11 Months Since 3-11 Disaster

Today marks eleven months since the triple disaster in Japan. 15,848 died, 520 are still unidentified. 3,305 people are still missing. 341,411 are evacuees of the disaster including those who were told to flee as the Fukushima Daiichi reactors melted down. Fukushima prefecture has lost 53,000 people since the disaster and people fled the radiation.

Various groups are planning anti-nuclear rallies all over Japan for today. One group has collected 4 million signatures nationwide demanding an end to Japan’s nuclear power program.

Much has changed in Japan in 11 months, while many things persist. The largest persistent problem has been the government’s response to the disaster. Outside of the government the change in Japan in less that a year has been massive. Citizen run food safety programs and accompanying technology have evolved. Though still not enough it is providing some sense of knowledge about the true food safety or lack thereof. A considerable number of groups now exist to try to deal with the problems brought on by the disaster, from protecting children to assuring people are compensated. Much still needs to be done but the what people have accomplished in 11 months while fighting their own government is rather amazing.

The poster pictured here is from Japanese artist Makoto Wada, more about the poster can be found here.

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