English Language Programming on the Tohoku Region Pacific Coast Earthquake (March 12th, 2011)  MP3ファイル

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Here on Soundwaves we have changed our regularly scheduled programming this week due to the occurrence of the tragic and as of yet, still developing situation caused by the Tohoku Region Pacific Coast Earthquake (also known as the Sendai Earthquake) and the resulting tsunami disaster.

As most of our listeners are aware, FMYY is located in Kobe in the Kansai region of Japan, which is a great distance from the disaster affected area. For this reason, most of our information on the actual situation and scope of destruction caused in the Tohoku region is still limited to what we have learned from the major domestic media outlets in Japan.

On today’s show we send out our heartfelt prayers to those in the disaster affected areas as well as those currently involved in the ongoing relief efforts, and we discuss such things as: the methods of communication currently available with residents in the disaster affected areas, the effects of the disaster outside the immediately affected area (such as in the Greater Tokyo Metropolitan area), messages of support we have received in Japan from friends and colleagues abroad, our reactions to the reported explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, and reports on the establishment of two or three emergency community radio broadcasting stations inside the disaster affected areas to provide much needed multilingual disaster related information.

Here at FMYY we ask that you please join us in our efforts to provide the people in the disaster affected areas with vital disaster related information in as many languages as possible. We also ask you to send any messages of support (irrespective of language) and we will make every effort to relay these messages directly to the disaster victims by working together with our network of community broadcasters here in Japan.