Fukushima to Present Documentary Animation Film of “Five years after the Great East Japan Earthquake”

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“Letters to the Future -On Our Way There-“ – Special Website: http://miraitegami.jp/en/

Dispelling Harmful Rumors and Showing Current Reality of
Disaster-Stricken Fukushima

FUKUSHIMA, Japan–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The Fukushima prefectural government released a series of documentary
animations entitled “Letters to the Future -On Our Way There-” on
February 15, 2016. Presented as an anthology based on true stories, the
animations depict events that occurred after the Great East Japan
Earthquake and the various emotions experienced by people living in the
prefecture. The animation films are available at a specially set up
website: http://miraitegami.jp/en/

Five years have passed since the Great East Japan Earthquake struck
Fukushima on March 11, 2011. Although reconstruction has progressed with
the rebuilding of devastated buildings and such, the area is still
burdened with a number of problems including harmful rumors that have
damaged the reputation of the area’s agricultural and marine products.
In order to eliminate these problems, the prefecture has decided to
introduce the world to the “light” and “shadow” of today’s Fukushima
through Japan’s world-renowned culture of animation.

Production of the released animation was handled by “Fukushima GAINAX
CO., Ltd.,” a new company established on January 16, 2015 by “GAINAX
CO., Ltd.,” the studio behind Japan’s popular anime “Neon Genesis
Evangelion.” The animation consists of 10 stories based on real-life
episodes.

For instance, “Atashi no Sensei (My Teacher)” is modeled after a high
school teacher who grows his hair out after the disaster in a promise
with his students to never forget feelings towards home, nor painful
memories.

Another episode, “Odaka no hirugohan (Lunch at Odaka)” is modeled after
a diner restaurant that provides meals to residents temporarily
returning from decontamination or other such work in the evacuated area.

Each episode begins with a storyteller voiced by a popular actor Dean
Fujioka. The support of such famous actors has helped the animations
capture widespread interest across Japan.

March 11 of this year marked the fifth year since the disaster, and on
this occasion the animations toured Japan’s six major cities in
nationwide screenings intended to dispel reputational damage from
harmful rumors.

About the Great East Japan Earthquake
On March 11, 2011 at
approximately 14:46 JST, the largest earthquake in recorded history in
Japan occurred offshore of Sanriku in the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake
had a magnitude of 9.0, killing 15,894 people in Japan and leaving an
additional 2562 people unaccounted for. Fukushima prefecture was
subjected to severe devastation due to the tsunami triggered by the
earthquake, Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster, and other
events.

Contacts

For press-related inquiries:
Fukushima
Prefectural Government
Kentaro Kawamata, Senior Staff
Tatsushi
Otsuki, Deputy Director
Public Relations Division, General
Administration Department
+81-24-521-7124 (7146)
kawamata_kentarou_01@pref.fukushima.lg.jp
or
Public
Relations Office for Announcing the Completion and Premiere of “Letters
to the Future”
OZMA Inc.
Yu Katayama
katayama@ozma.co.jp
Ryota
Ikegami
ikegami@ozma.co.jp
+81-3-4531-0225