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The earthquake and tsunami to devastate northeastern Japan in March 2011 remains the world's natural disaster to hit a developed country to date. As part of the recovery, enormous effort has been focussed on rebuilding the communications networks involved. For the first time in English, a comprehensive article is available detailing many behind the scenes aspects and many interviews with the leading players in the communications recovery. The scale of this disaster recovery effort and preparations and protection pose major questions not merely for technology but also for public policy and regulation globally. The article was published in December 2011 in Intermedia, the world's most influential journal focussing on digital media policy and regulation. Intermedia is published by the International Institute of Communications. IIC is a global membership, independent, non profit body focussing on critical issues in media and telecom policy worldwide. The article was written by Stephen McClelland, Intermedia Editor in Chief.