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3・11と日本−−歴史の一つのかなめ？ R. Taggart Murphy on the consequences of the 3/11 earthquake, tsunami, and atomic crisis.
Japanese Energy Options After Fukushima
Apr. 14, 2011:
福島原発事故後の日本のエネルギー選択肢 A new report by the Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability looks at Japan's energy problems and prospects.
Why I love Japan even more since the earthquake
Apr. 13, 2011:
地震後なぜこれまで以上に日本を好きになったか David McNeill on Japan's strengths in the aftermath of disaster.
"Science" and "Nature" on Fukushima
Apr. 11, 2011:
「サイエンス」「ネイチャー」両誌における福島原発事故評価 A summary of the latest assessments of the Fukushima Daiichi crisis from leading journals "Science" and "Nature".
Unease or Untruth? – The Removal of Nakamura Koichiro
Apr. 10, 2011:
不安か不誠実か－－中村幸一郎おろし Shukan Post reports that Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency bureaucrat Nakamura Koichiro was removed from press conferences for his early assertion that the Fukushima Daiichi plant was in meltdown.
Apr. 09, 2011:
ローレンス・ウィットナー[Lawrence Wittner]の"How Japan Learned About "Nuclear Safety": The Politics of Denial"の日本語訳
Apr. 09, 2011:
"TEPCO, Credibility, and the Japanese Crisis"の日本語訳
Fukushima Fallout Monitoring Needed
Apr. 08, 2011:
福島発放射性物質放出監視の必要性 By Arjun Makhijani -- More stringent, coordinated Fukushima fallout monitoring needed to determine radioactive iodine risk to U.S. milk and water
福島における遺体 Radiation from the Fukushima Daiichi plant has left authorities unable to recover the bodies of up to 1000 quake and tsunami victims.
SOS from Minami Soma City
Apr. 01, 2011:
南相馬市よりSOS The mayor of Minami Soma, one of the cities closest to the Fukushima Daiichi plant, has posted vidoes appealing to the Japanese government and international community for supplies and evacuation assistance.
福島第一原発のタービン建屋の水と照明について Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) head Arjun Makhijani offers suggestions for how to move forward at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant.
Heroes or Victims? - The "Fukushima Fifty"
Mar. 28, 2011:
英雄か犠牲者か−−”福島の五十人” Are the workers at the Fukushima plant sacrificing their health and possibly their lives for company and country? Or are they older contract workers without adequate food or even blankets?
In the Shadow of Japan’s Wounded Nuclear Beast
Mar. 27, 2011:
原子力発電所という手負いの獣の陰で David McNeill reports from Fukushima on the plight of those left behind near the stricken Daiichi plant.
“Long Since Passed the Level of Three Mile Island” – The Fukushima Crisis in Comparative Perspective
Mar. 25, 2011:
「スリーマイル島をはるかに超えるレヴェル」−−比較的観点から見た福島の危機 International scientific organizations sound in on the seriousness of the Fukushima crisis. Latest Update - 3.27 (Japan Time)
Fukushima: The Situation on the Ground 福島ーー現地の状況
Mar. 24, 2011:
A collection of reports on the ongoing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. LATEST UPDATE 3.25 (Japan Time)
Lawrence W. Wittner considers the history of nuclear weapons and nuclear power in Japan.
Assessing the Economic Aftershocks of Japan’s March 11 Earthquake 日本の3.11地震の経済的余波を評価する
Mar. 22, 2011:
R. Taggart Murphy considers the global economic repercussions of Japan's earthquake and tsunami damage.
Outpouring of International Support for Japan 日本を支える声、各国よりほとばしる
Mar. 21, 2011:
In the aftermath of the March 11 quake, a dramatic outpouring of international support for Japan. LATEST UPDATE - 3.30 (Japan Time)
Reports from Tohoku: Assessing Death, Dislocation, and Flight of the Victims 東北より−−被害者の死亡、退去、離散の算定
Mar. 20, 2011:
An assessment of the difficulties facing survivors in Japan's earthquake and tsunami hit Tohoku region. LATEST UPDATE 3.30 (Japan Time)
TEPCO, Credibility, and the Japanese Crisis
Mar. 16, 2011:
Criticism of the TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) response to Japan's nuclear crisis recalls a history of misinformation and deception.
Japan's Nuclear Crisis: A Wakeup Call for the World 日本の核機器−−世界への警鐘
Mar. 14, 2011:
After years of warnings about the "North Korean nuclear threat" now suddenly the entire Northeast Asian region is subjected to the "Japan nuclear threat," just as North Korea has been warning for years. Apart from the Fukushima meltdown risk, how safe is Japan's plutonium mountain, accumulating in the waste piles and underground parking places outside reactors up and down the country, 50 odd tons of radioactive sludge, and at the vast repositories at Rokkasho, just up the road from Fukushima, which has a planned reprocessing capacity of 800 tons of spent fuel per year, including eight tons of plutonium?
After the Quake: The Town That Was Washed Away 地震の後−−洗い流された町
Mar. 14, 2011:
It was once a family house in this northeastern corner of Miyagi Prefecture. Mum would have cooked dinner on the kitchen stove. Children may have played video games in the front room, facing the Pacific Ocean. Now all that's left of the house is its bare concrete base and a few scattered belongings: the shreds of a kimono and a child's schoolbag.
Japan's Nuclear Crisis: Status of Spent Fuel at Exploded Reactor Buildings Unclear 日本の核危機
Mar. 14, 2011:
The Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER) is asking an important question about Japan's nuclear crisis that seems to have been ignored by the media and in announcements from the Japanese government and Japan's nuclear power industry: What is happening with the spent fuel pools located at the top of the buildings housing the Unit 1 and Unit 3 reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant facility? Both reactor buildings have lost their upper structures due to explosions possibly caused by a hydrogen gas build-up (Unit 1 on March 12, Unit 3 on March 14).
Tokyo is crawling unsteadily back on its feet. Its buildings are intact, its vast transport network is creaking back to life, cellphones work again, patchily. Planes land in the main international airports but traffic crawls through the streets. But the world outside, along Japan's Pacific coast to the northeast has been knocked flat on its back. Battered by tsunamis, rocked by a steady, terrifying string of aftershocks, thousands of people bed down for the second night in makeshift refugee centers in schools, sports centers and gymnasiums.
The world's media has begun descending on the capital, looking to tell this story. And three hundred kilometers north of Tokyo comes the biggest story of all: a fire at a nuclear plant that could potentially rival the twin nuclear disasters of Three Mile Island (1979) and Chernobyl (1986).