Back from the dead

My final visit to the Tohoku region last week, coincided with the 5th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. Having visited this area a few times over the past 6 months, I was happy to be around to mark the occasion and pay my respects to those affected.

My visits have (I mentioned in an earlier post) shown me that the painfully slow/non-existent recovery I noticed on my first visit (4 years ago), has finally started to gather something that might be called momentum.

On each of my visits, I've noticed more and more new buildings popping up all across the city and, even more encouragingly, dozens of plots are marked out for imminent future construction.

Added to this the fact that the transport infrastructure is now not only fully repaired, but also improved and in the process of being added to, with a new expressway being almost complete, and it can be said that, although progress may be slow, Kamaishi is very much back from the dead.

My local colleagues point out that it's 'just' Kamaishi that is coming back in this way (possibly for the reasons mentioned here), but just in my few visits here, I can see green shoots of recovery in the surrounding area too... and that's how these things work, isn't it? Pumping out from the heart of this recovery, the lifeblood flows back into even the tiniest arteries and veins.

I can't see how it wouldn't.


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