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Prayers, candle light mark 3 and a half years since Fukushima disaster

12 September 2014

Prayers, candle light mark 3 and a half years since Fukushima disaster
People gathered in the garden of the Meijokan complex of old buildings in the Haramachi district of Minamisoma city, Fukushima Prefecture, on Sept. 11 to mourn victims of the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster, offering prayers amid candle light.
The gathering was held as part of an exhibition of paintings and pottery under way at the complex marking three and a half years since the disaster, which included reactor meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co. The garden was decorated with some 2,100 candle lanterns, lit with oil taken from field mustard flowers blooming in the city and made of "washi" Japanese paper folded into cylindrical form. Visitors lit the candles in memory of the victims and in hopes of early post-disaster reconstruction.
(Translated by Kyodo News)

14 September 2014

"Marlin Gourmet Summit" held in Iwaki to promote fish cuisine

An annual event featuring marlin dishes was held at Aquamarine Park in the Onahama district of Iwaki city on Sept. 13-14 to promote culinary creations and fish-eating culture. The "Marlin Gourmet Summit 2014" was organized by the city hall, a business group, the Aquamarine Fukushima aquarium and other local parties concerned. It was supported by the Fukushima prefectural government, the Iwaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Fukushima-Minpo Co. and Radio Fukushima, among other partners. It was the second event of its kind following last year's inaugural one.
At the venue, various dishes developed by eatery owners and high school students in the city were offered for sale and tasting at a dozen stalls set up by them. They included jumbo cutlets of minced marlin meat, burgers and cookies.
A symposium was also held on a specially arranged stage on a wide variety of topics such as how the fish grows in what sort of environment and fish-eating culture as a whole. Other events included a marlin-filleting show and the display of a new mascot character, a theme song and dancing designed to promote the fish.
(Translated by Kyodo News)

13 September 2014

Gov't reopens highway section closed by Fukushima nuclear crisis

The government has reopened a section of National Route 6 running through part of the Hamadori region of Fukushima Prefecture, where residency is restricted due to radioactive contamination from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant of Tokyo Electric Power Co. It opened the entire highway to traffic for the first time in three and a half years following the 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster. The move, effective as of midnight on Sept. 14, was announced on Sept. 12 by the government's local office addressing the nuclear accident.
The road reopening is expected to activate goods distribution and exchanges among residents, spurring post-disaster reconstruction and the return home of evacuees. The traffic ban was lifted after decontamination work was completed along the affected Route 6 stretch at the request of local residents.
The 14-kilometer section passes through the towns of Tomioka, Okuma and Futaba. The lifting of the ban also applied to a 1.7-km prefectural road stretch in Tomioka linking Route 6 and the Tomioka interchange of the Joban Expressway.
Motorcycles, bicycles and pedestrians are still not allowed due to the higher risk of exposure to radiation from the nuclear plant. No parking
is permitted along the affected stretch, with amber lights of traffic signals left blinking.
(Translated by Kyodo News)

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