Tuesday, March 20, 2012

UK's Daily Mail: Before and After the Debris Cleanup in Tohoku

These photos will never ever appear in the Japanese media, because they are so inconvenient for TPTB (the power that be) - whether it is the Ministry of the Environment and the Japanese government or the increasingly powerful waste disposal industry lobby.

What TPTB in Japan want to portray is the "Before the clean-up" photos of Tohoku. "See, people are surrounded by disaster debris which makes them sad..."

It is sad to see people's lives having been wiped out along with their houses and all the possessions.

From Daily Mail (2/13/2012), before and after photos:

Ofunato, Iwate:

Yuko Sugimoto and her son, Ishinomaki, Miyagi:

Kesennuma, Miyagi:

Rikuzen Takata, Iwate:

Minami Soma, Fukushima:

For more photos, go to Daily Mail page.


Chibaguy said...

In the last picture on this blog post, is that the pile of debris Hosono is using in his ads?

arevamirpal::laprimavera said...

Hosono is using the Ishinomaki debris, which is actually neatly stacked up and very much away from the residential area if you look at it.

Anonymous said...

Those pictures were everywhere on March 11, strange that these weren't on japanese media.

Anonymous said...

Rikuzen Takata photos are gobsmacking.

Anonymous said...

I have been to Ishinomaki. You cannot imagine the volume of rubbish. It is stacked up, but it is not very far from residential areas. In fact, it is only a short walk. Or, you could say the only reason they are able to stack up the debris where it is now, is because the tsunami wiped the area clean of residences. In general I like coming to ExSKF, but I think the recent insistence that the debris isn't an issue for the residents, is not based on the reality of the situation on the ground. Seeing the mountains of debris (in just this one town of Ishinomaki) is a life-changing event. Sseeing the neighboring town of Onagawa, where the power of the tsunami was more efficiently delivered to the residential area is an even more sobering event.

Anonymous said...

If one didn't know about the 20000 dead and 300000 homeless people, joblessness and Belarussian-like radiation, one could argue that the landscape has improved.

Anonymous said...

Lots of tsunami damage very sad indeed. And, what about the air, water and soil radiation cleanup?

No damage from the 9.1 earthquake itself, amazing don't you think.

Anonymous said...

@anon at 4:48PM, no, it's not amazing. Damage from the earthquake was swept away in tsunami.

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