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Friday, Jan. 18, 2013

Fukushima regional bank publishes English booklets on 2011 disasters


FUKUSHIMA — Toho Bank, based in the city of Fukushima, has published English editions of two booklets on the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis.

The regional lender translated the booklets from the Japanese editions, published in March 2012 and issued 2,000 A4-size copies of each in English.

The 53-page "Review of the Great East Japan Earthquake" covers the damage caused by the disasters in Fukushima Prefecture and its effects on the bank, as well as the bank's emergency response and its efforts to rebuild the community.

The 132-page "Memories of the Great East Japan Earthquake" collects bank employees' stories and experiences in the disasters.

The booklets were distributed to foreign media, the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan and think tanks in Japan and abroad. The bank will also post copies on its website.

"We want people overseas to learn about the damage to the disaster-area bank and our efforts for community reconstruction," a Toho Bank official said.

The quake and tsunami heavily damaged Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 power plant, triggering one of the worst nuclear crises in history.

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