A photo exhibition presenting Japan’s reconstruction efforts after the 2011 tsunami and earthquake started on Monday at the Japan Society near the U.N. headquarters in New York. Organizers hope the exhibition will create the opportunity of thanking the global community for the help it provided to the country, in order for Japan to recover after the disaster that struck two years ago.
The exhibition will display about 40 photos showing the same locations before the March 11 earthquake and tsunami and after the disaster, in order to display the extent of damage done, according to Kyodo news agency. Exhibits documenting recovery of the fishing industry and tourism are also presented.
The exhibition was sponsored by the Japanese Permanent Mission to the United Nations, the towns of Yamamoto and Minamisanriku in Miyagi Prefecture and others in collaboration with Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co., a Sendai city-based newspaper publisher.
On March 11, 2011, a massive earthquake and tsunami hit eastern Japan, causing unprecedented levels of damage, with around 20,000 dead and missing people and a bill of about $310 billion left to pay for the country after the disaster.