Kawauchi village appoints singer, runner, actor as "ambassadors"

The Fukushima Prefecture village of Kawauchi held a ceremony on Oct. 25 to commemorate the 130th anniversary of its founding through the merger of Kamikawauchi and Shimokawauchi in 1889. About 200 participants shared their hopes for recovery from the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Company Holdings Inc.’s Fukushima Daiichi power plant. Addressing the ceremony, Mayor Yuko Endo said, "Attaining a creative and future-oriented reconstruction is needed. We will work on creating an attractive village." Congratulatory speeches were also given by guests including Fukushima Deputy Gov. Masaaki Suzuki, House of Councillors member Masako Mori -- elected from the Fukushima prefectural constituency -- Fukushima Prefectural Assembly chairman Eiko Yoshida and Kawauchi Municipal Assembly chairman Kazuo Watanabe. The village appointed singer Toshimi Watanabe and actor Ryugi Yokota, who hail from there, and marathon runner Yuki Kawauchi -- whose name is the same -- as "village hometown ambassadors." Mayor Endo handed an assignment certificate to Watanabe and Kawauchi, who attended the ceremony, and commissioned them to promote the village’s attractiveness. Attending from Fukushima-Minpo Co. was Masaya Hayakawa, board director and concurrently Hamadori revitalization bureau chief in charge of regional revitalization. 【Photo】Singer Watanabe (C) and marathon runner Kawauchi (L) receive assignment certificate from Mayor Endo. (Translated by Kyodo News)