Victims Mourned on Eve of 8th Anniversary of March 11 Disaster

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, March 10, (Jiji Press)--Events to mourn victims of the powerful earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011, were held in many affected areas in the Tohoku northeastern Japan region Sunday, on the eve of the eighth anniversary of the catastrophe.

A number of lit candles were placed on the field at the J-Village national soccer training center, which straddles the towns of Naraha and Hirono in Fukushima Prefecture.

On the holders of the candles were messages, with one of them saying, "I'll never forget that day," and another wishing for the reconstruction of Fukushima, which is also home to Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc.'s <9501> Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, where an unprecedented triple meltdown occurred due to damage from the tsunami.

At the "Candle Night" event, participants remembered victims of the natural disaster and prayed for further progress in postdisaster reconstruction. J-Village, once used as a base for coping with the nuclear disaster, is set to be fully reopened as the training center next month.

A 26-year-old female corporate worker, who is a native of the city of Fukushima, said, "I want the nuclear plant-linked image to be dispelled from Fukushima." She said she hopes that such a terrible natural disaster and nuclear accident will never happen again.

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