Japan quake Spireite safe

Japanese Spireite Koichiro Suzuki with Chesterfield FC player Aaron Downes.
Japanese Spireite Koichiro Suzuki with Chesterfield FC player Aaron Downes.
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A POPULAR Japanese Spireite is safe and well after the country was hit by a devastating earthquake and subsequent tsunamis.

Koichiro Suzuki, who leads the Tokyo branch of the Chesterfield FC supporters’ club and visits the home of his adopted team twice a year, has contacted friends in Derbyshire after disaster struck last Thursday.

His family are also safe – his brother miraculously escaping a wall of water when driving near the sea.

Well-known Mr Suzuki is due to visit the new B2net Stadium in April.

Friends Eric and Sandra Vaughan often put him up at their Brimington Common home after meeting at a game in 1997.

“It’s very scary to see what has happened in Japan” said Sandra (60).

“We’re glad Koichiro is fine but are still worried – he is part of the family.”