Japan’s Cleanup Begins:- Before and After Photo’s (June 2011)

The amount of work that has been done is astonishing after the terrible Earthquake/Tsunami that these poor people went through, sure they have to start rebuilding yet, put when you look at the pictures, the amount of rubble, concrete etc. that has already been cleared away is unreal.

                     Before                                                                     After        

See all the before and after photo’s in The Telegraph.

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17 Responses to Japan’s Cleanup Begins:- Before and After Photo’s (June 2011)

  1. The Japanese are among the most resourceful and proud people in the world. They put their mind to a task and get it done. Imagine if this happened in America – we’ve become such a country of whiners that we’d demand the government clean it up. Ugh. But the Japanese dig right in and do it themselves. It’s a lesson from which we all can learn.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi EOSR,
      I just couldn’t believe it when I saw the pictures, they have done a fantastic job already, I realize it will take years to rebuild but everyone certainly has put there back into it, all the people of Japan deserve top marks for the effort that was put into the big cleanup.

  2. gitwizard says:

    Amazing pictures!

  3. Snoring Dog Studio says:

    It’s truly inspiring. Incredible. I don’t get Earth Ocean Sky’s comment about government, though. I’m sure Japan’s government stepped in alongside citizens helping to do their part. I wouldn’t call the Katrina folks a bunch of whiners. Seems pretty heartless.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Snoring Dog Studio,
      Inspiring is right, I am hoping that there will be more photo’s over time as they start to rebuild. The best photo I felt was the photo showing the shopping center, that really was something else.
      In between the photo’s in The Telegraph was this bit about Japan’s Government.
      In May, Japan’s government passed a $48 billion tsunami recovery budget. Estimates put the full cost of rebuilding at $300 billion, making it the most expensive disaster ever.
      I think it definitely will take a lot of years, but I have no doubt they will get there in the end.

    • “Yes, call me heartless, Snoring Dog. I do find many of the Katrina hangers-on whiners. Not the group who got to rebuilding but look how many are still asking for government help, refusing to move out or on. They expect us pay for a giant levee to protect what is below sea level already! Absurd. Not my tax dollars, thank you. The statement I have about our government is that we’ve trained citizens to stand in line for a handout, not a helping hand up. A huge difference. Government agencies have finite resources and should be there but not as the sole line of defense. I am far more of the mind that private enterprise should be the final leg up. Look at all the people devastated by the recent tornadoes – you don’t hear them whining – and they lost everything -they, as neighbor to neighbor, got together and helped each other. That, in my mind, is how America should work.

      I have the feeling we’ll have to agree to disagree on this subject.”

  4. Barbara says:

    When I first saw the devastation on TV I wondered how things would go cleaning up because the task seems so overwhelming. I think my gut reaction would be to run away and start a new life somewhere else, somewhere much farther inland… (Same thought I had after Katrina!) But different people react to trauma in different ways – there is no right or wrong way to respond. Some folks are tenacious, fight back and rebuild, and others can’t find a way to cope or make sense of it and leave. We all have different strengths we can use to help each other rather than judging each other.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi Barbara,
      It really did look overwhelming, boats, houses in parking lots, all slammed together, it did seem a huge task, just looking at the photo’s, my first thought was where has it all gone?
      We also have had a few disasters here in OZ, and it is amazing how everyone bands together to help out. During our last lot of big floods here in Brisbane, there were people helping others even though they had lost everything. People came from everywhere to help those that needed it. There was even a lady walking in waist deep water carrying food so people could have something to eat.


  5. souldipper says:

    A friend recently went to Japan (teaching raw food preparation) and described the eeriness of acute underuse of electricity – everywhere and in all sorts of ways. Even in the subways. Eg – only every so many banks of lights are on. He said the people fully anticipate more earthquakes (the aftershocks still have not stopped) and have prep kits all around their homes and work places.

    • magsx2 says:

      Hi souldipper,
      I should imagine it would be a bit eerie, I think I read somewhere that Japan may build some coal power stations until they can get the new nuclear power stations up and running, I had a quick look but cannot find the article (sorry), the article also mentioned something about the people in the city were willing to share the power that they had so that some power could be used for others, hence the blackouts in all areas at different times.
      If I lived over there I too would make sure I had prep kits all ready, you just never know, it was such a huge earthquake, that I expect the aftershocks would not be all that small.

  6. magsx2 says:

    James Board was kind enough to put a link of this post on his blog. For some unknown reason I did not get a pingback.

    • bingbing says:

      Thanks for posting it. Some of us spend all week bagging The Other Side, it’s nice to read that positive story now and then.

      Did you know newspapers, when they started out in England, at first did write positive stories. The newspapers weren’t selling however. So they started adding blood and guts etc. and the rest is history.

  7. zannyro says:

    Amazing what they have accomplished…the human spirit…amazing!

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