(English) Japanese national in Everest bid to gospel hope to Fukushima victims

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KATHMANDU, Nepal– With a message of hope to the people of his territory which was devastated by earthquake and tsunami in 2011, a Japanese national from Fukushima Prefecture is planning to scale the world’s tallest peak, Mt Everest this season. Hamatsu Tomoaki, 38, a resident of Fukushima City, is planning to scale the peak from in the last week of April.

Hamatsu has already arrived in Nepal this week for his noble cause. However, this is his second attempt at Everest, also regartded as the roof of the world as he had tried to ascend the peak during last summer, but unfortunately had to return back after reaching 8,700 metres due to adverse weather conditions.

Just a month ago, Japan observed third anniversary of the devastating earthquake- a tsunami disaster that triggered off nuclear crisis.  According to him, earthquake and tsunami brought lots of pain to people living in his Prefecture, and many are yet to overcome this distress and he wants to gospel a message of hope to the victims.

“Through this ascent, I want to give a message of hope to the people of my Prefecture, which was worst hit by earthquake and tsunami in 2011,” Hamatsu was quoted by thehimalayantimes.  He also expressed confidence that the trip will remind people that any difficulty can be defeated if serious attempts are made.

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