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Sunday, 4 August 2013

Disaster zone resorting to Ghoulish Tourist campaign.... Reverse Psychology? Japan Today.


Disaster zones continue to draw sightseers

Disaster zones continue to draw sightseers A tourist looks at debris inside a damaged building at a devastated area in Rikuzentakata, Japan, on July 20, 2013 AFP

Before the huge tsunami virtually wiped it off the map in 2011, Rikuzentakata’s pristine beach and luxuriant pine forests were a well-worn stop on Japan’s tourist trail.
Now the visitors are coming back, but this time they want to see the devastation and the monuments to those who died, the latest example of a phenomenon dubbed “dark tourism” where holidaymakers pay to witness the aftermath of others’ misery.
“You can’t really get a sense how huge the tsunami was unless you actually come here and see,” said Akira Shindo, 15, from New York, on a recent tour of part of Japan’s devastated northeast coast.
More than 18,000 people were killed when a 9.0-magnitude undersea quake sent huge waves barreling into Japan.
Whole communities were destroyed, buildings turned into matchwood and acres of prime land left unfarmable when a furious sea smashed ashore.

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Truly, that is the best I can come up with when promoting this trash.. more shame.....

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