3/11: Remembering Those Killed And Displaced by the Earthquake, Tsunami, and the Ongoing Nuclear Disaster in Tohoku, Japan

This Japanese documentary is about a Japanese man who sets up a phone booth in his garden as an invitation to those who are mourning family missing after the tsunami of March 11, 2011.  The public radio mainstay, This American Life, produced an audio version of this story in English in 2016, which I’ll link below

 https://www.thisamericanlife.org/597/one-last-thing-before-i-go

This is a really powerful story about the bonds of family tested by world-historic disaster.  Spoiler alert: family wins!  But you may need a box of tissues to get through these tear-jerker docs.

I want to say that the major theme of this story– a metaphysical connection that defies space, time and death– is one that appears in a lot of great Japanese pop culture as well, most recently, the animation and manga, “Kimi no na ha” is a teenage romantic twist that was very commercially successful.

Teenagers in Japan Can Finally Vote. But Will They? – The New York Times

Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party posted a manga comic on its website aimed at 18-year-olds, featuring a high school girl who decides to vote as a way of attracting the attention of a boy she likes. The comic was criticized as sexist on social media. Credit Shiryu Nakatake

In a nation whose politics are dominated by older voters, apathy threatens to dilute the power of newly enfranchised 18- and 19-year-olds.

Source: Teenagers in Japan Can Finally Vote. But Will They? – The New York Times