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Last week a team from Keio University took one of our geiger counters for a drive . That was a test run for our slightly more elaborate set up, the first test of which happened this weekend. Rather than taping the counter to the window and taking photos (a method which worked fine btw) we’ve developed a bit of a self contained kit we’re calling the bGeigie since it’s something like a little bento box. We dropped off sensor equipment to volunteers in effected areas and took some measurements at schools around Koriyama that we’re a bit concerned about (including one reading of over 50µSv/hr near a kindergarten playground). Admittedly we are not experts on radiation measurement, but here is what we are doing and what we found: Our new set up includes two geiger counters (one mounted outside the car, one handheld inside which can also be used if stopped and walking around), a laptop, a GPS module, mobile wifi hotspot and some weather proof casings.
This morning, my friend Sean Bonner e-mailed me this: As you may or may not know I’ve spent the vast majority of the last month either in Tokyo or working with people in Japan on project I helped start called Safecast. Actually we just changed the name to Safecast, until last week it was called RDTN. We realized that the only information on radiation levels was coming from groups we couldn’t really trust, and decided we could do something better.
This spring’s gardening and herbal workshops are overshadowed by radiation streaming out of Japan. Overshadowed by the callous disregard for life demonstrated by governments and corporations telling us its not harmful, hiding the facts not only from us, but each other!! The EPA’s clever side-step…just increase the “safe level” of radioisotopes several thousand times (see here ). Its got to be “safe” so long as we aren’t immediately keeling over on exposure, right? Is that all they can do?
Miso belongs to the highest class of medicines, those which prevent disease and strengthen the body through continued usage. — Dr. Shinichiro Akizuki, Director, St. Francis Hospital, Nagasaki When Hiroshima was destroyed by nuclear bombs, a physician named Tatuichirou Akizuki, was treating 70 tuberculosis patients at St.
By GORDON FAIRCLOUGH and DAISUKE WAKABAYASHI Newly-minted Mayor Futoshi Toba was at work in City Hall when the tsunami devastated his community a month ago. Now he must find a way to balance his duty to his family and his town.
Japan raised the severity rating of its nuclear crisis to the highest, matching the 1986 Chernobyl disaster, after increasing radiation prompted the government to widen the evacuation zone and aftershocks rocked the country. Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency yesterday raised the rating to 7. The accident at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant previously was rated a 5 on the global scale, the same as the 1979 partial meltdown at Three Mile Island in Pennsylvania .
In retrospect, I should have had this idea before, but I guess today I just hit critical mass (not sure if it’s appropriate to use a nuclear energy turn of phrase here): one too many pieces of bad journalism. So I decided to start a wiki Bad Journalism Wall of Shame and invite some of the other people who were frustrated with some of the shoddy, alarmist, and shockingly wrong journalism we’ve seen since last Friday’s Tohoku quake. I take everything I read with a grain of salt these days, and have for many years.
Hideaki Akaiwa On the afternoon of Friday, March 11th, Hideaki Akaiwa was at his job, dully trudging out the final bitter minutes of his work week in his office just outside the port city of Ishinomaki in Japan's Miyagi Prefecture. What this guy's day job actually is, I honestly have no idea, but based on the extremely limited information I have on the guy I can only presume that his daily nine-to-five routine probably falls somewhere between the motorcycle chase scenes from the movie Akira and John Rambo's antics in the book version of First Blood on the ridiculousness/badassitude scale.
Just as when children experience small personal disasters such as losing a favorite toy, being involved in a fight at school, or suffering an injury, meeting physical needs is only part of the solution. Children also have emotional needs; the need for reassurance, comfort, love and attention. Here are some great links to the experts on caring for children after a disaster.
There had been a recent death at the dojo where I trained. One student, an older man, with a typically genki attitude – a uniquely Japanese concept meaning enthusiasm, fun, liveliness – had, during training, been thrown repeatedly on to the mat for an hour. He complained of a headache but continued. Finally, he was unable to stand – and minutes later he was dead, from a brain haemorrhage.
[日本の方へ：読者が日本語版を翻訳してくださいました。 ご参照してください 。] I run a small software business in central Japan. Over the years, I’ve worked both in the local Japanese government (as a translator) and in Japanese industry (as a systems engineer), and have some minor knowledge of how things are done here. English-language reporting on the matter has been so bad that my mother is worried for my safety, so in the interests of clearing the air I thought I would write up a bit of what I know. A Quick Primer On Japanese Geography