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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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Aug 25

Radio Taxis in Support of Fire Brigades

The firemen of Kesennuma City in Miyagi Prefecture faced serious problems when the Great East Japan Earthquake cut off communication tools, including mobile phones. They couldn’t transmit on-site reports because their radios functioned only for reception. Local taxi drivers came to their rescue with their analog radios, providing support at the disaster HQ, evacuation sites and mortuaries. Learning from this, Kesennuma has been developing a multiplex information communication system. The program looks at ways to improve communications when a disaster strikes.

Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock / Reporter

Jason came to Japan in 1995 as a university student and was involved in a two-year volunteer activity in Hokkaido. He returned to Japan after graduation to work as an ALT in Aizuhongomachi in Fukushima Prefecture and won the National Japanese Speech Competition. Jason is currently a reporter and performer who has appeared in movies, TV programs, and stage productions. He is active in international awareness activities to dispatch Japan’s attractions from a foreigner’s perspective.

 
Sep 1
Recovering Ocean: The Sanriku Coast

Recovering Ocean: The Sanriku Coast (rerun)

For the past three years, local fishermen and more than 3,000 volunteer divers have continued working hand in hand to remove underwater debris. Their efforts have helped to revive the seaweed essential for marine life, and largely restore the former ocean ecosystem so that fish and shellfish can return. The program includes photos and video footage taken during these underwater recovery activities and looks at the vital mechanism of eelgrass in the fish feeding grounds.

 
Sep 8
Providing Sustainable Support

Providing Sustainable Support (tentative)

In the fourth year since the 3.11 earthquake, the number of volunteers to the Tohoku region is rapidly decreasing. At the same time, there’s a change in the corporate volunteerism that has continued since right after the disaster, with a growing focus on corporate specialization to meet actual needs. For example, Ajinomoto provides cooking classes at temporary housing sites, and Fuji Xerox now includes document cleaning as part of staff training, has cleaned and digitized 4,500 official documents, and has developed a system for clinics to check medical records on tablet terminals. The program investigates sustainable support using corporate specialization.

 
 
Morley Robertson

Morley Robertson / Journalist & DJ

Morley is a journalist and DJ, currently working in the fields of television, radio, and lecture meetings. Educated in Japan and USA, he studied at the University of Tokyo and Harvard University. He began voicing his opinions via the Internet as access became widespread and has won strong support, especially from young people.

 
Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock / Reporter

Jason came to Japan in 1995 as a university student and was involved in a two-year volunteer activity in Hokkaido. He returned to Japan after graduation to work as an ALT in Aizuhongomachi in Fukushima Prefecture and won the National Japanese Speech Competition. Jason is currently a reporter and performer who has appeared in movies, TV programs, and stage productions. He is active in international awareness activities to dispatch Japan’s attractions from a foreigner’s perspective.

 
 
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Aug 28
Recovering Ocean: The Sanriku Coast

Recovering Ocean: The Sanriku Coast

For the past three years, local fishermen and more than 3,000 volunteer divers have continued working hand in hand to remove underwater debris. Their efforts have helped to revive the seaweed essential for marine life, and largely restore the former ocean ecosystem so that fish and shellfish can return. The program includes photos and video footage taken during these underwater recovery activities and looks at the vital mechanism of eelgrass in the fish feeding grounds.

 
Jul 28
The Mystery of the Pneumonia Epidemic

The Mystery of the Pneumonia Epidemic

Right after the 3.11 disaster, there was a sudden increase in pneumonia cases in Kesennuma, especially amongst elderly evacuees. Recovered medical records revealed a 240% increase from 2010, and a 710% increase at evacuation sites. Why? Clinicians suspected oral bacteria to be the cause, and dentists began promoting better oral health conditions. By June 2011, the pneumonia symptoms had been eradicated. Study meetings and practical training sessions are now being held based on the lessons learned.

 
Jul 7
The Neighboring Town that Welcomed 100,000 Volunteers

The Neighboring Town that Welcomed 100,000 Volunteers

In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, many local authorities were unable to handle the huge influx of volunteers eager to help. However, in Tono City in Iwate Prefecture, which suffered relatively little damage, a volunteer group called “Magokoro Net” provided the coastal areas with logistic support. It handled 100,000 volunteers, allocating work and organizing transport and accommodations. The program investigates the logistic support system provided by the city of Tono that managed massive numbers of volunteers in the post-quake chaos.

 
 
Morley Robertson

Morley Robertson / Journalist & DJ

Morley is a journalist and DJ, currently working in the fields of television, radio, and lecture meetings. Educated in Japan and USA, he studied at the University of Tokyo and Harvard University. He began voicing his opinions via the Internet as access became widespread and has won strong support, especially from young people.

 
Morley Robertson

Morley Robertson / Journalist & DJ

Morley is a journalist and DJ, currently working in the fields of television, radio, and lecture meetings. Educated in Japan and USA, he studied at the University of Tokyo and Harvard University. He began voicing his opinions via the Internet as access became widespread and has won strong support, especially from young people.

 
Roland Kelts

Roland Kelts / Reporter

Roland Kelts is the author of the bestselling Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture has Invaded the U.S. He is a contributing writer to The New Yorker and The Japan Times, and his work appears on CNN, the BBC, NPR, Time magazine, Newsweek Japan and other media. He is also a visiting scholar at Keio University, and he has taught at The University of Tokyo and Sophia University. He divides his time between Tokyo and New York.

 
 
Jun 23
Taking on the Mountain of Aid
 
Jun 16
How to Protect Children's Lives
 
Jun 9
Accepting and Telling the Stories about the Disaster
 
 
Morley Robertson

Morley Robertson / Journalist & DJ

Morley is a journalist and DJ, currently working in the fields of television, radio, and lecture meetings. Educated in Japan and USA, he studied at the University of Tokyo and Harvard University. He began voicing his opinions via the Internet as access became widespread and has won strong support, especially from young people.

 
Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock / Reporter

Jason came to Japan in 1995 as a university student and was involved in a two-year volunteer activity in Hokkaido. He returned to Japan after graduation to work as an ALT in Aizuhongomachi in Fukushima Prefecture and won the National Japanese Speech Competition. Jason is currently a reporter and performer who has appeared in movies, TV programs, and stage productions. He is active in international awareness activities to dispatch Japan’s attractions from a foreigner’s perspective.

 
Morley Robertson

Morley Robertson / Journalist & DJ

Morley is a journalist and DJ, currently working in the fields of television, radio, and lecture meetings. Educated in Japan and USA, he studied at the University of Tokyo and Harvard University. He began voicing his opinions via the Internet as access became widespread and has won strong support, especially from young people.

 
 
May 19
The Nursing Home that Saved 1,000 Lives
 
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.

 
Apr 14
Disaster Medicine Direct
 
 
Jason Hancock

Jason Hancock / Reporter

Jason came to Japan in 1995 as a university student and was involved in a two-year volunteer activity in Hokkaido. He returned to Japan after graduation to work as an ALT in Aizuhongomachi in Fukushima Prefecture and won the National Japanese Speech Competition. Jason is currently a reporter and performer who has appeared in movies, TV programs, and stage productions. He is active in international awareness activities to dispatch Japan’s attractions from a foreigner’s perspective.

 
Morley Robertson

Morley Robertson / Journalist & DJ

Morley is a journalist and DJ, currently working in the fields of television, radio, and lecture meetings. Educated in Japan and USA, he studied at the University of Tokyo and Harvard University. He began voicing his opinions via the Internet as access became widespread and has won strong support, especially from young people.

 
Catherine Makino

Catherine Makino / Journalist

Catherine has worked in Japan and the USA as a journalist, reporter, editor and director. Currently the Editor-in-Chief and President of Majirox News, an Internet-based news service that covers Japan, she was president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan from 2008-9. She has covered politics, society, economics, crimes, environment and women. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, she reported directly from the Tohoku region.

 
 
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.

 
Apr 14
Disaster Medicine Direct
 
Mar 31
Save Lives! Citizens Stand Up to Tsunami
 
 
Morley Robertson

Morley Robertson / Journalist & DJ

Morley is a journalist and DJ, currently working in the fields of television, radio, and lecture meetings. Educated in Japan and USA, he studied at the University of Tokyo and Harvard University. He began voicing his opinions via the Internet as access became widespread and has won strong support, especially from young people.

 
Catherine Makino

Catherine Makino / Journalist

Catherine has worked in Japan and the USA as a journalist, reporter, editor and director. Currently the Editor-in-Chief and President of Majirox News, an Internet-based news service that covers Japan, she was president of the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan from 2008-9. She has covered politics, society, economics, crimes, environment and women. Following the Great East Japan Earthquake, she reported directly from the Tohoku region.

 
Eric Talmadge

Eric Talmadge / AP Tokyo News Editor & Pyongyang Bureau Chief

Award-winning journalist Eric Talmadge is one of the longest-serving foreign correspondents in Japan, based in Tokyo for almost 30 years. He has worked for Bungeishunju Co., Mainichi Newspapers, and for the past 25 years for the Associated Press. His work has included extensive war reporting in Iraq and Afghanistan, assignments in nearly 30 countries, and onsite reporting from many of Asia's worst natural disasters, including several weeks spent in Fukushima immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake.

 
 
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