Imagine over the course of a few days, losing your home, all your personal possessions, all your photographs, all your memories. Gone. In 2011 when the Tōhoku earthquake struck, this nightmare scenario became a reality for hundreds of Japanese families.
Much was lost in the earthquake and the tsunami that followed. But not everything. A number of Japanese organisations, among them Ricoh, stepped forward to recover what they could from the disaster.
Volunteers rescued photographs and albums from the mud and debris, and forwarded them to Ricoh. The photos were then cleaned, digitised and added to a database. At various photo centres across the region, families are able to browse through the database to identify the photos they’ve lost and have them returned.
It’s been an extraordinary effort to help victims reconnect with their lives before the earthquake. In the four years since the disaster, Ricoh’s ‘Save the Memory’ project has recovered 418,721 photos, 90,128 of which have been returned to the families who lost them.
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