Documentary showing the activities of the Peace Boat Disaster Volunteer Centre in Ishinomaki, Japan following the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami of March 11, 2011.
(Japanese language, subtitled in English).
Documentary / 27 minutes / Director: Yamakawa Takuya
September 2011 / Created by Funnypro in cooperation with Church World Service
Peace Boat conducts Disaster Relief Volunteer Training both in Japan (in Tokyo and the earthquake and tsunami affected areas of Ishinomaki, Miyagi) and onboard its ship throughout global voyages. This onboard programme not only equips participants with the knowledge and skills to volunteer in a disaster situation, but also gives them first hand experience of disaster mitigation and relief programmes around the world. This video shows the programme onboard and in Cuba during Peace Boat's 75th Global Voyage, 2012.
Hasegawa Kenichi is a dairy farmer and leader of the Maeda District of Iitate Village, Fukushima Prefecture.
Iitate Village is 30-40km northwest of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Although it lies outside the no-entry zone around the plant, the 6,200 residents of this once idyllic farming village have been evacuated by the Japanese authorities due to extremely high radiation levels.
This is his testimony of the Fukushima nuclear accident, and message for the world.
Filmed and edited by Megumi Nishikura for npfree.jp
Videographer Richard Grehan travelled to the tsunami-devastated city of Ishinomaki with Peace Boat volunteers.
For more information on Peace Boat's disaster relief activities, see here: peaceboat.org/relief
Three months later, All Hands Volunteers are making a difference along the southern coast of Iwate. Already involving more than 300 volunteers from 15 different countries, progress is being made as the project gets extended through September.