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    Posted March 14, 2011 by
    Tokyo, Japan
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Recovery in Japan: After the earthquake

    criswilliams and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Earthquake strikes Japan
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    Supplies in Japan Running Dry


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     criswilliams says many Tokyo residents faced empty grocery shelves and frantic shoppers this week. Criswilliams captured a photo where a baker explains to an elderly woman why she cannot buy bread. 'Life is frantic, but remains relatively normal in Tokyo,' he says. 'People all over are rushing to buy supplies.'
    - Jareen, CNN iReport producer

    Captions for Photos above:


    1) Empty shelves in front of Japanese drug-store, once held diapers.


    2) Convenience store in Tokyo, with disclaimer sign apologizing for the lack of food, due to earthquake.


    3) Super-market's baker explains the situation of having no more bread left, to elderly woman.


    4) Rice in Tokyo is becoming extremely scarce.


    5) The last banana in the produce section.


    6) Stores bombarded with early-morning shoppers, moving at a fast pace, preparing for what may lie ahead.


    7) Woman buys last bag of rice from local rice storekeeper.


    8) Discount store barely littered with products, almost sold out.


    9) Dry-foods, such as noodles and bread, are becoming very hard to find in stores.



    In Tokyo, Japan, supplies are running low among the general public. Everyone's rushing to the stores to stock up, before possible power-outages and other feared disasters. Convenience stores, mini-marts, food-markets, super-stores, and drug-stores are completely crowded. Entrances are blocked by a sea of bicycles, and frantic shoppers. Stores among Tokyo are almost completely out of the following: diapers, baby food, baby products, meat, bread, dry-foods, instant foods, paper towels, batteries, flashlights, radios, and such. I've ventured around Tokyo to find that flashlights, baby-related products (especially diapers), toilet paper, and bread are completely no where to be found. I am thankful I have stocked up on most of the above, but am stuck with 100¥ store flashlights that won't last me long, in the event of black-outs.

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