[Guardian] Japan disaster: 25% of reconstruction fund spent on unrelated projects

Japan disaster: 25% of reconstruction fund spent on unrelated projects

Half of government budget allocation is yet to be distributed, despite 325,000 people still living in temporary accommodation

October 31st, 2012

By Guardian’s Tokyo correspondent Justin McCurrey

Full article here: http://gu.com/p/3bftk

Japan’s Toxic Tsunami Debris Heads Towards North America

Chris Pallister of the Gulf of Alaska Keeper Organization: “This is more hazardous than oil”
– Common Dreams staff

May 28th, 2012
Common Dreams

As the heavier debris from the March 2011 tsunami that struck Japan makes its way across the Pacific Ocean, scientists warn of the ecological threat of toxic, chemical debris headed towards North America’s western coast.

Full article HERE.

Tunami Survivors – A Year Later 2

The second installment of a photojournalist Kuni Takahashi’s tsunami survivors’ stories has been published on his blog.

http://www.kunitakahashi.com/blog/2012/04/11/tsunami-survivors-a-year-later-vol-2/

In this post, he talks to the 81-year-old woman from Kesennuma, Miyagi.

Tunami Survivors – A Year Later 1

A photojournalist Kuni Takahashi revisits tsunami survivors whom he had met right after the 3/11 disaster last year.

This is his first installment of the series of their stories, and he writes about a man from Onagawa, Miyagi:
http://www.kunitakahashi.com/blog/2012/03/24/tsunami-survivors-a-year-later-vol-1/
(available in English and Japanese)

A Year After 3/11 in Fukushima, Miyagi, and Iwate

A photojournalist Munesuke Yamamoto went to tsunami and earthquake hit areas in Miyagi, Iwate, and Fukushima along with those places heavily affected by the nuclear disaster in early March.

His article with photos is here at his blog page:
A year after 3/11, has anything changed in the great tunami & Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster-hit area? (in Japanese)
google translated link is HERE

[Guardian] A year after 3/11

The Guardian has published a video and photos to look at March 11th.

Japan’s recovery from the tsunami and earthqake – in pictures

Japan tsunami: before and after (interactive)

Japan’s earthquake and tsunami retrospective – video (4min 58sec)

[IPS News] New Year Brings Economic Aftershocks

By Suvendrini Kakuchi

AIZUWAKAMASTU, Japan, Jan 1, 2012 (IPS) – Hideo Sato, 47, and his family escaped to this snowy city 200 km from the radiation emitting Fuksuhima power plant that was struck by a massive earthquake-driven tsunami on Mar. 11.

Full article

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Many thanks to you the readers of this blog. I wish this year would be a better one for you and those who have been affected by any disaster, man-made or natural.