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One Year On: Japan's natural disasters

03-10-2012 09:36 BJT

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SPECIAL COVERAGE: Japan, One Year After the March 11 Tsunami: A Revisit

It’s been one year since the earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc upon Japan. In the time since, residents in the affected areas have proved remarkably resilient, rebuilding homes and lives on the ruins.

A year ago going through these doors was a mark of shame.

Today, its just a fact of life for many in Ishinomaki.

Inside is the towns unemployment center.

Computer access, job listings and counseling…its all on offer here.

But many of the jobs are far away, and the counselors have little constructive advice for the waves of people seeking advice since the Tsunami hit.

The number of unemployed people in this town has doubled in the space of 12 months.

It’s been one year since the earthquake and tsunami wreaked havoc upon Japan. In the time since, residents in the affected areas have proved remarkably resilient, rebuilding homes and lives on the ruins.

And the jobs that are available, no-one can do.

Micho Satou, Director of Fukushima Fish Testing Lab, said, “People who used to leave their kids in the care of their parents, now can’t work because their parents died…and many of those in temporary housing have no means of transport.”

Many have come from the industry that sustained North Eastern Japan…fishing.

But radiation fears have ruined the industry.

Even if they could fish, much of the fleet remains grounded.

This complex of temporary houses for the survivors of the Tsunami evidence that some rebuilding has taken place.

But many people have chosen to simply move away and looks for work elsewhere. "

The Japanese government however, is keen that the Tsunami hit areas, and particularly Fukushima prefecture, is not abandoned.

A lone fisherman tries his luck on the docks…but this is for sport, not for food.

The survivors of the fishing fleet, float unemployed in the harbor.

 

Editor:Zheng Limin |Source: CNTV.CN

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