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Tokyo sarin attack: Recalling doomsday cult’s deadly assault

via BBC:

In March 1995, the world’s busiest subway system was brought to a standstill as a mysterious gas was released across the Tokyo underground.

Commuters in the Japanese capital began to feel short of breath and experienced dim vision. A dozen people died and thousands were affected.

It later transpired the deadly nerve gas sarin had been released in five locations across the network by the Aum Shinrikyo doomsday cult.

Toshiaki Toyoda was the deputy station master at Kasumigaseki station on that day.

He spoke to Witness about his experience and the guilt he feels at not being able to save his colleagues.

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Japan Estimated To Take Five Years To Rebuild

Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

The rebuilding of a city has a price and the World Banks has come up with an estimate. New Zealand Herald reports:

Japan may need five years to rebuild from the earthquake and tsunami that has caused up to US$235 billion ($320 billion) of damage, says the World Bank.

The March 11 disaster will likely shave up to 0.5 of a percentage point from the country’s economic growth this year, the bank said in a report. The impact will be concentrated in the first half of the year.

“Damage to housing and infrastructure has been unprecedented,” the World Bank said. “Growth should pick up, though, in subsequent quarters as reconstruction efforts, which could last five years, accelerate.”

The bank cited damage estimates between US$123 billion and US$235 billion, and cost to private insurers of between US$14 billion and US$33 billion. It said the government will spend US$12 billion on reconstruction in the current national budget and “much more” in the next one.

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