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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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Apr 21

Disaster Medicine Direct

When Kesennuma City Hospital was cut off from critical services and food supplies following the 3.11 tsunami, it managed to protect the lives of both its inpatients and other citizens. Since then, the hospital has developed various new measures to provide better medical treatment in future disasters, such as the introduction of telemedicine, multipurpose helicopters, and networks of local home nursing teams. What did the hospital’s medical staff learn from their experience during the disaster? An American journalist reports on the situation at the hospital as it faces the challenge of providing new types of medical care.

Catherine Makino

Catherine Makino / Reporter

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 / May 5
Community Regeneration through Movies (tentative)

Community Regeneration through Movies (tentative)

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.

 
May 12
Messages from Mothers (rerun)

Messages from Mothers (rerun)

Sarah Carr, who has focused on families and education to report on how disaster recovery efforts should be carried out, meets Japanese mothers and midwives who survived the 3.11 disaster and have displayed tremendous power to move forward by creating close bonds and networks.

 
 
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.

 
Sarah Carr

Sarah Carr / Journalist

Sarah Carr is an American education writer who has covered many family- and education-related themes for the New York Times and education magazines, such as the issues of the children of immigrants in China. She recently published the book “Hope against Hope”, including her views on explaining the 9.11 incident to children and her record of school restorations after Hurricane Katrina.

 
 
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Mar 31
Save Lives! Citizens Stand Up to Tsunami

Save Lives! Citizens Stand Up to Tsunami

As local communities weaken due to aging and depopulation, the presence of volunteer fire brigades organized by each district is becoming ever more essential for disaster prevention. During the 3.11 disaster, members of volunteer fire brigades in the three prefectures of the Tohoku region bravely committed themselves to shutting floodgates and guiding people to safety in the face of the imminent onslaught by the huge tsunami. While saving many residents' lives, 254 volunteer firefighters lost their lives. Why did so many of them have to die? Three years on, the program investigates the new “regional disaster prevention” initiatives appearing in disaster-prone Japan.

 
Mar 14
Flowers Will Bloom

Flowers Will Bloom

The song “Flowers Will Bloom (Hana wa Saku)” was produced by NHK in the wake of the March 2011 disaster to support recovery in northeastern Japan. This edition of TOMORROW tours Spain, France and Australia to report on the One Million People’s Flowers Will Bloom project to discover how the song continues to create personal bonds between Japan and the rest of the world.

 
Mar 13
Youth Passion Blooms in Paris

Youth Passion Blooms in Paris

100 children are participating in a project backed by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to produce a promotional event in Paris for the recovery of northeastern Japan. Many of these children have lost family members or are living in temporary housing. This program follows them as they pool their ideas and enthusiasm to prepare for this international event.

 
 
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.

 
Mimi Kalinda

Mimi Kalinda / TV Producer

Mimi began her career as a music program host while at university and was later the first African woman to present programs on MTV Europe. Now based in South Africa, she produces and hosts TV programs all over the continent, while working in film and documentary production.

 
Sarah Carr

Sarah Carr / Journalist

Sarah Carr is an American education writer who has covered many family- and education-related themes for the New York Times and education magazines, such as the issues of the children of immigrants in China. She recently published the book “Hope against Hope”, including her views on explaining the 9.11 incident to children and her record of school restorations after Hurricane Katrina.

 
 
Mar 12
Memories Returned with Love
 
Mar 11
Tohoku Grandmas on the World Stage
 
Mar 10
A New Start for the Idol Group – SCK GIRLS
 
 
Feb 24
Messages from Mothers
 
Feb 17
Music Rekindles Memories
 
Feb 3
Together Again with Pets
 
 
Sarah Carr

Sarah Carr / Journalist

Sarah Carr is an American education writer who has covered many family- and education-related themes for the New York Times and education magazines, such as the issues of the children of immigrants in China. She recently published the book “Hope against Hope”, including her views on explaining the 9.11 incident to children and her record of school restorations after Hurricane Katrina.

 
Mimi Kalinda

Mimi Kalinda / TV Producer

Mimi began her career as a music program host while at university and was later the first African woman to present programs on MTV Europe. Now based in South Africa, she produces and hosts TV programs all over the continent, while working in film and documentary production.

 
Afshin Valinejad

Afshin Valinejad / Journalist

As an AP correspondent, Afshin Valinejad has reported on many conflicts and natural disasters, including the Kurdish refugee issue and the war in Afghanistan. He came to Japan in 2002, and has visited the disaster-stricken areas of Tohoku more than 50 times as a free-lance photojournalist to report on the threat of earthquakes and recovery efforts.

 
 
Jan 20
Locally Grown Businesses Help Recovery
 
Jan 13
Fishermen Unite and Rebrand Themselves
 
Dec 9
Decontamination: Challenge of the Villagers
 
 
Helena Norberg-Hodge

Helena Norberg-Hodge / Environmentalist

Helena is the founder of the International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC).She has studied the community-based life of the people of Ladakh in northern India since 1975 and published a book, 'Ancient Futures: Learning from Ladakh.'

 
Doug Meigs

Doug Meigs / Journalist

Born in Nebraska, the 28-year-old journalist has worked as a newspaper reporter in the USA and Hong Kong. Passionate about fishing, he has reported for the 'China Daily HK-Edition' on many fishery-related topics.

 
Susan Boos

Susan Boos / Journalist

Susan Boos, co-editor-in-chief of Swiss liberal weekly newspaper ‘Woz,’ has covered the Chernobyl nuclear disaster for more than 20 years and remained with victims living in the evacuated area. She has visited Fukushima four times and published Fukushima lässt grüssen (Greetings from Fukushima) in 2012.

 
 
Nov 18
72 Hours: One Hospital's Fight for Survival
 
Nov 4
Bouncing Back with the Fish!
 
Oct 21
Homes for Hope 2

Homes for Hope 2

Italian Journalist Alessia Cerantola reports on “disaster recovery housing” for 3.11 survivors after leaving temporary accommodation. She covers the efforts of the local community trying to maintain their neighborhood bonds by designing recovery housing together with residents.

 
 
Erin Ellis

Erin Ellis / Journalist

Erin Ellis, a personal health reporter for The Vancouver Sun in Canada, has a career spanning more than twenty years as a journalist and editor. Her recent work focuses on medical care, such as issues related to personal health, food, and aging societies.

 
Harris Salat

Harris Salat / Food Journalist

Harris has written about Japanese food for The New York Times, Saveur Magazine and other publications. He has visited Japan numerous times and trained in Japanese restaurant kitchens in New York, Tokyo and Kyoto. His cookbooks include "Japanese Hot Pots" and "Japanese Soul Cooking."

 
Alessia Cerantola

Alessia Cerantola / Journalist

Journalist Alessia Cerantola visited the disaster-stricken areas twice after the 3.11 disaster and stayed at a temporary shelter to gather information. Dedicated to covering the extended Japanese evacuation and recovery efforts, she recently visited L'Aquila, the Italian town hit by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake in 2009, to deepen her understanding of survivors' needs.

 
 
Oct 14
Homes for Hope 1

Homes for Hope 1

Italian journalist Alessia Cerantola reports on the state of temporary housing in the Tohoku region, comparing it with that in her own country. She discovers the strength of Japanese survivors as they adjust to adverse circumstances and find ways to ease inconveniences.

 
Oct 7
Tourism That Shares A Story
 
Sep 23
The Power of Tohoku's Festivals
 
 
Alessia Cerantola

Alessia Cerantola / Journalist

Journalist Alessia Cerantola visited the disaster-stricken areas twice after the 3.11 disaster and stayed at a temporary shelter to gather information. Dedicated to covering the extended Japanese evacuation and recovery efforts, she recently visited L'Aquila, the Italian town hit by a magnitude 6.3 earthquake in 2009, to deepen her understanding of survivors' needs.

 
Aliaksei Mikhalchanka

Aliaksei Mikhalchanka / Journalist

Aliaksei Mikhalchanka is a Belarussian journalist who works for the state TV channel ONT. Having experienced the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, he plans to make a program on grief tourism in Tohoku compared to the current situation in Chernobyl.

 
The Power of Tohoku's Festivals

Tony McNicol / Photojournalist

Tony McNicol has travelled extensively in Japan, writing and shooting as a photojournalist. While he lived in Japan, he was an avid participant of festivals, often taking part as a portable shrine bearer.

 
 
Sep 16
Memories Washed Ashore
 
Sep 2
The Sustainability of Volunteerism
 
Aug 26
Rebuilding Our Town by Ourselves
 
 
Nicolina Lanni

Nicolina Lanni / Documentary Filmmaker

Nicolina Lanni is a Canadian documentary filmmaker. Following her Master’s degree in journalism, she has spent over 10 years working in film and television. She is renowned for her emotionally compelling storytelling.

 
Diego Laje

Diego Laje / Journalist

Diego Laje from Argentina, currently a US news network correspondent in Asia, was an anchorman at CCTV for two years. He reports on the future of post-3.11 volunteering.

 
Rebuilding Our Town by Ourselves

Jed Horne / Journalist & Non-fiction Writer

Jed Horne received two Pulitzer Prizes for articles written about Hurricane Katrina while working for a New Orleans newspaper. He is currently writing a book on post-disaster reconstruction with experts from various nations.

 
 
Jun 29
Bioenergy Projects Flourish in Tohoku
 
Jul 15
Smart Innovations for Agricultural Recovery
 
Jul 8
Veneration for the Departed
 
 
David Zavaglia

David Zavaglia / Science Journalist

David is a freelance TV journalist working for stations such as France2 and France5. With a doctorate in molecular and cellular biology, he’s a commentator on a popular science program. David came to Japan after the 3.11 disaster and interviewed people at evacuation sites.

 
Jussi-Pekka Rantanen

Jussi-Pekka Rantanen / TV News Presenter

Rantanen, the anchorman for the flagship news program of the Finnish Broadcasting Company YLE, has hosted the live coverage of Finland's Independence Day ceremony and two major European Broadcasting Union events. A well-known figure in Finland, his many activities at home and abroad extend beyond the world of TV.

 
Marie Mutsuki Mockett

Marie Mutsuki Mockett / Writer

Marie Mutsuki Mockett is a Japanese-American writer. Her autobiographical novel “Picking Bones from Ash” was shortlisted for the 2010 Saroyan Prize. “Memories, Washed Away,” her essay published in the New York Times following the 3.11 earthquake, evoked a strong response in the United States.

 
 
 
 
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Jun 22-23
A Gift of Courage and Resilience

A Gift of Courage and Resilience

In the two years since the 3.11 disaster, singer and actress Jane Birkin has been touring the world to rally support for Japan, despite a heart condition. She visits the severely damaged city of Ishinomaki where she gives a charity concert and meets locals gradually recovering from the effects of the disaster. Jane returns home with a gift of courage and resilience from the people she meets.

 
Jun 24
A Tradition of Building for Earthquakes

A Tradition of Building for Earthquakes

David Killick reports on Japan’s traditional and modern earthquake construction techniques including quake-resistant building methods, the latest ground reinforcement technology to repair liquefaction damage and a 3D base isolation system that absorbs both vertical and horizontal tremors.

 
Jun 17
Reclaiming Communities

Reclaiming Communities

After first hand experience of the tragedy of the Christchurch earthquake, New Zealand journalist David Killick investigates possibilities of community recovery in Tohoku and finds communities uniting to take action to relocate or rebuild by overcoming complicated difficulties.

 
 
Jane Birkin

Jane Birkin / Singer and Actress

Jane Birkin left her native Britain for France in her twenties. She started her career as singer and actress and has gained worldwide recognition. She is also known as a social activist, and has been supporting among others, the Great East Japan Earthquake victims.

 
David Killick

David Killick / Journalist

Killick is based in Christchurch, New Zealand, and specializes in journalism about homes, housing design, travel and lifestyle.

 
David Killick

David Killick / Journalist

Killick is based in Christchurch, New Zealand, and specializes in journalism about homes, housing design, travel and lifestyle.

 
 
 
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Jun 10
Harnessing the Power of Forests
 
May 27
Youth Driving Recovery
 
May 6
Picturing How We Connect
 
 
Asger Christensen

Asger Christensen / Journalist

Asger reported from Tokyo for Scandinavian news media until 1995 and has published several books about Japan. He is currently an online editor for the Danish Broadcasting Corporation and a senior fellow of the Nordic Institute of Asian Studies.

 
Ulrika Hydman Vallien

Keiko Courdy /
Documentary filmmaker

Keiko Courdy is a French media artist creating interactive performances, installations and films that place the audience at the center and push the limits of perception. She runs KI, a non-profit artistic organization based in France.

 
Kwon Choul

Kwon Choul / Photojournalist

Tokyo based Kwon Choul was born in South Korea. Since arriving in Japan to study photography in 1994 he has been photographing Kabukicho, the entertainment district in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Kwon’s persistence has enabled him to document the colorful lives of Kabukicho rarely captured by the lens.

 
 
 


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Lucy Birmingham

Lucy Birmingham / Journalist

Lucy Birmingham is a Tokyo-based journalist and photographer. Her work has appeared in major US news and cultural media, from TIME and Newsweek to Artscape International. She co-authored with David McNeill a book about Japan’s March 2011 natural and nuclear disaster, Strong in the Rain.

 
Ulrika Hydman Vallien

Ulrica Hydman Vallien / Designer

Ulrica Hydman-Vallien valued her independence as an artist and resisted offers from the glassworks industry for many years. Eventually, she was attracted by the challenge, and the desire to support the local glassworks as an employer in the community.

 
Elin Lindqvist

Elin Lindqvist / Journalist

Elin Lindqvist was born in Tokyo and raised in Europe, but moved back to Japan at age 17 to rediscover her roots. She has written books about travel, her family in Japan, and the nuclear crisis in Fukushima.

 
 
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Luqiu Luwei

Luqiu Luwei / Reporter

Known in English as Rose, Luqiu Luwei is one of the most influential news voices in China today. Sometimes called ‘the rose in the battlefield,’ Luqiu strives to promote the free flow of information as a reporter for a non-government Chinese news organization.

 
 
 
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