The number of volunteers has dropped in the tsunami-hit prefectures more than one year after the disaster, but there is still a demand for help, local disaster relief officials say.
On Monday, 20 volunteers visited Shichigahama town in Miyagi Prefecture to help residents rebuild and fortify their homes. In February, about 6,800 volunteers came to the prefecture. This is down from a peak of 450,000 volunteers last April, an official was quoted as saying by TBS.
"We still get many requests to help elderly people with their shopping, remove debris and so on," the official said. "I hope that students will consider spending part of their spring-summer vacation helping people here."© Japan Today