One Year After The Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

NHK World Special: Voices of 3/11: Firefighters of a Vanished Town(Photo: NHK World)
NHK World Special: Voices of 3/11: Firefighters of a Vanished Town(Photo: NHK World)

It’s been a little over a year now since Japan suffered from a massive earthquake and devastating tsunami that wiped out whole towns and killed thousands of people.  I don’t know why, but to me it seems like it’s been longer than a year.  Maybe because we’ve had our own natural disasters to focus on.  Mother Nature has always been a force to be reckoned with and will continue to be, the storms on Sunday afternoon was another reminder.

Japan’s news service NHK has produced a series of special programs documenting the year anniversary.  This Wednesday night we will showcase one of those specials, “Voices of 3/11: Firefighters of a Vanished Town”.  Takata, Japan was a centuries-old town in Japan’s northeast region. On March 11, 2011, it was erased by the giant tsunami in just five minutes.   This documentary tells the story of  the surviving firefighters, who while working on the front line of rescue operations, lost their town and the people in it.  For the first time they reveal their experiences of the tragedy,  as they work to overcome the loss of their own families and comrades.

“NHK World Special: Voices of 3/11: Firefighters of a Vanished Town” airs Wednesday, March 21 at 10pm on WOSU TV with an encore presentation, Thursday, March 22 at 10pm on WOSU PLUS.

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