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[Note: DRAFT CAPTION not to be used for publication. Some information has not been fact-checked; quotes are paraphrased from notes, awaiting direct translations. –MFR, 3/2013]<br />
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In downtown Fukushima city, a mural depicts residents evacuating from the coast as two dragonflies hover behind. In Japan, dragonflies are seen as a symbol of courage and strength. Japanese-American health worker Margaret Mukai explains the concept of gaman which is important in Japanese society: “Gaman means persevering through adversity with dignity. It gets mistaken by foreigners as stoicism, but it is very different.”<br />
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The After Fukushima project by photojournalist Michael Forster Rothbart documents the long-term human consequences of nuclear meltdown at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011 and the tsunami that followed. <br />
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Photo by: Michael Forster Rothbart<br />
Date:  7/19/2012<br />
File#:  Canon — Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital camera frame 80732
[Note: DRAFT CAPTION not to be used for publication. Some information has not been fact-checked; quotes are paraphrased from notes, awaiting direct translations. –MFR, 3/2013]

In downtown Fukushima city, a mural depicts residents evacuating from the coast as two dragonflies hover behind. In Japan, dragonflies are seen as a symbol of courage and strength. Japanese-American health worker Margaret Mukai explains the concept of gaman which is important in Japanese society:...
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