Residents of Fukushima Prefecture affirmed their shared determination to rebuild their hometown and keep it thriving in the future through a poem written by a local high school student on March 11, the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake and the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
At a memorial event organized by the Fukushima prefectural government at the Fukushima Prefectural Culture Center in Fukushima City, Fukushima Gov. Yuhei Sato issued the first message containing the thoughts of prefectural residents, and conveyed to people in and outside Fukushima Prefecture his determination to take solid steps toward building a new Fukushima.
Actress Sei Ashina, who hails from Koriyama in Fukushima Prefecture, read the student’s memorial poem at the event, with gestures of support toward survivors of the disasters.
The student’s poem reads in part:
What we can do from now
Is think of our hometown at all times and forever
People will move forward
To keep working hard toward recovery
We will inherit