NHK, Japan’s national public broadcasting station is currently filming a documentary in Kodiak, Alaska to raise awareness of the difficulty of collecting and sorting through the debris that comes from Japan, courtesy of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami aftermath. Alaska has been the recipient of a large amount of this tsunami debris.
Noboru Nakashima, NHK‘s Los Angeles bureau chief says that this difficulty affects not just Japan, but the rest of the world. As more and more of the debris floats towards the West Coast of the USA, it’s getting more difficult to actually sort through it and to differentiate between debris from the tsunami and regular marine debris.
The producer of the documentary, Jun Matsuda adds that part of the reason why they’re finding it hard to sort and dispose of the debris is that it’s difficult to reach the beaches due to the large area and that Alaska occupies, as well as its sparse population.
Island Trails Network is the company that’s in charge of collecting both the marine and tsunami debris, and then separating them into material types and then shipping them off to Washington. One of the things the documentary crew did was sort through the bags to see if they can piece together parts of some people’s’ lives all the way from Japan.
NHK had already filmed a previous documentary featuring clean-ups in Montague Island, Yakutat and Homer, featuring Chris Pallister, president of Gulf of Alaska Keeper.
This latest documentary will be airing in Japan in November.
[ via The Republic ]
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