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1995 Tokyo Sarin Gas Attack

Connecting the Last Mile: the Role of Communications in the Great East Japan Earthquake by Internews Europe. Japan’s 3.11 Earthquake, Tsunami, Atomic Meltdown. Japan’s 3.11 Earthquake, Tsunami, Atomic Meltdown This guide is divided into two parts.

Japan’s 3.11 Earthquake, Tsunami, Atomic Meltdown

Part I introduces work published by The Asia-Pacific Journal. Part II introduces major English and Japanese print and online sources on 3.11. I. A Guide to Asia-Pacific Journal Resources This is a guide to the approximately one hundred articles published by The Asia-Pacific Journal on the 3.11 earthquake, tsunami, atomic meltdown and their aftermath including the debate over Japan’s energy policy, the future of nuclear power, the devastation of the Northeast, plans for resettlement and reconstruction, and the resurgence of social movements. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.

Please consult the index on the home page to search using keywords, place names and topics. 1. •David McNeill, Japanese Government Squelching Efforts to Measure Fukushima Meltdown •Yasuhito Abe, Safecast or the Production of Collective Intelligence on Radiation Risks after 3.11 •Philip C. •Richard J. *Anders Pape Moller & Timothy A. •David H. PROMETHEUS TRAP/ THE EMPEROR AND 3/11 DISASTER (1): Princesses packed bath towels for evacuees using imperial villa.

Editor's note: This marks the start of a new 10-part series under The Prometheus Trap heading.

PROMETHEUS TRAP/ THE EMPEROR AND 3/11 DISASTER (1): Princesses packed bath towels for evacuees using imperial villa

It centers on the involvement of imperial family members with victims of the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, as well as the Fukushima nuclear accident. The series will appear on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. DIALOGUE/ Takeshi Yoro and Tatsuru Uchida: We must grasp problems posed by the 3/11 quake. The March 11 earthquake and tsunami left immeasurable scars across northeastern Japan on an unprecedented scale.

DIALOGUE/ Takeshi Yoro and Tatsuru Uchida: We must grasp problems posed by the 3/11 quake

What questions did the catastrophic disaster and the ensuing accident at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant put before us? Takeshi Yoro, who has faced many deaths as an anatomist, and Tatsuru Uchida, a scholar of French literature who experienced the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, exchanged views based on unique perspectives. Excerpts from a dialogue with them follow: Imperial couple mark 20th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake. KOBE--Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko joined hundreds of mourners at a moving ceremony here Jan. 17 to remember victims of the Great Hanshin Earthquake that struck 20 years ago.

Imperial couple mark 20th anniversary of Great Hanshin Earthquake

Attendees, numbering 500 or so, included bereaved family members and government officials. The event was previously held in 2010. Survivors of Hanshin quake haunted by memories of lost loved ones 20 years on. More than one-third of family members who lost relatives in the Great Hanshin Earthquake continue to suffer from anxiety 20 years later, according to a recent survey.

Survivors of Hanshin quake haunted by memories of lost loved ones 20 years on

The survey, jointly conducted by The Asahi Shimbun and Kwansei Gakuin University School of Human Welfare Studies, also found that many of the victims' kin felt guilty about surviving the disaster. The massive temblor struck Kobe on Jan. 17, 1995, claiming 6,434 lives. About 40 percent of respondents said they experienced symptoms of trauma, such as recurring dreams of earthquake scenes. Sixty percent said they were mentally or physically affected by news footage of the Great East Japan Earthquake in March 2011. The questions were put together by Satoshi Ikeno, a professor of trauma studies, and Yukihiro Sakaguchi, a professor specializing in grief care, both of Kwansei Gakuin. Teenage Wasteland: Portraits of Japanese Youth in Revolt, 1964.

See Photos of Love and Courtship in 1950s Japan. Ex-nurse recalls Battle of Okinawa, aims to share misery of war. MITO, IBARAKI PREF. – Fumiko Nashiro, 87, vividly remembers the leader of the nurse corps she belonged to during the 1945 Battle of Okinawa telling members “not to die but return to your parents and tell the misery of war to future generations.”

Ex-nurse recalls Battle of Okinawa, aims to share misery of war

Seventy years on since the end of the war, Nashiro believes she was saved by that leader and is resolved to continue conveying Okinawa’s nuchi du takara (life is a treasure) message to young people. In 1945, the last year of the Pacific War, Nashiro was 18 and a fourth-year student at Sekitoku Women’s High School in Okinawa. When 25 fourth-year students were formed into the Fuji Gakutotai nursing unit for the Imperial Japanese Army in March 1945, she willingly joined “for the sake of our country,” she recalls. Japan’s Peace Constitution, Article 9, And Why Abe Wants To Dismantle It: A short primer. Japan’s Peace Constitution, Article 9, And Why Abe Wants To Dismantle It: A short primer Posted by subcultureist on Sunday, March 8, 2015 · 2 Comments Here is a one minute piece about how Japan became a pacifist nation, its constitution, and Article 9 in that document that has kept it a long-time peaceful nation.

Japan’s Peace Constitution, Article 9, And Why Abe Wants To Dismantle It: A short primer

Take a minute and learn a lot about Japan. Japan’S Pacifist Constitution Explained. It was produced by AJ+, Al Jazeera’s new digital channel, geared towards millennials. Read First-Hand Accounts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings, Translated to English. The Hiroshima Peace Memorial in Hiroshima, Japan, site of the Hiroshima National Peace Memorial Hall and the recently translated first-hand accounts.

Read First-Hand Accounts of Hiroshima and Nagasaki Bombings, Translated to English

Photo courtesy Wikicommons / Wikipedia user Aiden. University students at Japan's Yokohama National University have translated testimony by atomic bombing survivors from Japanese into English. Hibakusha hope ‘atomic bomb classrooms,' whether good or evil, never return. NAGASAKI--Children in mysterious classes here underwent obligatory blood and urine tests.

Hibakusha hope ‘atomic bomb classrooms,' whether good or evil, never return

Their physical strength and bodily functions, as well as their intelligence and emotional state, were routinely checked and compared with those of “normal” children. These special classes were set up at Shiroyama Elementary School because of an event that occurred before some of the students were even born. “We were just used as guinea pigs for experiments,” said Yoko Nakano, 68, who was in her mother’s womb in Nagasaki when the U.S. atomic bomb exploded over the city on Aug. 9, 1945. Famed Hiroshima paintings to be displayed in U.S. on 70th anniversary of atomic bombing. The celebrated Hiroshima Panels will be leaving Japan this summer and be displayed in Washington for the first time upon the 70th anniversary of the 1945 atomic bombing.

Famed Hiroshima paintings to be displayed in U.S. on 70th anniversary of atomic bombing

"I hope the panels will convey the actual devastation of the atomic bomb," said Yoshiko Hayakawa, 68, who is organizing the exhibition. Because many U.S. citizens believe the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki were necessary to end the war, Hayakawa said she hopes the panels will help Americans understand the true horrors of nuclear weapons. "These are very powerful artworks that can transcend a national border to convey our strong hope for peace," she said.

70 years on, Tokyo events to recall horrors of 1945 air raid. A range of events is planned in the nation's capital to pay tribute to the 100,000 residents who perished in the Great Tokyo Air Raid on March 10, 1945. More than 40 exhibitions, concerts and memorial events are being organized by local governments and citizens to mark the 70th anniversary of the U.S. attack during the closing months of World War II. Sumida Ward's local history museum is now holding a special exhibition titled, "The 70 years since the major Tokyo bombing," through May 17.

The exhibition aims to show the damage, area by area, based on records of 30,000 casualties from the incendiary bombing in downtown Tokyo. A-bomb survivor, 90, intent on attending NPT confab. HANAMAKI, IWATE PREF. – In rooms throughout his home, 90-year-old Masakazu Saito has dozens of old clocks indicating it is 8:15 a.m. — the time an atomic bomb flattened Hiroshima and nearly killed him seven decades ago. “This keeps me remembering the event that should never happen again,” he says. Although Saito, who was stationed in Hiroshima as an army lieutenant at the time, survived injuries from the bombing, he still suffers from the after-effects. This spring, Saito will travel to New York to attend an international conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as a member of the delegation of the Japan Confederation of A- and H-Bomb Sufferers Organizations. Soviet spy who visited Hiroshima and Nagasaki days after A-bombings dies at 101. MOSCOW--Mikhail Ivanov, a Soviet spy who entered Hiroshima and Nagasaki shortly after the U.S. atomic bombings leveled the cities in August 1945, died recently in Moscow.

He was 101. Ivanov was stationed at the Soviet Embassy in Tokyo in the later years of World War II and was ordered to enter Hiroshima and Nagasaki before the arrival of U.S. teams sent to investigate the destruction. The U.S. military dropped two types of A-bombs, one made of uranium on Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and the other made of plutonium on Nagasaki on Aug. 9. Japan surrendered to the Allied forces on Aug. 15. While Ivanov compiled a detailed report on what he witnessed in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which he submitted to the top Soviet leadership, the whereabouts of the report remain unknown.

Japan's wartime brothels were wrong, says 91-year-old veteran. Pressure in Japan to Forget Sins of War - Photo SARUFUTSU, Japan — More than a half-century has passed since the postmaster in this seaside hamlet on the frigid, northern tip of Japan pulled aside a young man and shared a secret. Somewhere in the village, the old man confided, was a lost graveyard hiding Korean bones. It took years for Koichi Mizuguchi to grasp the significance of that utterance, and decades more to pry the grim truth from his tight-lipped neighbors: At least 80 Korean laborers died of abuse and malnutrition here as they built an airfield at the behest of the Japanese military during World War II.

Eventually, Mr. Mizuguchi helped find the graves, and he and other residents began building a six-foot stone memorial at the site. Himeyuri no Tõ, 1975: The Memorial that Nearly Killed a Crown Prince. The Inland Sea is perhaps my favourite book about Japan. Donald Richie’s journey might well be around Japan’s Mediterranean — does it still merit the name? Hitomi Watanabe’s “Tokyo University 1968-1969 — Behind the Blockade” takes us beyond the barricades. Man who documented Minamata outbreak wins Domon Ken Award. Between a rock and an art place in Kurashiki's merchant quarters. Timing, as they say, is everything. With a bad habit of turning up to places and appointments too early, I often find myself wandering through train stations and pocket parks, and past the shuttered doorways of shops.

I’ve done it again — 7 a.m. is clearly the wrong time to arrive in historic Kurashiki, a city just beginning to wake up. The station area at this hour is bleak, the shabby contemporary city replicating 1,000 other randomly cobbled together urban melees. Autistic people find independence at unique facility in Saitama. Due to a dearth of job opportunities in Japan for autistic people, mainly deriving from a lack of understanding toward the disorder, it is often difficult for them to lead independent lives after they attain adulthood. However, an institution in Kawagoe, Saitama Prefecture, is one rare place where adults with autism can earn their own living and enjoy life to the fullest. Special Education on Japanese Special Education. An English teacher walks out of a classroom with two students with down’s syndrome, a student with polio, and two “regular” students.

He asks a Japanese teacher why the “regular” students are in that class. Japan’s first 'curry rice' recipe? Although it may not rank in gastronomic terms with such delicacies as sushi, sashimi or Kobe beef, “curry rice” (karē raisu カレーライス) is one of Japan’s most popular dishes and favourite comfort foods. Arguably it has more in common with the 19th century versions of curry served on Royal Navy ships than with original Indian cuisine, and the sauce has a thick, viscous consistency.1 Initially a foreign import, it has become an integral part of Japanese food culture and been adapted and developed in a typical example of Wayō setchū 和洋折衷 – the blending of Japanese and Western influences.

Niigata home brews enhance teatime. Goushi Iijima sits in front of the irori ( a traditional ash fireplace), his back ramrod straight yet somehow deeply relaxed. With measured, fluid movements, he pours cold-infused green tea into delicate clear glass cups set on lacquerware saucers. # “The Wages of Resistance: Narita Stories”: A documentary about Sanrizuka’s dissenting farmers. LIFE OF YOUNG GEISHA: Teenagers knock on door to enter traditional world of geisha. Artist Spotlight: Flipper’s Guitar (week one) Every month, Memories of Shibuya will be taking a look at a different artist or group, with featured songs – one per week – highlighting the peaks (and, occasionally, troughs) of their musical career. Arguably the first proper Shibuya-kei group (although a very strong argument can be made that Pizzicato Five deserves that title more), Flipper’s Guitar came out of Japan’s most affluent era to become a sensation despite themselves.

Book Review: “The Bad-Mood Marriage” 不機嫌な主婦 なぜ女たちは「本能」を忘れたのか(朝日新書) 家紋市場. 400 years after Battle of Domyoji, descendants of rival warlords meet in peace. Vatican trove shows persecution in samurai-era Japan. Going Native, Going Global: The Violin in Modern Japan. PHOTO: Court dance from 8th century impresses modern-day audience in Nara. An Early-14th-Century Japanese Flask Is on the Block : Architectural Digest.

Architecturaldigest. Robert Stolz, “Bad Water: Nature, Pollution, and Politics in Japan, 1870-1950″ (Duke UP, 2014) Watch the entire Red Bull Music Academy documentary ‘Diggin In The Carts’ Saying Goodbye To Japan. The Oni Zazen Collection. Saying Goodbye to The Buddha Of The Yakuza (極道の仏にお別れ) Muebotoke.pdf. Filmmaker captures essence of Tatsumi's 'gekiga' manga artistry. Midnight Eye feature: Kick Out the Jams! – Nikkatsu’s Stray Cat Rock Series. Hideaki Fujiki, “Making Personas: Transnational Film Stardom in Modern Japan” (Harvard University Asia Center, 2013)

Shawn Bender, “Taiko Boom: Japanese Drumming in Place and Motion” (University of California Press, 2012) "When does one’s native language stop being native?" The paucity of curse words in Japanese. Aikido Shihan Hiroshi Tada: The Budo Body, Part 8. MO.E24. Midnight Eye feature: Intergalactic Tokusatsu: Charting The Japanese Space Opera, Part 1. Ginza’s oldest department store closes after 88 years. Miscellaneous: Behind the scenes of the 1956 Japanese Godzilla. 'The day my mum looked after the Beatles'

Kim Jong-il's Sushi Chef Kenji Fujimoto: Newsmakers. 19th-Century Samurai Training Text Deciphered. Kunoichi: Female Ninja Spies of Medieval Japan. OLD PHOTOS of JAPAN. Good documentaries set in Japan? : japan. The Dark Collaborations: Japanese Noir from Seichō Matsumoto and Yoshitarō Nomura. The Groovy Imitation Bands of 1960s Japanese Rock. Seedy and Sublime: The Ero Guro Dystopia of Japanese Noir Posters. Tokyo Damage Report » JAPAN BOOK REVIEW #12 : absolute erotic, absolute grotesque by Mark Driscoll. To shine or to die: the messy world of romanized Japanese. Does Fluency Matter? Who's Really Japanese. Japanese Roots. Tooth blackening custom – origins and processes… In Japan, Will Hafu Ever Be Considered Whole?

Book is behind bullying of mixed-race children. Japan’s Nigerians pay price for prosperity. A Different Vision for Japan — A Response to Gregory Clark « Silver Web Journal. Political and Cultural Perspectives on Japan's Insider Minorities. Yokai. Aokigahara: Japan’s Haunted Forest of Death. Old Stories of Japan(ÆüËÜÀΤФʤ·±ÑÌõÈÇ¡¦±Ñ¸ìÈÇ¡¦ÆüËܸìÌõ¡¦°¦¾§²Î¡¦¤ï¤é¤Ù²Î¡¦»Ò¼é²Î¡¦À¤³¦¤Î̾¶Ê¡¦ÆüËܤÎ̾¶Ê)

Translated Japanese Ghost Stories and Tales of the Weird and the Strange. Delivering Quality On A Tight Schedule: Speaking With ‘Ping Pong’ Art Director Aymeric Kevin. A Not-So-Neat Collage of Daily Life: The Work of Kon Wajiro. The Subculture of Japanese Trucker Art. 'I did not know how to tell my parents, so I thought I would have to have an abortion' What we talk about when we talk about love & sex in Japan.

Women of the Yakuza.