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Survivors rebuilding their lives a year removed from Japan’s biggest natural disaster

3/11 - The Tsunami: The First Year

Broadcast on January 16, 2021
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  • First-hand accounts from people in the aftermath of destruction
  • Stories of heroic determination and perseverance

After the mega-tsunami hit Japan in 2011, survivors who'd lost everything struggled to recover. Many people lost not only their homes, but loved ones and livelihoods as well. Beloved traditions were in danger of disappearing. Rumors of radioactive crops devastated farms and fisheries. And many residents feared that those who'd been forced to evacuate would never return. Follow their year-long effort to rebuild their communities with exclusive footage filmed at the center of the disaster.