Indonesian trainees in Noto Peninsula defy adversity after earthquake and tsunami

Indonesian technical trainees in Noto City, Ishikawa Prefecture, have shown perseverance and determination in the face of adversity following the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the Noto Peninsula on 1 January.

Indonesian trainees in Noto Peninsula defy adversity after earthquake and tsunami

About 20 Indonesian trainees came to Japan and stayed at Garuda House2 near Oki Port in Noto Town, where they worked on squid fishing boats. They were caught off guard as they were watching TV or playing games in their dormitory when the earthquake struck, but they quickly realised the seriousness of the situation when they received an alert on their smartphones. After the tsunami warning was issued, they quickly evacuated from the fishing harbour to higher ground.

After the tsunami, one of the dormitory buildings was rendered uninhabitable due to damage, and everyone had to concentrate on the less affected dormitory buildings. Despite the difficulties, the support of their neighbours and the town's rescue operations kept their spirits high. We could barely get by," says one 22-year-old participant, describing how they relied on seawater for washing dishes and the town's water supply.

The trainees also chose their relief supplies carefully, opting for pork cup noodles instead of rice, bread and instant noodles imported from the country. Reflecting on past natural disasters in Indonesia, including the 2004 Sumatra earthquake, a 19-year-old trainee who arrived in Japan in May this year expressed initial fear of the tsunami. However, despite challenges such as heavy snowfall during his first New Year's holiday in Japan, he was determined to stay and work hard.

Fellows acknowledged the unfamiliarity of their surroundings, but they drew strength from the goal of providing for their families. "I came here to save money so that my parents can live a comfortable and happy life," said one participant, emphasising his determination to persevere and contribute to his family's well-being. Despite the obstacles ahead, their determination to pursue their ambitions in the face of adversity remains unwavering.

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