AAR JAPAN’s Emergency Relief Team arrived at Ajishima Island, about two hours by ferry from Port Ishinomaki of Miyagi Prefecture on April 2, 2011.
Houses piled atop a building that used to be a waiting room (Ajishima Island, Miyagi Prefecture)
AAR JAPAN’s Emergency Relief Team successfully distributed relief supplies including four tons of water, twenty-four boxes full of batteries, clementines, sanitary pads, and underwear. The team was welcomed by about six pickup trucks at the port, one of the islanders even came to me, bowing his head, thanked us, and offered his hands. Though grateful, I duly explained to him that the boxes of supplies were not my personal gift to them but were only made available by kind donations and support from a number of individuals and companies. He was pleasantly surprised by the larger than expected number of supporters and donors. Another islander, while looking at the amount of relief items that almost did not fit in the six pickup trucks, jokingly said that it was one-year worth of supplies.
Cargo full of relief supplies for residents of Ajishima Island.
“I am cleaning this up because I heard that Self-Defense Forces will be coming soon”, said a man clearing up a net behind his damaged house. Since heavy debris, such as houses and cars, can be easily cleared only by Self-Defense Forces, equipped with heavy-duty vehicles and tools, perhaps the man was trying to clear up smaller items that he could handle.
|We loaded relief supplies to six pickup trucks that welcomed us at a port.|
Joined AAR JAPAN in 2010. Has participated in emergency relief operations in Sri Lanka in 2011.
Has involved in sales, editing, and advertising work in newspaper and advertising companies.
(born in Tokyo, 34 years old)