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The Huffington Post is an American online news aggregator and blog founded by Arianna Huffington, and launched in 2005. The site offers news, blogs, and original content, and covers politics, business, entertainment, environment, technology, popular media, lifestyle, culture, comedy, healthy living, women’s interests, and local news.

Reportage 2012 March

Japan Earthquake Anniversary: Tsunami Survivors Tell Their Stories

by Robert Michael Poole

Japan’s 2011 earthquake anniversary provides an opportunity to look back at the worst natural disaster of 2011 and the individuals it affected. The Huffington Post worked with Tokyo-based writer Robert Michael Poole and photographer Benjamin Parks to put together a series examining the lives of those who lived through the disaster in Ishinomaki, one of the hardest-hit cities both in terms of the number of lives lost and structural damage.

The people they spoke with, from a cab driver to a sake store owner, shared how their lives were changed and how they have set about to rebuild in the years ahead.

Reportage 2012 March

Japan Earthquake Anniversary: Survivor Yuichi Kowata Says Government ‘Reacted Too Late’

by Robert Michael Poole

Outside the Ishinomaki train station, taxis line up for visitors and commuters as usual. 70-year-old taxi driver Yuichi Kowata, who knew the town and its inhabitants better than most, bears the weight of the town’s losses in his expression. While the camaraderie of the drivers remains strong, the sense of sadness and grief is all too apparent.

Reportage 2012 March

Japan Tsunami Anniversary: Toshinobu Sato & Yuki Amano’s Survivor Story

by Robert Michael Poole

One year after the tsunami and earthquake that devastated the northeast coast of Japan and left thousands of people dead, Robert Michael Poole and photographer Benjamin Parks traveled to Ishinomaki, one of the worst-hit cities, to ask survivors how the recovery is progressing, about the government’s response to the disaster, and how the people are coping.

Reportage 2012 March

Japan Tsunami Anniversary: Ishinomaki One Year Later

by Robert Michael Poole

The massive impact of tsunami waves that struck Ishinomaki, Japan, on March 11, 2011, can’t be overstated; more than 3,000 Ishinomaki residents died in the inundation and undertow, and nearly 3,000 more remain missing. According to Japanese broadcaster NHK, ocean waves overcame 46 percent of the city’s land, swelling the Kitakami river after a magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit off of Japan’s northeast coast. The Huffington Post talks to survivors one year on.