Throughout the year, our crews have returned to Japan to document the recovery efforts, but also to check in on the many survivors whom we’ve met. This day, obviously, is one of many mixed emotions. Last year, in the initial days, we dispatched our correspondent Steve Chao to the city of Natori - where the tsunami had pushed four kilometres into the community, killing some 1000 people. On this anniversary, he spent more time with some of those he had met; their stories are of survival, but also of the pain that comes with being the only ones left alive.

Shot on a Sony F3 in S-log and recorded to a PIX240 in 4.2.2 10bit ProRes.

Shot and edited by Matthew Allard

Produced by Aya Asakura

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