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NHK(Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
TV MAN UNION
March 26 ,2013
73min. (one episode)
"Onagawa Saigai FM", a provisional radio station that provides post-disaster information, was launched in the coastal town of Onagawa in Miyagi Prefecture, one month after northeastern Japan was hard-hit by a giant earthquake and tsunami disaster on March 11th, 2011.
Based on a real-life drama, the story unfolds on senior high school students and locals who have gathered with the urge to pass on needed information to members of their community.
Ten months following the disaster, a senior high school student, "Boh-chan" (or "Name Withheld"), played by Yuiko Kariya, remains withdrawn inside a modest temporary housing unit after her house was swept away by tsunami. Kunieda (Eisaku Yoshida), a fourth generaion owner of a fish-sausage company, who displays brotherly affection towards Boh-chan, is genuinely concerned about her. He succeeds in making her take up volunteer work at the FM station. But she gets tongue-tied every time she sits in front of the michrophone. Boh-chan's father (Kosuke Toyohara) watches his daughter become increasingly desperate. He suggests that she takes up bloggin, saying if she finds it hard to communicate verbally, she could connect with others through writing. By time, Boh-chan begins to express herself through writing.
Some 350 kilometers northwest of Onagawa, Tobimatsu (Lily Franky) happens to encounter rock music Boh-chan plays over webcast. He is curiously drawn to the program, and begins to exchange messages with the teenager. Thanks also to support she receives from fellow teenagers working at the FM station (Sakura Ando, Hirofumi Arai), Boh-chan begins to gradually bounce back from her traumatic experience, and begins to find hope in the future.
Against this backdrop, Boh-chan unwittingly drops a bombshell over an entry on her blog, where she commented on local governments that decided against accepting debris from the disaster-hit regions, due to possible radioactivity. In fact, the response is overwhelming. Usually only about 10 people reads her blog. The readership soared to over one million! What is going on?
Boh-chan and her friends regain their spirits through their work at the FM station.
This is not a TV drama on the post-March 11th disaster. Rather, it's about reconstruction of hearts that were shattered in the once-in-a-lifetime calamity.