(Chico Harlan/Washington Post)
ISHINOMAKI, Japan — One year later, nothing is resolved. The rubble and ocean muck of last March 11 have been scrubbed from every wall, pulled from every basement and picked from every crevasse. Now the debris is piled in terraced mountains at the edge of this town along Japan’s tsunami-devastated northeastern coastline.
But even after months of cleanup, the reconstruction remains at a starting point, equally capable of taking off or faltering, depending on whether people stick around. A full recovery, if it’s possible, will take at least a decade, authorities say. Residents along the battered coast must be willing to endure trying conditions — prefab houses that don’t stay warm; communities that don’t provide jobs; grief that doesn’t abate — all because they hope that, eventually, they will regain normal lives in functional towns.
…The progress of the last year, though, doesn’t begin to offset the damage of Japan’s greatest crisis since World War II. The triple disaster — an earthquake, a tsunami, a resulting triple meltdown at a nuclear plant — left 19,000 dead and displaced some 342,000 from their homes. Because of public opposition to nuclear power, only two of Japan’s 54 reactors are now in operation, prompting energy companies to fire up old thermal plants and import more coal and gas.
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OPINIONS OF NOTE:
- Save the Women’s Health Program (Editorial/Houston Chronicle)
In Texas’ latest skirmish in the ongoing battle over abortion funding, lawmakers are trying to build another legal wall between tax dollars and abortion. Unfortunately, this move will inflict collateral damage on Texas women, and very likely result in more abortions.
- Standing Together And Helping Sick Kids be Kids: What AIDS Walk Houston Means To Me (Thom McDaniels/Houston Culture Map)
AIDS Walk Houston brings together a diverse and committed group of people as a reminder that we have all suffered the threat and impact of this disease and we all have to work together to defeat it.