Sunday, May 1, 2011

postheadericon Tomoko Watanabe Presents Mayor Of Iidate Village With A Message From Hiroshima School Children

Tomoko Watanabe visited the Mayor of Iidate village, Fukushima Prefecture, as part of ANT-Hiroshima's fact-finding and emergency relief mission to the earthquake and tsunami affected area of east Japan.

Tomoko presented peace cranes made by children from Motomachi Elementary School in Hiroshima. Motomachi Elementary School is the school that was closest to the hypocentre of the atomic bomb in 1945.

The children also wrote letters of encouragement and the mayor received them on behalf of the people of Iidate village.

Iidate village lies just outside the 30km zone around the Fukushima nuclear power plant, but since Tomoko and her team visited the area the government has decided to evacuate the population of Iidate and nearby villages because of the high levels of radiation that have been recorded in the area.



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What is ANT-Hiroshima?

Asian Network of Trust-Hiroshima, an NGO based in Hiroshima, Japan, draws its inspiration from the experience of the A-bomb survivors who, together with international support, worked to rebuild their shattered city in a spirit of peace and reconciliation. In a similar spirit, ANT-Hiroshima is involved in a range of relief, reconstruction, and peace-building projects in a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

ANT-Hiroshima’s work is rooted in the twin missions of providing material, as well as emotional, support to the people we serve. We bring a human touch to the provision of emergency relief in areas devastated by natural disaster or human conflict. Operating on a small scale at the local level, we share a spirit of warmth and compassion along with such immediate material needs as food, clothing, water, shelter, and medical supplies and services.

In Japan, too, our work is inspired by the spirit of Hiroshima in our efforts to motivate the next generation of Japanese to view the world with compassionate eyes. Through programs in education, we strive to stimulate the awareness and action of young people towards both the material and emotional needs of their local communities as well as the international community.

Tomoko Watanabe,
Founder and Executive Director,

Green Legacy Hiroshima

Green Legacy