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Popular “enka” ballad singEer Hiroshi Itsuki plans to reEcord a song for the residents of Miyake Island, who were evacuated in September 2000 because of volcanic activity, it was announced Wednesday at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government building.

The song will be recorded and put on sale in June. The lyrics were written by the isEland’s mayor, Ko Hasegawa.

“I wrote the song, as I hope we can return to the island as soon as possible,” Hasegawa said.

Itsuki performed at a charity concert for residents of Miyake Island last year, and Hasegawa asked him to record the song at that time.

“I wrote the song, as I hope we can return to the island as soon as possible. I hope the song will be welcomed by the people,” Hasegawa said at the news conference. He said the song is about island families forced to live apart and also the feelings of residents who long to return to their homes.

Itsuki said he will use profits from the sales of the CD to benefit island residents.

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