227 Thousand Evacuees After Three and Half Years

Three and a half year passed since the great earthquake hit Tohoku.

According to the most recent goverment report (dated 8/29/14) , two-hundred and twenty-seven thousand people are still at the temporary housing or at their relatives/friends waiting for the permanent place to live in.

Temporary Housing at Rikuzentakata, 2014 (copyright: Think Global School)

Temporary Housing at Rikuzentakata, 2014 (copyright: Think Global School)

Among them, eighty-nine  thousand are in prefabricated container-like housing that was meant to be used only for two years.

Today’s article on Asia and Japan Watch reported the condition here. It claims that a half of the public supported new housing project will not be completed by 2017.

That is six years from the disaster. A child who was a first grader would be graduating from the elementary school. And his entire memory of that valuable time in and around container house? With resources Japan has, we should not allow that to happen.