Family in Suzu City reunited after powerful quake

One week has passed since a major earthquake and tsunami hit Japan's Noto Peninsula. Many people there are still facing a difficult situation, but there are signs of hope.

Jiroma Takahiro was born in Suzu City, Ishikawa Prefecture. He lived there until he was 18 years old. Jiroma was planning to visit his parents in the city during the New Year holidays, but the disaster delayed that. His family -- his mother, father and sister -- evacuated to a nearby shelter.

Jiroma Takahiro is a driver who has been key in getting NHK World's crew around the prefecture to file reports.

On Friday, he drove seven hours to where his parents had been evacuated.

"Are you alright? Glad to see you," Jiroma told his mother Reiko.

Jiroma Takahiro and his mother Reiko meet up a few days after the massive quake hit on New Year's Day.

"We are OK. Just now, I was finally able to eat warm food for the first time since the quake on January 1," Reiko replied. She explained that the shelter is very crowded, so some people are having to sleep on chairs.

Reiko says in the face of hardship, she's keeping her spirits up and looking out for others.

"At my shelter, no one is irritated. Everyone is cooperating properly. If you ask for help, they will help you," she said.

Jiroma's parents' house is located near the sea. The tsunami did not reach it, and it did not collapse. But the earthquake toppled cupboards and furniture inside.

The powerful earthquake impacted Jiroma's parents' house.

Reiko, her husband, and her daughter are now staying with family in another city.

Jiroma says he wants to support his parents, friends and others in Suzu City as much as he can.