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What was it like in Fukushima during the Tohoku earthquake? (Part 1) | Ichimon Japan 06

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Today’s Question

On this episode of Ichimon Japan we ask: What was it like in Fukushima during the Tohoku earthquake?

Note: This is part one of a two part series.

Topics Discussed

  • A firsthand account of what the 2011 Tohoku earthquake felt like in Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture
  • The 2011 tsunami
  • The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster and concerns over radiation
  • What some English teachers in Iwaki City in Fukushima Prefecture did after the earthquake
  • What it was like being in Osaka and Kobe during the 2011 Tohoku earthquake
  • The lack of commercials on Japanese TV in the days following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake
  • And more!

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Sources, Links, Videos, Etc.

To read the article that Daniel Legare wrote for Wasabi magazine about his experiences in Fukushima during and after the 2011 earthquake and nuclear disaster, check out the link below.

If you would like to get in touch with Daniel Legare in order to have him write an article or do Japanese to English translation, you can contact him via the email address below.

Here is one of the AC Japan commercials that kept playing again and again in the days after the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.

To learn more about AC Japan access the wikipedia link below.

Daniel Legare also appeared on episode four of Ichimon Japan, which you can check out via the link below

If you would like to learn more about the effects of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, you should check out episode nine of the Japan Station podcast. This episode features an interview with Richard Lloyd Parry, author of Ghosts of the Tsunami: Death and Life in Japan’s Disaster Zone.

And just in case you’d like to purchase Ghosts of the Tsunami, consider using the Amazon affiliate link below to support Ichimon Japan.

Japanese Vocabulary List

Most episodes feature at least one or two interesting Japanese words or phrases. Here’s some of the ones that came up on this episode.

  • Hōshasei (放射性, ほうしゃせい): radioactive
  • Hōshanō (放射能, ほうしゃのう): radioactive

We Want Your Questions

Is there something about Japan that confuses you? Is there something about Japanese culture that you would like to learn more about? Is there something in Japanese history that you would like us to explain? We’re always looking for new questions about Japan to answer, so if you have one, please send it to ichimon@japankyo.com.

Special Thanks

Opening/Closing Theme: Produced by Apol (YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, Fiverr)

Ichimon Japan cover art: Produced by Erik R.

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