The tsunami also destabilized the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, leading to a major leak in radiation, which continues to cause severe human, environmental and economic damage to this day.
Peace Boat first entered the Tohoku region on March 17th, within a week of the unprecedented triple disaster (earthquake, tsunami and nuclear), and set up an operation base in Ishinomaki City.
Current Activities in Tohoku
The Kizuna Newsletter, which is published on a fortnightly basis, has now surpassed its 70th edition in print. The newsletter delivers timely, relevant information customized to residents of temporary housing areas, including shop openings, events and information about local healthcare services. Volunteers help with the writing of articles and with the distribution of the newsletter, going from door to door and interacting with thousands of local residents. As the focus on the temporary housing areas gradually fades away, this kind of psychosocial support is more vital than ever to ensure the well-being of local residents.
One of the main obstacles that fishermen face is the lack of labor in the area, with much of the available work force either relocating to urban areas or finding employment in the booming construction industry. To combat this shortage of human resources, PBV’s Imacoco project aims to leverage the power of volunteer workers to help inject much-needed assistance into the fisheries. Under the guidance of local fishermen, volunteers help with essential tasks such as harvesting seaweed and oysters, and in return are provided with food and accommodation throughout their stays. This mutually beneficial system provides merits to both parties, where volunteers gain the experience of living and working in a rural fishing village, and the fishermen receive assistance with their work. This system also connects those from outside of the afflicted areas to those within, helping to fortify relationships and keep the memories of the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami fresh in our memories.
LETS GO TO ISHINOMAKI!
Youth Ambassadors Project
See Fukushima Youth Spring 2013 and Fukushima Youth Spring 2014 for more information)
Fukushima Awareness Raising Campaign
nuclear accident unfolded and local residents were forced to face exposure to radiation. Given the severe human, economic, social and environmental costs of this disaster, it is crucial that the lessons learnt are shared with the rest of the world to prevent history from repeating itself. PBV has organized and coordinated multiple events and projects where Fukushima survivors share their experiences and opinions with global audiences to raise awareness of this tragedy. PBV has coordinated the participation of mayors, civil society representatives and students from affected communities in high-profile international conferences and events in the following countries: Italy, India, Australia, Republic of Korea, Greece, Jamaica, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain, Germany, Dominican Republic, Turkey, Brazil, France, Vietnam, Venezuela & Mexico.
(See Peace Boat Report and CWS Asia-Pacific Report for more information)
Fukushima Global Awareness Initiative
The objectives of this initiative are as follows:
- To raise national and global awareness of the impact and lessons learnt from the Fukushima disaster.
- To provide a platform for Fukushima citizens to engage and interact with governmental, private and civil sector representatives from around the world.
- To advocate for the inclusion of nuclear risks and appropriate risk management measures for communities living in nuclear risk areas in global DRR policy.
- To build an informed community of supporters for Fukushima who can advocate for the survivors, both nationally and internationally.
See the Fukushima Conference Website for more details.