Japan marks the one-year anniversary of March 11, 2011
People across Japan paused Sunday to remember their country’s darkest day since the end of the Second World War: the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The natural disaster destroyed once-thriving coastal communities and sparked a nuclear crisis.
A year later, the reconstruction process is still just beginning; workers at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant are trying to keep the facility under control and get it ready for decommissioning, a process that will take decades; and radiation in the environment and the food chain remains a nation-wide worry.
I’ve been covering the aftermath of the March 11, 2011 disaster for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) for last 12 months. I filed a number of stories over the past week.
On the Saturday edition of The National (link to come), I looked at the debate over the future of nuclear power in Japan. On the Sunday edition of The National, I covered the memorials and anti-nuclear protests people in Japan held to mark the anniversary. I also filed a short hit for CBC News Network and full stories for CBC Radio’s World Report and The World This Weekend.
If you’re still reading, a week ago I published an article on cbcnews.ca about the major earthquake that’s expected to hit Tokyo in the future.