Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

Strong in the Rain: Surviving Japan's Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Disaster

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By (author) Lucy Birmingham, By (author) David McNeill

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 224mm x 20mm | 280g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 1137278943
  • ISBN 13: 9781137278944
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: Includes 10 pp b&w photos
  • Sales rank: 236,102

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In March of 2011, a 9.0 earthquake struck off the northeastern coast of Japan, unleashing a tsunami onto the densely populated coast. Over 19,000 people would be left dead, or missing, and the disaster triggered the world's worst nuclear crisis since Chernobyl: a triple meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear plant. As the world offered support, people everywhere wondered how the Japanese, facing such horrific destruction, were able to exhibit such calm, selflessness, and fortitude in picking up the pieces. Blending history, science, and gripping storytelling, Strong in the Rain vividly explores the country beyond the headlines,as well as the personal and national stories behind the earthquake. Following the narratives of six individuals, including a worker in the Fukushima nuclear plant who returned to work during the meltdown and the mayor of a coastal town who stayed round the clock on the job without knowing the fate of his family, it offers a glimpse of the surprising ways the Japanese people stood strong in the face of disaster.

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Lucy Birmingham is Time magazine's Tokyo-based reporter and covered the March 2011 earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis. Since coming to Japan in the mid-1980s, her articles have appeared in Bloomberg News, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The Boston Globe. She is also an editor and scriptwriter for NHK, Japan's national television and radio broadcaster. A board member of the Foreign Correspondents' Club of Japan, she lives in Tokyo. David McNeill is the Japan correspondent for The Independent and The Chronicle of Higher Education. He writes for The Irish Times and The Japan Times, while teaching at Sophia University in Tokyo. His work has appeared in Newsweek, New Scientist, Marie Claire, International Herald Tribune, Chicago Tribune, and on the BBC. He lives in Tokyo.

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'Birmingham and McNeill have created a compassionate and important book which both gives valuable information about one of the most important events of the last few years, and helps call to account both the Japanese government and TEPCO...Strongly recommended.' -The Book Bag

Table of contents

Prologue 1. March 11, 2:46 p.m. - The Quake 2. March 11, 3:10 p.m. - The Tsunami 3. March 11, 3:15 p.m. - Close the Gate! 4. March 12, 3:36 p.m. - No. 1 Reactor Blows 5. March 13, 1:52 p.m. - No. 3 Reactor Radiation Overload 6. March 15, 10:22 a.m. - Radiation Levels Critical 7. March 16, 4:30 p.m. - The Emperor's Speech 8. March 18 - 'Flyjin' 9. March 20 - Departures 10. March 27-April 6 - Help us Please! 11. March 28 - 'Tohoku Damashi' 12. Lives in Limbo