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Two years on from Japan Tsunami, but the media has already lost interest…




Today, March 11th, marks the two year anniversary of Japan earthquake & Tsunami. I thought I could watch any documentary or big news coverage or something, but disappointedly I haven’t seen anything substantial, other than 1-2 minute coverage of the memorial ceremony.

I thought I might have missed something and checked today’s TV guide, but there is no listing on main TV channels (BBC1,2,3,4, ITV, Channel 4, Five). Even on Panorama or Dispatches, both current affairs documentary programs aired today, they talk about “America’s Gun Addiction” and “Undercover Designer Dogs”. I have been watching BBC news 24 for over  an hour now but zero coverage.

So I quickly checked the newspaper website, to see if the newspapers deal with the issue. BBC news ‘world’ section, the Times, the Independent don’t talk about it at all on the first page which is the most important page of the web.


ガーディアン紙は、中心の「Top stories」にはないが、左上の「Latest(最新)」欄に記事あり。

Not on the ‘Top stories’, but the guardian mentions it on the top of the ‘Latest’ section on the left.



Telegraph shows a series of photos of Fukushima but not the news coverage, all the way down, lower than Jim Carrey!

Daily Mail

デーリーメールは、右欄「world news」に記載はあるが、写真なし。

Daily Mail lists the news on the ‘world news’ column on the right, but without photo to stand out.


It is not only UK, but also in other countries, too. I checked the Google News site of several major countries, but the result was more or less the same. On UK edition (below top), the news is not one of the most read topics, neither on US, Canada, Germany, and France edition. But surprisingly ‘Fukushima’ is the most read news on Italian edition (below second), and 6th on Spanish edition  (below second), for some strange reason. 

Google UK

Google IT   Google ES



UK media has been talking about 9/11 every year since 2001 and 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami for several years, so I had some hope to see some coverage about Japan Tsunami as well. But sadly it was very little, and they seems to have forgotten (or downplay, according to M) about the Tsunami and earthquakes that killed over 20,000 people. What a difference from the huge media coverage when it happened. Still over 300,000 people are living in the temporary housing, including the evacuees from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear power plants, and the large part of the areas affected have barely recovered and still long way to go back to normal. Radiation is still leaking from the nuclear power plants and is causing fear among many people. I don’t think the world should care about this incident only, but they can remember a bit of it, at least on the day of anniversary…