Nearly three months after a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami devastated Japan’s northeastern coast, survivors are beginning to imagine a better future.
Msnbc.com reporter Miranda Leitsinger and multimedia producer Jim Seida are traveling to Japan to chronicle the early moments of this ravaged region’s rebirth, and to meet some of the people who are leading the recovery in small ways – a father-son team who have restarted the family’s electrical construction business from the back of a truck, a woman who runs a nonprofit for disabled kids and members of a children’s jazz ensemble.
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"I wasn't scared," says fisherman Kimio Sata, seen here with his wife Tomie Sato, standing in what used to be the bedroom of their Kitakami home on Sunday, June 5. When the tsunami siren sounded, Kimio got in his fishing boat and headed out to sea. "That's what we do here to protect the boat," Kimio says, "we're fishermen."
Today, they reported on a fisherman who is living in a tent and is awaiting the re-opening of the local fish market so he can make a living again:
Nearly three months after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami shattered thousands of lives along Japan’s northeastern coast, Kimio Sato, a 63-year-old fisherman, is camped out in the ruins of his home in what was formerly the idyllic town of Kitakami and contemplating a daunting future.
We encountered Sato as dusk fell Sunday, sitting on the steps leading to the foundation of his home -- the only part still standing -- and chatting with a neighbor, their conversation accompanied by trilling tree frogs, the cries of passing birds and waves rhythmically crashing against the rocks on the nearby beach.