NHK unveils anniversary programming for Japan earthquake

Beginning March 3, the Japanese public broadcaster will broadcast a special documentary series over nine days, presenting various perspectives on the quake, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the recovery process.
February 7, 2012

Beginning March 3, Japanese public broadcaster NHK will broadcast a special documentary series over nine days, presenting various perspectives on last year’s massive Great East quake, the Fukushima nuclear disaster, and the recovery process currently underway in Japan.

The programming, to be aired over NHK’s general channel, begins with Fukushima: Witnesses to a Nuclear Disaster, which will investigate the causes behind the accident through interviews with government officials, local residents and representatives of the Tokyo Electric Power Company.

The Great East Japan Earthquake – A Chronicle (w/t), which will utilize footage collected from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, will air on Sunday, March 4.

Minamisoma – Living on the Frontline of a Nuclear Disaster (w/t) will air on March 5, and will explore the feelings of residents in the community that exists within the evacuation zone around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.

The 38 Minutes – Testament of a Mega-Tsunami (w/t) will air on March 6, and will feature footage taken during the disaster as well as interviews with the 174 survivors in the footage.

Airing on March 7, Winter in Otsuchi – Life on the Edge (w/t) documents the hardships faced by those in the town of Otsuchi, which lost 1,400 residents in the disaster, as they deal with a harsh winter and waves of depression following the event.

While March 8 will feature an as-yet-untitled program dealing with the nuclear crisis brought about by the quake and tsunami, programs on March 9 and 10 – namely, Never Give Up: Revival of Kesennuma’s High Street (w/t) and Battle of a Beleaguered City Hall – Minamisanriku’s Long Road to Recovery (w/t) – will focus on the recovery process in two communities.

Lastly, the network will present a live broadcast from Tohoku on March 11.

In September of last year, the broadcaster marked the six-month anniversary of the event with special programming.

In other NHK news, its international broadcasting service, NHK World, has launched a new app for tablets that use the Android operating system that will enable users to stream its news, docs and cultural programs. The service will initially only be available for the overseas market, but NHK plans to release it in Japan eventually.

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