To rebuild or not? Japan’s tsunami coast wonders (AP) – 625th Edition

A Japanese walks through a flooded street in the tsunami and earthquake ravaged city of Kesennuma, northeastern Japan, Sunday, March 27, 2011. Japan is starting to confront years of post-tsunami reconstruction along its northeastern coast. For the towns and farming villages, places like Kesennuma that have been battered for decades by economic decline, an exodus of young people and a rapidly aging population, the challenge could prove impossible. (AP Photo/David Guttenfelder)AP – When he was younger, the carpenter picked a spot just off the Shikaori River and built his house. Toshio Onodera chiseled the joints for the wooden roof beams and cemented the tiles onto the front porch. He mounted ivory-colored siding on the outside walls.

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