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Supermarket after earthquake

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Supermaket after earthquake
Most of the fresh produce has been sold out here

A few people have asked me about convenience stores and supermarkets since the earthquake. Most people are calmly going about their activities, obviously worried about images they see on television from Sendai and other parts of Northern Japan. We are hearing minute by minute reports of trouble at nuclear reactors and seeing scenes of towns like Minamisanrikucho which have been literally washed away by tsunami waves.

A few items left, but mostly gone
A few items left, but mostly gone
Depending on what you are buying there is still stock on the shelves
Depending on what you are buying there is still stock on the shelves
Fish
Fish
Fresh eggs
Fresh eggs
People have bought up a lot of the water bottles that were here, but you can see there are still some drinks available
People have bought up a lot of the water bottles that were here, but you can see there are still some drinks available
The aisle on the left used to have lots of instant ramen.
The aisle on the left used to have lots of instant ramen.
Cereals were on this shelf before
Cereals were on this shelf before

Here in Tokyo the scene is quite different. Apart from some isolated damage to factories and some buildings, most of the issues we are facing are nothing like those in the North. The supermarket shelves look a little bare at the moment, but it is hard to say whether panic buying or just lack of incoming supplies is the problem. People don’t appear panicked and a shopkeeper mentioned to me that the truck supplies just were not arriving at the moment.

In general, life in Tokyo is quite orderly and people are not causing a panic. They seem more worried about their friends and family members who are suffering near Sendai.

From Monday we are expecting rolling power outages due to a shortage of running electricity generators. We are being asked to conserve power where possible, particularly as business get back to work.

  1. あゆみ~ん says

    Seeing stuff like this is reassuring that not all is bad over there.

    I want to say more, but that’s all I can say right now.

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