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Japan beyond 3.11 Stories of Recovery

GREAT EAST JAPAN EARTHQUATE PROJECT NHK WORLD

Personal Support for Evacuees

Aired: August 3, 2011
Five months after the March 11 earthquake more than 70-thousand people are still living in evacuation facilities far from home. In the southwestern city of Kitakyushu in Fukuoka Prefecture, the city is providing free housing, household goods and even jobs, recognizing that evacuees might well become permanent residents. Seventy families have already moved to the city and more are heading there. A local non-profit organization is providing personal support to those suffering trauma, fears of discrimination, and feelings of isolation and guilt about leaving their homes. These kinds of services are connecting survivors with the medical or legal expertise they need and helping them rebuild their lives. The program examines this best-practice scenario in relocating survivors.
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