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JET alumni create short documentary films on Tohoku reconstruction

This morning’s Nikkei ran an inside-page Kyodo story on short documentary films created by JET alumnus Wesley Julian and other members of the 113 Project and posted online. Julian was visiting Miyagi Prefecture to see his former students on March 11, 2011, when the earthquake and tsunami hit the region. After returning to the U.S., Julian launched a project with another JET alumnus to create documentary films about the people and their communities affected by the disaster. The films include interviews with 14 people in Miyagi, Fukushima, and Iwate, in which they talk about the current situation of their communities and their hopes for the future. Julian, who now lives in Chicago, was quoted as expressing his hope that as many people as possible will watch the films so that they can learn what is happening in the region.

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