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15 November 2011 @ 06:12 pm
Eight months after the Great East Japan Earthquake and as temperatures drop with the onset of winter, police continue to search for the missing, having pledged to return as many people as possible to their families.

About 1,800 police have been dispatched from other prefectures to help police from disaster-hit Fukushima, Iwate and Miyagi prefectures with the search and other duties.

Victims' remains are being discovered at a much slower pace, but the police persevere and diligently pursue their mission.

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As of November 9th, the death toll from the disaster was 15,835, with 3,664 people still missing.

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Eight months after the earthquake and tsunami that devastated eastern Japan, many people who lost their homes are still living in temporary houses.

In Hakozaki, Kamaishi city, the only real sign of rebuilding is the home of Mr Zenichi Kawasaki.

Half of his house was destroyed in the tsunami, and he is now desperate to leave the temporary prefab house he has been assigned and move back.

The Japanese authorities, however, say it may have to be pulled down in the reconstruction.

Tom Wilson spoke to Mr Kawasaki.

The 4:37 long video interview with Mr Kawasaki is available here


I highly recommend watching this video. He speaks of the reconstruction, the tsunami, surviving in the aftermath and the problems lying ahead.

He's so positive and upbeat, despite the situation of both the past and future.
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02 November 2011 @ 07:59 pm
Cherry trees to mark tsunami

Local residents in areas hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake have launched projects to plant cherry trees or place stone monuments to mark the reach of the March 11 tsunami.

To inform future generations of how horrible tsunami can be, volunteers in Iwate Prefecture will plant about 17,000 cherry trees, and volunteers in Miyagi Prefecture will set up stone monuments in 311 locations.

Takumi Hashizume, 34, who lost his home and workplace in the disaster in Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture, formed a citizens group--Sakura Line 311 Jikko Iinkai (cherry line 311 action committee)--with young people in the city.

"I don't want people in the future to suffer the same pain," Hashizume said. "We want to leave something visible to indicate the reach of the tsunami."

The group plans to conduct hearings with local residents to determine how far the tsunami reached and plant the trees to mark the flooded areas in the city.

The tsunami destroyed Hashizume's home and a gas station where he worked, and killed many of his acquaintances.

As Hashizume believed many of the casualties were caused because of a failure to learn from past tsunami, he wanted to do something to prevent future casualties.

Rikuzen-Takata Mayor Futoshi Toba supported the group's plan, and the municipal government of Matsudamachi, Kanagawa Prefecture, where Toba was born, offered about 20 adult cherry trees to the group.

The group will plant the "kawazu-zakura" cherry trees in temples and other locations on Nov. 6.

On March 11 next year, the group will begin planting more trees, mainly a variety called "oshima-zakura," which is said to be highly resistant to damage from salty air.


Stone monuments

In Miyagi Prefecture, about 70 students of Miyagi University in Taiwacho and Ishinomaki Senshu University in Ishinomaki plan to set up stone monuments at locations in coastal areas to mark the reach of the tsunami.

To mark the date of the tsunami, they decided to place 311 stones to represent March 11.

The students will seek help from companies and individuals and plan to begin setting up the monuments in February next year.

The monuments will be made of white granite stone and will be 1 meter high and 15 centimeters wide. The phrase "Harai no chi (place where waves reached)," which the students came up with, will be carved on their surfaces.

The students plan to set up the monuments in 14 cities and towns--from Yamamotocho to Kesennuma--that were damaged by the tsunami.

The movement is led by students who belong to a course of seminars taught by Prof. Isamu Mitsuhashi of Miyagi University, who teaches tourism studies. He also teaches at Ishinomaki Senshu University.

The students began doing volunteer work just after the disaster and wondered what they could do for the future.

They held discussions for many days in a row to decide where the monuments should be set up.

They are visiting land owners to explain the project and searching for companies and individuals who will pay for the monuments.

One company offered to pay for 100 monuments, the students said.

One of the students said, "I hope people will not forget that fleeing is the priority when tsunami are coming." Another said, "I hope the monuments will last a long time and warn as many people as possible."


Even now, when there's so much work left to be done, the survivors are looking to the future to make sure that nobody else suffers in the same way.
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KESENNUMA, Miyagi--The city of Kesennuma, hit hard by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, has created a multilingual Facebook account to share locals' stories and pictures of the disaster and their reconstruction efforts with people around the world.

The city is the first disaster-hit municipality to provide such information in foreign languages on the popular U.S. social networking site. The city's account currently has more than 1,000 "friends," meaning people who visit and "like" the page.

The municipality has high hopes the move will raise global awareness of the city's plight and help it receive continuous support from overseas.

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The Facebook is THIS ONE.
If you have an FB, do like it, please. ^^♥
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Current Music: Yellow Fried Chickenz - Last Kiss (Berlin Live)
29 September 2011 @ 11:10 pm
An anonymous donor in Japan has left 10m yen ($131,000; £83,000) to charity by dumping it in a public toilet.

The money was found with a letter saying it should be donated to victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan in March.

The neatly wrapped bills were found in a plastic shopping bag in a toilet for disabled people in the city hall of Sakado in the Tokyo suburbs.

The note read: "I am all alone and have no use for the money."

The City Hall said it would hand the money to the Red Cross if it was not reclaimed within three months.

City officials said the anonymous donor had slipped in and out unnoticed.

The BBC's Roland Buerk in Tokyo says the earthquake and tsunami that devastated north-eastern coastal areas in March has brought out striking examples of generosity and honesty.

The equivalent of $50m in cash has been picked up in the disaster area and handed over to the police. Another $30m was recovered from safes found in the rubble.

It is not the first time that anonymous benefactors in Japan have chosen toilets to leave cash. In 2007, 400 blank envelopes containing 10,000-yen notes were found in the toilets of local council buildings across the country.

At the same time, 18 residents of a Tokyo apartment building found a total of 1.8m yen stuffed into envelopes in their mailboxes.

Nearby, 1m yen was apparently thrown from an apartment block above a local shop.

Most of that money appears to have been handed in to the police. The mysterious benefactor was never found.

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10 September 2011 @ 05:31 pm
This is Minamisanrikucho, a resort town in Miyagi after it was devastated by the tsunami in March.

95% of the town was destroyed. Only the tallest buildings survived. 9,500 people are either dead or missing - that's nearly 50% of the town's population.

This is Minamisanrikucho as it is today.

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22 August 2011 @ 08:33 pm
This website was shown to me by the lovely khysmet this weekend and I hope you'll all find it as fascinating.

Japan quake map

It's an animation showing all the earthquakes that have hit Japan since 1am on March 11th - the date of the Tohoku earthquake.

Watch how slowly it starts, and then what happens from 14:46....
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19 August 2011 @ 01:06 am
And, here's a good news story!

Honest Japanese return $78million in cash found in earthquake rubble

Japanese citizens have shown incredible honesty in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that brought the country to its knees.

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18 August 2011 @ 12:45 am
When the tsunami and earthquake hit the Tohoku area on March 11th, it caused a lot of death and destruction. The areas hit by the disaster have been working hard the last five months to recover and return to normality, but it is a struggle.

So many areas in Tohoku rely on tourism to bring money into the area, but the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami and the ongoing nuclear issue is driving the tourists away.

Tsunami spared Matsushima but swept away bay's tourists

MATSUSHIMA, Miyagi Pref. — Matsuo Basho, arguably Japan's most famous haiku poet, is said to have been at a loss for words when he first saw the hundreds of pine-clad islets scattered around Matsushima Bay during a 17th-century journey to the Tohoku region.
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Famed Miyagi temple's visitors vanishing

MATSUSHIMA, Miyagi Pref. — Entsuin, also known as the rose temple for its unique Western-style rose garden, has long been a tourist fixture in the bay town of Matsushima, Miyagi Prefecture.
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"Come to Tohoku, visit the disaster sites, and buy a can of juice, or anything, because this all helps in restoring what has been lost," she said. "What we are most of afraid of is being forgotten."

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Hello everyone ! :)
Today, I had the feeling that the SHOW YOUR HEART -PHOTO REPORT- page have been update, and I've checked it. Before was listed in the "World" section 40 countries, now, they listed 48 countries, it means they added more pictures. Don't forget to show your heart, no matter what everyone, it's really important, and this, even if the earthquake happened 4 months ago, we must not forget this !

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Current Music: GACKT - Paranoid Doll