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The third season of TOMORROW documents the lessons and wisdom gained through enduring the March 2011 disaster. Covering the fields of disaster prevention, environmental well-being, psychological care, and new technology, we share our findings with the world.
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Mar 30

Food Allergies and Disaster Rerun

About 450,000 Japanese schoolchildren at all three levels (elementary, junior high and high schools) suffer from some kind of food allergy. However, local government disaster prevention plans pay insufficient consideration to the needs of allergy sufferers. The program introduces various efforts to provide countermeasures for allergy sufferers during a disaster, based on lessons learned in 2011. Allergy sufferers have also fully realized the importance of reporting that they are allergic to certain items. A group of mothers has developed “Cards to prevent food allergy” which can be carried even by babies and small children.

Apr 6
SCK GIRLS Sing for the Locals

SCK GIRLS Sing for the Locals Rerun

The local ‘idol group’ SCK GIRLS was formed in 2011 to back up the recovery of the disaster-stricken town of Kesennuma. The way they enthusiastically practice their dancing and singing in the community space at Minamimachi Murasaki Market, a temporary shopping district, has provided great mental support to local people. Many fans began visiting Murasaki Market. But as they enhanced their name recognition holding concerts in various cities, they felt their bonding with their hometown was weakening. Now the girls’ desire to deepen the bonds with local people is strengthening again. They plan to hold a ‘Thanking Local People’ 4th anniversary concert in the area.

 
Apr 13
Women-friendly Evacuation Sites

Women-friendly Evacuation Sites

After the 3.11 disaster, it was said that many evacuation sites lacked proper consideration for the needs of women. Comments included: “There were no partitions, so I had trouble with changing clothes and breastfeeding”, “There was nowhere to hang underwear”, and “It was embarrassing to receive sanitary goods in public”. The leaders at many of the sites were men, so women found it difficult to say what they wanted and had to remain patient. In an emergency situation, survival is always the most important consideration, but more sensitive care could be provided. Bonnie Waycott reports on the issues and solutions.

 
 
 
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Mar 16
Memories from across the Pacific

Memories from across the Pacific

Many items imbued with personal memories that were carried out to sea by the tsunami in 2011 have been found on the west coast of North America and returned to their owners. In previous TOMORROW programs, we have reported on the memories evoked by the return of nostalgic items, and how their owners have made a new step forward driven by them. Through those programs, a Japanese NPO called ‘Kids Now’ and Kevin Easley, an American dentist living in Alaska, got connected and the owner search movement has been steadily expanding. Encouraged by the return of his football, 13-year-old Rin Goto in Minamisanriki, Miyagi Prefecture, wrote in an essay:
"Whenever I get discouraged, I will hold this football and remember the many people who have supported me. I’m sure that will give me the courage to move on..."
His essay won the top award among 22,000 entries at a junior high school essay contest in the Tohoku region.

 
Mar 9
Railways and Disaster

Railways and Disaster

When the Great East Japan Earthquake occurred, no passengers lost their lives while riding on trains. Thanks to the Urgent Earthquake Detection and Alarm System, in which seismometers automatically halt trains when they sense abnormal vibrations, all the Shinkansen bullet trains started braking before the quake struck. We look at the ongoing reinforcement of the elevated tracks and improvements to the cars and verify the legendary safety of the Shinkansen by observing simulations of how safety is ensured at the time of an earthquake. The program also reports on a case where human wisdom saved lives. Nobiru Station on the Senseki Line connecting Sendai and Ishinomaki was badly damaged. A train that left the station a few minutes earlier stopped on a hillside; following the advice of local residents, the conductor instructed all the passengers to stay on the train instead of following the manual, and they were safe. The program covers the preparations and countermeasures being implemented to ensure railway safety in the event of future natural disasters.

 
Mar 8
TOMORROW Special - Lin Chiling: I'll be there for you

TOMORROW Special - Lin Chiling: I'll be there for you

A famous Taiwanese actress revisits a children’s theater troupe that she supported after the Great East Japan earthquake of 2011. After the quake, the children in Miyagi Prefecture, one of the hardest-hit areas, banded together to re-enact their version of the disaster. Taiwanese actress Lin Chiling coached them on how to express their feelings. Almost four years since the disaster, some troupe members now worry that memories of their experiences are fading, and may soon be forgotten. We go back with Lin to visit and talk with them.

 
 
 
Mar 2
A Shortage of Playgrounds

A Shortage of Playgrounds

Children’s physical strength tests conducted in 2013 have showed poor results compared with those for 2010, the year before the 3.11 disaster, especially in the coastal areas. The reasons include the fact that many temporary housing complexes were erected in parks and school playgrounds, an increase in the number of students going to school by bus because of the closing and mergers of schools, and self-restraint regarding outdoor activities due to radioactive contamination. Various efforts to solve this issue are underway, including the ‘Two-minute jump exercise’ (Kamaishi, Iwate Pref.), and the large-scale indoor playground called ‘Pep Kids Koriyama’ which is attracting many family groups. The reporter is Bobby Ologun, a TV personality popular with children.

 
Feb 16
SCK GIRLS Sing for the Locals

SCK GIRLS Sing for the Locals

The local ‘idol group’ SCK GIRLS was formed in 2011 to back up the recovery of the disaster-stricken town of Kesennuma. The way they enthusiastically practice their dancing and singing in the community space at Minamimachi Murasaki Market, a temporary shopping district, has provided great mental support to local people. Many fans began visiting Murasaki Market. But as they enhanced their name recognition holding concerts in various cities, they felt their bonding with their hometown was weakening. Now the girls’ desire to deepen the bonds with local people is strengthening again. They plan to hold a ‘Thanking Local People’ 4th anniversary concert in the area.

 
Jan 26
Food Allergies and Disaster

Food Allergies and Disaster

About 450,000 Japanese schoolchildren at all three levels (elementary, junior high and high schools) suffer from some kind of food allergy. However, local government disaster prevention plans pay insufficient consideration to the needs of allergy sufferers. The program introduces various efforts to provide countermeasures for allergy sufferers during a disaster, based on lessons learned in 2011. Allergy sufferers have also fully realized the importance of reporting that they are allergic to certain items. A group of mothers has developed “Cards to prevent food allergy” which can be carried even by babies and small children.

 
 
 
Jan 19
Teaching Children How to Save Themselves

Teaching Children How to Save Themselves

More than 700 schoolchildren perished in the 3.11 disaster. As new types of disaster education are being considered nationwide, the “Disaster moral education” developed by students of Shizuoka University Faculty of Education is drawing attention. The students conducted a survey on the behavior of children during the disaster in Kesennuma, where many schoolchildren lost their lives. Everyone was faced with a crucial decision before the tsunami arrived: to escape or to check out the safety of their family? The program covers an actual “disaster moral education” lesson for 6th graders at an elementary school near Suruga Bay. It clearly shows how the children’s disaster prevention awareness changes: “Every man for himself”.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Apr 28
The Magical Power of Cinema

The Magical Power of Cinema

Movies have provided great support to people in the Tohoku region. From two months after the disaster, the “Cinema Yell Tohoku” project has held more than 500 free-of-charge screenings of popular movies in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. With the help of people in the movie industry, screenings have been held at elementary schools and temporary housing complexes. People are once again enjoying watching movies together with others, and movies are starting to become a new focus for community-building. The program investigates the spirit of people connected by movies and the regeneration of communities.

 
 
 
 
 
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