This is a weekly headline round-up of the posts titled [Japan after Quake] on our Facebook page.
[Aug. 8] Disaster puts trade balance in the red for first half 2011. First time in statistical history.
It is mainly due to the decline in exports.
[Aug. 9] NTT announces “disaster emergency message service” for 3.11 will end at Aug 29.
Since 3.11, 606,000 messages have been recorded and they were played 2,853,000 times in all.
[Aug. 10] 3.11 Tsunami tore off huge chunk of Antarctic ice shelf 18 hrs after the quake occurred.
The tsunami that devastated Japan in March 2011 was so powerful that it tore off a piece of Antarctica — 8,000 miles away from the earthquake’s epicenter.
[Aug. 11] Five months since 3.11. The dead & missing total 20,433. Memorial services are held all over Japan.
A day care service facility in Fukushima reopened, all evacuation shelters closed at Otsuchi-cho in Iwate pref, and 13,900 temporary housings were built just as planned. However, nearly 90,000 people are still under evacuation.
[Aug. 12] Tourists trickle back to Tohoku. Some areas see signs of recovery, others suffer as visitors stay away.
According to the Matsushima Tourist Association (in Miyagi pref.), tourist numbers dropped almost to zero right after the earthquake, but have picked up to about 30 percent of an average year.
[Aug. 13] Voluntary evacuees from Fukushima demand TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) pay damages.
40-year-old Noritsugu Fujimoto of Fukushima sent his wife to western Japan out of concern that exposure to radiation could affect a future pregnancy. He said he wants TEPCO to understand their situation.
[Aug. 14] Mother caught between radiation threat and breaking up family.
A mother whose home is in an area where high radiation levels have been detected is caught between wanting to evacuate and wanting to stay with her parents and other family members.
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