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[Jan. 2] Emperor Akihito expresses hopes for a united rebuilding effort.
“I hope that the people’s hearts will always be with the afflicted, and that everyone will persevere and work together to build a brighter tomorrow,” Emperor Akihito said. “It is my hope that the new year will be a good, peaceful year for the people of Japan and the people of the world.”
[Jan. 3] The only public bath in Ishinomaki, “Tsuru no Yu”, reopens on the New Year’s day.
Many people enjoyed New Year’s first bath and the reunion with other regular customers.
[Jan. 4] New Year’s first auction held at fish market in tsunami stricken Oofunato, Iwate.
One fisherman said, “I want to keep going forward this year and enliven not only my shop but also the whole fish market.”
[Jan. 5] Japan tsunami, other catastrophes lead to record insurance costs in 2011.
The Japan earthquake and tsunami led to $210 billion in economic losses, not including nuclear-related damage, according to Munich Re. Insurance loses in Japan were estimated to be as high as $40 billion. An estimated 16,000 lost their lives in Japan.
[Jan. 6] Japan to open robot farm in tsunami disaster zone.
A futuristic farm with robot operators is to open in Japan on land swamped by the March 11 tsunami as part of an experimental government project.
[Jan. 8] Coming-of-age day in disaster stricken areas. Ceremonies started with silent prayers.
Some portraits of deceased people were also there to attend the ceremonies.
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