Memorial held in Iwaki to mourn typhoon victims on 1st anniversary

The city office of Iwaki, Fukushima Prefecture, hosted a memorial ceremony at a municipal facility called Alios on Oct. 12 to mourn victims of a fatal typhoon that made landfall in the region a year before. The ceremony at Alios, also known as the Iwaki Performing Arts Center, was attended by about 50 people, including bereaved families and the heads of administrative districts affected by the typhoon. After a minute of silent prayer, Mayor Toshio Shimizu pledged "all-out efforts" to build "a strong town of Iwaki overcoming disasters and calamities in the future." Hideyuki Omine, municipal assembly chairman, then gave a eulogy, followed by floral tributes from participants. The devastating typhoon caused some rivers in the city, including the Natsui River, to overflow, killing eight people. Four other deaths were later recognized as fatalities related to the disaster. (Translated by Kyodo News)