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Fatigue sets in for Japan earthquake survivors facing long road to recovery

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Fatigue sets in for Japan earthquake survivors facing long road to recovery

March 2011 Tsunami survivor experience happen all over again, JGovt just never learn.

https://theworld.org/stories/2012-03-07/year-after-tsunami-slow-progress-rebuilding-japan

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It's an earthquake..

Recovery takes time..

And Japan will solve it again..

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Gosh, this must be the first time the central government has had to deal with a natural disaster. No wonder they aren’t prepared, or doing anything, and diverting building materials to Osaka.

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"Right now, we can only think about how we're going to live today. Maybe in a month we can start thinking about 'tomorrow', and in three months we can start thinking about 'next week,'" he said.

The true meaning of ganbatte!!

Never give up hope.

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It's an earthquake..

Recovery takes time..

And Japan will solve it again..

Such compassion. Much wow.

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Japan is doing "everything" it can to restore the affected areas and return people to their homes, deputy chief cabinet secretary Hideki Murai said on Thursday.

The overwhelming evidence suggests otherwise!

Disgraceful!

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It is often suggested in the comments section that Japan learns nothing from past disasters and, given the recent seismic activity on the Noto Peninsula, was negligent in preparing for the January 1 quake there.

However, as the Asahi article points out, Wajima City adopted multiple measures to improve preparedness after a strong quake in 2007: https://www.asahi.com/sp/articles/ASS106DNSS1YPTIL023.html?iref=sptop_7_01

For a broader perspective, include Japanese language sources in your news diet

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It is probably not a feral. Pets are important to many people and people are important to their pets. That cat is used to being fed and has probably never lived in the wild, maybe never even played outside. Most humans are not used to living, are not even capable of living outside in the wild, most household pets are not either.

At times like these humans need what may well be their best friends. They need companionship.

"If I hadn't made it to this center, I feel I might have buckled" under the mental strain, Tomita said.

Doesn't that tell you she couldn't just dump her cats and stay in a place without them?

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Government does not care about people. Building materials are being diverted to Osaka for the expo, it makes money for our masters. Learn to care for yourself because government does not care.

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The overwhelming evidence suggests otherwise!

What evidence is that? Do you how long it takes to repair a broken water main? How many water pipes have you repaired?

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Gosh, this must be the first time the central government has had to deal with a natural disaster. No wonder they aren’t prepared,

All the victims have the basics. Look at the picture. She is worried about her cat. If you were dire straits, you think she would be worried about her cat?

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Building materials are being diverted to Osaka for the expo,

Link please. Building materials are not being diverted to Osaka. Are any prefab houses being diverted to Osaka from Ishikawa?

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This is a genuine question, I'm not trying to be rude or insensitive. If you were miserable in the shelter, what is to stop people from renting a 1 room in a neighboring prefecture, if they had the funds obviously. I mean, I know some people don't have enough savings for renting a room, but if you did, wouldn't it be better? Do people want to stay there to help with the clean up and stuff? Be close in case there is some news of family? But I feel they have found all the survivors by now. I mean, I feel I would try to rebuild my life close by rather than stay in a center without food, water, privacy, etc. I don't understand why they wouldn't just go away for a little while and try to focus on getting their life back together. If anyone has some ideas, please enlighten me.

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Tomita rescued two of her four cats after the quake, but the local evacuation centre in Suzu refused to let her stay with her pets, forcing her to sleep sitting up in a car for a month.

She was not forced, she put her cats above her own well being.

Eventually, she wants to move out of the evacuation center for the freedom of her cats.

Tomita San, you are more important than your cats. They will be fine on their own. You need them, they don't need you.

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March 2011 Tsunami survivor experience happen all over again, JGovt just never learn.

And 1 month after the Earthquake, the region is supposed to be fully recovered? Thank you very for your kind words about Japanese abilities . Yes, we Japanese are hard and fast workers. Soon, we will be able to rebuild a town 30 days after a major earthquake. Not yet, but soon.

 

By the way, how long does it take your country to rebuild after a major natural disaster? Please post a link, so we can learn from your example.

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If you were miserable in the shelter, what is to stop people from renting a 1 room in a neighboring prefecture,

Simple. Love of your hometown and pride. We Japanese love our towns and our communities. We wont abandoned our towns when times are hard. We dont leave. We build and rebuild. We make better. This is the difference between you and us. One year from Ishikawa will be on the road to full recovery. It will take time, but anything worth doing does.

This is Japan, When times are hard, we work harder. We become stronger.

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The Government of Japan should stop donating money to other countries and invest more into helping its own citizens who have been affected by this disaster and are suffering heavily! The current assistance and rebuilding is so bad that it’s on the same level as an underdeveloped country!

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A new disaster but the same problems, progress comes slowly in Japan.

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Simple. Love of your hometown and pride. We Japanese love our towns and our communities. We wont abandoned our towns when times are hard. We dont leave. We build and rebuild. We make better.

Failing to reinforce buildings so they collapse and need to be rebuilt is extremely "mottanai" (wasteful). It is a fine example of "a stitch in time saves nine". Temporary rehousing someone and then rebuilding will easily cost nine times the cost of simply reinforcing an existing house. A lot of this cost will be on the taxpayer. 11000 prefabs x 10 million yen each = about 750 million USD. Just for temporary housing and all on the taxpayer.

When lots of houses collapse, some people will move away, so it is also very bad for communities.

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I feel sorry for these people they have gone through too much already and no wonder fatigue and frustration is creeping in. As I understand most of their homes were burnt up because the Fire men couldn’t reach the available hydrant due to various homes collapsed making the roads inaccessible. However we are too busy clearing debris in space yet we are not able to clear our backyards. Which makes me wonder where are our priorities?

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Japan needs its form of FEMA.

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It feels like it would be a great idea if more welloff prefectures could offer some temporary residences for at least some amount of people, like dormitories or anything and people could find jobs there until evrything is repaired. but it takes initiative and effort.

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Recent LDP regime dislikes to help general citizen from many difficulties such as Covid19 surge or massive natural disaster or poverty, virtually demand self-help to people despite highest ever tax revenues, such politics increase more victim as ever.

But this society has no even consciousness that try to change present politics that disrespect even the lives.

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Japan needs its form of FEMA.

Ah, yes, Japan needs Hurricane Katrina "Heckuva job Brownie" FEMA.

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Failing to reinforce buildings so they collapse and need to be rebuilt

Perhaps you haven't lived long in Japan, don't read Japanese, whatever. Here's a Japanese media story to put in your translator and contemplate:

https://www.asahi.com/sp/articles/ASS106DNSS1YPTIL023.html?iref=sptop_7_01

The current assistance and rebuilding is so bad that it’s on the same level as an underdeveloped country!

Right, Jim. Japan, the most seismically active country in the world and one of the most disaster- prone, doesn't know how to respond. You simply don't know what you are talking about.

By the way, how long does it take your country to rebuild after a major natural disaster? Please post a link, so we can learn from your example.

Thank you, Winnie. Exactly.

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Japan needs its form of FEMA.

https://www.fdma.go.jp/

There's your 'Japanese FEMA'.

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Thomson Reuters gets it wrong, too.

A month after the earthquake, residents of the devastated Noto Peninsula still have little choice but to press on without basic necessities like running water or beds.

Contrary to this spurious claim, of the 14,000 evacuees (as of January 31), 5000 are housed in hotels or similar accomodations.

https://news.yahoo.co.jp/articles/718d74fcec786553439d8fd33ada95ba56f3d151

This is far from being an isolated case of shoddy reporting about the Noto earthquake and Japan's response.

Laziness? Lack of Japanese skills on the part of journalists? A false narrative to peddle?

For a more informed perspective, Japanese media are indispensable.

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Having survived a 6.4 earthquake here in Cali, I have only sympathy for the survivors of the much larger quake in Japan. I know that we suffered injuries, and a lot of property damage, and it took years to recover. It will be worse for the survivors of the larger quake.

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