Tohoku vs. Olympics: Which Way Will It Go?

A trio of recent stories in the New York Times reminds us that, two and a half years after the earthquake/tsunami/nuclear crisis in northern Japan, 83,000 refugees are still evacuated from their furusatos, many of which are now ghost towns. Question is, how will Tokyo’s pick for the 2020 Olympics affect efforts in Tohoku? Some home that the increase in international media attention will pressure the Japanese government to speed up decontamination and resettlement efforts. Others fear that the Tohoku clean up will have to compete for construction workers with Olympic preparations in Tokyo

Watch “Losing Hope in Fukushima”.

Read “Japan’s Nuclear Refugees, Still Stuck in Limbo

View “Near Fukushima, A Human Crisis Quietly Unfolds

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