Complete with impressions and folk music, the concert produced constant laughterOn the first day, folk musician Naoyuki HARADA and entertainer Nekohachi EDOYA teamed up to put on the “Disaster Area Relief Concert”. Nekohachi EDOYA kicked it off with the story, “It All Beings With Health”. Complete with impressions of animal’s cries, he reminded the audience of the importance of laughter. He began with his signature Japanese bush warbler (uguisu) impression, and kept the audience howling with laughter throughout his frog, chicken, and cat impressions. His act finished with a chance for audience participation - everyone came together in unity to form a grand choir of sheep imitations.
|“Disaster Area Relief Concert” performers Naoyuki HARADA and Nekohachi EDOYA (March 15th, 2015)|
What can we do to prevent future disasters?On March 16th, the “Soma Region Disaster Prevention Symposium - Reflection on disaster responses at the time of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and DRR strategies for the future” was held.
Kyung-wha KANG, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator in the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs gave the opening remarks despite being in the midst of emergency aid work related to the severe cyclone in Vanuatu. KANG, who visited disaster-stricken areas of Soma City with AAR Japan President Yukie OSA before the event, stated, “The international community remembers the humanitarian consequences of [March 11, 2011]. The United Nations continues to be with the affected families in Japan.” She gave words of encouragement to those who suffered from the disaster in Fukushima.
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-wha KANG’s speech can be viewed on the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs website.
|“What we’ve learned from Soma’s experience can be applied to disaster relief sites around the world,” says UN Assistant Secretary-General Kyung-wha KANG (March 16th).|
|Mayor TACHIYA talked about the city’s response immediately following the disaster, and DRR measures that have been in the works for the past four years. (March 16th)|
|Discussion panel 1 “Working for DRR using our experiences and wisdom”. All members of the panel have been active in the revival activities of Soma, and told of their experiences during the disaster and shared what they’ve learned (March 16th).|
|Discussion panel 2 members included medical professionals working in the Soma region. They answered audience questions in an easy to understand way. (March 16th).|
|Disaster area bus tour participants pray at the Soma City cenotaph (Match 16th).|
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