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The Silver Lining in Japan’s Great Earthquake Disaster

Written by  SHINJI HOSOTSUBO & NATHAN LEE RHODEN Monday, 11 July 2011 18:36

The earthquake, tsunami, and ongoing radiation threat of “3/11” have delivered a telling triple blow to the people of Japan. With more than 15,000 confirmed dead and nearly 9,000 still missing, the loss of life, the physical destruction, and the human suffering caused by the events of March 11, 2011, have taken their toll on both the psyche and the economy. Nature has once again revealed its power in a humbling way. The scale and utter thoroughness of the devastation must be seen to be fully appreciated. Photographs and video simply cannot do justice to the vast destruction that stretches as far as the eye can see. Estimates of the overall cost already exceed $300 billion, easily making it the most expensive natural disaster on record. Yet, the Japanese people have proven themselves highly resilient in the past, and hardship is once again fueling new determination. The conspicuous supply chain