit our island, I think the natural environment will liberate you from the stress of your daily lives and do wonders for you.

Categories:Katsurashima, Urato IslandsRENTAI TOHOKU activities

2011.07.10 11:49 admin

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