Sister-cities and twin-towns

The mayor of Minami-Soma in Fukushima prefecture put out an SOS on YouTube on March 24. I visited the remains of the town last week and saw many people who have been sitting around with nothing but bad memories to keep them company. I spoke with a U.S. based volunteer named Camellia Nieh and she reached out to some people in Pendleton, Oregon. She asked them to direct the funds they raise towards Minami-Soma and they’re sister-cities.

Next, please watch this video from beginning to end. I’ve been collecting information on the tsunami affected areas and the last update I have for this town, Minami-Sanriku, was on March 31st to say they were still desperate for aid. You can take a look at the street view on Google Maps to see what the town used to look like, and then zoom out to see the latest satellite view. They have a twin-town in Italy called Besano.

If you’d like to see if one of the towns in Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Aomori or Ibaraki has a twin near you, please check this site. If you don’t have a sister-city or twin-town in the affected areas, you could adopt one anyway and give them the resources to implement local solutions to local problems.

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s