Japan rebuilds one year after earthquake and tsunami

Ondekoza, a professional Japanese taiko drumming group

It's been a year since the country was struck by a devastating tsunami and earthquake which killed as many as 20,000 people. And while memories of the tragedy remain, Japan has been moving ahead with rebuilding. Ambassador Kazuo Kodama, Japan's Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, says one of the main priorities for his country is to get people back into their homes and to make sure their emotional needs are taken care of. Julie Walker spoke to Ambassador Kodama talks about how Japan's government is working hard to clean up the nuclear spill that resulted from the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.

To express its gratitude for the support received following the earthquake and tsunami, Japan has been hosting a series of free concerts. The first concert organized by Japan's mission to the UN along with the Japan Foundation in New York was held at UN headquarters. Beng Poblete-Enriquez prepared this piece using elements from the concert, which featured the group Ondekoza, a professional Japanese drumming troupe, along with other musicians from the country.

Meanwhile, the impact of the earthquake and tsunami is chronicled in a photo exhibition at UN headquarters. "Children and the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami: UNICEF at Work" pays tribute to the victims and showcases the humanitarian assistance, particularly the help provided by the UN Children's Fund on the ground through the Japan Committee for UNICEF. Julie Walker was at the opening and filed this report.

Presenter: Dianne Penn
Editor: Donn Bobb
Duration: 10'00"

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