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The Onagawa Protect the Lives Association ~ A message for the next millennium

DOCUMENTARY 2016 25 mins Episode(s): 1 English English
When the Great East Japan Earthquake struck, waves as high as 14.8 meters ravaged Onagawa Town.  827 lives, nearly 10 percent of the population, were lost and 70 percent of the town buildings were destroyed. However, with reconstruction, memories of the earthquake are slowly fading.  The seventh graders of Onagawa Middle School decided to do something to pass on the lessons of this tragedy to future generations.  Their plan is to erect monuments in the 21 districts hit by the tsunami, on a site higher than the tallest waves.  Along with the tragic story of the earthquake, steps to take in case another one strikes are carved into the stone.  With the motto “to protect the lives of 1000 years from now,” they continue their work even after middle school and hope to reach their goal of erecting 21 stone monuments by the time they are 20 years old.  The program follows these youth for four years.  Here is the path they took and their vision for the future.