Issue Guide: Japan’s Triple Crisis

Updated: March 18, 2011

Author: Toni Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

A woman cries while in the destroyed city of Natori in northern Japan. (Ho New/Courtesy Reuters)

On March 11, the largest earthquake on record struck Japan and generated a thirty-foot tsunami that inundated the country’s northeast coast. The death toll is estimated in the thousands, and the country is grappling with power shortages, search and rescue efforts, and the need to provide shelter and other services for victims. The disaster also caused a set of catastrophic events at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Thousands of people have been evacuated in the area surrounding the plant; some are already suffering from radiation exposure. And officials have yet to bring the nuclear situation under control. The triple-fold crisis has ignited debate over the prospects for the Japanese economy and has significant implications for the future of nuclear power in Japan and around the world.

Overview of the Disaster

Nuclear Crisis

Energy Policy Impact

Economic Impact

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