Japanese City’s Plea for Help Resonates Around the World

In Minamisoma, Japan, a desperate plea for help, spoken into a small digital camcorder by the city’s mayor was posted on the Internet  “like a bottle tossed into a digital sea,” according to New York Times. In the 11-minute recording, the mayor, Katsunobu Sakurai, described the dire situation facing Minamisoma, whose residents were still reeling from the earthquake and 60-foot tsunami because of radiation leaks from Japan’s nuclear plant, 15 miles away. The video, posted on YouTube a day after it was recorded late on the night of March 24, was an instant sensation, and has since drawn more than 200,000 viewers online.  A couple weeks later, the city hall is still getting phone calls abroad with offers to help.

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Source: New York Times

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern. sachiye@vertices.com


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