3/11 disaster victims still in need of government support
Six years have passed since the powerful earthquake and tsunami devastated the Tohoku region. The number of those killed or still missing totals about 20,000. The 2011 disaster, which also induced the nuclear meltdown at the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, caused severe damage over a wide area. More than 120,000 people are still forced to live lives as evacuees. Reconstruction efforts at both the national and local levels are far behind schedule. Having been away from their hometowns so long, disaster victims are facing ever more complex and ever more serious problems.