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NipponComeBack Report (April 1, 2011)

  1. 1. Tohoku, East Kanto Earthquake, Tsunami Nuclear Reactor damage report Earthquake of Magnitude 9 and Tsunami of highest 16 m hitTohoku 6 prefecture ( Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata Miyagi, Fukushima)and north of Kanto district (Ibaragi and Tochigi) on the coast line of35,226km . on 11th. of March. Tsunami destroyed many coastal towns inIwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefecture and took away thousands of livesin 10 minutes. This is the update progress report after Tsunami. .Update report is as follows:I. Damage Report ( Casualties figure)II. Nippon Come back Report ( Recovery News)III. Fukushima Development Updated Damage Figure Updated number of damage in 3 prefecture out of 8 prefectures particularly on Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima. Missing and death number based on National Police Agency on 2011/03/31Prefecture Death Missing Total % Coast Coastal Pref. Coast Casualties towns population population lineIwate 3349 4544 7893 2.55 12 309,466 1,330,530 710kmMiyagi 6959 6927 13886 0.81 15 1,708,963 2,347,975 842kmFukushima 1049 4798 5847 0.11 10 529,867 2,028,752 167kmTotal 1135 16269 27626 1 37 2,545,596 5,707,257 35,236km 7 Total casualties are over 27,626 including death(11357) and missing(16269) in 10 minutes of Tsunami after the earthquake in 11 th. of march.Currently, there are 170,000 people spending shelter life according to 1Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  2. 2. statistics reported National Police on March 31st 2011 . Total number ofcasualties will be expected to raise as time goes by.Although 2 survivors we found after 9 days, it is almost desperate to findsurvivors after 20 days of earthquake. Identification and collecting thebodies are getting harder and harder as time goes by and manymunicipalities had to take actions either buries bodies or transfer them toceremony houses in other municipalities for cremation since their city’scapacity of funeral house are damaged and beyond capacity. Weatherforecast tomorrow is much warmer in Tohoku as spring comes with thelowest temperature of 1st or 2nd centigrate partly rains but still expect tohave spring snow in next few days. Everyday number of casualties arerising in police report as search operation goes on. However, nobody canenter the vicinity of 5 to 10 km of nuclear reactors except for nuclearspecial forces, therefore we cannot identify the accurate figure of casualtiesTsunami particularly in Fukushima. Today, Tokyo nuclear special police oarrives in Fukushima for search operation in the neighborhood towns of nearnuclear reactor in radiation proof attire after 20 days of Tsunami, which isvery late for any rescue or search operation. US has sent more than 12,000 army, navy and marine forces formassive humanitarian operation called TOMODACHI trying to supportsearch operation in the ocean, send relief goods from the air, helping toclearing the towns currently buried and completely destroyed by Tsunamicovered by mud and sands with logs, piece of houses, cars, recked ships, andhuge amount of garbages left behind . Pls. see my friend Mr. Matsumoto’s photos in the google for Kamaishi, Iwateprefecture as one of the town hitted by Tsunami.. Town has already been cleaned and recovered from the time I havevisited on 17th. and 18th. of March. 2Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  3. 3. . Photograph in 18th of March in the morning. US TOMODACHI OPERATION!!!! 3Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  4. 4. US help was beyond our expectation and all the Japanese people werevery impressed with the massive operation and mobility of US rescue andsearch operation..Number of Shelters in Tohoku area: 2052Population living in shelter: 172,415 on March 31st. down from 240,000 in March 23 rd.On 31st news, Minami Sanriku town in Miyagi prefecture, where 9000 peopleare spending in the shelter and 3877 Houses of 70% of total town houses of5574 are destroyed. Mayor has decided to relocate one third of populationunder the shelter to Yamagata prefecture, neighboring prefecture notdamaged by Tsunami. Will they be dispersed after the temporary relocationand not come back to the home? I am sure old people would like to comehome because all their life were built in the communities. However, it will bevery hard for younger generation to find the job in the area after their fisheryboat are totally gone. Usually fishery will be the easiest business to developin coastal town anywhere in the world as long as fishery boat remains. It ishard to redevelop the once devastated field for old farmers and old fishermenwithout fishery boat. As we are industrial nation, local manufacturers arecritical to keep the area to support town economy. They have to meet the 4Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  5. 5. local community hope for the future. Three Tsunami has destroyed 100years of our father and grandfather’s long and hard efforts to build ournation in just 10 minute.Today, Miyagi prefecture only estimated figure of their economic loss higherthan 2 trillion JPY by itself. More than 90% of fishery boat and almost all142 fishery ports in coastal towns of Miyagi were destroyed and estimatedyears of recovery of fishing industry is expected to be more than 10 years.This economic figure is expected to rise once we see the total picture ofcasualties and damage in the area. I would like to give more clear pictureof economic damage in each area in my next report.Three high schools in Miyagi on coastal towns will be relocated since there isno way they can open their school in its location. As you can see, schools areanchors for the community and it will be very hard to sustain the communityafter this destruction. US forces are clearing the one school building perday on the coastal towns of three prefectures in addition to opening manydestroyed port, too..Fukushima has other issue, more complex and deep issue. Currently 30 kmfrom the nuclear reactors in Fukuoka are evacuating in the house or move toanother location. Newsy ceremony took place in celebrityhotel in the centerof Tokyo, ceased its operation today and will open 700 rooms of AkasakaPrince Hotel Tower for 1600 people evacuated from Fukushima prefectureclose to Nuclear reactors from April 1st. for three months.. 5Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  6. 6. :,000 population of Futaba city, Fukushima were forced to relocated due tonuclear reactors radiation concern and being transferred to Saitama schoolas another shelter. Temporary Housing development is urgent for peoplestaying in shelter due to the mounting stress of not having any privacy.We need to give a life back to survivors in Tsunami by giving the new placesto live instead of providing temporary housings. However, it takes time tofind the location to build temporary housing, since foundation of the area aretotally destroyed and hard to find the land for temporary housing. Inaddition, psychological support to physical support is needed for survivors ofTsunami living in the shelter. “ I do not want to see the Ocean again. Seatook my family, my house and my life away”. According to the governmentof Japan, 70% wants to go back to old neighborhood and do not want to beapart from each other in the shelter, since all the survivors at least sharethe hardship and sadness of losing their family or friends and can supporteach other..II. Nippon Come back ReportWe have no choice for serious population drain from TOHOKU after thiscrisis. Due to its cold and snowy climate, Tohoku lifestyle has never beeneasy, however this weather raised and nurtured diligent, patient, quiet butgutsy people. In this historical and unprecedented crisis, Tohoku people are 6Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  7. 7. calm, help each other, not cry not yell and not give up their hope for future.They just share the hardship.Infrustrusture come backAfter tsunami, government of Japan have to spend 10 to 25 trillion yen forTohoku recovery. We do not know how much is needed to reconstruct thearea. I have full confidence in Tohoku and their future. Mayor of Noda,Kamaishi phoned me 3 days ago and told me “ Koko-san, we can comeback. After Tsunami, we had no food, no heat, no electricity, but we havehelped each other and survived for many days without support. I amonly thinking ahead and do whatever I can do for the best of the people. Somany people come and help us and we are only thinking about recovery. Weneed the houses. for survivors of Tsunami to regain strength and resumethe human life again. We are united and never give up our dream.”Mainichi News, Mayor of Kamaishi in firefighter’s uniform. Now I see people’s eyes in only positive light at the bottom of life. I amhappy to report amazing progress and recovery of infrastructure after 20days of Tsunami. This is the first report of recovery. Road Recovery Japan has lived with natural disaster in the last 100 years. MLIT(Ministry of Land, Infrustructure, Transport and Tourism) reacted first andfast in order to recover the land and ocean transportation first for reliefoperation. They are probably the most effective and efficient organization 7Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  8. 8. at the time of natural disaster crisis in Japan. 679.5 km of Tohokuhighwaywere completely recovered between Kawaguchi to Aomori by 18 thwith their 24 hours of non stop work of road reconstruction. March 11 to March 17 photo by Nexco East Japan After National highway recovery in inland, National road recovery effortson the coast are going on on the coastal line but it faces a lot of difficultiesfirst since dredging, removing the muds have to come first place. Recoveryof road transportation will help smooth relief operation. 8Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  9. 9. Above map shows the sign of construction going on.(TRAIN) Many Trains disappeared in Tsunami are reported in the news coverage(Pls. see the below picture). After Tsunami on 11th. Tohoku Shinkansen 9Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  10. 10. line temporary suspended their operation, but recovery and comeback of r asahi.comMiyagi pref. Minami sanrikuchoRailway system was very swift and quick. .Between Ohmiya station to Iwate, approximately in the distance of 536km, we found 470 electric poles are damaged, 100s bridges damage, 20 rail lines are destroyed and found 1100 damages of earthquake and Tsunami including 940 parts between Nasushiobara to Morioka.March 15th. JR resumed the operation between Tokyo-Nasushiobara.March 22nd. JR resumed the operation between Morioka and Shinaomori.March 23rd. JR resumed the operation between Nasushiobara andFukushima.By the beginning of April, all the JR line will be opened.Following photo is tofeature JOBN line in Hitachi nakaCity in following photo. 10Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  11. 11. Port RecoveryJapan is island nation. Its economy started from sea shipping and portsplay the critical role in the development of economy. Kamaishi relief aidswere recovered first from the ocean and shipping could deliver the reliefgoods and construction equipment from ocean in less on 16 th after 5 days ofTsunami. By the time we arrive on 18th, already port is open to deliver therelief products from ocean. nikkei news 11Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  12. 12. (ELECTRICITY recovery) 37 communities on the coast, Tohoku electricity company has been workingnon-stop on rebuilding the electric pole every single days to resumeelectricity. (see following picture) Photo by Ikushima Kentaro (Mainichi news) Sankei NewsHousing Come back 12Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  13. 13. In March 30th. Alreday 3255 housing are built and 45 are under constructiontoday for people evacuated in shelter. Kamaishi, Nippon Steel corporatetown in Iwate prefecture with the populaion of 39,000 lost more than 1200people either dead or missing with 10,000 population out of houses, mayorNoda told me that at least they need 5000 temporary housing are needed toresume their normal life in community. .Government of Japan (MLIT )isplanning to provide 30,000 housing in 2 month and plan to developadditional 30,000 in 3 months to respond to those request. . Governor of eachprefecture plan to order 8800 housing in Iwate, 10,0000 in Miyagi, and14,000 in Fukushima are as minimum number of housing required.Also tohoku people moved in to 1700 rooms in government housing and 430rooms in semi-government housing. 47 news.jpBusiness Come BackJapanese manufactures are quire resilient and strongly fighting back to thedamage of earthquake and resumed the operationSMC in KAMAISHI, IwateSMC was the fast company to come back in Kamaishi located in Iwateprefecture with more than 1200 people missing of dead with 9000 people lostthe house. They are the first to build 100 houses for employees and 13Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  14. 14. currently resumed their capacity of operation to 70%. Despite theshortage of electricity, they use the emergency of shortage of electric powerand will be in full manufacturing by beginning of April.Nissan, IWAKI, FUKUSHIMACarlos Ghone President of Nissan visited Iwaki Factory in Fukushima toresume the operation in mid Arpil and will be in full operation in June. Yomiuri onlineHitachi, located( Hitachi city, Ibaragi)Hitachi will resume the full operation by April. Currently Turbin operation is recovered by 90%, Motor is by 80%, Electric Generator is 50 to 60% recovered its opearation. 14Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  15. 15. FurukawaAlpus Company (Iwaki, Fukushima)Providing electronics equipment located in Iwaki city, Fukushima prefecture is recovered from damage and resumed the full operation.We see more Japanese business come back in next month.III FukushimaNow Fukushima is world concern and Japanese government has formallyrequested the technical support from French nuclear company called AREVAon 31st. of March. CEO of Areva visited Japan yesterday for the meetingwith METI minister Kaieda and showed her confidence in controlling thesituation and treatment of the contaminated water after her inspection tonuclear reactor in Fukushima. They are planning to provide the robots andmachinery which can work in nuclear radiation contaminated area near thereactors. Fukushima’s worst scenario : 15Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  16. 16. Nuclear Reactor uncontrollable ⇒ Explosion ⇒ Radiaion contamination spread wide area Fukushima’s Best Scenario : Drainage of contaminated water ⇒ Electricity come back ⇒ Cooling system come back ⇒ Stop the nuclear reactor in cold temprature III.2 Observation of Fukushima Nuclear Reactor All the media attention is focusing on Fukushima nuclear reactor’s potential development and its threat to the people living in vicinity of Fukushima and also Tokyo. Some airline cut back the flight scheduled to arrinve in TOKYO Narita airport due to the fear of international passengers and crew in Japan . Picture of Tsunami victims body on the beach in TV screen has been accelerating the tension among audience. On globe, map of Japan is quite small and it does not look like Tokyo is far from Fukushima but actually distance between Fukushima and Tokyo are 227km and for us it is quite far. Ironic to the world panic, we are spending very quiet life in Tokyo after few days of earthquake. . Nuclear radiation is invisible and high level of knowledge required to fully comprehend the gravity of the damage on the physical health. I am not a nuclear scientist and not qualified with the hazardous effect of nuclear reactor on human body. My father was born in the border of Hiroshima and my aunt was from Hiroshima therefore we are particularly sensitive to potential hazard of radiation in measurement of micro SV figures, which many people are not familiar with. All I can say is the level of radiation volume in Tokyo are much lower and minor than flying on the plane to go to NY or having X ray in the hospital. Anywhere in the world, 16Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  17. 17. people are exposed to 2.4 mSV natural radiation. For example micro SV of radiation reported in Tokyo is only 0.1 mSV/ hour. Below 200 mSV/hour is not considered to be hazardous. Serious danger for the body is over 3000 mSV with death rate of 50% in 30 days and 7000 mSV exposure would lead the death of 100% people. Just for your info. chest X ray is 50 mSV in total and Tokyo NY fligh round trip passenger is exposed to 200 msV., Sensational coverage will attract the attention of audience and media essentially has to serve its purpose of sharing the truth on tim and sometimes conjecture to bet on the worst possible scenario would cater to the demand of public.. Currently, electricity came to 1-4 nuclear reactor power contry center andNuclear reactors are under full control again by joint efforts of firemen, SDFand the US .military. US special marine forces are on the way to look afterthe reactors. Weather forecast is good and vivid cloud in the sky, bit like thescientific fiction movie... Cooling nuclear reactor with water will bring thestability of nuclear reactor . Is am sure Japanese government is competentin controlling the situation with US military help. With regard to Disposal ofthe radiation contaminated water, highly toxic water will be treated properlywith the technical support of French nuclear company called ALVA.Japanese Prime Minister finally took off his uniform at the time of naturaldisaster and changed his attire to the business suit today to be ready for hisrecovery plan of TOHOKU. LDP, opposition party announced to join thecoalition and help ruling party’s efforts to recover Japan from disaster. Only issues which we cannot solve now and also in the future are deep scarsleft behind to people in Fukushima. At least 20,000 population in Futabacity cannot and will not be able to go home to go back. No bank note, nothing.However, Futaba city government, corporate town of Toden, whichdepending its 90% of economy of town on nuclear reactor just passed theirfiscal budget of 2011 in Saitama arena without their place to stay. They aremoved to Saitama school as next evacuation shelter. Mayor told to . thepress that “Government has to take responsibility” We are not sure howgovernment can take responsibility of all the displaced people’s life. It is 17Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  18. 18. going to be astronomical figures for TODEN and government. This cost ourgeneration and future generation has to bear as long as we live.Toden, Tokyo electric power company, Government of Japan or even mediaincluding me everybody underestimate the Tsunami damage. We losteverything in 10 minutes. Toden thought it was manageable and controllableconsidering the precedent Tsunami damage despite President Obama’sspecial concern and offer to help right after TSUNAMI. Fukushimanuclear power plant provide one third of electricity in TOKYO. We are alldetermined to save energy and going to be ready for hot summer in 2011.We expect Japanese economy will slow down due to shortage of the powertemporarily. Some relocation of production facility and industrialrestructure happen. I cannot imagine their wealth, land, lives, disappear in10 minutes. But at least we are lucky to be able to live and survive in thistragedy and we are happy to help each other and share their difficulties.I sincerely appreciate all the help to my country at the time of crisis. Ourancestors experienced many many crisis and went through big earthquake,Tsunam, typhoon and big war. We lost everything in natural and humandisaaster but always come back with full strength. Tohoku are famous forresilient, patient and gutsy. We are behind Tohoku people 100%. I amsure they will come back by their strong efforts and we always support their 18Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato
  19. 19. strong community leadership and guts to challenge the future. We are ready to start scratch again, not much different after the war nor earthquake and would like to rebuild our nation and come back again with smile. We are optimist in the end. I also strongly believe we can develop the first new technology to control nuclear reactors perfectly or being innovative to develop alternative energy source in the future.We will not forget your warm friendship and kindness at the time of crisis.You will be my friend for ever. I hope we come back one more time after thishardship and would like to be the one who give and return to you at the timeof your crisis.Never Give Up!Nan kThank you very much for your support and all themessage I receive from the world. I am lookingforward to seeing you and welcoming you in Japanbefore too long!! 19Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 3.31By Koko Kato