The country of Japan has invested nearly 12 billion dollars in concrete walls, up to 41 feet tall, to prevent destruction from potential Tsunamis. The walls have been erected in many of the most vulnerable places of the Japanese coastline, according to Wired Magazine With super-storms increasingly on the rise, the need for protection has dramatically increased.
Unfortunately, this new tech developed with good intentions has also impacted the local aesthetic of the Japanese coastline in many places. Tokyo-born photographer Tadashi Ono, who now lives in Paris, is quoted as saying:
“What I’m interested in as a photographer is how they’ve totally shut out the views of the sea,” Ono says. “I’m walking in the sea coast area, I want to take a photo of the coast, but I can’t see it.”
Similar concerns have been raised by the fishing and tourism contingents of the area.
Ono seems to believe that the walls are actually unnecessary. He said: “Before the tsunami there were towns in those areas, but now nobody lives there—it’s just rice fields or vacant land. So the seawalls protect nothing.” “They were constructed just to be constructed.”
While it is very possible that the government of Japan potentially built the walls as way to create jobs – it doesn’t erase the large questions posed by the development. Check out the link below to see the Japanese Sea Wall and read more…
Reality Changing Observations:
Q1. With super-storms increasing throughout the world, what are the measures that humanity should take to reduce their effects?
Q2. Instead of building sea walls should, should Japan instead spend 12 Billion dollars in clean, renewable, energy?
Q3. Should see-through, self-cleaning, sea walls be developed as a way to protect and maintain the natural beauty of the area?