National Post: See how Japan has rebuilt in the 11 months since the earthquake and tsunami

Last week on February 9, National Post (one of Canada’s national newspapers) published an article to show how Japan has rebuilt the devastated area 11 months after the earthquake and tsunami.

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The cover photo is by photographer Yukio Sugimoto who came back to the same place and this time to take a photo of the same woman smiling with her five year old son. There are many incredible “then and now” photos on the National Post website, as well as the following stats:

  • 245 — Cost in billions of dollars of the post disaster reconstruction package.
  • 15,846 — Number of dead.
  • 3,320 — People still missing.
  • 2 — Number of missing people found dead this year.
  • 240 — Number of orphans in the three most severely affected prefectures, Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima.
  • 16 — Million tons of disaster waste in Miyagi Prefecture, one of the hardest hit areas of Japan.
  • 2.4 — Drop in millions of tourists to Japan in 2011 from a year previously.
  • 6 — Approximate months lost in the average life expectancy for a Japanese woman following the disasters, down from 86.4 years in 2010 to 85.9 in 2011.
  • 3 — Approximate months lost in the average life expectancy for a Japanese man, down from 79.5 years in 2010 to 79.27 in 2011.
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