Great Wall of Japan? Hot debate over Tokyo’s 400-km anti-tsunami barrier

Some 440 sea walls will be built in the north east of the country. The project is aimed at stopping a repeat of the devastating 2011 tsunami, which crippled the country and led to the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Around 18,500 people died or went missing in the wake of the tsunami, with a number failing to heed warnings telling them to escape low-lying areas. The government announced the plans, which later earned the nickname “The Great Wall of Japan”, just a few months after the disaster hit. …

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