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Two Years After: Remembering The Devastation And Celebrating Hope

The Great East Japan Earthquake Press Photo Exhibition Comes to London in March!

The Great East Japan Earthquake Press Photo ExhibitionPresented by The Asahi Shimbun and Mitsubishi Corporation

The Asahi Shimbun and Mitsubishi Corporation will co-host The Great East Japan Earthquake Press Photo Exhibition in London from Tuesday 5 until Sunday 17 March. The exhibition was held in three Asian cities during 2012: Bangkok, Jakarta and Seoul. Now, the 2013 exhibition marks the second anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake, offering an opportunity to both remember the earthquake and tsunami that devastated the Tohoku region and gain a sense of the progress made towards recovery. The exhibition will also be held simultaneously in Paris and Hanoi.

Two years on from the destruction caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake, the affected areas of the Tohoku region are steadily working towards recovery. The messages of support and practical assistance received from people around the world have been welcomed and put to good use in the areas affected, ensuring that today the region continues to improve thanks to generous cooperation and global collaboration.

But exactly what happened that day? What has happened since? And how have the areas affected begun to recover? The exhibition is intended to remind London of the terrible events of two years ago, to encourage them to turn their thoughts again to the Tohoku region and provide visitors with an opportunity to chart the progress made towards recovery.

The exhibition will be launched on Monday 4 March with a press viewing, opening ceremony and reception as well as a presentation. It will be open to the general public from Tuesday 5 March.

The Miracle Pine

The Miracle Pine: A single tree remains, having withstood the force of the tsunami, at Takatamatsubara, a scenic spot in Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture. The harvest moon shines down upon it, as if to show a little sympathy. Eventually the tree, battered and weakened, will wither. But grafts ensure it will bear new life elsewhere. Photo taken on 12 September 2011 at Rikuzentakata City, Iwate Prefecture. (Photo credit: The Asahi Shimbun)

The exhibition is also being held simultaneously in Paris and Hanoi, as per the schedule below.


Great East Japan Earthquake Press Photo Exhibition

Dates: Tuesday 5 – Sunday 17 March 2013

Opening hours: 11:00 – 18:00 daily

Venue: gallery@oxo

Organisers: The Asahi Shimbun, Mitsubishi Corporation

Supporters: Embassy of Japan, Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the UK, Japan Society, Nippon Club


Hanoi, Vietnam: Vietnam Fine Arts Museum

Wednesday 27 February – Monday 4 March 2013

Vietnam-Japan Human Resources Cooperation Centre

Tuesday 5 – Monday 11 March 2013

Paris, France: Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris (The Japan Cultural Institute in Paris)

Tuesday 26 February – Saturday 9 March 2013

The Asahi Shimbun 

The Asahi Shimbun is Japan’s leading national newspaper, with a daily circulation of 7.78 million copies for the morning edition and 3 million for the evening edition. It was established in 1879 and today its business operations and social contributions have expanded far beyond the publication of its newspaper. In 1915 it established the Japanese High School Baseball Championship, which has become a much-loved national sporting event and a quintessential part of summer in Japan. It also sponsors the All Japan Band Competition in partnership with the All Japan Band Association, the most prestigious music competition for junior high and high school students. The Asahi Shimbun is also involved in significant social initiatives, as exemplified by its sponsorship of The Great East Japan Earthquake Press Photo Exhibition. In May 2011 the company established a digital news service, the Asahi Shimbun Digital, with a paywall in place. This service offers almost all the content found in the paper edition together with unique content and video news. The service is fully searchable and customisable, featuring a number of handy functions. For more details see www.asahi.com.

Mitsubishi Corporation 

Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) is a global integrated business enterprise that develops and operates businesses across virtually every industry including industrial finance, energy, metals, machinery, chemicals, foods, and environmental business. MC’s current activities are expanding far beyond its traditional trading operations as its diverse business ranges from natural resources development to investment in retail business, infrastructure, financial products and manufacturing of industrial goods. With more than 200 Offices & Subsidiaries in approximately 90 countries worldwide and a network of over 500 group companies, MC employs a multinational workforce of nearly 60,000 people. For further information on Mitsubishi Corporation, see  www.mitsubishicorp.com

Mitsubishi Corporation’s Support for the Tohoku Region 

Mitsubishi Corporation has been involved in providing support to recovery efforts in the Tohoku region in a number of ways. In March 2012 it established the Mitsubishi Corporation Disaster Relief Foundation, through which it has provided financial support in the form of Emergency Scholarships for students in the affected areas and Recovery Support Grants for local businesses. Mitsubishi Corporation staff have engaged in volunteer activities in the affected areas and have also helped to run events with local children. Mitsubishi Corporation is sponsoring The Great East Japan Earthquake Press Photo Exhibition as part of its recovery support programme.


Visit the exhibition’s website: www.2yearsafter.co.uk

Follow the exhibition on Twitter: @2yearsafter

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