15 May '11, 9pm

How one Japanese village defied the tsunami

FUDAI (Japan) - In the rubble of Japan's north-east coast, one small village stands as tall as ever after the tsunami. No homes were swept away. In fact, they barely even got wet. Fudai, about 510km north of Tokyo, is the village that survived, thanks to a huge wall once deemed an expensive folly and now vindicated as the community's salvation. The 3,000 residents living between mountains behind a cove owe their lives to late former Mayor Kotaku Wamura, who saw the devastation of an earlier tsunami and made it the priority of his four-decade tenure to defend his people from the next one. His 15.5m floodgate between mountainsides took a dozen years to build and meant spending more than US$30 million (S$37.3 million) in today's money. The floodgate project was criticised as wasteful in the '70s but that gate, and an equally high seawall behind the community's adjacent fishin...

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