Rising from the Rubble

(Photos courtesy of the Daily Mail)

It may be a long road to recovery in Japan, but the nation is already making incredible progress after the March 11th earthquake and subsequent tsunami destroyed the nation's means of transportation and infrastructure.

In just six days, construction crews from NEXCO company repaired one stretch of highway in Naka. Following the destruction, the Great Kanto Highway was left with a 150-meter crack running down its main section. While the crews only started working on March 17th, they finished repairs and opened the road to traffic yesterday.

With winter wrapping up, citizens across the country (and globe) have been reporting potholes in massive numbers. Compared with destroyed roads in Japan, potholes seem like an easy fix. Yet, it can take many months (even years!) for towns and cities to repair them. Doesn't make sense, right?