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Earthquake Ravaged Japanese Highway Rebuilt in Three Days

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These two photos show the same stretch of road--the Great Kanto branch--three days apart. By March 16th, just three days after the earthquake tore it apart, the road was rebuilt to the condition seen in the photo.


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Kit B (276)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 7:10 pm
These two photos show the same stretch of road—the Great Kanto branch—three days apart. By March 16th, just three days after the earthquake tore it apart, the road was rebuilt to the condition seen in the photo.

Here's the press release (run through Google Translate) from Nexco East, the company that runs that stretch of regional highway. I'm sure there's more of a point to be made about such a stunning display of resiliency, or as Michael Cote described it, the "diligent efficiency" of the response. About whether it would be possible if the government alone—and not a private company—would be able to work so quickly and efficiently. About whether anything like this would ever be possible in the United States. (Doubtful.) But for now, it's just an amazing thing to see.

Big props to resiliency/infrastructure fanatic Cote (and our go-to climate adaptation expert) for calling this to our attention.

By Ben Jervey for Daily Good

Kit B (276)
Thursday March 24, 2011, 7:21 pm

After 5 years we still have not rebuild New Orleans, maybe we could learn from Japan. When things need to be done, we don't.

Susan L (150)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 1:31 am
You can accomplish anything you put your mind to.... just seems that in the Good ol' USA, the ones running things have different 'goals' than the average citizen. We all know what they are, so I won't repeat everything we read here day after day. Let's just say the 'priorities' are NOT about putting anything in OUR country 'back together'. They are more concerned with limiting our freedom and rights with foolish legislation, taking care of Big Business and Wealthy Elite with even bigger tax advantages, sending our young military men & women across the oceans to fight wars in other countries, and seeing how long unemployed workers and their families can survive without any assistance. YEP, that's what it looks like to me.

. (0)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 8:47 am
This doesn't surprise me about Japan. The Japanese are resilient, hardworking, intelligent and produce quality goods to boot. Great culture.

Caitlin M (104)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 8:56 am
I loved your comment, Sue... I wonder what more you would have noted if you had decided to "repeat everything we read here day after day." I think you did an excellent job of reminding us why nothing is getting done FOR THE PEOPLE in the US today. Plenty is being done for Big Biz & Pharma. Why we can't build a road or New Orleans is, like Sue said, a matter of priorities. The people must take over and fight for what they want and need. Power to the People! Gosh...back to the 60s we go.

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 9:00 am

When the tough get going - Americans form a committee. Does this country need a shake up or what?

Caitlin M (104)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 9:02 am
I forgot to add at the end of my comment: back to the '60s...AND WITH GOOD REASON!

And, for sure Kit, this country does need a shake-up and I'm glad you're on our side!

Arielle S (313)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 10:09 am
Impressive! Here we would have talked about it for two years, whined about it for another, hired someone to investigate options, dilly-dallied for another year or two, decided we needed more money, and then the GOP would declare it socialism in some form and the road would still be a mess. Yeah, kind of like New Orleans....

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 12:08 pm
I totally agree Sherri thats why I drive a Nissan and not an American made car ,their built better , last forever and get pretty good gas mileage to boot.

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 12:12 pm
The one thing they never should have done was trust GE to design and build their nuclear plant .They should have gone with clean safe energy like solar and wind instead .

Susan L (150)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 12:26 pm
Thank you Caitlin! You're right too, Kit - they'd 'form a committee,' THEN, just to make sure they don't 'jump on a decision' to actually DO anything too quickly, they'd move on to everything Arielle said. I think we should elect someone from Care2 as our president! Hey, let's start a "Presidential Committee"! ;-)

Susan L (150)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 12:34 pm
Well, thank you Caitlin - to answer your question, I would STILL be typing! Kit, you're right too, they'd form a committee ~~~ then they would do everything Arielle said! Don't want to rush into any important decisions, don't cha' know. We should elect someone from Care2 as President! Hey, let's start a committee!!! ;-)

Susan L (150)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 12:35 pm
OOps, sorry. I thought it didn't post because it just went to a blank page....

Julie Kirby (40)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 1:09 pm
I've heard it said the 19th century was British, 20th, American & the 21st Asian... Look at the educational discrepency betweem the US & Japan, India & China... Just in math & science alone we have so much to make up for... I told a fellow American this who thinks the US can do no wrong, she said she was scared...

Claudia O (73)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 1:22 pm
Good posting, Sue! We used to put our energies into political activities, thinking that if we voted the right people in, things would change. It has taken a lot of years, but we no longer feel we can count on someone else to do the work needed. We are rolling up our sleeves and doing what we can do when we can do it. That doesn't mean anything huge like a new road, but we do help our community in small ways each day and hopefully make a difference in this world. Those making the 'big' decisions are going in directions I no longer understand or condone.

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 1:25 pm
Well, when this nation does a I'll scratch your back then you can scratch mine with other nations in case we need them, our nation forgets it's own people and it's country. It's like a board game without results. At least Japan jumps on the problem with no delays in doing it.

C. G (1)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 2:04 pm
very impressive!

Edgar Zuim (47)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 2:06 pm
It's great to see that Japan not surrendered to their fate, despite all this tragedy. It is a brave people who will thrive again very quickly. Many lessons were such a tragedy, not only for Japan but also throughout the world. May God bless them.

Rebecca Y (26)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 2:26 pm
The first thing I thought about was New Orleans and then the PG&E gas line explosion and how people in America do not get the help they need. It seems we send all our help to other countries. Shame on us!

patti ng (14)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 2:34 pm
Very inspiring story ! Lets hope some people here read this and take notes. Thank you. :)

helen s (0)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 2:36 pm
Fanatastic! Nearly 10 years since 911, and is anything standing there???? For shame!

Past Member (0)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 4:00 pm
From the comments here, I don't think you like union workers.

Kit B (276)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 4:08 pm

Wrong again, John these comments address the lazy worthless politicans and the expensive do nothing committees - try actually reading the comments, before making remarks. Many of these commenters are/or married to union people we all respect the working people of America. We just don't have respect for the political system that makes bad things worse.

Hector R. (3)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 4:12 pm
Here in NYC they had been "fixing" the Long Island Expressway Since 1990, and ground zero project has not been finished yet.
I'm sure we can make something similar in this country, but forever projects that keep stealing"We the people's" money are more convenient for the vultures that are destroying this country (politicians, corporations, corrupted contractors and militars).

Joy M (168)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 5:44 pm
Wow! we need the Japanese to come to my country and work..well done!

Hartson Doak (39)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 7:14 pm
Kit B. New Orleans is a lost cause. There is no way that the flooding will not happen again. New Orleans should abandoned to the rising sea. A new city built on higher ground further up the river should be considered. Think of all the jobs that would create. A LEEDS certified city from scratch. Just think of the possibilities. It would be the second one for the US.

Susanne R (236)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 7:33 pm
Are they more organized? More focused? Or are they fortunate enough to NOT have two (or three) parties working AGAINST each other? With all the blame-laying, finger-pointing, name-calling and power struggles going on in this country, not to mention the wasteful misappropriation of our tax dollars, it's not surprising that we don't measure up to Japan and many other countries when disaster strikes.

Audrey L (37)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 8:31 pm
Amazing job. President Obama wants us to fix our infrastructure, but of course Congress doesn't want it. We have the people to do the work, but alas we have Boehner.

rossany d (4)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 9:33 pm

Susan S (187)
Saturday March 26, 2011, 10:03 pm
That is impressive and very encouraging. Japan has resilience and will rebuild. We will all still need to help out and especially keep them all in prayer.

Sunday March 27, 2011, 1:39 am
The Japanese are just the most brilliant bulders! Like many other people who have commented, I DO wish we could get workers like that here, In Australia! The Japanes workers are so single-minded and unlike us, they seem to be far more able to work uncomplainingly as a team, as they are not allowed to be so idividualistic and they are not pandered to as children quite the same way as our young folk brought up in the present 'me' generation! This effort really is worthy of applause!

Edward M (8)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 4:58 am
Surprisingly enough, this sort of response and result can be recreated anywhere in the World if the equipment, the proper workforce, and the money needed, are made available.
If the same amount of money, which you throw at your military, were to be thrown at your domestic problems instead, you would see just how quickly they could be resolved.

Vera T (2)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 5:54 am
Well goes to show the psyche and work ethics in different societies - no looting, discipline, orderly queues in Japan - wheras in Haiti a year later from what I've seen, people sitting around 'waiting for help "

Ginger Strivelli (20)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 6:45 am
As I have is a good thing the quake hit Japan it is the country most prepared for such events, and a rich country who can afford to rebuild. Of course the deaths and the radiation issues are terrible but if such had hit some poor 3rd world country it would have been worse.

bj. shaw (61)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 7:55 am
Lets hear it for Japaneses know how and the strong sense of community they have

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 8:13 am

Unlike Americans, the Japanese don't wring their hands in despair and wonder who will fix the problems for them. Americans have lost their sense of community, and if we want to regain that love of each other then one by one they should begin to work together on community projects.
I have asked all the churches here to please help with the Socks for Japan project, still waiting for even one to follow up. They are praying for guidance - bet that really helps with cold feet. Many of us have also added baby blankets to our collection and for one dollar each (price of socks or baby blanket) many have brought stacks of socks and baby blankets. I am sorry that churches have lost the meaning for their reason for being - to help the human community.

Marco C (31)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 9:29 am
Sue, Kit, Caitlin, Linda, Claudia. thanks for your perceptive and enjoyable commentary.

Humble pie as it becomes a larger and larger part of the American diet. Yet another example of why we are a long way from the top. Japan with their disaster mitigation, Egypt with their democratic movement, Canada wtih their heathcare, Germans with their social services, Scots with their energy policy, while we pretend to ourselves and allow our goverment representatives to rip us off, legally, economically, financially, environmentally, spiritually, politically, intellectually.They shamelessly stole our pride and systematically dismantled what was once regarded as the worlds greatest country.

As the ostensible leaders of the free world, Sarah Palin was held up as a serious political candidate. Is it any wonder?

We are not even good at tax breaks for the wealthy, Monaco has no taxes at all, and they enjoy free healthcare. Outdone again? North Korea is looking closer than ever.

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 9:47 am

May I just say Marco, that I look forward with excited anticipation to your thought provoking and insightful comments. Indeed, it's time for Americans to stop bitching and complaining - stop waiting for the government to do IT for them, get off your lazy butts and get out and create the world (country) you want. Form small groups, make use of the BSA and GSA and other students, plant trees, clean up parks and a local streams work for the betterment of our world - make your community some thing more then just a spot on a map, make it a good place to be, live and grow. Plant some community gardens - think and act as one, leave politics to one side and treat each other as human beings.

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 9:51 am

PLEASE - SOCKS FOR JAPAN, please talk with neighbors friends, churches, social groups and send socks and baby blankets - please just look at these wonderful people have been through and all they need from us is just some warm socks and maybe a few baby blankets. If the postage is a burden - send me the bill and I will do all I can to help, the socks and baby blankets can be purchased for a dollar a Dollar Stores.

Marco C (31)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 10:19 am
HERE, HERE Kit Bravo Encore.......Now that's the spirit! Maybe there is some greatness left, and if there is, then it exists in us as individuals.

Our governance, now that's our fault, but we can fix it. If they want the treats, then get out the leash and make 'em sit, heel and roll over before they get it.

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 10:25 am

Yep, Marco we hippies may be old - but we ain't dead. There is only one solution - unity. We all have a natural desire to live, to care for ourselves and our families so let's just get busy. Don't like my politics? And just what has that to do with a clean earth,?

Carol D (346)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 12:17 pm
This is amazing but very believable! This is what I call efficient!!

Renee A (4)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 2:13 pm
America can learn from this..Remember New Orleans!!!!

Carol C (97)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 3:24 pm
Noted. Thank you.

Fred Krohn (34)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 5:30 pm
First aid after wind crisis in New Orleans: WalMart (private company). We already know in the USA, but the damn Socialists keep repressing it.

Jane R (105)
Sunday March 27, 2011, 7:23 pm
Very impressive!

William Ford (1)
Friday April 1, 2011, 10:09 am
Japan doesn't waste time with whining. America does (for example - New Orlean).
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