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Japan was hit by an earthquake of magnitude 8.9 on March 11. This massive earthquake led to major human tragedy in Japan killing more than 30000 people, leaving many injured, and many other still missing. The earthquake and the tsunami also struck nuclear installations in Fakushima Dai-chi power plant. Because of disruption in the power supply, the coolant cannot be supplied to the nuclear reactors in the required amount, which raises the risk of radiation leak. Already traces of radiations have been detected in some of the food items and the water in Tokyo, which is located 220 KM south of the Fakushima.

Impact on Japanese Economy - Since Japan meets about 30% of its energy from nuclear based power plant, power supply to most of the parts in the country has been affected leading to closure of many factories. There has also been widespread damage to the infrastructure because of which there has been supply disruptions of many of the critical raw material components. Most of the automakers including Toyota, Honda, and Nissan have closed their plants for the lack of raw materials, and the reduced power supply. Manufacturers of semiconductors, LCD displays, batteries etc have also shut down their plants for at least next 2-3 weeks. Some of the major ports of Japan have been affected by the crisis impacting both the exports and imports based industries in the country. According to one estimate, cost of reconstruction is expected to cross $300 Billion. Japan will find it difficult to fund this construction because of its high debt which is already 200% of its GDP. Also the country has witnessed lacklustre growth over last two decades, and this earthquake triggered crisis might further push Japanese economy in downward spiral.
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