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The TV series 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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A Tradition of Restoration

Jul 13

A Tradition of Restoration

The Great East Japan Earthquake damaged many cultural assets, such as temples, shrines, and statues of Buddha. Since ancient times most Japanese buildings and statues have been created from the country’s rich sources of timber, including Horyuji Temple, the world’s oldest wooden building. It’s very important to preserve such treasures that have witnessed the nation’s history, but how has that been possible in the face of so many natural disasters? The answer lies in the restoration skills that have been handed down from generation to generation. This edition of TOMORROW focuses on Japan’s expertise in post-disaster restoration work.

Aug 3
Women-friendly Evacuation Sites

Women-friendly Evacuation Sites Rerun

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.

 
Aug 17
An Isolated Village That Survived Disaster

An Isolated Village That Survived Disaster Rerun

Some communities were isolated after the Great East Japan Earthquake because the roads had become impassable. Half of the homes of the Nagahora community in Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture were washed away by the tsunami, but the residents evacuated to private houses on the hillside. The tsunami had destroyed the road, so there was no access. With no idea of when they would receive help, they decided to do their best to manage by themselves for at least one month. They weathered the crisis by creating 10 groups, each given a different role to perform. What made this possible was community power, a phenomenon that is now once again receiving a lot of attention. The program reports on the way a community can be created in urban areas and high-rise apartment blocks that tend to lack a community spirit.

 
 
 
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Jun 8
The Power of Radio

The Power of Radio

Immediately after the Great East Japan Earthquake, two Tohoku radio stations were suddenly unable to receive accurate local information, and the tsunami and nuclear accident occurred shortly afterwards. However, “Radio Fukushima”, which covers the whole of Fukushima Prefecture, and “TBC Radio”, which has a network right across Miyagi Prefecture, continued broadcasting. They used every possible means, including outside broadcast vans and the Internet. How did they handle the information they asked their listeners to send in? TV producer Russell Goodall from New Zealand visits those who were involved to report on that time when a relationship of great trust developed between the radio stations and their listeners.

 
May 11
An Isolated Village That Survived Disaster

An Isolated Village That Survived Disaster

Some communities were isolated after the Great East Japan Earthquake because the roads had become impassable. Half of the homes of the Nagahora community in Rikuzentakata in Iwate Prefecture were washed away by the tsunami, but the residents evacuated to private houses on the hillside. The tsunami had destroyed the road, so there was no access. With no idea of when they would receive help, they decided to do their best to manage by themselves for at least one month. They weathered the crisis by creating 10 groups, each given a different role to perform. What made this possible was community power, a phenomenon that is now once again receiving a lot of attention. The program reports on the way a community can be created in urban areas and high-rise apartment blocks that tend to lack a community spirit.

 
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.

 
 
 
Mar 16
Memories from across the Pacific

Memories from across the Pacific

Many items carried out to sea by the tsunami in 2011 have been found on the west coast of North America. TOMORROW has previously reported on the memories evoked by the return of nostalgic items, and how their owners have made a new step forward driven by them. This episode introduces the owner search project conducted by a Japanese NPO ‘Kids Now’ and Kevin Easley, an American dentist living in Alaska. Through their efforts, a football returned to 13-year-old Rin Goto in Minamisanriki, Miyagi Prefecture. Encouraged by the return of his football, he wrote an essay and won the top award at a junior high school essay contest in the Tohoku region. Jason finds out what impact the return of the football had on Rin.

 
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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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