Well we had another sizable earthquake they other day. Our area had started making steady progress repairing the damage of the first big earthquake, but a lot of that was thrown away. Once again the trains have stopped running (they only actually ran not even one day of semi-full service). The power went out the night of the earthquake for many hours, and we have lost all of our running water for the past few days. So basically I’m filthy again, and have to line up for drinking water yet again. I’m really starting to question Japan’s effectiveness in these situations. Updates and answers are few and far between. The usual answer is that it is unknown when services will return. I don’t really think it’s an acceptable answer really. Don’t believe the news when you see those photos that the Japanese media has been pushing of the highway being fixed in a few days, because most of everything else has remained broken. I also think that a country that has frequent earthquakes shouldn’t rely on trains for all of their public transport. A reasonably strong earthquake damages the whole system and it goes down for days or even weeks at a time. Not such a good idea really. I remember three years ago we had a strong earthquake (not bad at all though compared to recently), and the trains ran slow for just over two months. Maybe adding some other transport to supplement the trains would be smart. Actually the whole infrastructure in Japan probably needs rethinking. The recent earthquakes are proof of that.
Oh, by the way our broken wall finally fell down after the large earthquake the other day.