On March 11, 2011 at 14:46, a large earthquake hit the Tohoku region of Japan. It was followed by a devastating tsunami which wiped out many coastal areas resulting in approximately 16,000 deaths. 3,000 are still missing. The tsunami also destroyed the power supply of the Fukushima Dai-Ichi Nuclear Power Plant causing explosions at the reactor and releasing radiation, forcing many resident to evacuate from the surrounding area.
Hiroto grew up in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan and started his career as a photographer in 2007. He joined Staff Photographer of The Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan. Hiroto has been honored with several awards, Konica Minolta Plaza FOTOPREMIO 2010 Special Award, Yonhap International Press Photo Awards 2011 Gold Prize, International Photography Awards 2011 Honorable Mention, Pictures of the Year International Impact 2011 Japan Earthquake Second Place, News Picture Story-Newspaper Third Place. His photos have also been exhibited in various galleries and international photo festivals, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Old Seoul Station Museum Koria, UN Headquaters New York, Fovea Exhibitions New York, Visa Pour lÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½image, Perpignan France 2011.