The events which took place in Japan on March 11, 2011 will remain in the national memory as the darkest day in country’s history. The 9.0 magnitude earthquake shook Tohoku, trigger a massive tsunami and an ensuing nuclear tragedy that travelled over six miles inland sweeping buildings, roads and infrastructure. Sadly, over sixteen thousand people have died. Today, as we reminisce the day, Japan has never completely healed.
Preview: Recovery and reconstruction are still in progress, but families and communities still hurt directly and indirectly from the aftermaths of the earthquake. Their recovery is bound to take longer than the physical recovery.
Transition: In relation to these assertions, I look at some if the under mentioned changes that have happened since March 11, 2011
Firstly, there is evident growth in the country in terms of infrastructure.
- The article “Six Years after the 3/11 Disasters.” (n.p.) notes that almost 96% of land that had been consumed by seawater in Miyagi has been restored.
- Moreover, the outcomes of intensive work mark also the 90% of rails and roads renovation to the level of full functionality.
- These improvements indicate part of the concerted efforts that are still in progress.
Transition: Other than physical recovery, emotional recovery amongst the victims has been going on, albeit at differing angles.
Communities and families still undergo diverse direct consequences as a result of the earthquake.
- The article by Mizuho touches upon the story of Miura, an elderly whose house was destroyed and the son lost a job.
- These effects reverberate in the family to date as the man has to fend for the son as he tries to put up the structure that was his house (Mizuho n.p.).
- Recovery for such families has been slow and can still be witnessed today. Fukushima still reels from the nuclear leakages it experienced after the onslaught by Mother Nature.
Transition: Above the direct consequences, indirect effects have been affecting the recovery.
The memories of the losses are still etched in the minds of most Japanese that witnessed the day, and luckily made it through. Harris (n.p.) narrates different stories of various people who saw their friends and relatives succumb.
- Their lives are in one way or another affected by the aftermath of the earthquake today.
- They either live in anguish from the consequences or amid the rumbles and the processes of building up.
- Many people narrate how they live affecting the victims that were rendered disabled.
In essence, Japan is still reeling from the consequences of 3/11. Recovery is evident from the reconstruction of infrastructure which is still going on to date. However, the people’s recovery has been marred by bitter memories that still affect them and families that still agonize to this day. 3/11 was a terrible day for Japan, and there is still more that needs to be done for the families to recuperate, inasmuch as the day cannot be erased.
Aoki, Mizuho. “Survivors fall Between Cracks of Reconstruction System.” Japan Times, 2017, features.japantimes.co.jp/march-11-recovery/. Accessed 4 Jul, 2017.
Harris, Mark Edward. “Five Years after Japan’s 3/11 Quake, Survivors Find Relief in Recovery.” Vanity Fair, 2016, www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/03/japan-311- earthquake-five-years-later. Accessed 4 July, 2017.
“Six Years after the 3/11 Disasters.” The Japan Times, 2017, www.japantimes.co.jp/opinion/2017/03/10/editorials/six-years-311-disasters/#.WVrG4YSGPak/. Accessed 4 Jul 2017.