2012年12月17日月曜日

Merry Christmas !

(A Christmas tree given by Mr.& Mrs. Tanimura of AIM)

Exactly One Year Had Passed Since...


"The crippled nuclear reactors at Japan's Fukushima power plant have finally been stabilised, Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda has announced."

"An earthquake and tsunami in March knocked out vital cooling systems, triggering radiation leaks and forcing the evacuation of thousands of people.Mr Noda's declaration of a "cold shutdown" condition marked the stabilisation of the plant. "

This is what BBC website reported exactly one year ago.

Read the full story


And we would like to remind you Mr. Noda's Japan Democratic Party had a disastrous result yesterday (Dec 16, 2012) in the general election ;  they lost seats in the Lower House by 75%!  (230 → 57)




IAEA to advise Fukushima

"The Fukushima prefectural government and the International Atomic Energy Agency have agreed to send IAEA experts to the prefecture to give technical advice on decontamination." reports the Daily Yomiuri.

Read the full story. 




2012年12月14日金曜日

"Japan largely excludes foreign firms in Fukushima clean-up"


"Nearly two years after a massive earthquake and tsunami caused meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear plant, Japan is failing to keep a pledge to tap global expertise to decommission its crippled reactors, executives at nuclear contractors from the United States and Europe say." reports the Reuters website.

"The result, they warn, is that a process expected to take more than 30 years and cost at least $15 billion could take longer and cost more as contracts are channelled through domestic heavyweights such as nuclear reactor makers Toshiba Corp and Hitachi Ltd, and general contractors such as Taisei Corp."

Read the full story.









"Draft calls for stricter N-evacuation standards"


"The Nuclear Regulation Authority on Thursday proposed a safety standard calling for the evacuation of residents within a few hours in areas with radiation levels higher than 500 microsieverts per hour in the event of a nuclear crisis." reports the Daily Yomiuri website.

Read the full story.





"Anti-nuclear parties fail to specify how energy gap will be overcome"



"The future of nuclear power in Fukushima-scarred Japan has emerged as a major campaign issue for Sunday’s election, but experts warn little thought has gone into how to replace atomic energy."reports the Japan Today website.

"Environmental issues have rarely topped the agenda in Japanese elections, which tend to focus on the country’s moribund economy and a policy drift fuelled by the passage of seven prime ministers in six years."

Read the full story.





Errors In Data For Every Atomic Power Plant


"The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Thursday a thorough review of its mistake-plagued projections for the spread of radiation turned up errors in the data for every atomic power plant in Japan." reports the Japan Times/Kyodo Press.







2012年11月20日火曜日

"As applications surge, urban units run short"


Hiroshi Abe, a 74-year-old Sendai resident whose house in Miyagino Ward was destroyed in the March 2011 tsunami, had his heart set on rebuilding his home. But that dream is becoming increasingly likely to end up just that."

"The truth is, I want to rebuild my home," Abe said. "But even if I could get a loan, I'm so old I'd never be able to pay it back."

Like many disaster victims, Abe currently lives in a temporary housing unit, also in Miyagino Ward. Some of his neighbors have started rebuilding their homes, which Abe also planned to do, but he has since given up on the idea due to the cost. Now, he is seeking a space in government-run public "restoration housing."


Read the full story.


Only 60 % Of "Restoration Housing" Units Are To Be Built


"Only 60 percent of public "restoration housing" units for victims of last year's disaster living in temporary housing are expected to be built by the end of fiscal 2014, the time when most temporary units are to be vacated" reports the Yomiuri Shimbun website.

Temporary Housing in Miyagi (source: Japan Times, Aug 11, 2011)

"Construction delays in Iwate, Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures are due to factors such as a shortage of suitable sites and local government staff to manage the projects, and an increase in applicants for public housing by disaster victims who have given up on rebuilding their homes."

Read the full story.






First Oysters Since 3/11


"The Karakuwa peninsula in Miyagi Prefecture, which was devastated by the tsunami on March 11, 2011, held an oyster-tasting event to celebrate the first oyster harvest in two years."

The Karakuwa Coastline (source:  Wikipedia)

"Many visitors, including those from Sendai and outside the prefecture, enjoyed the taste of fresh oysters at Sunday’s event, Sankei Shimbun reported. A local tourism association spokesman said the visitors’ support gave them hope that the industry could make a full recovery."
(Source:  Japan Today website) 


United Methodist Church official website featured a story on relief activities in the Karakuwa area on March 24, 2011.

Read the full story.





2012年11月16日金曜日

The Yen steadied On Friday After Plunging to a Six-and-a-half Month Low


"The yen steadied on Friday after plunging to a six-and-a-half month low against the dollar in the previous session on expectations a new Japanese government could push the Bank of Japan to adopt interest rates of zero or below." reports the Reuters.


Bank of Japan (source: Wikipedia)


Strategists remained divided over whether the Japanese currency has entered a new weaker phase against its major counterparts, or whether its dramatic drop this week will prove to be an aberration.

Read the full article.




JAXA and MHI Develop Camera To Show Radiation Levels


"Japan's space agency and a leading machinery maker have developed a camera for use at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. The device is designed to help in cleaning up leaked radioactive materials." reports News On Japan website.

(Source:  JAXA website)



The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and Mitsubishi Heavy Industry unveiled a prototype of the camera on Thursday. The device has a sensor for high radiation.

(source: Wikipedia)



Read the full article.


A Plan To Probe Faultlines Beneath Tsuruga NPP


"The Nuclear Regulation Authority is planning to probe faultlines beneath the Tsuruga nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture on Dec 1 and Dec 2."reports Japan Today website.


Tsuruga, Fukui Pref., Japan (Source:  mapzone.com)



"The plant will be the second site to be checked following a probe into the faultline beneath the Oi plant last week."


Tsuruga Nuclear Plant (source: wikipedia)


Read the full article.








2012年11月15日木曜日

The Number of Evacuees Has Fallen


"The number of people in evacuation shelters situated outside Fukushima Prefecture has fallen, government figures showed on Wednesday." reports the Japan Today website.



Temporary Housing in Kesen-numa, Miyagi (source: Japan Times)



Read the full article.



"No Imminent Resumption Of Operations At The World’s Biggest Nuclear Plant"


"Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) sees no imminent resumption of operations at the world’s biggest nuclear plant, shut down after last year’s Fukushima disaster, further raising its costs as it spends more on fossil fuels to generate electricity." reports the Japan Today website.

Kashiwazaki-Kariwa NPP (source: World Nuclear News.org)

"A wall to protect the 8,212-megawatt Kashiwazaki-Kariwa station’s seven reactors against tsunamis will not be finished until June next year, said Shiro Arai, deputy site manager."

Read the full article.



2012年11月9日金曜日

"Japan’s nuclear future ... The government’s fudge on its nuclear future remains unconvincing"


"THIS remote north-eastern coastal village in Aomori prefecture would delight a North Korean or Iranian spy. Not because of the rolling countryside, but the uranium-enrichment facility, the plant undergoing testing to make nuclear fuel by reprocessing spent uranium and plutonium, and the stash of a good part of Japan’s stockpiles of more than nine tonnes of separated plutonium—enough, experts say, to make more than 1,000 nuclear warheads."reports the Economist website.



                                  
                                             Rokkasho Village, Aomori Pref. (source:   Wikipedia)



Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant (source: Wikipedia)
  



"The Rokkasho plant seems an anomaly in a country that forswears nuclear weapons and that has shut down all but two of its 54 nuclear reactors. Yet the same government that says it wants to phase out atomic energy by the end of the 2030s also insists that it is committed soon to start reprocessing enough nuclear waste at Rokkasho to provide fuel for Japan’s nuclear-power plants to go flat out into the 2050s. It does not take much prodding for officials to concede a potential contradiction, big enough to render Japan’s nuclear policy almost meaningless."

Read the full article.





"Exposure to Low-level Radiation Can Cause Leukemia"

"Protracted exposure to low-level radiation is associated with a significant increase in the risk of leukemia, according to a long-term study published Thursday in a U.S. research journal."
reports Japan Times/Kyodo.

The abandoned city of Pripyat with Chernobyl plant in the distance (source:  Wikipedia)


"The study released in the monthly Environmental Health Perspectives was based on a 20-year survey of around 110,000 workers who engaged in cleanup work related to the Chernobyl nuclear plant disaster in 1986."



Read the full article.


2012年11月8日木曜日

10 Trillion Yen For Clean Up


"The cost of the clean-up and compensation after the Fukushima nuclear disaster may double to 10 trillion yen, the plant’s operator said Wednesday." reports the Japan Today website.

Fukushima Dai-ichi NPP (Source;  Daily Mail, Mar 15,2011)

"Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) said decontamination of irradiated areas and compensating those whose jobs or home lives have been affected would cost more than the 5 trillion yen it estimated in April."

Read the full article.






Today's Bible Verse 今日の聖句 (11/08/12)

“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Luke 16:13)


「どんな召し使いも二人の主人に仕えるこことはできない。一方を憎んで他方を愛するか、一方に親しんで他方を軽んじるか、どちらかである。あなたがたは、神と富とに仕えることはできない。」(ルカによる福音書16章13節)

2012年11月7日水曜日

The next U.S. Senator from Hawai'i- the first Asian-American woman in the U.S. Senate, born in Fukushima, Japan.


"U.S. Rep. Mazie Hirono swept to a triumphant victory over former Gov. Linda Lingle tonight in the campaign for U.S. Senate."reports Honolulu Star-Advertiser.

Rep. Mazie Hirono (source: Wikipedia)


"Hirono, a Democrat, led Lingle, a Republican, 63 percent to 35.5 percent after early votes were counted in the race to succeed retiring U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii. The Associated Press and CNN called the election for the Democrat shortly after the polls were scheduled to close at 6 p.m. but while some voters were still waiting in lines to cast ballots."

"Hirono, 65, is the first Asian-American woman elected to the Senate."



Read the full article.


More Errors Found In Nuke Accident Projections


"The Nuclear Regulation Authority said Tuesday it has found more errors in its recently announced projections for the spread of radiation from reactors in the event of a severe accident." reports Japan Times/Kyodo.

"The errors surfaced about a week after the NRA had corrected simulation results for six nuclear power plants and Chairman Shunichi Tanaka had instructed the secretariat staff to make sure they would prevent a recurrence."





Today's Bible Verse 今日の聖句 (11/07/12)


Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus.  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
   Then Jesus told them this parable:  “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?  And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders  and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’  I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. (Luke15:1-7, NIV)


徴税人や罪人が皆、話を聞こうとしてイエスに近寄って来た。すると、ファリサイ派の人々や律法学者たちは、「この人は罪人たちを迎えて、食事まで一緒にしている」と不平を言いだした。そこで、イエスは次のたとえを話された。「あなたがたの中に、百匹の羊を持っている人がいて、その一匹を見失ったとすれば、九十九匹を野原に残して、見失った一匹を見つけ出すまで捜し回らないだろうか。家に帰り、友達や近所の人々を呼び集めて、『見失った羊を見つけたので、一緒に喜んでください』と言うであろう。言っておくが、このように、悔い改める一人の罪人については、悔い改める必要のない九十九人の正しい人についてよりも大きな喜びが天にある。」(ルカによる福音書15章1-7節)


2012年11月6日火曜日

TEPCO To Set Up HQ In Fukushima


"Tokyo Electric Company (TEPCO) will set up a headquarters in Fukushima City specifically to deal with paying compensation to victims of the nuclear crisis." reports Japan Today website."


TEPCO Top Executives (Source:  Telegraph, Nov 6, 2011)

"TEPCO said the headquarters will open in January, TBS reported. The utility has been processing applications and paying compensation from its Tokyo head office, but company officials said the process will function more smoothly with a major office near the front line." 

Read the full article.




Victims' Bodies To Wrong Families


"The bodies of nine victims of last year's earthquake and tsunami disaster were misidentified and handed over to the wrong families, " reports the Yomiuri Shimbun.

(Source:  National Geographic website, Mar 15, 2011)


"The National Police Agency attributed the mistake to the fact that identification was confirmed without sufficient examination of dental and DNA data, out of desire to return the bodies to their relatives as soon as possible."


Read the full article.




Today's Bible Verse 今日の聖句 (11/06/12)


"Who, being in very nature  God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;  rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.   And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself  by becoming obedient to deatheven death on a cross!"       (Philippians 2:6-8)



「キリストは、神の身分でありながら、神と等しいものであることに固執しようとは思わず、かえって自分を無にして、僕の身分になり、人間と同じ者になられました。へりくだって、死に至るまで、それも十字架の死に至るまで従順でした。」(フィリピの信徒への手紙 2章6-8節, 新共同訳)

2012年11月5日月曜日

Today's Bible Verse 今日の聖句 (11/05/12)

"Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.  But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,  and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14;12-14,  NIV)


また、イエスは招いてくれた人にも言われた。「昼食や夕食の会を催すときには、友人も、兄弟も、親類も、近所の金持ちも呼んではならない。その人たちも、あなたを招いてお返しをするかも知れないからである。宴会を催すときには、むしろ、貧しい人、体の不自由な人、足の不自由な人、目の見えない人を招きなさい。そうすれば、その人たちはお返しができないから、あなたは幸いだ。正しい者たちが復活するとき、あなたは報われる。」 (ルカによる福音書14章12-14節、新共同訳)




Young New Orleans Musicians Visiting Tohoku

"At the Narita airport in Japan, the welcome signs were everywhere, when 16 young musicians landed in mid-October, on a mission to bring a bit of New Orleans to the land of the rising sun." reports WWLTV.com

"Eight Tipitina's Foundation interns, led by musician Donald Harrison and 8 members of the O. Perry Walker Chosen Ones marching band, led by Wilbert Rawlins, were there on a cultural exchange trip.


New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina (Source: Trinity College website)


"Just getting on the bus to Tokyo it was clear this trip would be about music – New Orleans music. Sounds of the Crescent City, and “When The Saints Go Marching In,” were in the air. "


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"Decision on Oi nuclear plant faultline postponed "

"Experts have postponed a decision on whether a faultline underneath Japan’s only operating nuclear plant is active or what to do with the facility." reports Japan Today Online.

Oi Nuclear Power Plant, Fukui Pref. (Source:  Asahi Shimbun, Oct 29, 2011)
A five-member team commissioned by the Nuclear Regulation Agency inspected the Oi plant in Fukui Prefecture on Friday to examine a suspected faultline there. Two of Oi’s four reactors resumed operation in July for the first time since last year’s nuclear crisis triggered by a quake and tsunami that hit another plant.

Read the full article.


'Quake wall newspapers' preserved at museum


"The Ishinomaki Hibi Shimbun, which published handwritten newspapers amid the devastation caused by last year's earthquake and tsunami, opened a facility Thursday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the paper's first publication in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture." reports the Daily Yomiuri Online.

Ishinomaki Port after Tsunami (Source: Wikipedia)

"The first floor of the facility, named "Kizuna no Eki" (Station of interpersonal bonds), is a museum exhibiting newspapers that were pinned up on the walls of evacuation centers and pictures showing the city just after the earthquake and tsunami." 


Read the full article.



2012年11月1日木曜日

Nuke Worker Not Told Of Danger

"The operator of a Japanese nuclear plant that went into a tsunami-triggered meltdown knew the risks from highly radioactive water at the site but sent in crews without adequate protection or warnings, a worker said in a legal complaint" reports the Associated Press."


Fukushima Dai-ichi Plant (source; Reuters, Feb 28,2012)

"The actions by Tokyo Electric Power Co. led to radiation injuries, said the contract worker, who was with a six-member team working at the crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi plant's Unit 3 reactor in the early days of last year's crisis"

Read the full article.


2012年10月31日水曜日

Hoping To Continue To Live In Fukushima


"Around 60 percent of people who call Fukushima Prefecture home hope to continue to live where they are, according to a recent survey." reports Japan Times.

Fukushima Prefecture (source: Wikipedia)














"25% of Tohoku Reconstruction Funds Spent On Unrelated Projects"

"About a quarter of the 11.7 trillion yen budget for reconstruction after the March 2011 tsunami and nuclear disaster has been spent on unrelated projects, including subsidies for a contact lens factory and research whaling, a Japanese government report shows." reports Japan Today website.


Temporary housing in Minami Sanriku (Souce: the Atlantic, May 9, 2011)

"The audit documents buttressed complaints over shortcomings in the reconstruction effort. More than half the 11.7 trillion yen budget is yet to be disbursed, stalled by indecision and bureaucracy, while nearly all of the 340,000 people evacuated from the disaster zone remain uncertain whether, when and how they will ever resettle."



Deserted streets of Minami-Soma (source: Japan Times,  April 9, 2011)



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2012年10月26日金曜日

Radioactive cesium level in fish off Fukushima not declining "

"Radioactive cesium levels in most kinds of fish caught off the coast of Fukushima haven’t declined in the year following Japan’s nuclear disaster, a signal that the seafloor or leakage from the damaged reactors must be continuing to contaminate the waters—possibly threatening fisheries for decades, a researcher says." reports Japan Today.



Fukushima Dai-ichi (No1) nuclear power plant (Source: MSNBC)


"Though the vast majority of fish tested off Japan’s northeast coast remain below recently tightened limits of cesium-134 and cesium-137 in food consumption, Japanese government data shows that 40% of bottom-dwelling fish such as cod, flounder and halibut are above the limit, Ken Buesseler, a marine chemist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts, wrote in an article published Thursday in the journal Science."


Read the full article.




"2012 Fukushima rice exceeds cesium limit "



"Radioactive cesium exceeding the government's new limit has been detected in rice harvested this year for the first time in Fukushima Prefecture, the prefectural government said Wednesday." reports the News On Japan website.


Rice in Fukushima (Source: ABC News)



"Rice from Sukagawa was found to contain 110 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram. The level topped the stricter limit of 100 becquerels introduced for rice on Oct. 1, against the previous limit of 500 becquerels." (End of the Article)

(Source; http://newsonjapan.com)




330 Million Yen for Nat'l Stadium??? Misuse of Reconstruction Budget

"A year and a half after the Tohoku region was devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake and monster tsunami, shocking revelations are deepening the sorrow and frustration of the survivors and throwing a harsh light on the government and the Diet." reports Japan Times.

National Stadium in Yoyogi, Tokyo (Source: Wikepedia)



"To help hundreds of thousands of people mainly in Miyagi, Iwate and Fukushima prefectures, the government has allocated as much as ¥19 trillion for "reconstruction," asking taxpayers to bear the extra burden to support the disaster victims and help them reconstruct their local infrastructure."

"But..."  

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2012年10月23日火曜日

"Pressing Need To Secure Permanent Sites For Contaminated Waste"


"Mountains of waste contaminated by radioactive fallout from the stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant are piling up because efforts to find permanent disposal sites in eastern Japan have bogged down" comments the Editorial of Asahi Shimbun.

"The polluted waste includes ash from the incineration of household garbage, sewage sludge and rice straw. Plans to bury the polluted waste have triggered fierce opposition from local residents who fear the contamination of underground water. "

(Source: Asahi Shimbun, Sep 15, 2011)
"There is also concern that unfounded speculation over the safety of local agricultural products could affect sales. In many communities across eastern Japan, the waste is in temporary storage at local incineration and sewage treatment plants."

 Read the full article.



Government To Nuke Disaster Evacuees Find Jobs


"The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry will start helping people who were forced to evacuate after the outbreak of last year's nuclear crisis find jobs in their hometowns from fiscal 2013." reports the Daily Yomiuri/Jiji Press.


Minami-Soma City (Source: Daily Mail, Mar 18, 2011)














"The ministry will provide job search support subsidies to eight municipalities near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power plant. The eight municipalities are the cities of Minami-Soma and Tamura, the towns of Naraha, Hirono, Kawamata and Namie, and the villages of Kawauchi and Katsurao."



Read the full article.





Japan and IAEA Setting Up A Research Base in Fukushima


"The International Atomic Energy Agency and the Japanese government plan to set up a long-term research base in Fukushima to study ways to decontaminate radiation-tainted areas and dispose of radioactive waste, government sources said Saturday."  

reported Japan Times/Kyodo on Oct 22.

IAEA HQ in Vienna, Austria (Source: Wikipedia)
























2012年10月17日水曜日

Japan's Post-Disaster Growth Strategy


"The Great East Japan Earthquake on 11 March 2011 was the biggest earthquake recorded in Japanese seismic history, and the fourth largest recorded in the world."reports the NewsOnJapan website.

(Source:  the Atlantic, Mar 11, 2011)


"The scope of the triple disaster consisting of an earthquake, a tsunami, and a nuclear accident, far exceeded that of the Hanshin Earthquake of 1995. The repercussions of this disaster spread far beyond the geographical areas directly affected."

Read the full article.




A Very Insensitive French Joke


"A French television host has caused outrage in Japan after showing a mocked-up picture of national team goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima with four arms and describing it as the 'Fukushima effect.'" reports the CBS News website.


Chief Cabinet Secretary Osamu Fujimura said Tuesday that the Japanese embassy in France has sent an official letter of complaint to TV station France 2 after host Laurent Ruquier made the gag on a program.

Read the full article.



2012年10月16日火曜日

"INSIDE FUKUSHIMA: How workers tried but failed to avert a nuclear disaster"


"Recorded exchanges between staff at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant and officials at Tokyo Electric Power Co. headquarters offer stark vignettes of repeated human error and a grimly farcical hunt for supplies such as car batteries, as Japan's worst-ever nuclear accident disintegrated into a veritable man-made disaster." 

according to the article "INSIDE FUKUSHIMA: How workers tried but failed to avert a nuclear disaster" on the Asahi Shimbun




"Reactors No. 1, 2 and 3 overheated and their fuel melted down; explosions destroyed equipment and buildings; and a fuel storage pool at the No. 4 reactor building became dangerously unprotected."

Read the full article.










PTSD on Dogs After 3/11


"Family dogs caught up in the Japan earthquake of March 11, 2011 and subsequent nuclear disaster at Fukushima showed signs of stress not inconsistent with PTSD long after the events, a new study finds." the JapanToday website.


(Source: the Telegraph, Dec 06, 2011)


(Source:  Reuters, Jan 30,2012)

"The research compared abandoned dogs rescued from Fukushima with non-disaster affected dogs abandoned in 2009 and 2010, before the earthquake. The dogs that lived through the disaster had stress hormone levels five to 10 times higher than the dogs that were simply abandoned or found as strays."

Read the full article.






2012年10月15日月曜日

Tokyo Electric Power Has Finally Admitted the Disaster Could Have Been Avoided

"Tokyo Electric Power Co. has acknowledged for the first time that the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 power plant could have been avoided." reports Japan Times/AP.







2012年10月11日木曜日

A Possible Misuse of Disaster Reconstruction Budget Probed


"The Justice Ministry has started checking whether it allocated 27.65 million yen for vocational training for prisoners unjustifiably from a supplementary state budget for money allotted for reconstructing areas devastated by the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami." reports the Mainichi Daily.

"The ministry allocated 27.65 million yen for vocational training to be conducted at prisons in Hokkaido and Saitama prefectures from the third supplementary budget for fiscal 2011 for reconstruction efforts."

Read the full article.




NCC-JEDRO Website Updated

"Grant Proposals Endorsed by NCC-JEDRO"Page  on NCC-JEDRO website has been updated.

Read the proposals.





2012年10月9日火曜日

"Japan ready to share 3/11 disaster lessons"

"When a two-day international conference on disasters and development opens Tuesday in the disaster-hit city of Sendai, Japan will have its moment to shine — relating to the world how it survived last year's catastrophic earthquake and tsunami and sharing lessons about disaster preparedness." reports Japan Times/Kyodo today.


"Global leaders, disaster experts and survivors will gather in Sendai for the "Sendai Dialogue," a meeting hosted by the government and the World Bank to focus on ways to reduce the economic impact of natural disasters."

"It will draw lessons from the March 11, 2011, earthquake and tsunami that devastated vast areas of the Tohoku region, especially in Iwate, Fukushima and Miyagi prefectures."







2012年10月5日金曜日

"FUKUSHIMA NOW - 原発と子どもと農家と、私たち-"


CWS-Asia/Pacificはこのほど、"FUKUSHIMA NOW - 原発と子どもと農家と、私たち-"と題する30分のドキュメンタリー・ビデオを発表しました。

これは昨日、当ブログにアップしたものの日本語版です。

このドキュメンタリーを通して福島の人々が現在、抱えている様々なニーズに対して私たちが今一度、認識を新たにし何をなすべきか、何が出来るかを問い直す切っ掛けが与えられることでしょう。

2012年10月4日木曜日

A New Documentary "Fukushima Now: in the Aftermath of Nuclear Disaster" Released

CWS-Asia/Pacific has released a new 30 minute documentary on the aftermath of the March 11, 2011, nuclear disaster in Fukushima, Japan. 

"The film highlights some of the efforts made by our local partners in Japan to combat the problems of radiation exposure, and some of the remaining dangers of radiation...We hope that this video will raise awareness of the ongoing needs of the people in Fukushima. " (quoted from the CWS Asia/Pacific website, bold letters by NCC-JEDRO)

To watch the documentary, please click here to access  the CWS-Asia/Pacific website

(The narrator of this documentary is David McIntosh, the Project Coordinator at NCC-JEDRO.  Interviewer; Ms. Yoko Ito, CWS-Asia/Pacific)

2012年10月3日水曜日

Local Leaders & Residents Demand Faster Decontamination Work


"Following Monday's Cabinet reshuffle, local government leaders and residents affected by the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant demanded the government accelerate decontamination work in the area."reports the Daily Yomiuri.


"Hiroyuki Nagahama replaced Goshi Hosono as environment minister--the post charged with decontamination operations and problems related to radiation-polluted soil stemming from the accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s crippled nuclear plant."

Read the full article





Disaster Reconstruction Funds in the Wrong Hands

"Suspicions have arisen that ¥17 trillion reserved for post-disaster reconstruction work in the fiscal 2012 budget has been spent on projects that have little to do with rebuilding the Tohoku region." 

reported the Japan Times/Jiji Press on October 2.

"Some of the rebuilding funds have been spent outside Tohoku's disaster zones to build roads and quake-proof tax office buildings. Even a project by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency to research nuclear fusion received ¥4.2 billion."

Read the full article

2012年10月2日火曜日

Tsunami Debris arrive on Molokai, Hawai'i


"Kaunakakai resident Dane Christopher and his dogs Pua, Chance and Tonka were going on their daily walk on the beach along Kaunakakai pier last week when they found something unusual: a giant, barnacle-crusted light bulb. The end of the fully-intact bulb was marked “500 W.” The rest of the markings were in Japanese." reports Molokai Dispatch.


"While finding objects from Japan on Hawaii’s shores is nothing new, Hawaii residents have been reporting an influx of debris that officials believe to be from the tsunami in Japan in March 2011."

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A museum opposes the construction of a radioactive waste disposal site


"A museum is strongly objecting to the planned construction of a final disposal site for radioactive waste in a national forest in Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture."reports the Daily Yomiuri.


"The Tokugawa Museum, a public interest incorporated foundation, took a stand against the Environment Ministry's decision because the Tokugawa Forest it co-owns is adjacent to the candidate site, which is to be used to bury waste contaminated by radiation from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant."


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A free medical care system started in Fukushima


"A free medical care system for people aged 18 or younger started Monday in Fukushima Prefecture, a policy aimed at encouraging residents with children to stay in the prefecture hit hard by the nuclear crisis." reports the Daily Yomiuri.


"This is the first time a prefectural government has made medical fees free for people under 19 years old. The crisis at Tokyo Electric Power Co.'s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has made many residents with small children fearful about staying."


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2012年10月1日月曜日

Construction of a nuke plant resumed

"J-Power plans to resume construction of its nuclear plant in Aomori Prefecture this year, sources close to the matter said Friday, which would make it the first utility to do so since the Fukushima nuclear crisis."

reports the Japan Times/Kyodo.


"The plan by the company otherwise known as Electric Power Development Co. is consistent with government policy but will be controversial."


"Under the new national energy strategy the Cabinet weakened earlier this month, a nuclear power phaseout is to be pursued and new reactors are not to be built."


Only 10% of the residents are back in town


"Less than 10 percent of residents from Hirono, Fukushima Prefecture, have returned to the town in the year since its designation as an emergency evacuation preparation zone was lifted."

reports the Daily Yomiuri on Oct 1st.


"Although most of the town's basic infrastructure has been repaired and decontamination work is progressing, only 505 of the town's 5,300 residents had come back as of Friday."


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2012年9月28日金曜日

"Convalescent Program for Children and Parents/Guardians Remaining in Radiation-Affected Areas" by YWCA of Japan


“As a national women’s organization, YWCA of Japan has been implementing various disaster response programs throughout the aftermath targeting children and women, especially. Among these, there has been particularly high demand for convalescent programs.”

“The purpose of the project, Convalescent Program for Children and Parents/Guardians Remaining in Radiation-Affected Areas, is to protect children and parent(s)/guardian, especially mothers, from/in a radiation affected areas (mainly Fukushima) of their physical and emotional health by providing with them the following services; a safer place away from environment with radiation risk, safe food, and programs in which targeted population can relax and let their stress out.”




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2012年9月20日木曜日

Japan Is NOT Ready For Mt. Fuji Eruption

"When Toshitsugu Fujii became head of a Japanese task force on disaster response at Mount Fuji, he was confronted with a startling oversight. Japan had no plan in place to deal with a disaster in which an earthquake sparks a volcanic eruption at the country's most famous landmark." reported Reuters last week.


(Source:  Yamanashi Travel Guide Website)

Fujii said a tremor "greatly increases" the chance of an eruption in a country that has experienced nearly 12,000 earthquakes since the magnitude 9.0 tremor that led to disaster on March 11, 2011.


"They always forget about the volcanoes," he said. "The government has never included Mt. Fuji in its earthquake scenarios."

Fujii's job is to change that. More than a year after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear power plant meltdown that scarred a generation of Japanese, the government is still working to close the gaps in its disaster response.


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2012年9月19日水曜日

Nursery Teachers' Experience Helps Others


"Soon after the magnitude 9.0 earthquake hit on March 11, 2011, teachers at a nursery school in Kamaishi, Iwate Prefecture, crammed children onto handcarts to escape the oncoming tsunami. But the packed carts were too heavy and would not move." reports Japan Times/Kyodo Press.

"Thankfully, people from a company nearby came and helped us push the carts. That really saved us," one of the teachers recalled..."


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