Japan beyond 3.11 Stories of Recovery


Keeping Faith in Fishing

Aired: June 2, 2011
Fishing towns along the Sanriku coastline suffered catastrophic damage in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. As one of the major ports for fishing boats gathering offshore from around the country, the town of Sanriku was home to a variety of related industries supporting the regional economy. For this reason, there is a voluntary move among the people in the area to restore the fishing industry without waiting for a central government recovery plan. They understand that recovery of the fishing industry is indispensable to reconstruction of the town. In Kesennuma, Miyagi Prefecture where 70% of the population is employed in fishing and related industries, people are working together to reconstruct the market in time for bonito season in June, so bonito fishing boats from across Japan can enter the port with their catches. This program examines what recovery means for those who make their living from the sea.
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