Gotta Watch: Japan, one month later
Hundreds of photos sit by the side of the road in the destroyed Japanese town of Minamisanriku.
April 11th, 2011
10:35 AM ET

Gotta Watch: Japan, one month later

It's been a month since an earthquake and subsequent tsunami rocked Japan, leaving more than 27,000 people dead or missing. From decimated towns that are far from recovery to the delicate reminders of how life used to be, today's Gotta Watch focuses on life in Japan one month after the crisis began.

Anatomy of a ghost town – It looks like any other town, except for one thing. It's devoid of life. Earthquake and tsunami damage forced so many residents from their homes. All that's left are the subtle signs of a hasty retreats and elevated radiation levels.

Finding memories in post-disaster town – Japan's crisis has left an eerie mark on its towns and cities. Photos litter the streets of towns ravaged by the tsunami. They are small indications of what life was like before the disaster.

Japan's new normal – Many foreigners who lived in Japan before the disaster have yet to return. Those who do find rebuilding their lives very complicated.

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  1. angela


    April 11, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. 420LegalizeIT!

    Get over the dog already, it was probably dinner!

    April 11, 2011 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    The people of Japan are very resilient, but that country is taking *such* a beating, what with quake after quake continuing to batter it. I marvel at the Japanese people for their strength and grace throughout all of this mayhem!

    As for the dog, who knows what the film crew did when the cameras stopped rolling? Perhaps they rescued the dog afterwards. It doesn't make nearly the dramatic footage, but anyone with an ounce of empathy would have. That's empathy for both humans *and* animals, which this tired world is sadly lacking at times.

    April 11, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |

    A new non human BLACK AMERICA has arisen from both the hiphop and antebellum nations and is based on sterotypical images of low class, poverty stricken criminally prone blacks and has replace the black human population who were sacrifice during the black holocaust. The hiphop nation which glorified black on black violence was summon against black america by the white feminist and those whites who have history of embracing white supremacy and it was this act as well as the widespread use of racial profiling is what has contribute to the black holocaust1968-2001

    April 11, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. manitou

    That dog was probably someones dinner.

    April 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. elizabeth steele

    I cannot believe you showed that poor dog. How can we know if some brave soul rescued him or her? If we dont find out he/she is ok I will never be able to watch CNN again

    April 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Alex

      I'm right there with you, Elizabeth. I watched this segment on CNN this morning and the little dog has been on mymind ALL day. For those people who crticize us for caring about this dog, they need to be reminded that it is a living being - and just because it has four legs instead of two, no less important to those of us with a heart and compassion. CNN always warns it's viewers about disturbing images when they involve people, but never gives the same courtesy when it's a story about an animal in distress. If they thought not following up on this story wasn't a big deal , they were wrong.

      April 11, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Hungry for puppy

    I am sure that someone hungry for a tasty treat, untied the dog and ate it for dinner.

    April 11, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anne

    I was also very troubled by seeing the dog tied up! It would have been so easy for the reporter to take the dog to get help. And to ALL of you who are rolling your eyes or making snide remarks about "it's just a dog" and about all the people who need help. Well, many organizations are helping people. Unfortunately those people left their animals behind who also are part of their familyl and do not understand why they were abandoned. There are rescue groups whose task is only to work with animals along side of all the help that the people are getting. It is NOT an either -or situation people. Both animals and humans need help. Some horribly insensitive posters here!

    April 12, 2011 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I agree Anne. Why are there always people who think that humans are superior to animals. Every living being deserves compassion. If those same people think humans are so superior.....then they most certainly should be doing all they can to aid helpless animals.

      April 12, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  9. Dan

    Has anyone seen anything about what happened to the dog that was tied up (where the CNN reporter gave the dog his lunch)??

    April 12, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Abandoned anew.

      No need to wonder what happened to it. They tell you at the end of that story on CNN. The reporter left it chained up. The owners can be forgiven for leaving them tied up, they thought they would only be gone for the day. The reporter is a stupid idiot. At least set the dog free and give it a chance to survive.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:48 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dan
    Try going here to contact CNN. If the link doesn't work, then go to the bottom of the page and click on "Site map" and then click on "contact us".

    April 12, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  11. Butch

    OK has anyone thought that maybe the family is dead. They may have been working in the tsunami zone. The owner could be one ot the brave workers at the nuke plant that was risking his life to save not only thousands of people but thousands of animals.Just like us to assume we all know what other peoples and nations are doing. We should learn to let other cultures be. With our country in the trouble it's in should we be trying to spread our way of life. If this dog is what you get out of this terrible tragity, you don't see the whole picture, just how it affects you. Just like our politicians, me, me, me. Yes you have every right to worry about the dog, it is gods creature but until you know the truth, which by the way you will never get out of any news media, don't point fingers or assume we know what the real story is. Go save the dog yourself, that would be a selfless act.

    April 16, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
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