I have no information as to how the word "recovery" is defined in the post-"cold shutdown state" declaration Japan.
From Jiji Tsushin (3/1/2012):
As one year anniversary of the March 11, 2011 disaster approaches, a symposium was held in Rome on February 29 where experts held discussions on the recovery of Japan's disaster affected areas and on the issues that Japan and Italy face. In his speech, Ambassador Masaharu Kono thanked Italy by saying "We were overwhelmed by the "kizuna" [tie that binds; it originally meant "a leash to tie down or restrain animals"] (in the form of support from various countries)". He declared "Japan has recovered", urging for the resumption of the tourism to Japan and investment in Japan
Many Japanese nauseate when they hear the word "kizuna".
Meanwhile, the EU's ban on Japanese food import remains, at least until October. Some recovery.