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Rebuilding Japan: By the numbers
Japan has a big financial challenge in the wake of its devastating chain of disasters. Here, a look at just how big
A tsunami survivor weeps in the devastated town of Natori: 390,000 Japanese were left homeless after the disaster.
A tsunami survivor weeps in the devastated town of Natori: 390,000 Japanese were left homeless after the disaster.
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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:

$247 billion
Japanese Economy Minister Kaoru Yosano's estimate of what it will cost to rebuild Japan

$235 billion
World Bank estimate of what it will cost to rebuild Japan

$100 billion
Cost of rebuilding after the 1995 Kobe earthquake

$33 billion
Amount private insurers may have to pay for reconstruction, according to the World Bank

$12 billion
Government funds needed from the current Japanese budget, according to the World Bank. More would be needed later.

$1 trillion 
Japan's stockpile of foreign reserves

10 percent
Amount Tokyo's benchmark Nikkei 225 stock index fell last week

390,000 
Number of Japanese who remain homeless

9 million
Estimated number of Japanese left homeless at the end of World War II

9,080
Official death toll from the disasters

13,561
Number of Japanese still reported missing

$4.9 billion
Total claims for life insurance from the disasters

$339 billion
Amount of life insurance Japanese bought in 2009, representing 17 percent of world total

$1.2 billion
Amount insurer Swiss Reinsurance estimates it will lose from the disasters

544,000
Tons of seafood handled annually at Tokyo's Tsukiji central fish market, the world's biggest

$5.4 billion
Value of all that seafood

70 percent
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.

1 year
Minimum period of time for the fish market to recover, according to Tsukiji officials

Sources: GlobalPost, Washington Post, New York Times, Reuters (2), Bloomberg, Wall St. Journal, AP

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