AKB48 and their sister groups SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48 held special performances in the Tohoku region on Tuesday to mark the second anniversary of the March 11 disaster.
The performances were held as part of a tour of disaster-struck areas and took place at local venues as well as at the group's theaters.
AKB48 members visited 10 locations in the disaster-struck areas at which they reaffirmed their support for the people affected by the disaster. At 2:46 p.m., 264 members from the four groups observed a minute of silence in tribute to the victims.
Sports Nippon reported that Mariko Shinoda, who turned 27 on Monday, visited Rikuzentakata, and offered flowers at a memorial site, alongside locals and other band members.
Among the locations visited were Otsuchi, Rikuzentakata, Kamaishi and Yamada in Iwate Prefecture, Kesennuma, Watari, Onagawa and Takajo in Miyagi Prefecture, as well as Minamisoma and Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture.
Minami Takahashi told attendees in Kamaishi: “I am really grateful for the warm welcome you have given us. It was great to be able to spend some time with you. I don't know how much difference we can make, but we're going to continue with our support work and try to help.”
Group members performed 12 songs at each location, including their new charity song “Tenohira ga Kataru Koto.” The mini-concerts were all free.© Japan Today