The Japanese mayor who was laughed at for building a huge sea wall (MAIL ONLINE, UK)

– until his village was left almost untouched by tsunami

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER

Last updated at 2:32 AM on 14th May 2011

The huge sea wall and floodgates took 12 years to build and had been widely regarded as a £20million folly. But today one former Japanese mayor is being hailed as a saviour after the grandiose construction allowed his small town escaped the devastation wrought by the March 11 tsunami.

In the rubble of Japan’s northeast coast, Fudai stands as tall as ever after. No homes were swept away. In fact, they barely got wet.

The 3,000 residents owe their lives to the late Kotaku Wamura, who lived through an earlier tsunami and made it a priority of his four-decade tenure as mayor to defend his people from the next one.

The 51-foot-high gate, which was criticised as being a wasteful public works project in the 1970s, protected the town from the tsunami The 51-foot-high gate, which was criticised as being a wasteful public works project in the 1970s, protected the town from the tsunami

The floodgate project was criticized as wasteful in the 1970s. But the gate and an equally high seawall behind the community’s adjacent fishing port protected Fudai from the waves that obliterated so many other towns.

Since the tsunami, residents have been visiting his grave to pay respects.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1386978/The-Japanese-mayor-laughed-building-huge-sea-wall–village-left-untouched-tsunami.html#ixzz1MONNOOri

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I'm a 58-year-old lovable fuzzball that enjoys spending time (when not working) reading and writing political commentary, enjoying good books, cooking, eating and bashing stupidity whenever and wherever I find it. (Not that I have to look very hard these days.) Despite being a long-term (25 years) resident of Tokyo, I am an unashamed and unabashedly Pro-Life American Conservative with an intense interest in the politics of the day -- in Japan, the United States and throughout Asia. My writings here and in other places focus primarily on how things are seen from Japan and around Asia, with special emphasis on Japanese national, political and defense issues, US Forces in Japan and Asia, and the burgeoning military power of China.
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One Response to The Japanese mayor who was laughed at for building a huge sea wall (MAIL ONLINE, UK)

  1. An important point to note on this story is that not all government spending is evil, and that sometimes projects that seem useless can be genuine lifesavers.

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