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Pacific Rim Diaries: Roland Kelts on Japan's recovery and rebuilding efforts




A famous anime character urges locals to be strong on a local 'shotengai,' or Japanese shopping street.
A famous anime character urges locals to be strong on a local 'shotengai,' or Japanese shopping street.
Roland Kelts

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This time last year, we were just beginning to understand the impact of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. And for the people who live in the hardest-hit regions, the effort to reclaim their lives continues.

Author Roland Kelts spends most of his time in Japan, and he's been observing the changes since the tsunami.

Guest:

Roland Kelts, author of "JapanAmerica," a book about how U.S. pop culture has been influenced by the Japanese.