First of all, I would like to offer my most sincere sympathy to the victims of the earthquake.
There is a charity ice show held at Port Island Sports Centre in Kobe on April 9.
Since March 11, led by Kenji Miyamoto and together with Yamato Tamura, Takeshi Honda and the Hyogo Prefecture Skating Federation, we have discussed what we could do for the victims of the earthquake, as those based in Kansai area and especially in Kobe, which experienced the great earthquake of 1995.
To be honest, watching the news everyday, figure skating feels irrelevant to me - thinking of the victims, those working on the front line to help and support them, those experiencing pains and difficulties beyond my comprehension. What can I do as an athlete? - I feel I am too insignificant to ask myself such a grandeur question, but I still believe sports can help people to come together. I would like to do as much as I can, together with Takeshi and Yamato, who are from Tohoku region but now based in Kansai, and Shizuka and Yuzuru, who are from Tohoku too. All participating skaters will give our best shot, so please come to the arena. We can do something together.
Thank you for your concerned emails about my condition as the show is so soon before the Worlds. The competition is of course important. But I still would like to believe this charity show we planned and produce can be a ray of light, no matter how weak, for the future.