(Asahi Student Newspaper: March 8, 2015 – p. 2)
A group of about 20 high school freshmen who graduated from Onagawa Junior High School in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, have been meeting twice a month to put together a textbook on disaster-preparedness.
The “Textbook of Lives (Inochi no Kyokasho)” is expected to contain about 70 pages when it is completed by the end of this year. The student volunteers are hoping it will help protect the lives of future children and people who extended help to Onagawa from disasters. It is designed to consist of 36 sections on tsunami preparedness, earthquake mechanisms, evacuation exercises and emergency CPR. The students will also share their stories on what happened on March 11, 2011.
The tsunami took the lives of more than 800 people in the coastal town, which has a population of about 10,000. A Tokyo publisher has reportedly expressed interest in publishing the book. (Abridged)