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http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000405955

July 28, 2013


The Yomiuri Shimbun


An izakaya pub set up in Tokyo to support areas devastated by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake will be closed at the end of July because of poor sales.

Fukko Shien Sakaba was opened in the Shimbashi district in January 2012 by Akita-based bar and restaurant chain Dreamlink Co. to serve the food and sake of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures. The company donates all the profits from sales at the bar to disaster-hit areas.

Originally, the owners planned to maintain the izakaya for only one year, but the operation period was extended until the end of December 2013 after Fukko Shien Sakaba became popular, especially among people who volunteered in disaster-stricken areas. Last November, the firm donated 15 million yen to the three prefectures.


However, the izakaya has suffered from a decline in business in recent months and has been forced to close down, according to sources.

Hiroko Kinoshita, a 45-year-old housewife from Shizuoka, said she was sorry to hear the news, as she always looked forward to visiting the izakaya and eating its many dishes from the Tohoku region whenever she came to Tokyo.

“I thought dining and drinking there would help the disaster-hit areas,” said Kinoshita, who has a friend whose company was damaged by tsunami in the disaster.

Fukko Shien Sakaba will revert to an izakaya serving the local food of Akita Prefecture, and will still be run by Dreamlink. The company also operates Hanbei izakaya and other drinking places around the nation.

Masahide Tateoka, 30, a Dreamlink employee who was involved in the opening of Fukko Shien Sakaba, said the company wants to continue supporting disaster-stricken areas by offering menu items from the affected regions.
 

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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/07/31/national/trillions-for-rebuilding-tohoku-go-unused/
 

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http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/08/04/national/tohoku-boat-found-in-sea-of-japan/

http://awsadmin.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/07/23/national/young-returnees-aiding-post-disaster-tohoku/
 

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http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0000586270

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/09/11/national/u-s-students-send-miracle-boat-back-to-rikuzentakata/
 

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Thanks Grey for your kind attention.
 

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In Fukushima nuclear plant, they begin with the removal of fuel rods from a storage pond at the Unit 4 reactor building.
it will take over a year because, more than 1500 rods must be be removed from nuclear plant, in what correspondents describe as a risky and dangerous operation !

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24958048
 

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Michel Van said:
In Fukushima nuclear plant, they begin with the removal of fuel rods from a storage pond at the Unit 4 reactor building.
it will take over a year because, more than 1500 rods must be be removed from nuclear plant, in what correspondents describe as a risky and dangerous operation !

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-24958048


Yes, the correspondents say it is risky and dangerous - but that is because they can't tell experts from self-promoting activists.
 

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http://ajw.asahi.com/article/cool_japan/culture/AJ201402030043

KAMAISHI, Iwate Prefecture--A radio drama intended to draw attention to this coastal city devastated by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami and to encourage survivors has broken the world record for longest nonstop live radio play.

Guinness World Records delivered the certificate to the Kamaichi city office on Jan. 23 for the “NISSAN A, Abe Reiji” drama, which aired in December on Kamaishi Saigai FM.

The drama had a running time of 8 hours, 23 minutes and 31 seconds. It was broadcast by a temporary radio station set up in April 2011 in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

“I feel good that we conveyed the plight of Kamaishi to the nation and around the world,” Kaori Ichikawa, a 42-year-old radio personality at the station, said.

The radio broadcaster joined forces with Tokyo FM Broadcasting Co., FM Iwate Broadcasting Co. and others in a bid to break the world record.

The drama was produced as an extended version of an original 55-minute series that previously aired on Tokyo FM and other broadcasters nationwide. The story follows the everyday life of an average corporate “salaryman” named Reiji Abe (a play on the English word “average”).

The live production was staged at a venue in Yokohama and started at 11 a.m. on Dec. 22. At 7:23:31 that evening, the program set the world record.

Seven voice actors played the primary characters in the play, while Iwate Governor Takuya Tasso and others joined as special guests. The radio drama also included contributions from listeners in Kamaishi.

According to Kamaishi Saigai FM, the record was made possible because the radio station does not air commercials.
 

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http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001084918

1,485 firms failed due to 2011 disaster

1:20 am, March 05, 2014


Jiji Press


The number of companies forced into bankruptcy due to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami has reached 1,485, three years after the disaster, Teikoku Databank Ltd. said Monday.

The number of business failures was 3.8 times higher than the 394 company collapses attributed to the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake at the three-year mark, the private credit research firm said. The 1995 quake devastated the port city of Kobe and neighboring areas.

The 2011 disaster affected a wider area than the Hanshin quake, and many companies gave up their businesses even after resuming operations, the research firm said. Although the pace of business failures is slowing, it will likely be at least two or three more years before the series of bankruptcies related to the March 2011 disaster comes to an end, it said.

Firms that failed due to the March 2011 disaster left liabilities of around ¥1.46 trillion, about 13 times the liabilities left by firms that went out of business due to the 1995 earthquake.
 

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http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001109697


http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/recovery/AJ201403110050

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/behind_news/social_affairs/AJ201403110039


http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/03/11/national/survivors-still-overwhelmed-by-311-losses/


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26483945​
 

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http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/recovery/AJ201404050044
 

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http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/recovery/AJ201405110022

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/recovery/AJ201405120049

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/quake_tsunami/AJ201405140003


EDIT: From last month;

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/recovery/AJ201404130024

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PD6VfOUQUI&feature=player_embedded
 

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The government finally discloses the transcripts of its investigative talks with the late manager of the doomed Fukushima No. 1 power plant after media leaks force its hand.
http://www.japantimes.co.jp/tag/masao-yoshida/

Old news
Masao Yoshida Dead: Former Chief Of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Dies At 58
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/09/masao-yoshida-dead_n_3565387.html
 

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http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/quake_tsunami/AJ201503100092

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/quake_tsunami/AJ201504300003
 

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An interesting revisit of the Fukushima nuclear disaster here ("Fukushima: Tokyo was on the brink of nuclear catastrophe, admits former prime minister", The Telegraph, March 4th, 2016) as recounted by Japan's prime minister at the time, Naoto Kan.

While I think the article bungles up some facts, omits others and is generally far from a comprehensive account of events (I can't be bothered to go through the inconsistencies, this thread itself is a pretty good repository of information sources on the matter) he offers some fairly chilling insights into the readiness - or lack thereof - of the people dealing with it all. The human element. Let's just say that a country's key nuclear safety adviser should ideally have majored in something other than economics.

Despite the horrific natural disaster being the initiator of acute events, the Daiichi plant meltdown clearly was a most human disaster. For instance, cyber attack templates against industrial processes and power networks have been "in the wild" for a good while now - stuxnet variants i.e. sophisticated spoofing tools, the recent multi-pronged hack against the Ukrainian power grid etc. As Fukushima demonstrated, if there are single points of failure it might not be necessary to go for the main processes - things like managing to drain high-level waste pools could in and by themselves trigger an unmanageable series of catastrophic events.

Nuclear safety is no joke. No questions should go unasked or unanswered - by people intimately and minutely familiar with the processes. The more openly, obviously resilient we can be the better.
 

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Kan is actually one of the contributors to the Fukushima Accident:

He was constantly losing his temper and yelling at anyone trying to give him advice, so shutting down lines of communication, and leaving people to try and interpret his wishes indirectly.

His Defence Minister was responsible for delaying the arrival of TEPCO staff at Tokyo by ordering the Self-Defence Force plane carrying them from Osaka to turn back and wait for disaster response duties.

He swanned up to Dai-ichi with camera crews the day after the tsunami, diverted staff from their duties and got in the way.

He was responsible for an order halting seawater cooling of the reactors.

When TEPCO approached him about evacuating non-essential workers, he misinterpreted them and had another temper tantrum. This is where he claims he "saved Tokyo".

His scenario for a Tokyo threat was this:

*Daiichi is abandoned (wasn't going to happen)

*It somehow suffers a much worse fate than 3 meltdowns.

*All other reactors between Fukushima and Tokyo are just abandoned.

*They explode/evaporate/whatever - sending radioactive doom to Tokyo.

All I can say about his scenario, apart from the complete lack of reality, is that it really illustrates the Tokyo-focus in this nation.
 

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Indeed, he's certainly a Karma Houdini, at least for the moment.

In other news: http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0002802237

[Movie] 5 Years after the Great East Japan Earthquake / Stopped clocks show quake scars


8:48 pm, March 10, 2016


By Keita Iijima / Yomiuri Shimbun Photographer



TOMIOKA, Fukushima — Clocks that stopped ticking tell the story of what happened five years ago — the strong shaking and the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake as well as the nuclear accident at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

Employees of the town government of Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture, where evacuation orders are still in effect, have been collecting pieces of “earthquake heritage” — items that show us the scars left by the complex disaster.

A clock at the town’s assembly hall points to 2:46 p.m. and never moves. “The battery might have fallen out due to the shaking,” Takeshi Monma, a 32-year-old town government employee, said.

A clock installed in front of a barbershop, meanwhile, points to 2:53 p.m. According to Tohoku Electric Power Co., a blackout struck the town around that time.

A clock covered with mud was left in a drugstore. It points to 3:36 p.m. That was around the time when the tsunami’s depth was rapidly increasing.

The town government has been collecting those clocks and other items with permission from their owners to preserve them as historical materials for future generations. A total of about 800 items, including the hood of a patrol car that the tsunami swept away and a bent signboard, have been collected so far.

“The fact that we can still collect these items means reconstruction has yet to begin here,” Monma said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=uMozbQ159f0
 

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Hi!
http://news.yahoo.co.jp/story/150

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-36059487

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWlyJ5Dz9d8

http://www.asahi.com/articles/ASJ4J3CCJJ4JTIPE01L.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6AJvjwyx_2Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NK_D0XNRn_k
 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_Kumamoto_earthquakes
 

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Some youtube movie.
http://www.gsi.go.jp/BOUSAI/H27-kumamoto-earthquake-index.html

And

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IrC8dW457s0
 

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'Just In Time' & similar manufacturing paradigms tend to really backfire at a time like this: https://ca.news.yahoo.com/toyota-stops-operations-japan-plants-due-supply-shortage-064618983--finance.html
 

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