Fukushima, 10 years later: Dr. Yoichi Funabashi on Japan’s healing process

Matt Bubala

IWAKI, JAPAN – MARCH 11: A man searches for the remains of people who went missing after the 2011 earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2021 in Iwaki, Japan. Japan will today observe the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake, tsunami and triple nuclear meltdown in which almost 16,000 were killed and hundreds of thousands made homeless. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake was one of the most powerful ever recorded. It triggered tsunami waves up to 40.5 meters high that travelled at 700km/h and surged up to 10km inland destroying entire towns. It moved Japan’s main island of Honshu 2.4m east, shifted the Earth on its axis by estimates of between 10cm and 25cm and increased the planet’s rotational speed by 1.8 microseconds per day. (Photo by Yuichi Yamazaki/Getty Images)

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Renowned journalist Dr. Yoichi Funabashi joins Matt Bubala to discuss the 10th anniversary of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster that rocked Japan. Dr. Funabashi explains where the major mistakes in emergency planning occurred and Japan’s lasting scars from the nuclear disaster.

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