The planes heading to Japan remain scarce of travelers. The airports struggle to continue business as usual with the huge reduction in air passenger flow. It is quiet in Japan.
The developments out of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant continue to be gloomy. It appears that the long-term consequence of the earthquake and tsunami of March 11, followed by the radiation leaks from the nuclear power plants, will be worse than anyone could imagined. There is now talk of a permanent ring of isolation away from the Fukushima plant where vast areas will be uninhabitable for who knows how long.
Fishermen and others are displaced (perhaps permanently) from livelihoods that have been a core part of families for generations. The power grid is massively disrupted and rolling blackouts will impact Japan beyond summer. The list of problems facing Japan is long; from supply-chain disruption to power cuts and a monumental rebuilding task.
There seems to be little news to merit any optimism. The challenges facing Japan are great and daunting.