Asia Pacific Great Wall of Japan? Locals balk at tsunami-protection plan.

Concrete walls could ultimately stretch 140 miles along Japan's tsunami-damaged northeast coast. The project's breathtaking scale and cost – as well as doubts about its effectiveness – are drawing ire.

By , Correspondent

Rich Clabaugh/Staff

Fear of a giant tsunami prompted Masahito Abe to rebuild his family home on higher ground 20 years ago. In March 2011, his caution paid off when towering waves ripped into the northeast coast of Japan, killing almost 19,000 people, including 40 of Mr. Abe’s neighbors in the picturesque village of Koizumi.