Monthly Archives April 2011


Today, I found a new blog. I like it. Please visit. Leave a comment for Mr. B&M who recently married, has a baby girl, and teaches English in a junior high school somewhere in Japan. This is fine writing. Maybe I will start a similar blog in Japanese… In Japan, what do you count now?How […]

The geologist who predicted Japans tsunami – The Week

More bad news for TEPCO. Was Shishikura certain the big one was coming?Yes, he just couldnt pinpoint precisely when it would arrive. Shishikura calculated that colliding tectonic plates under the Pacific Ocean off northeastern Japan triggered giant waves every 450 to 800 years. Historians already knew that a 25-foot tsunami had hit Sendai Bay in […]

Japanese society in 2011: part 1 of 3 | 世論 What Japan Thinks

[yframe url=’’] Citizens of this collectivist nation think their fellow-citizens are not civic-minded enough and need to have more of it pushed on them.  The politicians just got handed a gift with this survey. Note the false dichotomy of question 3, ” Given the two opinions “One should focus more on country and society” and […]

2011/04/26 05:21 – Nuclear Body To Issue Hourly Radiation Forecasts

TOKYO Nikkei–The Nuclear Safety Commission said Monday that it will start issuing forecasts of how airborne radioactive material may be spreading out by the hour from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant.Starting Tuesday, the commissions Web site will show hour-by-hour data from SPEEDI, a system that analyzes and predicts dispersal of radioactive material in the event […]

Survivor’s tale caught on camera | The Japan Times Online

This guy was lucky: he survived. Many did not. Read the story here. via Survivor’s tale caught on camera | The Japan Times Online. I recommend the following digital products: WP GDPR Fix, a WordPress plugin that quickly and easily helps you make your WP blog GDPR compliant. Brett Kelly’s “Evernote Essentials”, Dan Gold’s $5 […]

Japan’s Terrifying Day Saw Unprecedented Exposed Fuel Rods – Bloomberg

The first narrative I’ve read about what happened at Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant, starting with the earthquake, as reported by people who were there. It’s riveting. Makoto Nagai was sitting in his third-floor office at 2:46 p.m. on March 11 when the earthquake alarm buzzed. An orange LCD screen flashed 100 and 4, telling him the […]

When Japanese want to be flyjin | 世論 What Japan Thinks

Jumping on the bandwagon, indeed! This survey has nothing to do with the recent earthquake, tsunami, or nuclear crisis. It is just a survey of homesick Tokyoites! The title here is just a poor excuse to try to jump on the flyjin bandwagon, in this survey from goo Ranking into when people who’ve moved to […]

Google Japan Forgoes April Fools For 2011 #SEWatch

  It’s not a joke. Google Japan is postponing April Fool’s Day until next year. While recognizing that April 1 is a day many fans of Google look forward to, Google Japan has decided not to go forward with the typical barrage of hoaxes and pranks this year. Out of respect for the victims of […]

Movers turn away evacuees / People told to relocate get cold shoulder from moving firms : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)

OOh boy. As if escaping with your life from an earthquake AND a tsunami wasn’t enough. But I sympathize with the moving companies, too. Surely, there is a way out of this mess. Unfortunately, I think inevitably the government will have to stand in as arbitrators at some stage. FUKUSHIMA–Many residents in Fukushima Prefecture who […]

Aid groups urge Kan to rethink ODA cut in draft extra budget+

This is amazing. A pure example of what Ayn Rand contemptuously termed altruism. These groups are telling Mr. Kan that he should not unilaterally use Japanese taxpayers’ money for Japanese taxpayers’ benefit: other people deserve some of the loot, too. I wonder how much sympathy this will garner amongst Japanese taxpayers at this time? TOKYO, […]