Category Archives: Japan
During this period in American history when the economy, business, trade and currency have taken pivotal positions in the Nation’s psyche, the country is led by what may well be the most economically uninterested Administration it has ever elected. Loudly … Continue reading
This treaty should of died a long time ago:
Russia, Japan and Canada told the G8 they would not join a second round of carbon cuts under the Kyoto Protocol at United Nations talks this year and the US reiterated it would remain outside the treaty, European diplomats have said.
The future of the Kyoto Protocol has become central to efforts to negotiate reductions of carbon emissions under the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, whose annual meeting will take place in Durban, South Africa, from November 28 to December 9.
We have observed the graphic images of the Japanese and their nation, succumbing to the overwhelming forces of nature destroying lives, infrastructure, and economy.
In a couple of years the currents of the Pacific and prevailing winds will scatter debris across North America’s shores. Those will be reminders of the life changing devastation and very human tragedy that has been, since that infamous day March 11, holding Japan in a state of shock. Who will Japan look to as it rebuilds.
Since it’s simpler to keep an open thread for the fast moving story of Japan’s crisis, I’m starting the third open news thread on the subject for everyone to add their thoughts and updates to. Since the event has happened, … Continue reading
My father is a retired Navy Command Master Chief. He spent 32 years in the Navy, so I’ve literally been in the military my entire life. My grandfather fought in WWII with the Army Air Corps in the European Theater (if you’re interested, I wrote about him after he died here, here, and here based off his journals). My dad was stationed in Japan twice growing up.
The first time we lived there, I was about 11 years old the first time we moved to Japan. We lived on a small communications base called Kamiseya. The entire base is only a little more than 100 acres large.
While there is no shortage of heartbreak and disaster to focus on in the wake of Japan’s (now upgraded) 9.1 magnitude earthquake, yesterday morning my thoughts concentrated on what was then a quiet story in the background… the problem with then one of Japan’s many nuclear power facilities that supply about 30% of their needs.
By yesterday eve, the story started gaining traction as rising radiation levels were detected at the two adjacent Fukushima facilities. Because the cooling back up generator systems had failed, the pressure was building in the core and plans were made to open valves, releasing some of that pressure. Apparently, the plant’s officials decided to use seawater as a coolant, which would indicate they had written off the 40 yr old plant’s functional future, as it would corrode the metal innards.
Despite efforts, in the US’s west coast mid-night hours, the Fukushima #1 facility exploded, blowing the roof off one building and destroying exterior walls where the troubled reactor was housed.
By now everyone has heard of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake off the coast of northern Japan, the devasting tsunami that hit there, and is now traveling to the US west coast. Since this is a constantly moving story, it seems … Continue reading