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NHK to mark six-month anniversary of Japan earthquake

Titles including The Great East Japan Earthquake: Six Months of Lumbering Reconstruction (w/t) and The Great East Japan Earthquake: The Unknown Threats of Mega-Tsunami, as well as a re-broadcast of Surviving the Tsunami (pictured) will air on NHK on September 10 and 11.
September 6, 2011

NHK, Japan’s national public broadcaster, will air programming this week that will address what life has been like in the region six months after its most recent major earthquake and tsunami.

Titles including The Great East Japan Earthquake: Six Months of Lumbering Reconstruction (w/t) and The Great East Japan Earthquake: The Unknown Threats of Mega-Tsunami will air on September 10 and 11.

Airing on September 10, the NHK special Six Months of Lumbering Reconstruction looks at the elements that have hindered the reconstruction of many disaster-struck areas, including a lack of financial resources and the ongoing nuclear crisis.

Also airing that day is Michael Sandel: The Ultimate Choice “Earthquake Recovery” (w/t), a lecture special with Professor Michael Sandel of Harvard University, in which he discusses the issues of recovery with students in Tokyo, Harvard and Fudan University, via the Internet.

On September 11, NHK will air the special The Great East Japan Earthquake: The Unknown Threats of Mega-Tsunami (w/t), which uses footage to re-examine the destruction caused by the tsunami. The documentary will also broadcast on the English-language service, NHK World TV, on October 1.

In addition to the new documentaries, NHK will also re-broadcast Surviving the Tsunami (pictured) on September 10, as well as documentaries from NHK’s local stations on September 11.

“We want to fulfill our missions as a public broadcaster by delivering programs that support the recovery and encourage people,” said Goro Taguchi, who heads NHK’s cross-department project on the Great East Japan Earthquake. “I would also like to share with the world the latest situation of the disaster-stricken areas.”

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