Industries start to recover in quake-hit Noto Peninsula in central Japan

It's been almost five months since a powerful earthquake hit the Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture on New Year's Day. A sake brewer on the peninsula that was forced to suspend production has resumed operations.

Kazuma Sake Brewery, which was established in 1869, suffered extensive damage in the disaster. The ground sank and a tsunami brought in muddy water.

The water supply was eventually restored and the brewery resumed production last month.

Bottling and labeling work was carried out Thursday and the freshly made sake is now lining store shelves.

Kazuma Ko, an employee at the brewery, said: "Honestly, I'm just truly relieved. All I have is a feeling of appreciation for everyone. I want everyone to taste the sake which we made with true feeling."

Other industries are also recovering.

Efforts to resume fishing are underway at Wajima City.
A dozen fishing boats were moved on Thursday to another harbor as the port was damaged in the quake.

The seabed rose by up to about two meters in the tremor.

Many fishing boats were left stranded. And the raised seabed has made it difficult to move boats to deeper parts of the port.

Dredging is underway to open a passage for the boats. Some of the vessels have to be moved to make room for the construction.

Hayase Kenjou, a fisher, said, "We can only make a living if we catch something, so I hope the port can start operating as soon as possible."

The local fishing cooperative plans to consider whether fishing operations can resume in areas where port construction work has been completed.