Monthly Archives May 2011

In Japan, the same old problems – The Washington Post

So  Japan’s  debt will be 300+% of GDP by 2020, but nothing to worry but because 9%% of the bonds are domestically owned…. The government will also have to borrow even more money, issuing bonds. Over the next five years, Japan will need to marshal some $250 billion for reconstruction. The country is not on […]

Dominique is French toast

Very well made, very clever, a catchy tune, and I can actually understand the words because the singer knows about diction (I’ve been watching Keanu Reeves in Hardball and Reeves is the only character whose words I can understand). [yframe url=’http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24a-Qb327ok’] I recommend the following guides: Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials”, Dan Gold’s $5 guides to […]

Protected: “When the politicians are afraid of the voters, they will make meaningful changes. ” Till then, it’s all Kabuki theatre

There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

U.N. cites ‘synchronous’ infrastructure failure – Japan Times Online

NEW YORK — The March 11 killer tsunami that hit the Tohoku coast following the magnitude 9.0 earthquake and the subsequent Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdowns revealed the fragility of Japan’s infrastructure, according to a recent U.N. report on natural disasters. via U.N. cites ‘synchronous’ infrastructure failure – Japan Times Online Is this really saying anything? […]

Tepco now says reactor seawater injection wasn’t halted – Japan Times

Discussing this with my wife this morning, she said probably the man in charge of Fukushima, the man on the ground there, Yoshida, probably decided to keep pouring the water into the reactors, whatever the government or anyone else was saying, on his own initiative, and this shameful fact was then hushed up. For obvious […]

Theme of the day – faith in government is waning

The following excerpts pretty much speak for themselves, but because this is the media speaking, take a large lump of salt with all this. I’ll add my usual pearls of wisdom after you’ve read the quotes. “It breaks my heart that they did nothing for the children,” said Sadako Monma, herself a mother of two, […]

Japan retired nuclear workers ready for duty – Yahoo! News

“Skilled Veterans Corps”. Good name. It took a politician to call them (publicly) a “suicide corps”. Way to go, Hosono! Diplomatic, eh? This article has more details than the one Mike Rogers linked to yesterday. More than 160 engineers, including many former atomic plant workers, aged 60 or older say they want to set up […]

Marketing Japan: Fighting Radioactivity? Pensioners to the Rescue!

Mike Rogers has a news story that has not yet surfaced in Japanese mainstream news, as far as I can tell. Is this yet another example of news that only becomes news in Japan after the foreigners talk about it? I’ll be looking for confirmation of this story in other, local, media. If any Japanese […]

Preparation saved one island’s residents | The Japan Times Online

Is there a lesson here? I think there is. Underline it. none of the approximately 80 residents on the island was killed by the tsunami, thanks to a disaster prevention map and an evacuation route created more than half a century ago.They had also prepared for the possibility of disaster by conducting emergency drills over […]

“Yes you did!” “No I didn’t!”

What an uplifting spectacle – politicans in action: Yes, you did! No, I didn’t! 首相は福島第1原子力発電所1号機への海水注入が3月12日に一時中断した問題について「私が止めたことは全くない」と東京電力への中断指示を否定した。自民党の谷垣禎一総裁への答弁。 I recommend the following guides: Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials”, Dan Gold’s $5 guides to Getting Everything Done with Evernote and Springpad, and DocumentSnap Solutions’ Paperless Document Organization Guides. Be sure to try DocumentSnap’s free email course on going paperless first […]