The Fukushima International Association has just released the first issue of Gyro: United We Stand Fukushima, a newsletter to keep people abreast of what’s going on in Fukushima with up-to-date information. The first issue covers some questions about the nuclear situation and highlights a few different organizations involved in Japan. Of these groups, The People, a group based in Iwaki that I’ve linked to previously is covered.
In the inaugural newsletter, the Chief Managing Director, Mitsuo Yamakawa writes:
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and the subsequent nuclear power plant accident, caused a huge loss of life and property. There has been immense damage and suffering and, on this occasion, I would like to express my heartfelt condolences to the victims of this disaster. Thinking about all the people affected by this disaster, I pray continuously for the earliest resolution of the Nuclear power
plant situation and recovery of the disaster stricken areas. In the wake of the disaster the FIA, along with the prefecture’s International division, set up an earthquake information center working to provide foreign residents of the prefecture with information and consultation services in English, Chinese and other languages. For those people who cannot fully understand Japanese or need assistance, many may be feeling a large amount of anxiety, so to the best of our ability, we want to give those people reassurance and peace of mind. Government organizations and international exchange groups are working hand in hand to provide various forms of support. Our association’s motto is: ‘With joined hearts, Fukushima wants to open its doors to the world. This is an aim we hope to achieve. After this unprecedented disaster and nuclear power plant accident, I would like to call on all of the citizens of Fukushima prefecture and the people involved in various international relation activities to guarantee that Fukushima prefecture makes a full comeback.
Chief Managing Director Mitsuo Yamakawa April 2011
View or download the newsletter here.