Japanese media exhibit disaster recovery photos in Spain

Kyodo News and four newspapers in northeastern Japan hit by the devastating March 2011 earthquake and tsunami opened an exhibition in Madrid on Tuesday for photos depicting Japanese citizens' disaster recovery efforts.

An opening ceremony for the exhibition took place in the presence of visiting Japanese Crown Prince Naruhito and Spanish Crown Prince Felipe at the Cuartel del Conde-Duque.

Both princes were briefed about photos showing coastal regions right after they were ravaged by tsunamis and their current situations. Crown Prince Felipe was seen shaking his head and looked gloomy.

After seeing a photo of an airport, Crown Prince Naruhito asked if it was the city of Sendai, where the airport was flooded in the disaster.

The exhibition is one of the events to commemorate the 400th anniversary of a Japanese mission's visit to Spain in 1613 that marked the start of Japan-Spain relations. The commemorative events will be held in various locations both in Spain and Japan during this year.

Kyodo News, the Iwate Nippo, the Kahoku Shimpo, the Fukushima Minpo and the Fukushima Minyu Shimbun are exhibiting about 50 photos of people who were hit by the tsunami and have been making recovery efforts while restoring smiles.

Also on display are Japanese photojournalist Kazuma Obara's pictures of workers at the disaster-crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, as well as flower arrangements for introducing Japanese culture.

In 2011, Spain presented its prestigious Prince of Asturias Award to police, firefighting and Self-Defense Forces personnel who joined initial operations to contain the Fukushima nuclear crisis.