Tomohisa Yamashita translates guide for tourists in earthquake locations

4 Jan - Japanese actor Tomohisa Yamashita recently earned praises by fans and netizens alike for indirectly helping non-Japanese speakers caught in the aftermath of the recent earthquake.

On the afternoon of 1 January, Japan's Noto Peninsula in Ishikawa Prefecture was hit by a 7.6-magnitude earthquake, which has killed more than 68 local residents. Railways were also suspended and passengers were stranded.

With many foreigners seemingly trapped in the aftermath as well, the singer and actor decided to use his fluent English to help translate information on how to keep warm after the earthquake, which was originally shared on social media in the Japanese language.

Among the tips include placing a plant pot upside down on top of a candle to make a simple heater, and to put a rolled-up newspapers inside a sleeping bag to keep warm.

He also shared that wearing a rain coat inside one's clothes will help reduce the cold, and that putting heat pads on the shoulder blades can warm up the body easily due to the thick blood vessels in the said area.

Tomohisa used his English proficiency to help share information to foreigners
Tomohisa used his English proficiency to help share information to foreigners

Fans and netizens alike took to the comments to thank the actor, with one saying, "Thank you for the information. It is very helpful in times of disaster. Please be safe."

Another wrote, "Your translation must be very useful to foreigners in Japan. Hope it reaches as many people as possible. Stay safe everyone."

(Photo Source: Tomohisa Yamashita IG)