Japan: Evacuees express appreciation, admiration

TOKYO (The Japan News/ANN) - The initially planned enthronement parade was postponed out of consideration for residents in areas devastated by Typhoon No. 19 in October.

With the initially planned enthronement parade postponed out of consideration for residents in areas devastated by Typhoon No. 19 in October, what did people affected by the disaster make of Sunday’s rescheduled procession?
A 79-year-old retail employee in Marumori, Miyagi Prefecture, was busy cleaning the shop where she works on Sunday. The store, which was flooded in the aftermath of the typhoon, is yet to reopen.
She closely watched the live broadcast of the parade on a large TV in the store.
She has done volunteer work at the Imperial Palace in the past and has had the opportunity to see members of the Imperial family up close.
“Because I was able to see the Empress’ best smile, I thought to myself, all of us have no choice but to make an effort. It has made me think positively.”
Takashi Onodera, an evacuee in Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, had planned to go to Tokyo to see the parade before the disaster struck.
Onodera, 43, whose first-floor condominium was flooded, is currently staying at the Uchigo Community Center.
“I regret not being able to go in person, but I was able to feel the [Imperial couple’s] consideration for people in disaster-hit areas,” he said.

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