8 Years On: Female Pro Wrestlers Cheering Up Disaster Victims

Sports Society

Sendai, Miyagi Pref., March 13 (Jiji Press)--A female professional wrestling group in northeastern Japan has been encouraging people in areas devastated by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami after overcoming financial trouble triggered by the disaster.

"Through pro wrestling, we want to show how Miyagi has been rebuilt," said Meiko Satomura, head of Sendai Girls' Pro Wrestling, or Senjo. The group is based in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture.

"I recall the disaster every year at this time," Satomura said after winning a match in Sendai on Saturday. "I reset myself, and I can face my opponent straightforwardly."

The group holds charity matches every year on March 11, the day when the 9.0-magnitude temblor and subsequent tsunami mainly hit northeastern Japan eight years ago.

Satomura moved to Sendai after the dissolution of a pro wrestling group in Tokyo where she was a star wrestler. She founded Senjo in 2006 with a person who served as head of the group before her.

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