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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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(Japanese language only)
Wed.14:00 (JST)
 Sun.04:00 (JST)
 

Dec 1

Elderly People Back on Their Feet

Many of the elderly people forced to live as an evacuee or in temporary housing ever since the 3.11 disaster lead inactive lives with nothing special to do. This can result in hypofunction of the whole body, making them susceptible to ‘disuse syndrome’. Dr. Yayoi Okawa identified many such cases after the 2007 Chuetsu Offshore Earthquake, and since then she has been supporting sufferers in various ways. The program interviews people who have managed to overcome the syndrome by getting involved in the revival of tangle-net fishing and seaweed farming, which has reenergized them and rejuvenated their sense of confidence. It also looks at ways to avoid the syndrome and how it can be treated with the support of families and friends.

Dec 8
Soak for the Soul: Mobile Baths for Evacuees

Soak for the Soul: Mobile Baths for Evacuees

The Japan Self-Defense Forces have carried out a variety of lifesaving and support activities since the 3.11 disaster. Not many people know that they provided bathing facilities for people who were experiencing a protracted evacuee life. Bathing not only improves people’s sanitary condition but also helps to heal their mind. The JSDF set up its temporary bathing equipment called ‘Field Bathing Set Mk.2’ at 42 different locations. A tank car pumps up water from the river, filters it, and then heats it for 45 minutes to provide 5.4 tons of hot water per hour. It allows 30 people to shower at the same time and 1,200 people to take a bath per day. The baths had a great healing effect on those forced to escape from the tsunami and the nuclear accident with just the clothes they were wearing. This mobile bathing service is unique to Japan with its traditional bathing culture.

 
Dec 15
The Evacuation Site Filled with Foreigners (tentative)

The Evacuation Site Filled with Foreigners (tentative)

At an unusual evacuation site in the Sanjo district of Sendai, 90% of the 1,000 evacuees were foreigners. This happened because many overseas students lived in the area and widely circulated e-mails reported that the Sanjo evacuation site was safe. However, the foreigners who escaped there were soon at a loss. Few of the Japanese evacuees could speak English and they were unable to explain the rules of the site well. Cultural and behavior differences stood out in relief and led to friction. Since then, the Sanjo district has been trying to make improvements in various ways based on the lessons learned. It has produced a disaster prevention manual in 10 languages and established a disaster prevention leader system so that foreigners who are fluent in Japanese can become evacuation guidance leaders. They’re also trying to share disaster awareness and cross-cultural understanding by holding regular discussion sessions on how local residents and foreigners can cooperate. There will be more and more foreign residents in Japan in the future. The program presents hints on surviving disasters through mutual assistance.

 
 
 
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Nov 17
Clearing Roads for Rescue!

Clearing Roads for Rescue!

Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, is an important crossroads where Routes 106 from Morioka and the coastal 45 meet. Local construction workers took just two days to clear the roads of tsunami debris: first opening up the area within 800 yards of the junction, and then the route south to Yamada-machi. Bonnie Waycott reports on the men who overcame many difficulties in the chaos right after the disaster, including seismic wave warnings and a lack of communication means, fuel and food.

 
Nov 3
Forest-powered Recovery 2

Forest-powered Recovery 2

The 2011 tsunami caused serious damage to Iwate’s forestry industry. The Kamaishi Local Forestry Association was in danger of closing down. Its office had been washed away, its leader and four other members had perished, and the coastal plywood factory had been badly damaged. Hoping to save the association, secretary Yukio Takahashi started a project to promote ‘local construction with local materials’. It now works with local wood-processing firms, design offices, and building contractors to construct quality houses at a cost of 10 million yen each for disaster victims using local timber. In this two-part series, we see how Takahashi overcame many problems to work on Kamaishi’s recovery by harnessing the power of wood while considering the establishment of sustainable forestry.

 
Oct 27
Forest-powered Recovery 1

Forest-powered Recovery 1

The 2011 tsunami caused serious damage to Iwate’s forestry industry. The Kamaishi Local Forestry Association was in danger of closing down. Its office had been washed away, its leader and four other members had perished, and the coastal plywood factory had been badly damaged. Hoping to save the association, secretary Yukio Takahashi started a project to promote ‘local construction with local materials’. It now works with local wood-processing firms, design offices, and building contractors to construct quality houses at a cost of 10 million yen each for disaster victims using local timber. In this two-part series, we see how Takahashi overcame many problems to work on Kamaishi’s recovery by harnessing the power of wood while considering the establishment of sustainable forestry.

 
 
 
Oct 13
Tohoku Teenagers Bloom in Paris

Tohoku Teenagers Bloom in Paris

The opening of the OECD Tohoku School in March 2012 launched a 30-month project in which 100 teenagers from three disaster-stricken Tohoku prefectures would think up ways to promote their regions at a presentation in France in summer 2014. Although many of the students had lost relatives in the disaster and still live at evacuation sites, they put great effort into planning ideas and promoting them, and the Paris event was a great success. Focusing on students from Okuma-machi, Fukushima prefecture, and Otsuchi-cho, Iwate prefecture, preparing photo exhibits, the program shows how children from the stricken areas have matured through the school’s activities.

 
Oct 6
Pharmacists' Innovative Approach

Pharmacists' Innovative Approach

After the tsunami had washed away most patient’s prescriptions, pharmacists in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, received special permission to distribute the stocks left at pharmacies, especially drugs for evacuees with chronic diseases. Confusion was avoided through the cooperation of various pharmacies. They also helped sort out the chaos at evacuation centers in Otsuchi by gathering prescriptions every day and delivering the drugs the following day. This reduced the waiting time for treatment and medicine preparation, and also facilitated inventory control. The program reviews the vital support role of pharmacists at the time of a major disaster.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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