Nuclear risks cloud Japan's economic outlook

The nuclear question

Chris Jeffery

The full scale of the human tragedy and capital devastation wrought by the magnitude-nine Tohoku earthquake and subsequent tsunami in Japan on March 11 is still unclear. More than 25,000 people are dead or missing, with hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes and millions affected by disruptions in utility supply. The Japanese government has put the economic cost at ¥25 trillion ($300 billion). However, unlike the aftermath of the Great Hanshin earthquake of January 17, 1995, the