S.A. Steps Up to Help Kumamoto

Stepping up to help a sister city half a world away.

It was about one month ago a series of earthquakes devastated Kumamoto, Japan–killing nearly fifty people.

“The City for a time was without water–and, 44-thousand people were evacuated from their homes” said Councilman Ray Lopez, recounting the disaster.

Among the victims of the devastation is the iconic Kumamoto Castle–revered by the Japanese in much the same way we revere the Alamo.

“To see the pictures now–and how it looks–it is devastating” said Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, who was able to take a first-hand look at the Castle during a visit to Japan a few years ago.

Three separate San Antonio funds have been set up to assist Kumamoto–one to help the victims and survivors of the earthquakes, one to help in re-building Kumamoto’s infrastructure, and one to help with repairs tot he Castle.

Among those first in line to help is Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Texas, stepping up with with a $25-thousand donation.

“Some people often say sister city relationships are sort of nice, social things you do and promptly forget. We have not forgotten Kumamoto… and, we will not forget Kumamoto” said Councilman Joe Krier.

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