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A regular up-date featuring articles written for publications

all over the world by FCCJ Correspondents

Japan's Concrete Coast

In the Economist, David McNeill reports on government plans to protect Tohoku from tsunami by erecting a great wall of concrete

Like hundreds of places along Japan's northeast coast, the village of Koizumi exists on maps only. Three years ago, an earthquake under the Pacific Ocean triggered towering waves that carried away over 18,000 people and caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi power station. The deluge flattened Koizumi and drowned 40 of its 1,800 residents. In a country that endures a tsunami every seven years or so, the survivors know that at some point another such calamity will surely happen. Japan's government wasted little time announcing a favorite solution: pouring concrete.  Read the article

Ex PM Koizumi's son on the way up

Ex PM Junichiro Koizumi's son, Shinjiro, has been promoted at the Reconstruction Agency, reports Ayako Mie of the Japan Times. This, despite his criticism of his own party's policies in in reconstructing Tohoku and failing to clean up the nuclear mess.

Shinjiro Koizumi’s appointment Monday as parliamentary secretary in charge of Tohoku’s recovery has generated much attention amid mounting criticism of the government for failing to speed up reconstruction efforts or end the radioactive water spill into the sea at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The 32-year-old son of popular former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi will oversee its Iwate and Miyagi divisions.

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