Natori City Commemorates Canadian Tsunami Relief Effort

Shawn Lawlor

By: Shawn Lawlor

Managing Director, Canada Wood Japan/COFI Japan

In these challenging times of global pandemic and rising geopolitical tensions, it’s nice to come across a good news story that celebrates the friendship and bonds between nations. To wit, the Japanese Post Office has recently issued a limited edition stamp collection (inset left) to commemorate the city of Natori’s bonds with Canada. Located in Miyagi Prefecture just outside of Sendai, Natori was the location where two of Canada’s reconstruction projects took place following the devasting earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011. Under the Canada Tohoku Reconstruction Project, the Canadian forest industry partnered with the federal and provincial governments to rebuild the “Donguri Anne Public Library” and the “Yuriage Public Market” projects in Natori. Both projects were completed in early 2013 and proved to be instrumental in the community’s rebuilding efforts. The City of Natori also conducts ongoing exchange programs for middle school students in Natori and Victoria B.C. Canada Wood and Canadian government officials continue to regularly participate in events in Natori to build on the friendships developed over the past number of years. The limited edition stamp collection is in part Natori’s way of saying thank you for the support and friendship received from Canada.