Closed captioning of: New fishing fleet signifies progress in Japan
. it has been exactly one year since that devastating earthquake and tsunami devastated the country, killing thousands and triggering a nuclear crisis. this weekend, millions of japanese are remembering that awful day and the long road to recovery since. nbc's
at last, a reason to celebrate. a year after the tsunami swept through their town, the fishermen prepare to take the fleet of ten boats from the u.s.
it was a great honor to build the boats for you people. you show a strong
sense of community
this region was one of the hardest hit, thousands died. and the
also destroyed 90% of the
. boats were swept from their moorings like toys and dumped inland. fishing had been the main stay of the local economy.
a lot of the boats that were lost were like these smaller boats. a big need for those.
mostly for gathering oysters, scallops and seaweed. there's such a huge need for new boats here that they had to allocate these by lottery. in which 170 fishermen applied. this man was one of the
from the draw. i'm going to do a lot of fishing two this, he said. i lost everything. i'm starting with less than nothing. the boats were custom designed by general marine. a
based in maine working closely with the fishermen.
a u.s. charity commissioned the boats in the u.s. because so many japanese yards were knocked out by the tsunami, bringing unexpected benefits back home.
the u.s., the boat makers were out of work. so, you know, the japanese fishermen need boats.
the ceremony today ended with a shower of
. designed to bring good fortune.
to watch the people come back in this fashion, it's a great thing.
sato was itching to get back on the sea. there were rich pickings to be had and no time to lose.
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