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Fukushima schoolchildren get dosimeters 福島の小学校。新学期で登校して …

Via Tweeter @yoshida1028, a report (from NHK news, but I haven’t found the original source) that primary school children in Fukushima (city? Or prefecture?) will be given radiation dosimeters. Yoshida comments that thus children are doubling up as nuclear power-station workers. A teacher is quoted as saying, “If these dosimeters help protect the children (then they’re a good idea)”, to which Yoshida comments, “Protect the children? Come off it!  This country is going insane.” Or is this an example of local initiative?

NHKお昼のニュース。福島の小学校。新学期で登校してきた子供たちに線量計を配布。子供たちが原発労働者とだぶる。教師のコメント「線量計が子供たちのお守りになればいい」。なるわけ無いだろう。この国は狂ってる。

via Twitter / @yoshida1028: NHKお昼のニュース。福島の小学校。新学期で登校して ….

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Japan, the Twitter nation | The Japan Times Online

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I recently joined Twitter, after learning that a relative in Tokyo had found it very useful on March 11th to get info about what was happening, at a time when cell-phones were unable to connect or even send or receive text messages.

According to Twitter’s official blog blog.twitter.com, when the clock stuck midnight last New Year’s Eve, Japanese Twitter users went crazy, recording 6,939 tweets per second—a new record at the time. In fact, globally 14 percent of all tweets are in Japanese—second only to English, with 50 percent—which explains why Japanese was the second language to be added to twitter menus. And according to Virginia-based research firm ComScore, 20 percent of all Japanese are using Twitter, while only 8 percent of people in the United States are users. Twitter has grown so much in Japan that it now has more visitors than Japan’s most well-known social network service, Mixi. And last month, Twitter appointed their first international manager outside the U.S—in Japan. But why has Twitter been embraced so rapidly here?

loose control may also have allowed “bot” culture to flourish in Japan. Twitter-bots are small software programs that are designed to mimic human tweets.

Not surprisingly perhaps, the most popular fully automated bot these days is @earthquake_jp which tweets earthquake alerts, and was part of the huge surge in popularity of Twitter just after the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake on March 11.

via Japan, the Twitter nation | The Japan Times Online.

The article goes on to compare Facebook with Twitter, pointing out that at the time of the earthquake only 2% of people in Japan were using Facebook. As people discovered that Twitter was a good alternative means of communication at this time, the word spread. The media got on it. Eventually the Prime Minister’s Office, Tepco, Japan’s SDF and other public organizations opened Twitter accounts.

Interestingly, the article lists @DruckerBOT as a popular Twitter bot in Japan! There’s a story in that, but maybe another time. Meanwhile, here’re a couple images of books in Japanese about Twitter:

"Learn English through Twitter"

Twitter job-hunting

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Twitter / @Steve Herman: Plan to spray resin at Fukushima called off due to rain

Plan to spray resin at #Fukushima-1 to mitigate radiation spread canceled today due to rain.

via Twitter / @Steve Herman: Plan to spray resin at #Fu ….

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In Onagawa, Japan, residents are using the local nuclear plant as a shelter

Japanese Nuclear Facilities - from World Nuclear Association

Onagawa nuclear power station is owned by Tohoku Electric (Tohoku Denryoku). Slightly further north along the coast than Fukushima, it was also struck by the tsunami and earthquake.  An emergency was declared there March 13, due to triggering levels of radioactivity, but it was later deemed that the source of this was Fukushima’s reactor, not Onagawa.

VoA’s Steve Herman tweets:

RT @neiupdates: In Onagawa, #Japan residents are using the local #nuclear plant as a shelter. http://bit.ly/eWZYtx


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Govt may spray resin on N-plant / Sticky material should keep down radiation : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri)

Commenter on this blog, Aldritch Parsons, suggested on March 30 some kind of tent of dome over the reactors to contain or limit the diffusion of radioactive materials. And today, I read on the Yomiuri (via the very useful NewsOnJapan.com):

The government will likely go ahead with a plan to spray resin inside the troubled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, which it hopes will contain the spread of radioactive substances, sources said Wednesday.

The government has begun full-fledged discussions on different plans to stop the spread of radioactive substances that have been leaking continuously from damaged reactors at the plant run by Tokyo Electric Power Co.

In addition to efforts to cool the reactors and spent nuclear fuel pools by TEPCO and the Self-Defense Forces, the government has asked for aid from private companies and other nations, including the United States, to deal with the accident.

It is believed spraying resin would minimize the spread of radioactive substances, which would allow repair work at the plant to proceed more smoothly, the sources said. Efforts to restore the reactors’ cooling functions have seesawed repeatedly, with the detection Wednesday of radioactive iodine-131 at levels 3,355 times the legal limit in seawater near the plant being the latest wrench in the works.

Spraying resin on debris inside the plant could begin as early as Thursday, the government sources said. The operation would last for about two weeks, they said.

The plan involves using a remote-controlled robot to spray resin over about 80,000 square meters inside the 120,000-square-meter facility. The areas to be sprayed were contaminated by radiation from debris scattered by several hydrogen gas explosions in the days after the March 11 earthquake.

via Govt may spray resin on N-plant / Sticky material should keep down radiation : National : DAILY YOMIURI ONLINE (The Daily Yomiuri).

And VOA’s Steve Herman, back in Seoul after 2 weeks covering the tsunami/earthquake/Fukushima disaster in Tohoku and Tokyo, tweets:

Officials: Unmanned, remote-controlled vehicle will spray the resin beginning Thursday “on a trial basis.”

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VoA’s Steve Herman leaves Japan

VoA’s reporter Steve Herman has left Japan and returned to his base in Seoul, according to his Tweet. I came to rely on his Twitter feed as source of up-to-date news and also links to related resources. I only follow 4 Twitter feeds. Steve’s is one of them.

On OZ1015 at 1205JST HND-GMP. Will continue coverage from Seoul & back in Japan in early April. @martyn_williams on ground for VOA.

Although he visited the Tohoku area, he was mostly reporting on the Fukushima nuclear crisis. He showed balls when he refused to stop recording an announcement by PM Kan to the foreign press corps. He was being asked to stop because of the rule that only those approved by the Kantei can do this.

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