ILC NEWS from Tohoku

-brought to you by the Tohoku ILC Promotion Council-

Here's the latest news about the local effort for the ILC in Tohoku (northeastern Japan)
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: An Enormous Unprecedented Disaster

On March 11, 2011, the eastern region of Japan that faces the Pacific Ocean, including Ofunato City, was hit by an unprecedented disaster which snatched away countless irreplaceable treasures and lives.

Due to the massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, in Ofunato 340 people were confirmed dead, and 79 people were declared missing. A total of 5,592 buildings in the city suffered damage, with 2,791 of them being completely destroyed—the city’s economic costs from the damage surpassed 107.7 billion yen.

The great tsunami pulverized the coastal area of Ofunato, including the townscape, the main roads and the port facilities. It destroyed numerous key foundations and industries which were core to the city’s development, and wreaked havoc on the region’s economy.

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Marumo Bakery  Sourdough heaven in Sendai

Marumo is one of our favorite bakeries in all of Japan. If you’re in Sendai and craving hearty, real sourdough, it is the place to go. The owner, Mo-san, has a French apprentice whom he’s teaching the art of breadmaking—you’d expect it to be the other way around, right? His apprentice, Pierre Antoine, has kindly written an article for us about the bakery and the surprising story of how he came to work there.

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Interview: Kumi Aizawa on how Tohoku survived the 2011 tsunami and came out stronger than ever
Kumi has dedicated her life to rebuilding Tohoku. Here, she talks about the rebirth of the place she once called home, the generous spirit of the local people and the Michinoku Coastal Trail, which winds along the coastline for 600 miles.
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By telling the world more about Fukushima,
An Australian native working at the Fukushima City Tourism and Convention Association, Andrew COOMBS communicates information internationally on tourism, local products, and other Fukushima attractions. He was working as an English teacher in Nakajima village in Fukushima prefecture when the earthquake struck. Many people from his homeland were worried about his well-being, but he remained in Nakajima village out of concern for the children of the village. He returned home for a time in 2014 and studied Japanese so he could better communicate the appeal of his beloved Fukushima. Andrew is now back in Fukushima,

About Tohoku ILC Promotion Council

This conference, consisting of industry, academic, and government representatives, has been established to promote basic scientific research and to deepen the understanding of the International Linear Collider, as well as to research and maintain the environment during ILC installation.
That's the news for this month! As always, feel free to send us any questions about local activities for the ILC, life in the region, or about working in Japan.

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