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Get Information about Japan in English

I think following Daniel Kahl on twitter is a way. Daniel Kahl on twitter

He is an American man living in Japan more than 30 years, including years of experience as a English teacher in Yamagata, one of prefectures in Tohoku (By the disaster, the East part of Tohoku is suffered badly, and Yamagata is in the West part of Tohoku, not suffered so much.) He keep posting on twitter, videos on YouTube since the disaster.  Daniel Kahl on YouTube

He even visited the suffered area different from me, and reported what he found out.

I know you understand what is really going on here in Japan with your wisdom and understanding whatever the mass medias say, but I hope you have a look on his messages.

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Posted by on April 17, 2011 in Disaster, life in Japan, Uncategorized

 

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Articles on “nature” about Japan Earthquake, Fukushima, and Radiation

Japan Earthquake and nuclear crisis from “nature”

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2011 in Disaster, Science, Uncategorized

 

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Short Note from Japan on April 4

Well, I think you want to know how dangerous it will be for you the radioactively contaminated water which was released from Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant into the pacific ocean yesterday.

TEPC said it would be 0.6 milli SV/year of expose if you eat fished or seaweeds everyday which is caught or  collected around there. Our policy is, I am not sure it is international policy or not, but at least Japanese policy is set safe limit to general people as 1 milli SV/year, and it is impossible to catch any fishes nor seaweed around there right now. So, TEPC said it won’t be so dangerous even for us Japanese.

I think it won’t be so dangerous at least to the world if it is only one time release.
The water included low level radiation. It is 100 times higher than usual safe limit, but you know, pacific ocean is very large and every radioactive materials lost its power in time and distance. It is very high in limited space and water, but it will be less high once it is mixed with seawater of pacific ocean. While the materials traveling from Japan to your county by the ocean, the materials will make distance among them loosing its power in time. It will be bit higher than usual the radiation level of seawater around your country, but I am sure it won’t be so high to cause a problem on your health.

But, what if TEPC needs to do again? How many times they will need?  That is the question.

Right now, many experts from all over the world come to support us. I hope they will find a way more safe way to the world.

Believe me, all of us Japanese feel very sorry for what is going on. Natural disaster is something we can’t control and there is no way other than to accept and rebuild. But, the nuclear accident is different. I am sure TEPC and Japanese government have been trying hard their best, but it seems not enough. I am so sad we failed to keep a nuclear plant in safe. It is our own fault not to have more reliable way to keep a nuclear power plant in safe even with such a huge earthquake and tsunami as we know they happened very often in Japan, and, we knew how dangerous radiation is since 1945. We should be more careful.

I apologize as a Japanese to the world about that our country bring great fear to the world on the Earth. I promise we will find better way to be a reliable county.

Well, I might be sound bit pessimistic, I guess, but actually not. I keep my trust to our technology and friendship with many countries. I don’t think all the experts all over the world can’t find even a way to make the situation a little better. It won’t be so soon, but I believe we will find a way, maybe a tough and difficult way, but find a way with hope.

 

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Public data of the reactors at Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant

Reactors Status on March 30 by NISA

You can see primary public data there announced by NISA, Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency. There are PDF files explaining all the reactors, 6 reactors at the nuclear power plant in English.

 
 

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Advice from IAEA

It is already April Fool here in Japan, but I am going to write what truly happened March 31 in Japan.

Today, IAEA found out there were 2 million Bq of radiation/ 1 square meter at Iidate-mura, 40 km away from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. IAEA said it is 2 times higher than one of their refuge guideline.  Depending on this, IAEA gave an advice to Japanese government that they should watch carefully the radiation level there. IAEA suggested that they think it is dangerous to stay there.

Right now, Japanese government made the order that 1) to be away from the plant more than 20 km, 2) to stay inside as much as possible if you are from 20 km to 30 km.

Mr. Edano, the chief cabinet secretary, said that Japanese government have keep detected radiation level very carefully including Iidate-mura, and they put great respect to IAEA, but as they detect radiation different way, Japanese government didn’t think to widened the refuse area right now.

Well, what I understand is, IAEA got the amount by checking radiation by dusts on leaves. I mean, IAEA collect some dusts from leaves of trees, plants, etc. and check how much radiation those dusts included. On the other hand, Japanese government is checking radiation by the dust on the air, or the dust on the foods like vegetables. NISA said they think that their standard and technique are more precise about how dangerous the radiation level will be to one’s health than the standard of IAEA. The government and NISA (Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency) also said that they set limits for when a person stayed outside all day, means 24 hours, but in reality, it is impossible to stay outside 24 hours, then, it is not so dangerous yet.

Seems to me, IAEA is bit too pessimistic and Japanese government is bit too optimistic. It is nucleuses. Yes, radiation is very dangerous when you are exposed very strongly in a moment, but not so dangerous when it is weak even if it is long time. But, it is yet radiation expose, it could be dangerous if there are enough radioactive materials, especially the ones which keeps its power for a long time. It won’t be good for your health.

I don’t think it is dangerous in Tokyo, but it seems bit dangerous in Iidate-mura. Up to now, there are very few people who were exposed dangerously and all of them were the engineers who worked at the plant, not the people who were living in around the plant. (Please mind that the engineers had already discharged from Hospital because they show no sign of damage because of radiation.) And, I think it would be true that Japanese government have been doing what they believe which is right, but it could be wrong in this situation, so I think it is time to take too much security on people’s health. I have heard so many sad stories which seemed to be caused by radioactive expose here in Hiroshima, not only the stories in Hiroshima or Nagasaki, but the stories of Chernobyl, Bikini archipelagos, or Kazakhstan. We already have enough Hibakusha in this world, don’t need more.

 
 

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Short Note from Japan on March 29

I am going to write some of my thoughts. Please don’t think it as what Japanese government announced or Japanese media reported. I am getting those information and my thoughts would be effected by them, but what I am going to write is only what I am thinking and feeling.

  • I think you should be careful about the yellow sands from China rather than the radioactive materials from Fukushima if you are in the west of south part of Japan as there is the Prevailing westerly around the Northern Hemisphere. I think there is very small possibility for the radioactive materials to reach Hiroshima because of the wind, but we couldn’t stop yellow sands to reach here because of the wind. We have been warned sometimes to stay inside when so many yellow sands reached Japan if you have a problem on your bronchus.
  • Well, it is possible for the radioactive materials to reach North America, Europe etc. because of the wind, but I believe it won’t be so dangerous when nuclear authorities say it is not dangerous by my own experience. When Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident happened, I was a girl, maybe 13 years old or so, (don’t guess how old I am now! lol ), and the distance between Hiroshima and Chernobyl is shorter than the distance between North America and here, but we were not warned any way and most of us are healthy adults now. I said “most of us”, not “all of us”, yes, but I believe you have lost some of your friends with any reason if you are older than mid 30.
  • If you are in the Northern Hemisphere and your country has nuclear weapons, especially that if your country has taken a test for a new nuclear weapon inside of your country, I recommend to make sure to live west edge of your country.
  • I have been frustrated about belated announcement by the government or TEPC, etc. I think there might be many things they didn’t say in front of camera among what they already knew, but I feel they didn’t make lies. They know very well that we can get any information on the internet, even in foreign language.
  • I hope you don’t think me supporting Japanese government, nuclear power, TEPC. No. I don’t support them, but I think it is not a time to point a finger and yelled at them, but a time to let them put all their wisdom and power to make our situation better. We can do anything when everything is settled down, including to change our prime minister.
  • I should say that I am bit mentally insecure since the disaster. I have recalled many memories of what I have heard about the bomb, what I experienced in Kyoto as a collage student living alone separated from the rest of my family when a big earthquake attacked Kobe in 1995, and what I saw and felt when I visited the Ground Zero in NYC. Sometimes, I can’t sleep well or can’t stop myself tearing when there is no reason to cry. I hope you don’t have such a mental problem.

Well, it’s time to go. Wish you a nice and pleasant day!

 

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Short Note about Japan on March 19

First, about the nuclear power plant….

  • Those brave people succeeded to put lots of waters into the used nuclear fuel pool in No.3 nuclear reactor by water cannon trucks. I have heard that U.S. army let us use their truck for this mission. Thank you so much. Now, the pool is becoming cooler and cooler in time.
  • At the same time, people keep trying to put seawaters into No.1 – 3 reactors, and those reactors have kept being cool.
  • Today, March 19 in Japan, SDF checked the reactors by air with thermography, those 4 reactors in danger show under 100 degrees centigrade. I think it is a good news to know.
  • At No.5 and 6 reactor, the pools keep enough water but shows bit higher temperature. Engineers now succeeded to back electricity to them and begin to put cool waters into the pools.

I think the plant is still in danger, but I can’t stop to prize those people who is staying there and doing their best for others. The plant has kept in danger, but they keep it away from the worst for a week. A WEEK! And now, seems that the plant finally start to be in the right way to the safe. I hope I am right. Please give your thought to them…..

From Hiroshima, some medical teams have come there and support the suffered people not only in general medication but also about Radioactive expose. I hope the name of Hiroshima give some encouragement to the people at least about Radiation.

Today, WHO officially announced that there is no reason to escape from Japan or hesitate to visit Japan. IAEA officially announced that there is no risk on your health to stay in Tokyo. Please trust them. Even if you feel doubt about what Japanese government said, I strongly hope that you trust those international organizations. The north-east part of Japan is suffered and in danger, it is impossible to visit there, but other part of Japan is in safe, you can stay any part of Japan except the suffered area very comfortably. There is no danger to eat or use Japanese products, especially sold in foreign countries. We have difficulties to give enough food and things to the suffered people, so it means that whatever you have around you which is made in Japan, they couldn’t be developed in the suffered area including Fukushima where the nuclear power plant is, all those products must be produced in the safe area of Japan. Please, Please don’t hesitate to buy those things. Please don’t hesitate to visit the safe area of Japan.

As I said before, there is nothing happened here in Hiroshima and we are living our life in the same way as usual with enough light, fuel, and foods in safe. Nothing is changed. It makes us feeling very sorry for the suffered people, but we know what we should do right now is to keep our life in the way it should be as we can, keep working, making money, using money, keep our strength and spirit high. The recovery is the most difficult and longest part ant it needs very very big money. We know that by the experience of Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake. We should keep Japanese economy running, shouldn’t stop. We know we should smile more, laugh more, make jokes, singing, dancing….. We will.

 
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Posted by on March 20, 2011 in Disaster, Hiroshima, life in Japan, My life

 

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