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Japan has not learned the right lessons after the earthquake of 2011 in order to avoid a similar catastrophe in the future. Six years after the earthquake and resulting tsunami, a lot of work still needs to be done to clean up radiation, re-establish permanent housing for more than one-third of the evacuees, and build or repair damaged levees and seawalls.Japan has struggled to clean up radiation from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant meltdown since the catastrophe. Workers had once worn protective gear before they approached Fukushima Daiichi now wear light clothing and simple surgical masks in most areas of the plant, many people are dying. Robots capable of destroying the most dangerous parts of Fukushima Daiichi’s reactors have been getting damaged because the level of radiation is so intense. Radiation weakens and breaks up DNA, either damaging cells enough to kill them or causing them to mutate in ways that may eventually lead to cancer. Radiation levels reach a maximum of 530 sieverts per hour. Japan’s lack of efficiency in cleaning up the Fukushima disaster has led to many people dying, they have been using inefficient methods which results in millions of dollars wasted. They have to use more effective methods to clean it up before another catastrophe. As of February 2017, there were still about 150,000 evacuees who still didn’t have a home, 58,000 of them were still living in temporary housing. Food is now in such short supply that people have had to scavenge in the debris for anything edible. “We have been trying to feed babies and children and the elderly first, but there is not enough to go around. For two days, the staff here had no food. And when we did receive some, there was only enough to share one can of drink between three people.” said Shuichi Kawarda, a city official. Japan has to use more of their money in giving food to victims of the 2011 tsunami and earthquake, many are dying of starvation. If another catastrophe was to occur Japan may never be able to recover because of the already low food supplies. Of nearly 600 levees and seawalls that the government plans to build, repair or replace along the rugged coastline, only 70 have been completed, and construction has yet to begin on many others. Most of the delays are due to the lack of construction workers and materials diverted to the massive repair of the Fukushima nuclear plant and projects for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It took more than two years just to haul away the debris and rebuild roads and other basic infrastructure. If another tsunami or earthquake is to occur now, Japan will not be ready to deal with the damage fast enough, and the resulting damage will be even more severe due to the lack of levees and seawalls to keep the tsunami water contained.  They also have to make to levees and seawalls taller to prevent tsunamis even more. Japan has struggled for near a decade on recovering from the tsunami and earthquake, more than 100, 000 people still don’t homes and only half of that are in temporary homes. They have focused most of their money on cleaning up the Fukushima nuclear meltdown and they have made little progress. They have not even constructed 15% of the levees and seawalls so if another catastrophe was to occur they would be even more greatly impacted.  A 2017 survey found that 72% of respondents said they could see little or no progress in reconstruction efforts, and 61% agreed there were problems in the government’s response to the disaster.


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