Voices of Tohoku: What We Want From Reconstruction
Just eight days after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, an NHK program began recording the messages of survivors. The program continues to this day, offering people a place to express their hopes and fears. We follow up with the survivors we've met over the years, and hear from people who were directly involved with the government's reconstruction policies. We examine what "reconstruction" means now, 12 years after the disaster.
Tsuda Yoshiaki, a survivor himself, has anchored the program since its start in 2011
The crew at a temporary housing unit in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture (2012)
Political scientist Iokibe Makoto, then Chair of the government's advisory panel
Writer and Buddhist monk Genyu Sokyu, then member of the government's advisory panel