Fukushima idol group makes special performance

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NYTS, a local group of idol girls from the disaster-stricken town of Namie, Fukushima Prefecture, found themselves in a reunion performance during a summer festival in Motomiya Prefecture. This was the first time the group performed since the great March 11 quake and tsunami, and the nuclear crisis that ensued.

All of NYTS members come from Namie, a coastal town in Fukushima Prefecture which was included in a no-entry zone within a 20-kilometer radius of the crippled nuclear plant.

The members, who could no longer return to their homes, were all relocated to other prefectures and some even overseas.

Organized in 2009 as a project of the youth division of the Namie Society of Commerce and Industry, the group’s mission is to promote Namie’s popular and locally produced fried noodles called "Namie yaki-soba".
The executive committee of the summer festival had asked the Namie Society of Commerce and Industry to sell off fried noodles in Motomiya where many of the Namie residents have evacuated.

NYTS, the initials N and Y of which stands for ‘Namie’ and ‘yakisoba’, respectively, was increasingly growing in their project activities when the massive March 11 disaster struck their region.

The dance and singing group was originally comprised of 10 members but only five were reunited for this performance. NYTS said they were only able to rehearse on the day of the festival. The members are attending high schools in their respective places of evacuation and have come together to perform for the summer festival.

The leader of the group, 16-year old Kanako Namie, said NYTS will ‘hang on to help rebuild” their disaster-stricken hometown.