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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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Wed.14:00 (JST)
 Sun.04:00 (JST)
 

Jan 26

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. In Higashi-matsushima, children who had escaped to an evacuation site were given a bar of chocolate, and then had to be taken to hospital because they were allergic to cacao. The town had to reconsider its disaster prevention manual. In Sendai, one woman is working hard to improve the situation for allergy sufferers at the time of disasters. 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. There is now a nationwide movement going on to familiarize people with food allergy problems and gain a full understanding of them.

Feb 2
Elderly People Back on Their Feet

Elderly People Back on Their Feet Rerun

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.

 
Feb 9
Soak for the Soul: Mobile Baths for Evacuees

Soak for the Soul: Mobile Baths for Evacuees Rerun

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.

 
 
 
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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? In consultation with experts on the science of disaster prevention, the students presented “disaster moral education” lessons using images and illustrations at more than 10 elementary and junior high schools. The initiative has been highly evaluated. 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”.

 
Dec 15
Foreign Evacuees in Japan

Foreign Evacuees in Japan

At an unusual evacuation site in the Sanjo district of Sendai, more than half 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.

 
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 1
Elderly People Back on Their Feet

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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