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Volume 105 - May 15, 2016

ID番号 N45817 更新日 平成28年12月15日

Iwate is hosting this year's National Sports Festival!
139 days until the National Sports Festival, and 160 days until the National Sports Festival for People with Disabilities!

Otsuchi Hospital Now Accepting Patients

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The newly completed Otsuchi Prefectural Hospital

On April 27th, 2016 (Wed), an opening ceremony was held to celebrate the rebuilding of Otsuchi Prefectural Hospital, which was completely ruined in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. 

Tsunami waters reached the ceiling of the second floor, destroying the medical equipment. Medical services resumed in April 2011, in the Kamicho Fureai Center, and were transferred to temporary facilities in June that year. Meanwhile, construction work began on a new hospital, 2 kilometers inland from the tsunami-affected region.

A crowd of 60 people, including support groups and medical professionals, attended the opening ceremony. Governor Tasso gave a greeting. "The new Otsuchi Hospital will become a symbol of how we restarted medical services on the coast. We're sparing no effort to provide further services, and to rebuild people's lives," he said. The Governor's speech was followed by a performance of the Shishi Odori (Deer Dance), a traditional dance in the Usuzawa region. 

The new hospital building is a 3-story concrete structure with a total floor space of 5,353 square meters. It
will provide six services: internal medicine, surgery, orthopedic surgery, dermatology, ophthalmology and rehabilitation. There's also a ward with 50 beds. Outpatient care began on May 9th (Mon), and patients were admitted from May 16th (Mon).

Yamada and Takata Prefectural Hospitals also suffered damage, and are currently operating out of temporary facilities. Rebuilding work is due to be completed on Yamada Hospital in autumn, and on Takata Hospital sometime next year.
 

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Outpatient care at Otsuchi Prefectural Hospital

The Grand Opening of Rugby Cafe Kamaishi

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Players from Kamaishi Seawaves RFC attend the opening ceremony

April 29th, 2016 (Fri) saw the grand opening of Rugby Cafe Kamaishi. It will be a hub for all things rugby in Kamaishi, which is a host city for the 2019 World Cup. 

The cafe is intended to help with the post-disaster reconstruction effort by drumming up enthusiasm in the city. It was established in October 2013 in the Kizuna House in Unosumai by a group of local volunteers. In March 2015, plans were announced to move the cafe into the Sea Plaza next to Kamaishi Train Station.

The cafe showcases Kamaishi's rugby culture and traditions with an exhibition of panels and objects. It will also be used as a recreation area, to encourage social exchange through rugby.

■ Opening hours: Weekends & holidays (10:00 - 17:00)
■ Address: 2nd Floor (West Side), Sea Plaza Kamaishi, 22-1 Suzukocho, Kamaishi
■ Inquiries: 2019 Rugby World Cup Promotions Office, Kamaishi City (Inquiries in Japanese, please)
☎  0193-22-6323
 

Spreading the joy. Giving thanks. The Land of Hope National Sports Festival and National Sports Festival for People with Disabilities

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The Mifune 10th-Dan Memorial Center


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Event ▶ Judo 
Dates ▶ October 8th (Sat) – October 10th (Mon)
Venue ▶ Kuji City Civic Gymnasium (4-13-3 Shinnakano-hashi, Kuji, Iwate)
Inquiries ☎ 0194-54-8006 (Kuji City) (Inquiries in Japanese, please)

KUJI INFORMATION

Kuji boasts a beautiful natural landscape, featuring a magnificent rias coastline and over 310,000 white birch trees. It's the host of the judo tournament at this year's National Sports Festival, and is also the birthplace of the 10th-dan judo master, Kyuzo Mifune. The Mifune 10th-Dan Memorial Center hosts an exhibition of related objects. The city suffered extensive damage from the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, but the Kosode Ama Center and Moguranpia Underground Aquarium and Science Center have been rebuilt. Thanks to the NHK serial TV drama "Ama-chan", Kuji receives visitors from all over the country.

"SL Ginga" Now Running for the Season (Hanamaki - Kamaishi)

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Spectators taking pictures of the SL Ginga

On April 23, 2016 (Sat), the “SL Ginga" (Steam Locomotive Galaxy), a steam train on the JR Kamaishi Line, made its first journey of the season.

The SL Ginga is run by JR East, with the intention of attracting more tourists to Tohoku, supporting the reconstruction through tourism and revitalizing the region. This season marks the train's third year.
The train makes a 2 day roundtrip from Hanamaki Station to Kamaishi Station (90.2 kilometers in total) on the JR Kamaishi Line. This year, it will run mainly on weekends and holidays from April 23 (Sat) to August 28 (Sun).

This season, the Sanriku Railway South Rias Line will operate a special retro-styled train between Kamaishi Station and Sakari Station (Ofunato City) that will match with the arrival of the SL Ginga in Kamaishi. The trains' operations are expected to provide an enormous amount of support for the coastal regions.

For more details
▶ JR East Japan Railway Company Morioka Branch http://www.jr-morioka.com/
▶ Sanriku Railway Company http://www.sanrikutetsudou.com/
 

Reopening Ceremony Held for Taro Baseball Field (Miyako)

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Players attending the reopening ceremony

 On April 23rd, 2016 (Sat), a reopening ceremony was held for the rebuilt Taro Baseball Field (nicknamed "Kitto, Sakurasaku Baseball Field" or “Surely, the cherry trees will blossom Baseball Field”) in Miyako, which was completely destroyed in the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. The ceremony was hosted by Nestle and Sanriku Railway, with special assistance from Miyako City. Incidentally, Nestle’s KitKat bar is translated as “Kitto katsu” in Japanese, which also means “Surely, we’ll win,” so it’s often used as a pun.    
The new field has been built on the inland side of seawall #2. It measures 92 meters on both flanks, and 120 meters in center field. The stands have 1,000 seats, and four floodlights for night games.

At the reopening ceremony, children tried to break the Japanese record for the most number of consecutive hits. There was a commemorative match between the "Sanriku Railways Kitto Dreams", an amateur team, and the "Takeshi Gundan Special Team", led by the local celebrity, Dankan. Cheers filled the field as the crowds enjoyed both teams' unusual playing styles.

Feature

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Many young people are diligently helping the affected area of Sanriku move toward a full reconstruction. The section “People for Sanriku’s Future” introduces these young people and their powerful feelings.

Click the link to read about Osuka Lloyd and his career with the Kamaishi Seawaves Rugby Football Club.

Casualties and Damage in Iwate (as of April 30, 2016)

▶Deaths: 4,672; Missing: 1,123
▶Buildings destroyed (residences only, total/partial): 26,168

Thank you for all of your support! (as of April 30, 2016)

Donations for survivors: Around 18.49228 billion yen (93,339 donations)
Donations for reconstruction projects: Around 19.77035 billion yen (7,742 donations)
Iwate Learning Hope Fund donations: Around 8.38756 billion yen (17,722 donations)
※ This fund is to assist in the study and daily life of affected
children by encouraging sport and study activities.

Contact

News from Iwate’s Reconstruction, Volume 105. May 15, 2016.
Published by the General Affairs Division, Bureau of Reconstruction, Iwate Prefecture.
Phone: 019-629-6925
Editing & Printing: SYNAPSE

*News from Iwate's Reconstruction Volume 106 will be published on June 1st.

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