What is it like to live in the aftermath of disaster?
For the people of Fukushima, it means sleepless nights recalling the
punishing jolt and “Iron Wave” that ravaged their homes and families.
It means living in limbo and worrying about radiation contamination.
And yet post-disaster life also is a time to find new jobs, to raise children
and to carry on treasured community customs. This is what a group of
San Francisco State University students learned during a reporting trip
to Japan in August 2014.
These are the stories of the people of Fukushima who are challenging
the odds as if to declare, “We are here.”
Reporter Ali Budner joined the Dilena Takeyama Center tour of Fukushima to examine issues of food safety.
Kayo Tadano describes how her grandfather perished when the tsunami swept through their home in Soma City.
Principal Takahara Toshihiko explains that families are torn over what to do about Tomoya Jr. High School.
Kaneko Eiko hopes to get people back on their feet and bring joy to their lives by teaching Radio Exercise to those in and out of temporary housing.
Akira Fukuda is part of an effort by Fukushima residents, universities, and representatives to get rid of the stigma of radiation.
Namie, located on the coast of the Fukushima prefecture, was damaged by the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that followed.