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.”

The Peach Farmer

April 1, 2015 Feature
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Shinichi Katahira, a peach farmer from Fukushima, Japan, stands in front of the peach trees in his orchard. Katahira had to decontaminate his land after the Fukushima power plant explosion, and has to take his fruit to a food monitoring center in order to determine the food's safety before he can sell them at the market. August 13, 2014. Photo by Gavin McIntyre

The battle to save Fukushima’s most famous fruit. If there’s one thing that Fukushima is famous for, it’s peaches.

Recovery Through Cultural Exchange

April 5, 2015 Video
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Student Lorisa Salvatin hosted a Japanese high schooler for the weekend through the Tomadachi Softbank Summer Leadership Program.

The ‘Ambassador’

April 21, 2015 Community, Video
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William McMichael hopes to rebuild the image of the prefecture, with much help from Fukushima University students.

Nobou Kano

March 4, 2015 Community, oral history
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Nobou Kano, 58, from Namie was diagnosed with heart disease from the stress following the tsunami.

The Camera Guy

April 4, 2015 Community
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Chikara Ara nearly lost everything when the tsunami hit in 2011. Fortunately, he had this camera with him.

Rebuilding Community

April 21, 2015 Community
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Takahashi Kenkichi is head of the Onodai temporary housing district, home to many evacuees of the tsunami.