One Year Ago: March 11, 2011.
I decided not to post any of those horrifying videos of the tsunami. Just wanted to mark the day that almost 20,000 people lost their lives. A terrible day. But Japan continues on. I saw much of that spirit all around me back in late July and August when I was in Japan on business: the disaster reverberated in the hearts of everybody, but a steadfast determination to go forward and work through the shock and destruction and loss dominated. That was down in Tokyo, and further south in Kyoto and Osaka. Up north of Tokyo, in the Tohoku Region that was so devastated, things are much tougher, but they’ll get through, as long as people around the world don’t forget them and continue to support the slow rebuilding process, a process that will take years and years. A friend in Tokyo just sent me an email and I think this excerpt from it sums up things, a lot of things:
The first year of rebuilding is not enough, and so many issues, but the nation has made progress.
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