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Updated: September 20, 2016

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Steps toward Recovery and Restoration: Accelerating Restoration on the Back of Universal Support (August 2011)

We have continued to receive a number of kind offers of assistance both from in Japan and abroad. On the back of such support, we are determined to take steps forward together, in order to regain our hometown, “Sendai, the City of Trees” and to create a city full of hope—one that is more safe and secure than ever before.

Steps toward recovery and restoration (full list)

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Saturday, August 27, 2011

J League match: Vegalta Sendai vs. Montedio Yamagata

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The “Michinoku Derby” match between Vegalta Sendai and Montedio Yamagata was held at Yurtec Stadium Sendai (Nanakita, Izumi Ward), the stadium was packed with 19,000 supporters. Our own Vegalta beat Montedio 2 to 1 and won the battle of wills to become the “best in Tohoku.”
The battle for Vegalta to become a star of hope for Miyagi will continue.

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Supporters of Vegalta Sendai cheer enthusiastically

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A number of Montedio Yamagata supporters crossed the border between the prefectures

As the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred a day prior to the opening match at the home stadium on March 12, the J-League season was interrupted. Although Vegalta Sendai’s home stadium and club house sustained severe damage, the opening match at the home stadium was held on April 29. The night games did not resume until July 13 as the light fixtures of the stadium were damaged in the earthquake.
A number of activities to support the disaster-affected areas were conducted not only by Vegalta’s players, staff and supporters but also by rival teams in the J League and their supporters. The warm bond that binds together soccer fans encourages us. We would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation.

Saturday, August 20, 2011

The 22nd Hirosegawa River Toro Nagashi: An Evening with Lights, Water and Concert

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The 22nd “Hirosegawa River Toro Nagashi: An Evening with Lights, Water and Concert” was held on the banks of the Hirosegawa River in Wakabayashi Ward.
With 3,000 colorful lanterns quietly floating down the river, many people offered silent prayers for their ancestors, the deceased and the victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake.
Students from Sendai Minami High School, Tokiwagi Gakuen High School and Miyagi San-oh High School also put on a concert.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Safety patrol collaboration project by the “Kizuna” support team

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The City of Sendai started a “Safety patrol collaboration project” in June 2011 to prevent those in temporary housing from becoming isolated and to help them put their lives back in order.

This project was implemented by the Personal Support Center. The “Kizuna” support team works in pairs and visit temporary houses one by one. They talk with the residents and act as an intermediary between the residents and the government and various organizations.

Currently, 18 “Kizuna” support team members visit prefabricated temporary housing mainly in the Asutonagamachi and Miyagino Ward areas. There are plans to increase the number of support team members and expand the scope of visits.

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The new “Kizuna” support team members will start their activities after a 10-day training program on social welfare and the aid system by the government.

Saturday, August 6 to Monday, August 8, 2011

Sendai Tanabata Matsuri Festival

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With the good weather, the festival attracted 2.03 million people during the three days, significantly exceeding expectations. This year’s Tanabata Matsuri Festival was themed around the “Restoration and Repose of Souls.”

With beautiful folded cranes and strips of colorful paper which were delivered not only from around Japan but also from overseas, the festival unified prayers and wishes from all over the world.

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The streets in Ichibancho were busy even at night

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Tanabata crane decorations made by elementary and junior high school students.

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Children write their wishes on the strips of paper.

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Young people enjoying the festival in “yukata”.

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Numerous strips of paper were delivered from all over Japan.

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From Aira City, Kagoshima Prefecture

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From a kindergarten in Tokushima Prefecture

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From Germany

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From Rennes, an international sister city

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Awa Odori performers joined from Tokushima City, a sightseeing sister city

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Musicians of the Gion Matsuri Festival joined from Kyoto City

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Performers of the Hakata Dontaku Matsuri Festival joined from Fukuoka City

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Streamers made by evacuees in Minami Sanrikucho

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Streamers modeled after Anime Sengoku BASARA and Date Masamune

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Tuesday, August 2 and Wednesday, August 3, 2011

APEC Workshop on Private Sector Emergency Preparedness

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APEC Workshop on Private Sector Emergency Preparedness” was held at Hotel Monterey Sendai.
The workshop was attended by more than 100 participants from 18 countries including regional government officers and company managers, etc. who discussed the reinforcement of disaster prevention measures by companies and other topics. Examples of business resumption after the Great East Japan Earthquake were reported by disaster-affected companies in Sendai City. It was the second time for the City of Sendai to host an APEC-related international conference following the Senior Officials' Meeting III (SOM3) which was held in September 2010 as part of APEC Japan 2010.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Ceremony to extend gratitude to the Self-Defense Forces for their disaster relief mission

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As the Self-Defense Forces’ disaster relief mission was completed on August 1 and they were to pull out of Miyagi Prefecture, the City of Sendai hosted a ceremony to extend gratitude to the SDF.

We received various aid such as life-saving work, transportation of goods, living support, etc. from the members of the Self-Defense Forces around Japan including those in the 22nd infantry regiment of the Ground Self-Defense Forces. Their courageous and reliable work and warm support filled us with great hope and encouragement.

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Members of the Self-Defense Forces gather in the civic square of Kotodai Park.

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