Japanese Company Recovers Tsunami Photos

Ricoh returned photos from family albums to people affected by the 2011 natural disaster.

A Japanese company, Ricoh, published a report about the charity project Save the Memory. The company found and cleaned 418,721 photos lost by Japanese families during the 2011 tsunami, writes PetaPixel. The company is returning memories to families about their life before the disaster.

The implementation of the project started right after the tsunami – volunteers who were cleaning the area sent found photos to Ricoh’s office. The company cleaned the photos, and scanned and uploaded to the internet. Local residents of the affected areas were invited to browse though the archive and send their requests for the photos. So far, Ricoh has been able to return more than 90,000 images.

“We are happy if this record is useful in improving awareness about disaster prevention or reconstruction support activities after the event of a disaster,” writes Ricoh.




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