Monthly Archives August 2011

Fukushima media coverage ‘may be harmful’ – health – 30 August 2011 – New Scientist

One report, in UK newspaper The Independent, quoted a scientist who predicted more than a million would die, and that the prolonged release of radioactivity from Fukushima would make health effects worse than those from the sudden release experienced at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine. “We’ve got to stop these sorts of reports coming […]

Eloquent orator seen as safe choice –

Jiro Yamaguchi, a political scientist at Hokkaido University, says Mr Noda is likely to try to avoid further friction and to instead pursue a conventional foreign policy stressing stability in ties with the US.“I don’t think that he’s a die-hard conservative or nationalist,” Prof Yamaguchi says. “I don’t think he will visit Yasukuni … he’s […]

Govt to allow industry to power up : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)

There are, and have been, many political philosophers who have said that government intervention leads to ever-increasing intervention and eventually to tyranny. Others have pointed to the “pretence of knowledge”, the impossibility of anyone or any group of people, having enough information to be able to make the right decisions about resource allocation, in other […]

34 spots top Chernobyl evacuation standard : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)

Update: Fukushima prefecture has created a new website with information about the dangers of radiation (mouse-tip to Lenz Blog). The website includes a map, government pamphlets and FAQs about radioactive risks. Below is from the Daily Yomiuri: Soil at 34 spots in six Fukushima Prefecture municipalities has been contaminated with levels of radioactive cesium higher […]

Japan’s life expectancy ‘down to equality and public health measures’ | World news | The Guardian

Some interesting statistics on Japan’s longevity in this Guardian article: A baby girl born in Japan today can expect to live to 86 and a boy to nearly 80. But it has not always been so. According to a paper in a Lancet series on healthcare in Japan, this is a rise of 30 years […]

Kenneth Williams, a tragic comedian: “Cor, Blimey!” Part 8 of 10 – YouTube

good old sid yak yak yak via Kenneth Williams, “Cor, Blimey!” Part 8 of 10 – YouTube.’ Something about British culture for a change, not Japanese. Google search on Kenneth Williams led me to this outstanding dramatization. For some reason the title is “Kenneth Williams, “Cor, Blimey!”” but it centres on the relationship between two […]

Kenneth Williams, or from 1 year to 5 seconds in 50 years.

[yframe url=’’] Kenneth Williams, An Audience With (Part 1 of 8). Kenneth Williams was best known as a comedic actor on radio and television in the 1950s and 60s. The man who made camp popular. Nostalgia hour. In the course of his 1-man show (which I’d never seen before; I mainly remember Kenneth Williams from […]

Greenpeace monitoring effort | Lenz Blog

Greenpeace wants schools in Fukushima closed because of radiation. They had a radiation measuring team doing some monitoring in schools there, finding levels of radiation exceeding the “international 1 mSv/y maximum allowed” in many places. While I don’t agree with them regarding the safety levels, I think it is a good thing they are doing […]

よくある質問Q&A:X 市公式ホームページ  X-City Official Homepage

Alerted by EX-SKF blog, I found my city in a list of cities (published by AERA magazine, the list is replicated here – in Japanese only – with cities that have since withdrawn from the scheme highlighted in red) that had accepted a government request (back in April) to accept debris from the earthquake/tsunami area. […]

Anti-Ozawa votes put Noda over : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)

From the Daily Yomiuri Online. (I like the “observers said” quote. I was an observer, too, and I said the same thing!) The victory of Finance Minister Yoshihiko Noda in a runoff election for the Democratic Party of Japan leadership Monday signified a refusal by a majority of party lawmakers to restore visible influence to […]