Website for 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake launched

A website that features films on the 1923 Great Kanto Earthquake has been launched to mark its 98th anniversary. September 1 is remembered as disaster prevention day in Japan.

National Film Archive of Japan and the National Institute of Informatics opened the digital archive on Wednesday. It is designed to show films of the situations after the quake struck the country's eastern region of Kanto, including Tokyo.

The quake and subsequent fires left more than 100,000 people dead.

A 64-minute film showing the damage and rescue operations in Tokyo and Yokohama is currently available. Voice-over narration is attached to some scenes.

The operator of the site plans to release about 20 films during the period until September 1, 2023, which marks 100 years since the disaster.

The researcher in charge, Tochigi Akira, said the films will help viewers understand how people in different positions in the society survived and demonstrated resilience, apart from the catastrophic aspect.