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Save the Memory Project Activity Timeline

2011

March

Occurrence of the Great East Japan Earthquake

The Government of Japan issued guidelines on rubble removal to 7 relevant prefecture. Those guidelines included the following instructions. “Buddhist mortuary tablets, photo albums, and any other items recognized as being of value to the owner or other relevant individuals shall not be discarded. Instead, such items shall be stored separately, and opportunities shall be preferably provided to return those items to their respectful owners or other individuals.”

April

Implementation of the Save the Memory Project was proposed to the Ricoh Disaster Response Headquarters.
 → The activity was started.

August

Opened the Natori Save the Memory Factory.

September

Opened the Minami Sanriku Photo Center.

Opened the Tokyo Save the Memory Factory.

October

Opened the Rikuzentakata Photo Center.

December

Started the photo cleaning volunteer activity within the Ricoh Group.

2012

January

Opened the Onagawa Photo Center.

February

Opened the Ebina Save the Memory Factory.

March

Ended the photo cleaning volunteer activity within the Ricoh Group.

Closed and dismantled the Save the Memory Factories.
Left a portion of the factory in Tokyo in place to handle any later cleaning operations.

May

Began providing Save the Memory Service Packages.
Ricoh provided the necessary environment and full support in order for the photo return activity to be continued by local governments. A portion of the expenses were borne by the local governments.
Through this services, the digitalization of photos was continued in the disaster areas.

September

Opened the Watari Photo Center.

Closed the Rikuzentakata Photo Center.

October

Opened the Minami Soma Photo Center.

2013

March

Closed the Minami Sanriku Photo Center.

Closed the Minami Soma Photo Center.

July

Moved the web-based photo searching service savethememory.jp from a Ricoh managed data center to a general-purpose cloud service.
At the same time, the provision of all services was made free of charge.

2014

March

Closed the Watari Photo Center.

2015

March

Closed the Onagawa Photo Center.

Ended the Save the Memory Project.