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Thursday, 17 March 2011

Japan Tsunami Disaster

Dear Reader

Thanks for dropping by this site again. I realise that I haven't blogged for a long time now. Work has increased, causing me to become more busy, and my part time Masters course has become a permanent fixture in my life.

The whole world knows about the recent news about the tsunami that hit Japan's northeastern side; the whole matter is now about the nuclear fallout and how it will affect the peoples of Japan and those people in the neighbouring countries.

Here is a video of the tsunami, courtesy of the Mainichi Daily News:

The Mainichi Daily has a special photo page with photos of the earthquake disaster aftermath.

The foreign currency speculators (or forex traders) in New York are currently buying the Yen up, and pushing it to its highest point in 16 years. (link) Its neighbour South Korea has decided to help out by sending over 53 tonnes of boric acid, nearly all the available boric acid in South Korea. (link) The Mainichi Daily News in its editorial called for all possible measures to protect citizens from radiation. (link) Accurate information is required to carry out effect crisis management. (link)

On the crowd level, people across the country have begun hoarding up. The government called on people to stop panic buying of fuel. However, the news shows that people are hoarding up on other items as well, like toilet paper, milk, batteries, instant noodles. Even hospitals have lost their supplies thanks to the tsunami; patients are dying without medication and food. Many people are evacuating the disaster area or its adjecent neighbours in order to avoid radiation.

It was sad to read about the granny who hugged her three year old grandson, trying to protect him during the tsunami, both of them perished under the rubble.

Years down the road, the citizens of Japan will be wondering why TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) and the national nuclear agency handled the matter the way they did.

To end this post on a positive note, here is a free resource to learn Japanese language online, courtesy of NHK World (a TV station in Japan): FREE Japanese Lessons in English.