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May 2nd, 2011
Rethinking Tohoku’s Rebuilding

He went on to say: “Some argue that the tsunami’s ferocity shows that existing protections were inadequate. The mayor of Rikuzentakata — a small city in Iwate Prefecture that I visited a few days after the disaster, and which was utterly washed away — has suggested literally moving a mountain to raise the city’s ground level higher. Here in Tokyo, Prime Minister Naoto Kan speaks of elevating entire communities.” Mr. Cuiker questioned the wisdom of this, and went on to say: “For instance, instead, perhaps establish better ways to respond to those rare tsunamis that only occur once in 1,000 years. The risk, otherwise, is that Japan goes bankrupt for the next 999 years trying to protect against them. Read More