Documentary : Disaster , Disaster Management
Tsunami Disaster Heartache and Hope Through the Viewfinder – 49 days of Life and Death –
｜Length : 24min. ｜Year : 2011 ｜
A local news cameraman shoots the huge tsunami engulfing Kesennuma, a city in Miyagi Prefecture and one of the major fishing ports of the Tohoku region. He seeks footing near the port with camera in hand and finger pressed to shutter as he backs his way up a flight of stairs to higher ground. The viewfinder, framed at the residents' eye level, fills with the terrifying sight of gushing black water. As the tsunami starts to recede, the cameraman hears calls for help from all over town. After a moment's hesitation, he sets his camera down and walks towards the voices.
The program follows the work of the news cameraman living in the fishing port devastated by the monstrous wave and, through his camera, presents the fury of the tsunami and the daily lives of the people in the afflicted area.
March 11, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami – No Matter How Many Years Go By…Do Not Forget –
｜Length : 54min. ｜Year : 2011 ｜
Residents of the Sanriku coast had supposedly had the world's highest level of awareness regarding tsunamis. So what exactly happened on the coast of Iwate Prefecture that day, and how did the people react?
At Kamaishi, a city of Iwate Prefecture in the Tohoku region, a cameraman rushed to the television station's coastal branch office and recorded images of his hometown being swallowed up by the tsunami. Many people in Iwate Prefecture lost their lives to the giant wave. The wall of water even reached the farthest inland areas where the ocean was out of sight. Some died despite evacuating just as they had been instructed in drills.
Meanwhile, a number of districts sustained relatively small damage though hit by the tsunami head-on. These were places where forerunners who had suffered countless losses from the frequent tsunamis had learned from their experience and moved communities to higher ground. Damage was kept to a minimum in these districts, where people followed their ancestors'warnings carved in stone.
Disaster Area Record of Recovery Kamaishi : Indomitable People
釜石 不屈の人々 [NHK]
｜Length : 34min. ｜Year : 2011 ｜
The city of Kamaishi is utterly devastated by the tsunami. Yet the head of an iron works factory is trying to rebuild his demolished factory and resume fixing ship engines to get the Kamaishi fishery business back on its feet as soon as possible. The owner of a ruined liquor shop is pinning his hopes on a temporary setup built in the park to reopen his business. An elderly couple have declined their son's invitation to live with him in the unharmed metropolitan area to try to revive their hometown sundries shop. The program follows the tough path to recovery for the people in Kamaishi's shopping street and factories over a period of nearly two months since the crew first met them at an evacuation center three days after the tsunami.