10 years after a disaster and tragedy in Fukushima

March 11, 2021

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A long line of Japan's Self Defense Forces are shown wearing blue protective outfits and walking among the rubble of Ishinomaki.

Japan's Self Defense Forces walk through the destruction of Ishinomaki helping aid in the evacuation, 2011.


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In May 2011, just weeks after the Fukushima nuclear power plant meltdown, The World’s Marco Werman visited the port city of Ishinomaki, where more than 3,000 people died after a 9.0 earthquake triggered a tsunami that flattened much of the city. Ten years later, we return to Ishinomaki, after a decade of rebuilding. And, after a year into the pandemic, hate crimes against Asian Americans appear to be on the rise around the US. Also, while the pandemic is far from over, museums are looking ahead to how this period may be remembered.

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The pandemic, one year later

Top of The World: It has been one year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the novel coronavirus a global pandemic. And, it was 10 years ago that a 9.0 earthquake near Japan resulted in a massive tsunami, killing more than 19,000 people and setting off catastrophic meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.


Anti-Asian hate crimes on the rise

The Asian American Pacific Islander community has a website where people can report hate crimes in more than 10 Asian languages. Russell Jeung, co-founder of StopAAPIHate.org, tells host Marco Werman about the increase of anti-Asian hate crimes in the US during the pandemic, and what steps his organization is taking to document them.