Japan’s three-headed earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster has taken a terrible toll in human lives, injuries, and the general well-being of the Japanese people. It will, of course, carry a financial cost, too. And now, the first financial estimates of the damage are rolling in. “If ever there was a comeback-kid sort of country, this is surely it,” says E.J. Dionne in The Washington Post.

  • $247 billion
    Japanese Economy Minister Kaoru Yosano’s estimate of what it will cost to rebuild Japan
  • $235 billion
    World Bank estimate of what it will cost to rebuild Japan
  • 390,000
    Number of Japanese who remain homeless
  • 9,080
    Official death toll from the disasters
  • 13,561
    Number of Japanese still reported missing

More numbers here…

World Reaction
Inter Milan’s Yuto Nagamoto holds a Japanese flag after their Champions League round against Bayern Munich in Munich, March 15.

How It’s Done of the Day: A mere six days after repair work began on an earthquake-demolished section of the Great Kanto Highway in Naka the road was ready to be reopened.

The above image is by a young japanese photographer called Yuki Kokubo. Her parents live about 70 miles from the damaged nuclear plant in Fukushima and as there is a gasoline shortage in the area they are not able to flee to a safer place at this time. Due to their current situation (more info) they’ll be facing financial hardship in the coming weeks. Since she is currently in graduate school full-time and doesn’t have a source of income, she has decided to sell prints of her photography to try to help out them out.

Read more about her parent’s situation.

I admire Yuki’s pro-active approach in trying to help them. I am just going to donate money, no print necessary.

Visit Yuki’s site to read about her family and then buy or give.

if this video is not spread, this woman will die. And if she does, her blood is on BP’s hands.

if this video is spread, there is a chance justice shall be served.

PLEASE WATCH THIS AND SHARE IF YOU CARE ABOUT YOUR COUNTRY. Do you know all those ads on TV telling you the Gulf Coast is safe? Do you know those BP commercials telling you they care about their employees, that they’ve cleaned up the spill? Well, here’s a video of a woman who was a one of the thousands of clean-up crew members…

Her body is now degenerating rapidly. She’s lost feeling in her right arm, and severe neurological/nerve damage is starting to cause uncontrollable facial twitching. Her fellow clean-up crew friends are dying. This is heartbreaking and will make you sick to your stomach, but we all need to demand the media and government and BP acknowledge the true horror of this situation. This is your opportunity to use the Internet to impact the world. Look at the Middle-East, and think how much more powerful we as Internet-users are in America because of our guaranteed access to these digital tools.

If EVERY person who saw this (yes, you) reblogged and posted it on facebook, it will become a huge, national news story. The mainstream media will have no choice but to make it one. PLEASE. This is about our country, our world, and our race. This is a mother who tried to service our entire country by agreeing to clean-up OUR Gulf Coast, and she is now losing her life as a result. If you don’t give a shit about this, you don’t deserve to live in this country, nor call yourself a human.

This is what a corporation does to a country.

This is what greed looks like.

My heart goes out to Louisiana.

TRIGGER WARNING: This site has extremely graphic descriptions of physical and sexual abuse of a child.

Please read this little girl’s story and help in any way you can.

This is one of the most single horrifying things I have ever seen.  How can this be happening?

UPDATE: One of my readers, Irina, commented on this and said:

Here’s a link for the Save Aaliyah story:
http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/strollerderby/archive/2009/05/18/save-aaliyah-puts-dad-on-trial-by-youtube-jury.aspx

The police and district attorney, as well as child protective services, have found no evidence of any wrong-doing by the dad. I would never ever defend sexual and/or physical abuse, but before we all start screaming to crucify the father, we ought to take a second to remember that this story has a lot of sides, just one of it being the mother’s. A California Child Abuse 730 exam, one of the most rigorous methods for assessing abuse, has also found nothing. Much of the other evidence, for confidentiality reasons, has not been disclosed to the public.

If she has indeed been abused by her father, this is agony she’ll face for the rest of her life. If, however, the only evidence thus far is the mother’s fears, both the damage to the father’s reputation is irreparable and this little girl will be scarred by this video. Either way, who loses? My only support and empathy is for this child.

I agree with Irina completely.

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  1. Here’s a link for the Save Aaliyah story:
    http://www.babble.com/CS/blogs/strollerderby/archive/2009/05/18/save-aaliyah-puts-dad-on-trial-by-youtube-jury.aspx

    The police and district attorney, as well as child protective services, have found no evidence of any wrong-doing by the dad. I would never ever defend sexual and/or physical abuse, but before we all start screaming to crucify the father, we ought to take a second to remember that this story has a lot of sides, just one of it being the mother’s. A California Child Abuse 730 exam, one of the most rigorous methods for assessing abuse, has also found nothing. Much of the other evidence, for confidentiality reasons, has not been disclosed to the public.

    If she has indeed been abused by her father, this is agony she’ll face for the rest of her life. If, however, the only evidence thus far is the mother’s fears, both the damage to the father’s reputation is irreparable and this little girl will be scarred by this video. Either way, who loses? My only support and empathy is for this child.

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