Date: From 9.00 p.m., 6 March 2012
Cast: Toda Keiko, AKIRA, Watabe Gota, Hakamada Yoshihiko, Emoto Akira, Kurotani Tomoka, Takigawa Yumi, Katsuno Hiroshi, Ichikawa Sadanji, Yoshiyuki Kazuko, Nakamura Masatoshi
Synopsis: On 11 March 2011 in the city of Ishinomaki in Miyagi prefecture, water and mud bore down on the small newspaper company, Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun. The office building and even the rotary press was submerged in water, and power was cut. It would not have been possible to publish newspapers in such circumstances. Public transport was disrupted, mobile phones could not connect. Aftershock follow aftershock and major tsunami warnings were repeated. Without access to information, people in this isolated and helpless city cut off from the outside world, panicked. Only fragments about Tokyo and Kesennuma were communicated through TV and radio sets with terrestrial digital broadcasting service. The city needed information for the sake of families and survival. At that moment, the head of the newspaper company, Omi Koichi (Nakamura Masatoshi) declared that they would write news by hand so that people will know what is happening. Takeuchi Hiroyuki (Emoto Akira), the head of the news department; Hirai Michiko (Toda Keiko), the copy editor; and the reporters Akiyama Yasuhiro (Hakamada Yoshihiko), Mizunuma Kozo (AKIRA), and Yokoi Yasuhiko (Watabe Gota) rallied to his call. And so, they created handwritten wall newspapers without knowing the well-being of their own families … … despite being disparaged by their interview subjects for taking photos at such a time. All they wanted was to offer encouragement with information that gave themselves and other people hope.
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