This Week’s Activity of Fukushima Network

~From the April 16th blog of the Fukushima Network for Preserving Historical Materials~

 In this week, the Government newly dictated the ‘Planned Evacuation Zone’ after the disaster of the nuclear plant. Even now when over a month passed after the quake, the turbulent situation is still continuing.

While the extensive aftershocks occurred from 11th to 12th of April, the water supply was cut off in three in ten of the areas in Iwaki City.

As for the damaged materials in Hamadori area(*1), Fukushima Prefectural Museum (in Aizuwakamatsu City) has started their rescue operations.

In terms of the Fukushima Network for Preserving Historical Materials, in this week also, we furthured our discussions with the section for cultural properties of Prefectural Education Bureau. According to them, they have already received answers that several municipal offices are available to offer temporary spaces for preserving cultural properties. However, in half of the northern area of Hamadori and Nakadori(*2), sufficient space has yet to be secured. We are still having difficulty establishing the response headquarters which can dictate the plan for rescuing cultural properties by the Government Agency for Cultural Affairs.

For this reason, the Fukushima Network decided to start the independent rescue operation for the time being in close contact with the prefectural office. We put the secretariat office in the study room of Associate Prof. Koichi Abe of the faculty of Administration and Social Sciences, Fukushima University for assembling the members from several associations(*3) which inaugurated the Fukushima Network last year, and will carry out the rescue activity. The Culture Promotion Organization of Fukushima Prefecture (based in the Fukushima Prefectural Historical Museum) will continue to be the liaison window, and will fulfil the role of integrating the information, managing the dispatch of staff just as we are a coordinator of voluntary workers.

Next week, we will keep carrying out the door-to-door investigation in the northern area of Nakadori, will advertise for volunteers, and the first team will be sent out to Sukagawa City for rescuing historical materials damaged by the disaster.

*1 Hamadori area(浜通り): Hamadori is an area’s name which indicates that the east part of Fukushima divided its land into three zones, because the shape of this prefecture is long from side to side.

*2 Nakadori(中通り): Nakadori is an area’s name which indicates that the middle part of Fukushima divided its land into three zones.

*3 The associations which inaugurated the Fukushima Network were as follows; Fukushimaken Shigakkai (means Fukushima prefectural study society for history), Fukushima University, Fukushima Prefectural Museum, and the Culture Promotion Organization of Fukushima Prefecture.

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A volunteer group for preserving Cultural Heritage suffered from natural disasters

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