‘The Great Wall of Japan’: Locals divided over anti-tsunami shield

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After the 2011 Fukushima disaster — a powerful earthquake and tsunami which killed nearly 18,000 people — the Japanese government took a radical step. It decided to build a 400-kilometre-long reinforced concrete shield along the country’s northeast coast in a bid to break up future tsunami waves. This cost €11 billion and took years to build. But despite the government consulting people in each village, locals remain divided over the project as it blocks their view of the sea. Our correspondents report.

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