Information about archives in Japan after the earthquake

1) A sad Tweet from djiarchiv: @EiserfeldWolf At this moment we are in a chaos. According to TV reports several town halls washed by Tsunami to loose documents.“
Link: http://twitter.com/djiarchiv/statuses/47508050730434560

2) An Email from the Stadtarchiv Dresden, 14.3.2011: “ …. on behalf of Mr. Kuebler, I would like to inform you that he is in connection with Mr. Wördemann, Director Goethe Institute Tokyo, who is in the
same time Japan Country Director to coordinate the salvage Archive
has taken over. …..“

3) A letter to Dr. Karsten Uhde, Marburg, via Archivliste:
„Dear colleagues,

Thank you so much for your warm message to Japanese archival
community.

We are devastated by the horrendous disaster in Northern and
Eastern part of Japan and are still facing a tremendous danger
at nuclear power plants and aftershocks.

National Archives of Japan has no damage so far in facilities and staff, but due to the planned electric power outage and security of audience,

NAJ is temporarily closed.

We try to collect information on the situation of municipal archives
and other archival institutions in disaster area. However, we’ve had only fragmented information till now. Still, more than ten thousand people remain missing. Lifesaving and securing the lifeline are first priority and it will take more time to find out the damages in archives.

TV reported a whole village office building was swallowed by tsunami in a moment. It is certain that huge amount of important records were lost forever.

Thank you again. We are encouraged by the messages from the
colleagues around the world.

Yumiko Ohara
Specialist for Archival Affairs
National Archives of Japan
3-2, Kitanomaru Park, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 102-0091
Tel. +81-3-3214-0641 Fax. +81-3-3212-8806
Email: yumiohara@archives.go.jp

4)Notice of Temporary Closure

National Archives of Japan is temporarily closed due to the major earthquake of Friday, March 11, 2011. We sincerely appreciate your understanding and cooperation for this inconvenience.
Link: http://www.archives.go.jp/english/news/110315_01.html


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