Japan, After The Tragedy Of The Great East Japan Earthquake

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Devastation struck Japan on March 11, 2011 when the main island, Honshu, was rocked by the worst earthquake in the country’s history. According the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake, named the Great East Japan Earthquake, was so severe it shifted the earth’s axis by 10 cm and the jolt of the earth’s crust triggered a tsunami of epic proportion. Carrying a wall of water over 10 meters high and massive enough to been seen by the International Space Station, the tsunami claimed more lives than the earthquake itself. Japan is a country that has faced more than its fair share of disaster in the last century. The country has witnessed the city of Hiroshima devastated in 1945 by an atomic bomb, and the city of the Kobe devastated by a massive earthquake in 1995. Japan has also witnessed an increase in tourism after major disasters with an increase of 492,000 international visitors, according to Index Mundi, in 1996, the year following the devastating earthquake in Kobe. Welcoming roughly 8 million visitors annually, Japan’s tourism sector has been affected by the devastating events with many airlines reducing routes to the country and 75% of booked accommodations being cancelled in the month of March according to Japan. The country’s tourism sector faces challenges; however, Japan offers great holiday destinations for the traveler, even in the wake of disaster.

Described by the Japanese Prime Minister as the worst disaster since WWII to strike Japan, the country faces an uphill battle to recover damaged sectors of its economy. The Japanese people are, however, known for their unity, strength, and non-complaining demeanor in the wake of tragedy, as past disasters have shown with no reports of looting, protests or demonstrations being displayed. In the wake of the disastrous earthquake and tsunami of March 11th, followed by hundreds of aftershocks, some measuring as great 7.1 on the Richter magnitude scale, Japan finds itself, once again, moving on in an attempt to revive all sectors its affected economy including tourism which counts for 2% of the country’s GDP of USD 5.4 trillion. A stunningly beautiful country in landscape and culture, Japan welcomes the hesitant tourist to many parts of the country not affected by the events on March 11th including two cities which have experienced and risen from disaster.

Hiroshima hails as Japan’s foremost example of a city rising after a manmade disaster. The dropping of an atomic bomb on the city in 1945 changed Hiroshima permanently with many experts claiming the city would not be habitable...

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