apan's three-headed earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster has taken a terrible toll in human lives, injuries, and the general well-being of the Japanese people. It will, of course, carry a financial cost, too. And now, the first financial estimates of the damage are rolling in. "If ever there was a comeback-kid sort of country, this is surely it," says E.J. Dionne in The Washington Post. Here's a look at what it will take for Japan to recover, by the numbers:
Japanese Economy Minister Kaoru Yosano's estimate of what it will cost to rebuild Japan
World Bank estimate of what it will cost to rebuild Japan
Cost of rebuilding after the 1995 Kobe earthquake
Amount private insurers may have to pay for reconstruction, according to the World Bank
Government funds needed from the current Japanese budget, according to the World Bank. More would be needed later.
Japan's stockpile of foreign reserves
Amount Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei 225 stock index fell last week
Number of Japanese who remain homeless
Estimated number of Japanese left homeless at the end of World War II
Official death toll from the disasters
Number of Japanese still reported missing
Total claims for life insurance from the disasters
Amount of life insurance Japanese bought in 2009, representing 17 percent of world total
Amount insurer Swiss Reinsurance estimates it will lose from the disasters
Tons of seafood handled annually at Tokyo's Tsukiji central fish market, the world's biggest
Value of all that seafood
Drop-in customers at Tsuikiji since the March 11 earthquake. The market closed the week after the disaster after restaurants, lacking customers, stopped buying fresh fish.
Minimum period of time for the fish market to recover, according to Tsukiji officials
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