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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
A famous anime character urges locals to be strong on a local 'shotengai,' or Japanese shopping street.
Minato Shogakkou, or Minato Elementary School, used as a shelter in the aftermath of last year's Japanese tsunami.
Roland Kelts
A famous anime character urges locals to be strong on a local 'shotengai,' or Japanese shopping street.
The interior of Minato Shogakkou, highlighting damage from the tsunami.
Roland Kelts
A famous anime character urges locals to be strong on a local 'shotengai,' or Japanese shopping street.
Broken glass inside of Minato Shogakkou, used as a shelter after last year's Japanese tsunami.
Roland Kelts
A famous anime character urges locals to be strong on a local 'shotengai,' or Japanese shopping street.
Filmmaker Stu Levy, who accompanied Roland Kelts. Levy was in Tokyo when the earthquake occurred.
Roland Kelts
A famous anime character urges locals to be strong on a local 'shotengai,' or Japanese shopping street.
Debris and non recyclable home items lay strewn over the ground where houses and factories once stood on March 8 in Kesennuma, Japan. The fishing industry in North Eastern Japan's Tohoku area has suffered greatly after last year's tsunami.
Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images


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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.