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The Story of the “Save the Memory Project”

“Save the Memory Project” is part of Ricoh’s reconstruction support activities after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011 with the aim of returning photos lost and damaged in the tsunami to their owners.

Many photos lost and damaged in the tsunami are valuable properties irreplaceable memory in lives of people affected by the earthquake. We collected and cleaned more than 400,000 photos. MFPs were used to digitize and store photos on the cloud, so that people can search easily. Searches were carried out on computers at local government photo centers resulting almost 90,000 of these photos have been returned to their owners.

We have decided to summarize our activities in the four years since 2011, and share our expertise as widely as possible for future reference. We are happy if this record is useful for improving awareness towards disaster prevention or reconstruction support activities after the event of a disaster.

This record is written by Save the Memory Project staffs except for Chapter 4.

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