In pictures - Japan triple disaster: Three year commemoration

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According to the Government, there were an estimated 10.8 million tons of tsunami debris and 16.6 million tons of industrial waste. So far, 8.9 million tons (82 per cent) of tsunami debris and 15.1 million tons (91 per cent) of industrial waste has been cleaned up and relocated to waste disposal places. Japanese Red Cross

 

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A one-day work experience session for high school students at Morioka Red Cross Hospital inspires many of the young participants to want to become Red Cross nurses. Here they're learning to use surgical instruments - the 'patient' is a piece of chicken. Japanse Red Cross



In August 2012 and 2013, 20 sessions of a 3 night summer camp took place on the northern island of Hokkaido, and a total of over 5,788 children from the disaster–stricken areas participated in separate sessions. Children learned first aid and experienced outdoor activities including horseback riding, climbing, farming and fishing.

 



In Fukushima, 13 sessions of a temporary indoor playground (Smile Park) were run in 2012 to 2013, benefiting over 86,764 children in total under the age of 5. Children, whose parents are often wary about them playing outside, enjoyed playing with slides, trampoline, jungle gym, “ball pool” etc. free from worries about radiation. Further sessions are planned to take place this summer.  Japanese Red Cross





Sachiko Takizawa, 76, lives alone in a prefabricated house with her cat, Happy, as sole companion, so it's not surprising that the animal should be pampered and a bit overweight, well very overweight at around 10 kg. Mrs Takizawa is grateful for the opportunities to socialize, organised by JRCS psychosocial volunteers. Japanese Red Cross




According to the Government, after three years, 102,650 evacuees are still in prefabricated houses (46,275 units). JRCS has been conducting psychosocial activities with volunteers visiting communities in prefabricated housing units every 2 weeks. They organise activities such as health check, tea parties to help the mainly elderly residents relax and socialise with each other. Japanese Red Cross




Chigusa Okada, 34, with her family, is riding the Sanriku Railway for the first time since a 26 kilometer stretch was reopened with funding from the Kuwaiti government through the Japanese Red Cross Society. Japanese Red Cross