Sunday, March 11, 2012

Remembering Japan - One Year Later

March 11 2011 will forever be remembered as the day a devastating earthquake and tsunami changed the lives of thousands in Japan.

One Year Later, Pain of Tsunami Lingers (New York Times)

Teruko Sto, 73, prayed at the site where her son's body was found in Kesencho, Japan, following last year's earthquake and tsunami. Shoichi Sto, 47, died while helping evacuate elderly residents of the village.
Published: March 11, 2012

NIHONMATSU, Japan — Nobody knows whether Hiroshi Yokoyama’s elderly parents tried to outrun the tsunami waves that engulfed their home in Namie on the Fukushima coast a year ago.

But Mr. Yokoyama does know that he would have searched for them high and low, if not for a second disaster that unfolded at the nuclear power plant just a few miles away, forcing him to abandon his search.
More..Effects of Japan’s Disaster Are Still Unfolding

Japan marks quake and tsunami anniversary (BBC)
Emperor Akihito: "We shall never forget those who gave their lives in rescue missions"

Japan is marking the first anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami which struck the north-eastern coast, leaving 20,000 dead or missing.

The magnitude 9.0 quake, Japan's most powerful since records began, also triggered a serious nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Thousands of people were evacuated as radiation leaked from the plant.

There were memorial services, and a minute's silence was observed at the moment the quake hit, 14:46 local time.
More..Japan marks quake and tsunami anniversary

Japan: A Year After the Tsunami, A Coastal Town Comes Together (TIME)

Driving into Minamisanriku, it’s hard not to feel a little discouraged. A cold drizzle falls over what used to be a thriving, picturesque fishing village but is now a barren swatch of gray cement foundations. The twisted hulks of smashed cars are piled up at the edge of town, still waiting to be hauled out. A helix of painted metal from some long-gone building floats in a waterway that runs through town.
More..Japan: A Year After the Tsunami, A Coastal Town Comes Together

Japan mourns tsunami dead; grapples with aftermath (The Star)
Taketo Endo (R), 12, and his brother Haruto, 10, offer prayers for their parents, who were killed in the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami, at a seaside which was damaged by the disaster in Iwaki, Fukushima prefecture, March 11, 2012, to mark the first anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that killed thousands and set off a nuclear crisis. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

With a moment of silence, prayers and anti-nuclear rallies, Japan marked on Sunday one year since an earthquake and tsunami killed thousands and set off a radiation crisis that shattered public trust in atomic power and the nation's leaders.

The magnitude 9.0 earthquake unleashed a wall of water that hit Japan's northeast coast, killing nearly 16,000 and leaving nearly 3,300 unaccounted for, and the country is still grappling with the human, economic and political costs.
More..Japan mourns tsunami dead; grapples with aftermath


  1. yeah, it's already one year, how time flies.. but i think despite the sad memory, the japanese is making very good recovery and the best example we can ever see.. god bless japan.. :)

  2. the video is not available but still a great remembrance for us to appreciate people we love before it's too late

  3. Thanks for remembering this day on your blog, HappySurfer! (Also sorry that I'm responding so late. As you know, I've been tourguiding.)

    I can't imagine any other country that would've coped as well under this triple disaster. I just wish I could've had as much faith in Japan's politicians!