By Jim Taylor, Editor MACS ACtion Magazine
Two weeks ago, in the aftermath of the Japanese catastrophe, we ran a picture illustrating how that nation’s fractured infrastructure could cause industry delays even after affected plants and suppliers were back in business.
The photograph made it clear that recovery would take a while.
Yeah, well, so much for that “while.” If the usually reliable Autoblog.com and their Japanese sources are accurate (and no reason to believe they’re not), the Great Kanto Road near Naka was repaired and in use a week later.
The website ran the original photo and the update, shot from the same roadside point of view. Pretty amazing for a week’s work, but also a testimony to the indomitable spirit present in a hard-hit country. (Side question: how long would it take your state to fix that damage.
In fairness, Naka is well south of the area that took the major tsunami hit so those folks have a lot less to deal with. But pretty much the entire island nation got a good shaking and there is some damage in need of repair almost everywhere.
News reports credit the NEXCO Road Repair Company for the week’s round the clock effort to rebuild the 500 feet of damaged road. There was no word on the number of workers or equipment used, but given the underlying damage it had to be impressive.
Most of the news stories expressed awe at the effort and dedication involved in opening the road so quickly, particularly in light of everything else going on. A comment in the Asian Tribune said:
Japan is not the only place in the world with renowned engineers for performing impressive tasks. However, even in those countries, it is hard to imagine an achievement of this nature, given the scale of the damage on many fronts – both in terms of human lives and damage to infrastructure. In short, the Japanese are in a league of its own when facing with calamities – and overcoming them as well, of course.
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