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03/05/2013

Two years later, Ishinomaki's ongoing recovery efforts: Part1; Ayukawahama

Tearing down disaster-stricken public buildings is now underway (are being torn down) throughout the city.

【Oshika community center in Ayukawahama, the Oshika Peninsula】
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Oshika community center in Ayukawahama

While the upstairs room of the Oshika community center escaped devastation caused by the disaster and had been utilized as a base for aid delivery, volunteering activities, shed for tools to remove sludge, community gathering and exhibition hall, it is now under demolition work.

JEN has been providing assistance for thirty-three fishery areas on the Oshika Peninsula since the beginning of the summer of 2011 when a passage prohibition on heavy vehicles was lifted. In Aukawahama district, JEN not only sent volunteers but helped set up "Oshika Norengai", a temporary sixteen-shop shopping mall so that local people might do their daily shopping there.

While there had been opened many temporary shopping malls in disaster-stricken areas, Ayukawa's shopping mall is characterized in that it's a shopping mall of the local people, by the local people, for the local people( also volunteers who come to help the local people). Attracting many people, it has been a symbol of reconstruction as a busy mart.

The Ayukawahama district is scheduled to be relocated to a higher ground, but it's likely to take an awful long time for the relocation to start after land development.



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March 5, 2013 in Tohoku Earthquake |