1. Japan’s three-headed earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster has taken a terrible toll in human lives, injuries, and the general well-being of the Japanese people. It will, of course, carry a financial cost, too. And now, the first financial estimates of the damage are rolling in. “If ever there was a comeback-kid sort of country, this is surely it,” says E.J. Dionne in The Washington Post.

    • $247 billion
      Japanese Economy Minister Kaoru Yosano’s estimate of what it will cost to rebuild Japan
    • $235 billion
      World Bank estimate of what it will cost to rebuild Japan
    • 390,000 
      Number of Japanese who remain homeless
    • 9,080
      Official death toll from the disasters
    • 13,561
      Number of Japanese still reported missing

    More numbers here…

     
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