Tohoku Laughing

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More than four years have passed since the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the coastal communities of Japan’s Tohoku region. Survivors are learning how to laugh again as they continue their long journey on the road to recovery. The film looks into the power of laughter as a way to heal psychological wounds, build community, and overcome tragedy.

Director Jeffrey Jousan
Location Japan
Duration 28 min.
Genre Fukushima 3.11 Desaster
Air Date (JST) Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Monday, May 2, 2016 *rerun

About Director

Jeffrey Jousan

Jeffrey Jousan


Jeffrey was born and raised in New Jersey, USA, and has enjoyed a 30-year career in audio and video production. He wears many hats, including producer, cameraman, sound designer, engineer, interpreter and translator. The March 2011 disaster prompted him to put all of his skills to work in producing a series of compassionate and inspiring documentaries in which he trains an intimate lens on each of his subjects.


Then and Now, 2012
Women of Fukushima. 2012
Alone In The Zone, 2014

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