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To cope with another outbreak, it had planned to again order Sanriku larvae on March Then history was reversed. This article is part of our premium content. You have exceeded your 10 free articles for this month. A subscription is required to access Times of Malta content from overseas. Subscribe to gain access to our premium content and services.
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They stay with host families and are given opportunities for sightseeing and other cultural activities. Each year the students have come back very enthusiastic, and the number of applicants is increasing each year as younger students hear about the experience from their sempai. Another Australian effort to support youth in the disaster-struck areas was a mobile library service, which we donated to the residents of Iitate, who were evacuated to Iino, Fukushima. It was partially funded by a Queensland High School which has a strong connection to Japan through a long-term student exchange program.
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We have been told that the mobile library gave residents of Iino somewhere to congregate and talk, and helped to bring the community closer together. It was the first non-temporary public facility built in the town after the disaster, and was funded by a private sector contributor — one of a largest companies, the Australia and New Zealand Bank.
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Its design includes galleries and residential space for Australian artists to stay, work and exhibit, and allows collaborative projects between Japanese and Australians. The original Australia House was destroyed in a powerful aftershock that his Niigata on 12 March , and the Australia House Reconstruction Project was launched soon after that. Based on the concept of 'reasonable, robust and small' hazard-resistant construction, an international competition for the building's design was launched.
A Sydney architect Andrew Burns was chosen as the winner. The design takes into consideration environmental sustainability and natural disaster-prevention, and reflects a merging of Japanese and Australian culture.
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After the essentials of food and temporary shelter have been secured, and communities are trying to reconnect, music is a good way to reflect on what has happened, and to express what they have been through in ways that sometimes words cannot do. Every year since , the we have organised visits to Tohoku by prominent Australian jazz musicians with the aim of helping build a new sense of community, reducing feelings of isolation, helping people develop new personal and creative skills, and creating a shared sense of hope and optimism.
The musicians have performed for local schools and in community festivals, sharing their love of music with people in the region. The visits have been very well-received, particularly by school students. When the tsunami came, it decimated the Tohoku oyster industry with many farmers losing their lives, family members, and livelihoods. However, even prior to the tsunami, the industry was in trouble. Japan is a large oyster producer, but most of the farmers use traditional methods that produce low value produce, and hence annual earnings of a coastal fishery household are only , yen per month.
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In fact, the Pacific Oyster, a popular variety produced in Australia, originally came from Japan. Because of these ties, and because Australia has now become the world leader, in we sought to identify how Australia could contribute to the reconstruction of the oyster industry in Tohoku. We consulted with local farmers and fishery associations and found that the Tohoku industry was seeking to modernise its techniques, increase the quality of its product, and become a viable industry in the future.
To help farmers rebuild the aquaculture industry, Australian Government and business collaborated to introduce Australian expertise and technology into the Tohoku region.
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For example, we hosted an Australian Oyster Culture Technology Seminar in Ishinomaki, in February which was attended by around oyster farmers. The farmers were interested to hear how Australia overcame challenges similar to those that the farmers were facing — an ageing population, unstable income and gruelling work. They heard about Australian technologies which have automated and increased efficiency.
Then in June , we took 12 Japanese oyster farmers to Tasmania, including three from Miyagi Prefecture. The four-day program enabled delegates to work on Australian farms to experience for themselves what Australian technologies could do for them in practice. Five students from Tohoku went to Australia to study English and farming, gaining skills and experiences that are sure to shape their futures. In , Australia will continue to support the people of Tohoku. In August, children from around Tohoku, including Minami Sanriku, will again go to Queensland on a study tour.
This public installation will be made by the community in Minami Sanriku and available for everyone to enjoy. On the Oshika Peninsula, we have a project in collaboration with the School of Art and Design at the University of Tsukuba, which will investigate innovative approaches to aquaculture, agriculture and forestry.
We will send people from Momonoura in the Oshika Peninsula to Tasmania to investigate ways tourism can assist rural communities become sustainable. Such international cooperation will improve livelihoods, biodiversity and human well-being not only in Tohoku, but around the world. Now of course, there are challenges in any project. The main one for Australia is how to make our support for Tohoku sustainable over the long term.
We know that the recovery of Tohoku will be a lengthy process. Our programs have moved from immediate aid and assistance, to rebuilding, and now move into a new third phase of public-private partnerships, working with and through private companies and organisations. But this is Matsushima, one of the fabled "Nihon Sankei" -- or "Three Views of Japan " -- and it's buzzing with tourists.
In he published a book based on his journey in which he called out three destinations that, in his eyes, offered incredible scenic beauty -- Amanohashidate, Miyajima and, you guessed it, Matsushima. It's easy to see why he deemed this little fishing town in Japan's Miyagi prefecture as worthy of inclusion. More than tiny, pine tree-covered islands dot the waters of Matsushima Bay, creating a scene that's been the muse of dozens of Japanese poets and artists through the ages.
But the winter visitors we've spotted are not just here for scenic views. They're more interested in the beautiful creatures being cultivated below the surface of the bay's blue waters: Oysters. Matsushima: One of Japan's three "most scenic views. The window of opportunity to enjoy the region's famed oysters is open from October to March.
According to award-winning author Hiroko Shimbo , an expert on Japanese cuisine who organizes culinary tours through the country, Miyagi prefecture is second only to Hiroshima in terms of both sales and volume of cultivated oyster production. Without getting too scientific, there are a few reasons Matsushima's oysters in particular are so prized. The two currents collide at around the Sanriku area, which includes the coast of Miyagi Prefecture. The mixing of these currents leads to plankton blooms, which attract migrating fish.
Then the local government built a laboratory and began the study of cultivating oysters, collecting natural oyster larvae in water and then learning how to farm them under controlled conditions.