Japanese villages call for international support to oppose seawall

Source: http://www.abc.net.au

SCOTT BEVAN: A group of Japanese villagers are calling for international support for their opposition to government plans for a giant seawall designed to protect communities from future tsunamis.

Earlier this month we brought you a story about one of those villages, Shibitachi, and how an Australian landscape architect is working with Japanese designers to come up with alternatives to the seawall.

The architects and designers recently held a symposium in the Japanese city of Kesennuma to discuss the alternatives.

Alison Caldwell reports.

ALISON CALDWELL: Dr Marieluise Jonas is a landscape architect at Melbourne’s RMIT University. She also works with Tokyo University’s Ota Lab.

She’s just returned from Kesennuma, 250 kilometres north of Fukushima, on Japan’s north-east coast, where she met with community leaders from fishing villages – villages like Shibitachi.

Dr Jonas says many fishermen don’t want the government’s proposed concrete seawall to be built along their sea front. In the case of Shibitachi it would be ten metres tall and 200 metres long.

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