Ms. Chihiro Fujima, Director of the 3.11 Future Support Association, stated in reaction to this report, “I felt it was essential to visualize the storyteller's story, but it was an area we had not been able to work on.” Mr. Hidenori Daimaru, a representative of the board of directors, commented, “The recommendations for improvement were made from our perspective, were categorized into areas that we can begin working on immediately and those that will require further time, and were straightforward to implement.” “We'd like to proceed based on what we can do,” he said, expressing gratitude.
On January 15, six participants, including two online participants, met on-site with the association's staff for a final workshop. It lasted three and a half hours and was filled with genuine enthusiasm.
Pro Bono team member Mr. Kazumasa Higashi said, “I am also involved in business planning in my day job, and this time I realized once again that some things are born out of diverse ideas.” Ms. Yachiyo Osawa described the disaster as a “personal matter,” saying, “Despite the fact that I had only seen the disaster area on TV, I was able to get a realistic sense of it through my online involvement. It made me reconsider the possibility that we, too, might become victims of the earthquake in the future.”
Mr. Hideaki Yamazaki, who served as Project Manager, remarked, “The 3.11 Future Support Association is steadily advancing its highly specialized activities. By focusing on attracting customers through marketing activities, we intend to establish a positive cycle in which the Storytelling Project's narrative style will garner compassion and raise awareness through word of mouth and other means.” Ms. Katsumata noted, “Even though I live in Miyagi, I was unaware of the existence of the 3.11 Future Support Association. March is a special month for the Tohoku region. I recommend online storytelling programs to everyone around me. Even after the Pro Bono work is completed, I want to keep these connections,” he says.