Miyagi teen savors first win at Iwate racetrack

National Jul 15, 2014

Miyagi teen savors first win at Iwate racetrack

by Akiko Watanabe

A teenage jockey from Tohoku recently made her professional debut, achieving a long-held dream after having nearly abandoned her career following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. "I hope people (in my hometown) will step forward a little watching me," said Mayu Suzuki, 18, from Kesennuma, ...

Bonito biz returns to Kesennuma

National Jun 16, 2014

Bonito biz returns to Kesennuma

Kesennuma unloaded around 26 tons of "katsuo" (bonito) in its first catch of the season Monday in Miyagi Prefecture, bringing hustle and bustle back to a fishing port that was nearly wiped off the map by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Kesenuma has led ...

Elderly perked up by Filipino caregiver

National Feb 25, 2014

Elderly perked up by Filipino caregiver

by Yugo Hirano

Laughter is often heard from some 40 elderly people who receive day care services at a care home in Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture, thanks to the presence of a Filipino worker. "When I speak in English, grandpas seem delighted," Charito Ito said, revealing her secret for ...