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    Posted June 17, 2011 by
    Tokyo, Japan
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Recovery in Japan: After the earthquake

    AllanCook and 14 other iReporters contributed to Open Story: Earthquake strikes Japan
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    Muddy water is everywhere around the abandoned convenience store, it is a sight that we are all too familiar with over the past 3 months, where Tsunami damaged homes have been left engulfed by mud.  The car park behind the building has clearly suffered the damage from the earthquake, the concrete is uneven, the water has gathered in pools.   Although it may look like any of the photographs taken near to the earthquakes epicentre days after the tsunami struck, it is in fact a photograph taken 3 months and 400 kilometres away, just a 20 minute train ride away from Tokyo’s massive Metropolis, where a little under 40 million people work day-in day-out! 

    One of Tokyo’s most modern and richest cities, Urayasu is home to Tokyo Disney Resort, and less than a hundred meters from this abandoned convenience store many western Disney staff, many of whom are from the US, make their homes in Disney’s employee apartments.  Yet, almost like a symbol of the earthquake, and the persisting difficulty in recovering from such a massive disaster, much of the Shin-Urayasu area remains much the same as it did 3 months ago when Japans greatest disaster, devastation, and tragedy unfolded!

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