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Jul 5, 2012

Monthly Report vol.12

One year in the disaster area

At 14:46 local time on March 11, 2011, a massive magnitude 9.0 earthquake occurred on the pacific coast along from Sanriku to Ibaraki coast. Tsunami caused by the earthquake and aftershocks killed a lot of people. Still, more than 3,000 people were reported missing. The life of survivors has drastically changed. One year has passed since the great East Japan Earthquake. What do people in the disaster area think? How do they feel?

-"I still hate the Tsunami. It washed away everything. At first I didn't know what to do. I cried over what I lost every day. However, as time went by, I came to think positively. Only one year. From now on, I will step forward year by year."

-"It is no use crying over spilt milk. We, survivors should just go forward."

-"It is the first anniversary commemorating a lot of people who were killed in the disaster. I can't have clear image of reconstruction. One year cannot be a milestone for reconstruction."

-"After the disaster I have just continued to work hard. For the first anniversary, I want to meet my friends to think back and to talk about one another. Then I will go forward together with my friends. There are a lot of things I can't do by my self."

-"Every time I talked about my experience to people from outside, I recalled painfull memories and felt sad."

-"It was a very long year for me. With the help from a lot of volunteers across Japan and support organizations, we have got through difficulties so far. After people from outside go back to their home, we have to work by ourselves in order not to make our community go into decline."

Memories of that day, experiences during one year after the disaster, anxiety about the future. Different people have different emotions. From now on individual power and ties among people are becoming important than ever.

 

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Jul 5, 2012

Monthly Report vol.11

11 months since the earthquake, industrial recovery is the key

11months have passed since the Tohoku Earthquake occurred on March 11, 2011. In coastal regions devastated by the resulting tsunami, the first stage of rubble removal and building cleanup has been completed. At first glance, it looks as if calm has returned to these areas. The problems that each person here is bearing such as shock and worry about the future will requre many long months and years to recover from.

 Many people are living each day burdened by their individual worries. These included people remembering family, friends, and loved ones lost right before their eyes in the tsunami, people worried about their employment for whom the prospects of their industry recovering look poor, people as yet unable to return to their homes out of fear, and people living in fear of radiation.

 On the other hand, there are people striving to overcome these anxieties and somehow recover. In addition to conducting activities to prevent isolation and to provide mental care for disaster victims, Civic Force continues to provide support in various areas to support the revival of towns even more vital than they were before the earthquake by supporting urban development and industrial restoration, sources of vitality for people.

 In our 11th monthly report, we report on the start of the second session of the employee volunteer dispatch program and the resolution and start of the second project for the General Incorporated Foundation Tohoku Kyoeki Toshi Kikin. In addition, we will also explain the meaning of monitoring NPO partner projects.

 

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Jul 5, 2012

Monthly Report vol.10

New Year's greeting

We respectfully offer our New Year's greetings. Three years ago in January of 2009, Civic Force was established with the following mission: "In order to meet all of the needs of the victims of the next large scale disaster to occur in Japan, We will work with business, governments, and local people to provide high quality support with unseen speed." The previous year of 2011 has been particulary challenging and has truly seen us put our mission into practice.

We entered the disaster area by helicopter the day after the Tohoku Earthquake and began transporting relief supplies such as food and daily necessities starting the week after, delivering 540 different items for a total of 380 tons to evacuation shelters and other locations.

With the strength of businesses, governments, NPOs, and citizens, we have continued to operate projects such as handmade baths and a large car ferry.

Although there is still a mountain of serious issues at the areas struck by the disaster, we offer our heartfelt thanks with everyone that we've been able to greet the New Year and each and every one of our staff will continue to focus their energies and conduct activities in tohoku. Civic Force is also preparing for the next large scale disaster. We ask for everyone`s continued support, guidance, and encouragement in the New Year.

 

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