Civil Society

August 5, 2013


Tohoku Newspaper Launches English Website to Share Information on Quake Recovery

Keywords: Disaster Reconstruction NGO / Citizen 

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Tohoku Fukko Newspaper, a newspaper delivering news and stories from areas affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, announced on September 28, 2012, the launch of an English website "Rising Tohoku." Based on the Japanese "fukko," which means "reconstruction," the Tohoku Fukko Newspaper aims to contribute to reconstruction efforts by broadcasting information and reconnecting people.

Run by non-profit organization HUG, Rising Tohoku covers stories across communities, prefectures, and industries. It provides not only updates on the recovery but also insights into the challenges the Tohoku region is facing, such as an aging and shrinking population, many of which may become common problems across the world in the next 20 or 30 years, and presents to an English-speaking audience its efforts to solve them.

Such efforts include community rebuilding initiatives by Mirai Commercial Avenue in Rikuzentakata City, and activities by reconstruction coordinators in Kamaishi City. The newspaper will continue reporting on progress, stories, and efforts on the road to recovery in Tohoku.

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