Video Materials about the Japanese Society after the Great East Japan Earthquake

The Great East Japan Earthquake, occurred on March 11, 2011, in the eastern part of Japan caused tremendous damage and loss, having drastically changed people's set of values shared in the Japanese society. The disaster has reminded us of various issues that need to be seriously addressed, such as disaster prevention education, social bonds among families and communities, and many others.

It should also be remembered that remarkable politeness and well-ordered behaviors that people demonstrated in the devastated areas attracted attention of the world and Japanese studies specialists overseas in particular have begun to shed new light on how the disaster changed the status of Japanese society after 3.11.

While Japan has just started to move forward from restoration stage to reconstruction, many of news programs not only report the status quo in the affected areas, but also analyze social changes and future agendas of Japan after the disaster. The Japan Foundation and NHK International, Inc. produced new video materials (DVD) related to 3.11, which consist of a selected documentary program broadcast by NHK and compilation of existing and newly shot news or documentary footages on the subject provided by NHK.

1. Overview

The video materials consist of four DVDs, each having different theme as shown below.
(English / Japanese audios and subtitles available in all DVDs)

1) "Japan after 3.11: Social Changes"
While depicting the cooperative spirit of Japanese people in doing volunteers and fund-raising activities, the video also shows how the earthquake has changed the shared values of Japanese people on social issues, such as marriage, happiness, business practices, and consumption behaviors. (Duration: 15 minutes)

2) "Japan after 3.11: Multicultural Society"
After pointing at how overseas media reported the disaster, this video focuses on foreigners living in the affected areas of Japan, who are striving to save people in the local community in their recovery efforts. (Duration: 15 minutes)

3) "Japan after 3.11: Disaster Prevention Education"
In this video, Professor Katada of the Graduate School of Gunma University visited children and teachers at the schools in the affected areas, where he used to teach disaster prevention. Through his visit, the video introduces what the disaster prevention class teaches, and how people actually evacuated after the earthquake. (Duration: 15 minutes)

4) "Shin-Nihon Kikou Futatabi (A travelogue of Japan today again)
Earthquake Disasters–sa Family Making Choices in Matsushima, Miyagi"
This is a documentary TV program broadcast by NHK. After the house was partially collapsed by the earthquake, one family has been forced to live aparts–sthe father was obliged to move to another city for work while the rest of his family members still stay at the shelter in their hometown, Matsushima, Miyagi. This video depicts the family being forced to make the livelihood choices by the effects of the earthquake, mainly through the father, who hopes to live with his family together, and his son, who cannot make up his mind to leave the people in his hometown who have cared him for a long time. (Duration: 23 minutes)

2. In Using the Video Materials

The video materials are intended for use primarily as Japanese-language teaching materials at overseas Japanese studies institutions and can also be utilized as visual aids for seminars and symposiums held at the headquarters and overseas offices of the Japan Foundation. Due to the copyright protection, it is prohibited to modify, reproduce, sell, broadcast online, or lend the videos to any individual. However, the materials may be lent to universities and other educational institutions for the purposes of lectures or seminars after consultation with the Japan Foundation. For further information, please kindly contact us at the pertinent department shown below. Please be advised that the videos are available at JFIC library of the Japan Foundation for reference-only.

3. Contact:

The Japan Foundation
Asia and Oceania Section, Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange Dept.
Tel: +81-(0)3-5369-6070 E-mail

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