I thought this post from The Economist was well worth the read, hopefully you do too.
It highlights quite a bit of the sad parts of the reconstruction, and quite a bit of the hope that still lingers. It’s Banyan’s topical negativity towards all things Asia (I was holding out for a positive-looking ending or an honorary cheer for the Japanese in their endurance for closing, but for naught, so if you’re looking for condolences and comfort, this isn’t the place). There are however quite a few golden nuggets on the differences in rebuilding between cities, and some of the heroes that champion on with the desire to rebuild the Tohoku region and make it recover beyond the reconstruction.
I’ll put out a little bit more on Japan from Bloomberg later, to wash away any negative aftertaste that chewing through too much Banyan leaf should leave, but in memory I thought it’d be nice to show a slightly off-topic thing from what I generally do, that I still hope retains informational value.