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.”

Fear and Eating

April 23, 2015 Community
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Reporter Ali Budner joined the Dilena Takeyama Center tour of Fukushima to examine issues of food safety.

Washed Away

April 21, 2015 Video
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Kayo Tadano describes how her grandfather perished when the tsunami swept through their home in Soma City.

The Principal and his School

January 29, 2015 Community
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Toshihiko Takahama, principal of Toyoma Junior High School, talks in the gym of Toyoma High School about how the tsunami destroyed the school and the surrounding area. Residents of Toyoma are divided about whether to rebuild the school because of the painful memories of the tsunami. August 20, 2014.

Principal Takahara Toshihiko explains that families are torn over what to do about Tomoya Jr. High School.

Renewing Energy from Within

April 5, 2015 Community, Feature, Video
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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.

Soma’s “Rock Star”

April 4, 2015 Community
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Akira Fukuda is part of an effort by Fukushima residents, universities, and representatives to get rid of the stigma of radiation.

Portraits of Namie

July 8, 2015 Portraits
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Namie, located on the coast of the Fukushima prefecture, was damaged by the earthquake and the subsequent tsunami that followed.