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Post-tsunami Japanese live uneasily with seawalls


Post-tsunami Japanese live uneasily with seawalls

Japan, Mar 10 (ANI): When a massive earthquake struck in 2011, this Japanese fisherman was working as usual by the sea. Seven years on thousands fishermen along Japan's northeast coast have rebuilt their lives.

But those lives rebuilt alongside huge sea walls are unhappy. The fisherman also worries that the walls could block natural water flows and impact oyster farming.

But experts say the wall is necessary and will protect people from another tsunami, seen as inevitable in a seismically active nation like Japan. The 2011 earthquake and tsunami, which reached as high as 30 meters in some areas, killed nearly 18,000 people across Japan and triggered a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima power plant.

While residents understand the idea behind the wall, many have become more critical over time. Some say they were not consulted enough in the planning stages or that money spent on the walls has meant that rebuilding elsewhere has fallen behind.

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