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Group Name Global Future Forum
Activity Creation of an online-based folk museum featuring the Kitagama community, a number of families living near Sendai Airport and the coast.
Activity Period 12/1/2011 to 3/31/2013
Overview This activity contributes to the revitalization of the Kitagama community, which was destroyed and broken apart by the tsunami resulting from the Great East Japan Earthquake, and provides psychological support for these people by collecting albums of family memories as well as photos, videos, and recorded data. An online-based folk museum featuring the Kitagama community will serve as a compilation of everything collected so that data about the area, and, the tsunami that destroyed it, can be passed down to many generations. Held in cooperation with the  Association for Earthquake and Tsunami Reconstruction in Eastern Part of Natori, the activity is the first of its kind to bring the community’s past and future to life through the power of photos and videos.
Group Name Michinoku Caravan
Activity Michinoku Photo Caravan—Miracles of the Tohoku Region
Activity Period 8/11/2011to 3/31/2013
Overview The Michinoku Photo Caravan exhibits photos from areas destroyed by the Great East Japan Earthquake at university campuses throughout Japan. The exhibition features photos from professional photojournalists, who are able to convey the damage of the disaster through their images, as well as photos taken by student volunteers. The project aims to make students, who come to see the exhibition, think once again about what happened in the disaster areas, and, by viewing the photos of student volunteers, think about what they can do to contribute themselves as students, and put those ideas into action.
Group Name Project Conducted by Japanese High School Photography Clubs to Support Survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake
Activity Creation of photo collections for the project
Activity Period 11/2011 to 2/2012
Overview Photographs that have been taken for the project are compiled and shown as a photo exhibition which is held in various areas. The main activity of the project is to gather the more than 2,100 photos that have been taken to serve as a photo collection and distribute them, for example, to high schools and local communities located in disaster areas and other regions in addition to students participating in the program. Together with delivering people’s messages to areas where they could not be received through photo exhibitions, the project aims to pass down the thoughts and feelings of people concerning the large scale disaster to future generations.
Group Name Oyako Day Planning Committee
Activity Oyako Day Eastern Japan Disaster Area Support Project: I TIE (I want to meet you again)
Activity Period 1/1/2012 to 12/31/2012
Overview At present, there are more and more cases of children from the eastern Japan disaster area that have been separated from their friends and families. This is because families and schools have been split up, with some living in shelters and others having moved away. For the purpose of preserving bonds with friends and family who are no longer there, this project teaches children and regional photography studios how to save records, and provides a means to share these records with friends that have been brought away from them. In addition, children themselves become record keepers and deliver information about the current state of the disaster area and revitalization efforts to the world using the Internet.
Group Name Minato Shihogama  (NPO)
Activity A Video and Photo Record of the East Japan Earthquake Disaster and Reconstruction Efforts Affecting Shiogama, Tagajou, Shichigahama, Matsushima and Rifu (record saving activities)   (tentative name)
Activity Period 11/15/2011 to 3/31/2013
Overview In this project, photos and videos showing the arrival of the tsunami and its destruction that occurred in the two cities of Shiogama and Tagajou, and three towns of Shichigahama, Matsushima and Rifu, are collected with the help of residents of the areas. Together with holding photo exhibitions that feature these photos and videos, photos and videos are taken of the reconstruction work performed by residents and saved as records, which are then used to create media archives, and later shown to the general public.
Group Name Rikuzentakata Disaster Document Digitalization Project
Activity Preservation of Photos and Other Documents from the Rikuzentakata City Museum and the   Rikuzentakata City Sea and Shell Museum
Activity Period 10/10/2011 to 10/31/2012
Overview Photos from the museums of Rikuzentakata City that were destroyed by the Great East Japan Earthquake are cleaned, scanned, and photographed so that they can be retained in digital form. They also have memos added to them as text data. This activity is beneficial for museum activities in the future and for the preservation of cultural assets.
Group Name Welfare Workshop Hinatabokko  (NPO)
Activity Bringing Back Memories to Lift the Spirits of the People from the Tohoku Region
Activity Period 11/2011 to 3/2013
Overview There are many photo albums and similar items that were obtained by Self-Defense Force troops from various areas. Activity staff visit the locations where these items are stored and then send them to Miyazaki via express delivery. Received items are cleaned, stored, and organized together with people who are willing to help but cannot actually enter the disaster area.
Group Name REMO (Record, Expression, and Medium Organization)  (NPO)
Activity Great East Japan Earthquake Three Part Archive Project
Activity Period 9/1/2011 to 8/31/2012
Overview 1. Video recordings of disaster region coastal areas
2. Video recordings of people speaking about the tsunami’s destruction
3. Video recordings of volunteer center activities

The videos from the three project activities listed above were all donated to the “Center for the Remembrance of March 11th ,” established and operated by Sendai Mediatheque . The footage is designed to be used for scientific verification of the disaster prevention, education, and other purposes.
Group Name Rise Together: Women’s Network for East Japan Disaster
Activity Photo Voice: The Earthquake Disaster as Seen and Experienced by Women
Activity Period 10/1/2011 to 3/31/2013
Overview In order to train people to record, analyze, and display photos that document how they, as well as their regional communities, experienced the disaster as well as life afterward, female victims of the disaster hold “Photo Voice” and conduct various related classes (such as photography, reporting, methods for sending various types of media).
Group Name Project Conducted by Japanese High School Photography Clubs to Support Survivors of the Great East Japan Earthquake
Activity Project Workshop and Photo Exhibition
Activity Period 11/3/2011 to 11/24/2011
Overview ·Workshop
A workshop was held that consisted of high school students from the photography clubs of nine high schools from different areas throughout Japan that are deeply involved with this project that have and will continue to focus on it.
·Photo Exhibition
A photo exhibition was held at Higashikawa Cultural Gallery  in Hokkaido as the first large culmination of all past project activities.
Group Name Fukushima Seed
Activity Fukushima Seed
Activity Period 3/25/2011 to 8/31/2012
Overview As a symbol of revitalization and hope, Fukushima Seed implements a sunflower planting project in paddies that completely lost all water due to damaged conduits caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake. Before and after photos and videos are taken, depicting the dry paddies before planting and the bright scene of the bloomed sunflowers. The photos and videos are displayed in Tokyo to widely promote the revitalization of Fukushima Prefecture. Project photos are the work of L.A. Tomari ï¼›aerial videos recorded by Akira Endo.
Group Name Campaign for the Children of Palestine (CCP)  (NPO)
Activity Photo Archive Creation and Related Exhibitions—Photos Found in Otsuchi Town, Iwate Prefecture
Activity Period 9/15/2011 to 8/31/2012
Overview After cleaning individual photos and photo albums from Otsuchi Town in Iwate Prefecture, a town devastated by the tsunami that resulted from the Great East Japan Earthquake, the items are duplicated, archived, and shown to the public. In addition, each month photo exhibitions are held which last several days, and efforts are made to return the original photos and albums to their owners.
Group Name Universal Diving Network  Diving Search and Rescue Association  (NPO)
Activity Examining the Changes of Our Ocean Caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake Disaster
Activity Period 4/13/2011 to 10/2012
Overview This activity looks at how the ocean has changed from an underwater perspective and asks what is necessary for bring back people to live near the sea considering what the tsunami had done to those residing along the coast. The divers record underwater videos that would normally be impossible to shoot, and look at various sunken objects at a frigid water temperature of 4°C (39°F). Whether it’s winter, spring, summer, or autumn, all year long divers record videos of the gradual changes that are also occurring in the ocean, and deliver the images to people of the disaster areas.
Group Name Minamisanriku Photo Exhibition Action Committee
Activity Shinichi Sato Photo Exhibition “From a Day of Despair to the Hopes of Tomorrow—Photos of My Hometown, Minamisanriku”
Activity Period 10/8/2011 to 3/11/2012 (the exhibition will also continue after this period)
Overview This activity holds a photo exhibition that features the images of Minamisanriku captured by local resident, Shinichi Sato.
8/10/2011 to 11/13/2011 Shinichi Sato Photo Exhibition held in the Fuji Television Head Office, 24 fl.
10/23/2011 Shinichi Sato appeared on a talk show with announcer Shinsuke Kasai at the Fuji Television Head Office
Group Name The Japan Society for Socio-Information Studies (JSIS)
The Japan Society for Socio-Information Studies Disaster Information Support Team (JSIS-BJK)
Activity Memory Salvage  Online Album—Recovery of photos through a community network to create an archive that reestablishes the community network through the power of those images
Activity Period 8/15/2011 to 8/16/2012
Overview All photos are taken for a reason. Individuals take photos to capture memories whereas the community considers a photo as a part of its history. Operating in Yamamoto Town, an area severely affected by the earthquake disaster, this activity consists of the cleaning, digital duplication, and archiving of over 700,000 damaged photos and albums. Along with utilizing information technology to enable owners of lost photos to easily search for them, the activity aims to create opportunities to share and pass along photos as a way to hold on to memories of events that occurred prior to the disaster as well as record of the community’s history.
Group Name Japan Society for Social Service  “Protecting Your Memories” Project Office
Activity “Protecting Your Memories” Project
Activity Period 4/1/2011 to 5/31/2012
Overview In this ongoing project, memory filled photos damaged during the Great East Japan Earthquake are sent to via C.O.D. shipping. After they are received, the photos are cleaned, scanned, digitally restored, and printed mainly by student volunteers. Once this process is completed, the photos are returned to the client. Volunteers from all over Japan also help in the digital restoration process. After sending back the original photos, their digital restorations, prints, and a CD-R containing the restored digital images, clients contact us to let us know how happy they are with the results.
Group Name Glocal Media Producer  (NPO)
Activity Textbooks for the Future Photo Exhibition and Archive Creation
Activity Period 4/1/2011 to 3/21/2013
Overview Key figures from each of the disaster areas and school teachers participate in the Recovery Assistance Media Team and instruct students in data collection and photography. Students’ photos are shown in a photo exhibition at Haneda Airport as well as on websites (the Glocal Media Producer website, NHK website, and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology website).
Group Name Publication Committee of “Alive, Living and Life:  The 169 days at the Fukushima Big Palette Evacuation Shelter”
Activity A look at Shelter Records from Big Palette Fukushima—Photos and Interviews (tentative name)
Activity Period 3/16/2011 to 9/2011
Overview For this activity, shelter records have been put together, which consist of interviews and photos with evacuees who are taking refuge at the shelter as a result of the Great East Japan Earthquake and nuclear accident which occurred on March 11, 2011. Publication proceeds will serve as a contribution toward the future reconstruction of Tomioka Town and Kawauchi Village.
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