In October 2012, IMF/World Bank held their general assembly in Japan and, during the session, publicized a report on the “Learning from Megadisasters”. In this publication it hailed the role of FM radio broadcasting as quoted below.
“Emergency FM radio also played a crucial role in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. When the emergency communication systems in many cities broke down,…community radio stations were able to get useful information out to residents….In the immediate aftermath of the disaster, these community radio stations began to provide information about the times and locations for the distribution of emergency food, water and goods In the following months they gradually shifted to providing other information to help victims in their daily lives to raise the spirits of people in local communities.” (The Great East Japan Earthquake-Learning from Megadisasters. Knowledge Note-Executive Summary)
Further development of FM Boadcasting Project in Tohoku
In the city of Minami-Souma, to improve the hearing difficulty of the radio wave, relocation work of the broadcasting antenna was completed in September 2012. Along with this relocation of the antenna , the change of radio wave frequency was also enforced. Now the radio wave is well received in all the area of the city including the area of Temporal Houses for refugees.
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