Japan has also been impacted by the global economic downturn, and the Tohoku quake has further exacerbated its economic recovery efforts.
In addition to the socioeconomic challenges, Japan must now contend with the daunting task of clean-up of the ongoing level 7 meltdowns at three reactors in the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant complex where the tsunami flood waters are now leaking radioactive waste into the ground water.
- Japan marks 1 year since quake, tsunami disaster (sacbee.com)
- LOOK: Most Expensive Natural Disaster Ever (huffingtonpost.com)
- You: 869 Tohoku tsunami parallels stun (japantimes.co.jp)
- Japan Earthquake, Tsunami, & Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown Anniversary (planetsave.com)
- Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Anniversary (naeeuk.wordpress.com)
By Yoko Kubota
OFUNATO, Japan – With a minute of silence, tolling bells and prayers, Japan will on Sunday mark the first anniversary of an earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis that shattered public trust in atomic power and the nation’s leaders.
A year after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake unleashed a wall of water that hit Japan’s northeastern coast, killing nearly 16,000 and leaving nearly 3,300 unaccounted for, the country is still grappling with the human, economic and political costs.
Along the coast, police and coastguard officers, urged on by families of the missing, still search rivers and shores for remains even though the chances of finding any would appear remote. Without bodies, thousands of people are in a state of emotional and legal limbo.
Koyu Morishita, 54, lost his 84-year-old father, Tokusaburo, as well as his home and family-run fish factory in…
View original post 635 more words