17.03.06 News Zero - 6 Years Since 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami - Sakurai Sho [English highlights]
Caster was having live broadcast at Tomioka-machi, Fukushima.
It has been six years since the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.
The evacuation order for part of Tomioka-machi is scheduled to be lifted on 1
April, the town office, moved to Koriyama-shi after disaster, resumed part of
its duties at Tomioka-machi today. Sakurai Caster went to the town office and
interviewed the staff. Commercial facilities and residential construction is
on-going to facilitate the residents moving back to the place. Many workers of
the commercial facilities lived in Tomioka-machi before the disaster. One staff
said that she would like to contribute to the revival of the place.
Tomioka-machi is around 10km
distance from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station, after the
disaster the evacuation order was applied to the whole area of Tomioka-machi. On
1 April the evacuation order will be lifted for part of the machi and residents
can move back.
Sakurai Caster helped out the moving of the Tomioka town office. One town
office staff Horimoto-san said that town office moves back to
Tomioka-machi may make residents more relieved to come back. When Sakurai
Caster prompted the possible difficulties of moving back, Horimoto-san said
that there may be issues about travel to work or family issues, such as he
himself takes around one-hour travel to Tomioka-machi to work from his current shelter.
Sakurai Caster also visited the difficult-to-return zone. The crew gained
special permission to take a short-time coverage there. There is basically no
person there, while there is countless soil taken from decontamination. The
storage space for these soil from decontamination is up to 80ha, approximately 17 Tokyo Domes, while it is not yet known when
they will be further processed.
Sakurai Caster interviewed a lady used to lived in the difficult-to-return zone
before disaster and now moved to shelter in Iwaki-shi who expressed
unwillingness to return with her kids because of worry towards the Nuclear Power
Station. According to a survey to Tomioka-machi residents, 57.6% decided not to
return, 16.0% considered to return, 25.4% has not yet made decision (with 1.1%
Sakurai Caster interviewed physician Imamura-san who returned to the machi last
year. He has three days of medical practice at Tomioka-machi every week and
gains permission to stay in his home at Tomioka-machi during practice days. Sakurai
Caster helped the decontamination work for Imamura-san’s home last year. The evacuation
order for Imamura-san’s home is scheduled to be lifted in the coming month. Imamura-san
encounters problem in daily life in the sense that when he buys electric
appliances, the company does not deliver it to him. And he is unable to have
air-conditioner because the worker for installation work cannot yet enter the
zone to do the installation work.
At the end Sakurai Caster said that he felt the weight of six-year time. While commercial
facilities and other facilities re-open for the lifting of evacuation order, many
Tomioka-machi residents are reserved to return because of worries towards the Nuclear
Power Station etc. It seems that it would take time for the machi to return to
next episode of ARASHI ni Shiyagare will be O.A. on 15 April 2017 from 19:00~,
with Yamashita Tomohisa-san and Kamenashi Kazuya-san having action scenes at THIS IS
MJ, Hoshino Gen-san making meal with Leader, Imoto-san climbing snowy
mountain with Sakurai-san, and Yonekura Ryoko-san and Sawajiri Erika-san as
17.02.27 NEWS ZERO - Sakurai-san’s comment to ARASHI’s achievement in Japan Gold Disc Award 2017 [English translation]
Sakurai-san: Thank you. Last year, ARASHI held dome tour
as well as arena tour, it was a year that we delivered live music to fans. For those
who came to the venue, for certain, ARASHI’s music reached many people, I am
grateful about this. Thanks a lot.
The complete artist line-up for this years NTV THE MUSIC DAY held on 1st July was announced. Amongst others Perfume, Leo Ieiri, Gen Hoshino, Kaela Kimura, Ai Otsuka, ken Hirai, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and miwa will perform.