Fukushima 3 Years On - Photobook

This summer, Jorel and Isaac will be embarking on an expedition to Fukushima, Japan. We will be attached to two organisations, Ishinomaki Christian Center (ICC) and Nozomi Center, for two months. Our mission is to support the ongoing humanitarian efforts in the local community who remain affected by the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami. This will range from activities such as clearing coastline debris and delivering food to refugee shelters, to teaching English and music to children in the afterschool day-care.

In our ongoing conversations with the organisations, this struck both of us most deeply: due to the lack of regular media coverage, international help has been falling over the years. While sensationalist news may fade away after a few days, radiation does not. The 20km-radius evacuation zone is still in place, and three years on, children are being born into families, still displaced from their original homes.

Such a visceral plight of humanity must move us. Not only to tears, but to true action. We may be all too familiar with the term 'raising awareness' through activities whose purposes are unrelated to its beneficiaries, with international charity organisations whose processes are too bureaucratic to comprehend, for citizens of developing countries whose needs we are not even entirely sure of, but apathy could never be our other alternative. We must make known the tragedies of the world, but always in a manner which is specific, nuanced and ultimately meaningful.

This is why we are doing things entirely differently by ourselves for this expedition: as undergraduates reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics, we will use our knowledge and specialisation in these fields to produce a formal report addressing the situation on the ground, for our universities and related sponsors and interested partners who support our cause. We will also compile a photography series, capturing the daily lives of the local Japanese community and the culture of the Tohoku region, hopefully to be of great worth to international community at large what is happening in Fukushima, 3 years on.

And we will need all the help we can get. Be it sharing this, or donating to our cause here , from the bottom of our hearts, please accept our heartfelt gratitude.

Thank you.

Jorel Chan & Isaac Lee

2014年夏休みに、ジョレルさんとアイザックさんは日本の東北地方で探検をする予定があります。私達は二ヶ月間に二つの非政府組織でボランティア活動をして、自分の技量を使って2011年東日本大震災の被害者を助けたいと思います。石巻キリスト教会(ICC)とのぞみセンターで色々な活動をするつもりです。

救援活動団体によると、国際メディアが災害状況を報道することがだんだん減っていたため、ボランティア活動をする人も少数になってしまいました。それでも、その地方の放射能問題がまだ解決しなかって、多数の被害者が退去しています。

今回の探検が普通なボランティア活動と基本的に違うように、組織の活動以外で、二つのプロジェクトをします。初めに、大学二年生ですが、学校で勉強されたことを応用して、人道主義の方面を中心している災害状況レポートを書きたいと思います。それに、各人の話を報道するように、肖像画、風景、文化についての写真を撮って、写真シリーズを発行したいと思います。

探検をする私達は皆様の支持をお願いいたします。心から深く感謝の意を表します。

ジョレル・チャン
アイザック・リー
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Special thanks goes to:
Weijian, for this beautiful image of cherry blossoms in springtime, and Raimy, for the excellent design for us.

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