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Cool Japan / "Thank you" having been sent from the affected areas / Mar 11, 2011

被災地から送られた『ありがとう』に外国人涙・涙・涙 - VNN.jp.mp4
Forergners with tears-tears-tears, for "Thank you" having been sent from the affected areas as a result of Tohoku Earthquake on Mar 11, 2011

The aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami included both a humanitarian crisis and massive economic impacts. The tsunami created over 300,000 refugees in the Tohoku region of Japan, and resulted in shortages of food, water, shelter, medicine and fuel for survivors.
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(The temporary housings for tsunami evacuees in Shichigahama, Miyagi.)

In response to the crisis, the Japanese government mobilized the Self-Defence Forces, whilst many countries sent search and rescue teams to help search for survivors. Aid organizations both in Japan and worldwide also responded, with the Japanese Red Cross reporting $1 billion in donations. The economic impact included both immediate problems, with industrial production suspended in many factories, and the longer term issue of the cost of rebuilding which has been estimated at \10 trillion ($122 billion).
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(The 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the worst nuclear accident in 25 years,
displaced 50,000 households after radiation leaked into the air, soil and sea.)

A further serious impact of the tsunami was the critical damage done to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station, resulting in severe radiation leaks and the prospect of a long-term health and environmental hazard in need of an expensive cleanup.
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(Fundraising drive for disaster victims)

There was a notable lack of disorder immediately following the earthquake, and this was attributed not only to Japanese forbearance, an attitude sometimes referred to as gaman, but also to laws that encourage honesty and a strong police presence. One source reported that the three main clans of Yakuza gangs were patrolling their territories. A reporter for the Canadian The Globe and Mail wrote, "As one catastrophe piled on top of another, a very Japanese deference to authority emerged, as well as a national desire to see civility prevail, no matter the circumstances."
File:US Navy 110315-N-5503T-474 Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Chris Carringer, assigned to the Black Knights of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (HS) 4, .jpg
(Civilians form a human chain to speed unloading of a US military relief supply flight)

Some people devastated by the quake began, however, to question the government's effort in providing food, clothing, electricity, heat, and phone service. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano later said, "In hindsight, we could have moved a little quicker in assessing the situation and coordinating all that information and provided it faster."

By TS on Mar 9, 2012
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