Category Archives: Fukushima

Trust me: I am not an expert on this

Outside Prime Minster Abe`s house hundreds of people gathered to demand an end to nuclear power in Japan.  The protestors meet every Friday night.  The protest included marching, singing, chanting, banging drums and cymbals, speeches, and yelling abuse at the witless oaf, Prime Minister Abe. My … Continue reading

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Call of nature in Fukushima

“Go to the hot springs at Tsuchiyu Onsen,”  the girl at the tourist desk recommended.  Her suggestion was understandable.  One glance at me – scruffy, unshaven, smelling a bit fresh – and most human beings would have advised the same.   I was sceptical.  I only … Continue reading

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Tento Hiroba: One step at a time

A year is a long time.  That profound opening sentence must have got you thinking.  looking at some of the kudaranai (trifling/worthless) news topics recently, it is easy to forget what happened nearly a year ago, when Japan nearly died.  It is as if … Continue reading

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Keeping the tents: The anti-nuclear protest at Kasumigaseki

When you are angry with a person its easy to resolve, you can just shout at them, hide halibut under their shoe soles and make snide remarks to fatally undermine their confidence.  These are not nice things to do, but they work.  People usually get the message; then … Continue reading

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Being here not there

The Imperial Palace, the inaccessible heart of central Tokyo, takes up a lot of space.  I walked along the front of its distant, imposing walls late this afternoon, on the way to visit the anti-nuclear protest site nearby.  Workmen on ladders were pruning pine trees, Nike-clad joggers … Continue reading

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“The toughest time”: Tokyo`s anti-nuclear protest

In the bleak government district of Kasumigaseki, two white tents attract a lot of attention.  Erected on the corner of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry building, the tents have been occupied since September 11th, the 6 month anniversary of the earthquake.

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Two worlds of water on the coast of Fukushima

Aquamarine Fukushima, a 4 floor glass-enclosed aquarium, stands on the tsunami-damaged coastline in Iwaki city, Fukushima.  In March, 200,000 fish and shellfish died there; the site was closed for four months. On a recent visit, I did not expect to see much more than a dark room and … Continue reading

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