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Old 2011-04-28, 20:39   Link #2241
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Sad... methinks of "Children's Day" holiday. Even for those kids who survived, it's like as if their childhood were taken away, scarred for life. Indeed, it'll take years or even decades for victims to move on.

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This concerns me about many of the smaller towns, particularly with Japan's birth rate crash.

Tsunami Towns Face ‘Empty Monument’ Risk as Japan Rebuilds


http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...-rebuilds.html
I was thinking: why can't the government implement a "food for work" program?
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Old 2011-04-28, 21:06   Link #2242
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I was thinking: why can't the government implement a "food for work" program?
A lot of local authorities are doing just that to clean up the disaster stricken areas.
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Old 2011-04-30, 16:51   Link #2243
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http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/...na005000c.html

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During a press conference held at the Diet building later that day, Kosako, who was named a special advisor to Prime Minister Naoto Kan on March 16, criticized the government's handling of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant as shortsighted.

In particular, Kosako protested against the government's decision to revise the maximum permissible level of radiation exposure among children up to 20 millisieverts per year, saying, "Should I approve that decision, I would no longer be a researcher. I would not want my children to be exposed to that amount of radiation."
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Old 2011-05-01, 07:41   Link #2244
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Well, when it comes to political planning, there is only 1 word that comes to the minds of politicians.

B _ d _ _ t. Go figure.
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Old 2011-05-01, 11:55   Link #2245
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Some good news -- evacuee/firefighter ready to marry volunteer relief worker:
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/...na026000c.html
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Old 2011-05-01, 20:19   Link #2246
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Some good news -- evacuee/firefighter ready to marry volunteer relief worker:
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/...na026000c.html
Nice story

Ex-JET teacher returns to help: http://mdn.mainichi.jp/features/news...fe015000c.html

Various quake survivors able to salvage some treasured items:
http://mdn.mainichi.jp/photospecials/graph/treasures/
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Old 2011-05-07, 05:45   Link #2247
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A friend of mine posted this and a couple of other videos on youtube with following description.

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I received the following email from Google the other day:

"As you may know, the number of tourists to Japan this March declined
by 50% compared to last March. What is most surprising is that many
tourists also canceled trips to Osaka, Hokkaido, Kyushu, and other
areas that were not directly affected by the disaster.

In order to help tourism in Japan recover from the recent troubles,
YouTube/Google Japan will launch a new program called "Japan is Genki,
Message from Japan Channel (working title)" to bring together message
videos from Japan-based video bloggers who are reporting the
conditions of the cities/towns in which they live. The videos will be
introductions and promotions of local business, sightseeing spots,
events, festivals, restaurants, amusement areas, etc."

This is one of my entries.

I love you!
And come visit Japan! It's FINE!
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Old 2011-05-08, 00:13   Link #2248
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haaaa....wish I had the money to visit Japan myself
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Old 2011-05-08, 01:37   Link #2249
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(Spoiler for video's description)
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Old 2011-05-08, 05:48   Link #2250
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I love his videos at the best of times but that was awesome. I love how they all move so fluidly. Especially when they were using their arms as like the gears of a machine.
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Old 2011-05-08, 12:14   Link #2251
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Amazing video. Thats realy impressive.
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Old 2011-05-09, 00:22   Link #2252
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wow very fluid movements frigging awesome video
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Old 2011-05-09, 06:42   Link #2253
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After the earthquake and tsunami, back to school

It reminds me much of the pictures and writings about Japan that were documented shortly after the end of World War II, when kids had to make do with classrooms filled beyond capacity and shortage of any study materials available, while coping with the trauma caused by bombing raids.

But still, for classmates and friends to see each other alive and well can be quite uplifting.
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Old 2011-05-11, 11:00   Link #2254
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Thanks for creating this thread. I'm going to follow it closely since I don't have the time to look up all the news stories at work.

I really want to go over and visit Japan. I always have maybe someday I will be able to.
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Old 2011-05-11, 11:56   Link #2255
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Japan's government, agencies, and peoples have been re-examining its use of nuclear power in the last few weeks... and the affects on the *children* are going to be a driving factor in the decision-making. When a nation has too few children, there is an emotional imperative not to risk the ones you have.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...ion-looms.html
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Old 2011-05-12, 16:06   Link #2256
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Japan's government, agencies, and peoples have been re-examining its use of nuclear power in the last few weeks... and the affects on the *children* are going to be a driving factor in the decision-making. When a nation has too few children, there is an emotional imperative not to risk the ones you have.
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-0...ion-looms.html
The real question is if it is going to be an alibi debate ala "We discussed the matter seriously because we are concerned, but we came to the conclusion..." or if they are going the step of at least fundamentally changing the current rules and guidelines in the nuclear industry (that hopefully includes the closure of all their breeders... in my oppinion breeder reactors are a nono in Japan).
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Old 2011-05-14, 07:31   Link #2257
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The Japanese mayor who was laughed at for building a huge sea wall
- until his village was left almost untouched by tsunami saving up to 3,000 lives

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz1MKT0DFJU

Coming from the Daily Mail though, it sure is a turn around from the initial week during the nuclear issues when everyone was practicing throwing stones :|
I guess this is what concerns me the most, the fact that this figure is still on the rise and it's faaaar from finished in terms of accounting for everyone.

Two months after the disaster, more than 25,000 are missing or dead.
Sad, sad state of affairs indeed
Also quakes have been somewhat behaving except for last night. Dunno what the deal was, but had 3 medium ones within 7 hours (one that was ironically the same strength as the one that occured in Spain, yet totally demolished that poor town), kinda got a little unnerved once again :/
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Old 2011-05-14, 13:27   Link #2258
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The Japanese mayor who was laughed at for building a huge sea wall
- until his village was left almost untouched by tsunami saving up to 3,000 lives

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...#ixzz1MKT0DFJU

Coming from the Daily Mail though, it sure is a turn around from the initial week during the nuclear issues when everyone was practicing throwing stones :|
I guess this is what concerns me the most, the fact that this figure is still on the rise and it's faaaar from finished in terms of accounting for everyone.
Maybe it is time politicians start reading up on Robert Mcnamara and his ideas of policy analysis - it has become a serious issue worldwide that many governments are not really thinking of long-term just-in-case scenarios.
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Most of all, you have to be disciplined and you have to save, even if you hate our current financial system. Because if you don't save, then you're guaranteed to end up with nothing.
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Old 2011-05-24, 00:56   Link #2259
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http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapc...nuclear.plant/

I'm no nuclear expert so I obviously can't say anything for certain either way, but the fact that these meltdowns occured with the first few days, over 2 months ago, indicates that we aren't looking at a major radiation, right? According to the article, all this occured days and weeks before radiation levels at distant locations were still safe and going down after all.

Unless something happens and containment were to suddenly break down, of course.
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Old 2011-05-24, 02:14   Link #2260
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http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapc...nuclear.plant/

I'm no nuclear expert so I obviously can't say anything for certain either way, ...
Then... don't do it at all? What you said, makes no sense - considering what happened there.
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