The Economist's Kenneth Cukier on Japan's crisis from Ground Zero

Friday, 25 March 2011 05:30 Written by  Published in Point Blank Show
The Economist's Kenneth Cukier on Japan's crisis from Ground Zero Source: News.com.au

Kenneth Cukier is The Economist's Japan Business and Finance correspondent, but in the last couple of weeks, he has stared at one of the most grueling assignments of his career: cover Japan's largest earthquake, visit disaster zones and make sense of the mayhem. In this podcast, Kenn salutes the spirit of the Japanese who are ploughing through the crisis with aplomb. He doesn't mince words while criticizing the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) which is at the core of the nuclear reactor crisis. Following are some of his words which summarise his state of mind and that of rest of Japan:

Huddled and cold, many so elderly, evacuees making their way
The clasped hands of a woman scouring a newspaper's names
The tears of survivors greeting for the first time
(First, the gratitude of life; then, the whispers of death)

A city: obliterated. Small universes: annihilated.
Now, calm. Now, digging—not to rebuild but to bury the dead
There, I saw a carpenter's plane and unbroken cup
A reminder of something past and something ahead

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