Skip to content

Al Jazeera – 101 East: The Great Wall of Japan


31 July 2020

After the 2011 Fukushima earthquake and tsunami killed about 18,000 people, the Japanese authorities embarked on a radical plan. At a cost of $12bn, they are building a 15-metre-high anti-tsunami wall across 400 kilometres to divide the land from the ocean. But it is also dividing local communities. There are fears the wall could cause irrevocable environmental damage while still failing to protect those who live along the country’s coastline. 101 East investigates whether the enormous concrete shield intended to keep Japanese citizens safe could itself prove damaging and dangerous.back home. But at what cost? Many nurses work long hours, some juggling multiple jobs to support their families. Others are exploited, intimidated and forced into indentured labour. Now Filipino nurses are on the front lines of New York’s COVID-19 crisis, some losing their lives as they battle to keep Americans alive. Meanwhile, the Philippines is facing a dire shortage of medical workers at this critical time. 101 East investigates the price of chasing the American Dream.

Comments are closed.

%d bloggers like this: