A culture whose existence has been based, for as long as it's been a culture, on uncertainty, impermanence and due caution about everything we don't know, is much as it's always been.
Three years ago, I was living in Tokyo during the March 11, 2011 earthquake. I was plunged into deep fear, and over the next two days I slowly crawled my way out of my panic. Today I'm remembering what I learned in the dark days after that tragic event, and remembering and honoring all those who lost family and friends.
Yoichi Masuzoe, victor in February's Tokyo gubernatorial election, is expected to help bring nuclear power back to Japan. Despite two anti-nuke contenders in the race, the controversial Masuzoe won the election by a landslide.
William J. Riegler's new book Living My Ecstatic Life: A Quest Becomes an Awakening chronicles his experiences demonstrating what is often heard after...
Infectious diseases often create a second wave of disaster. Lack of shelter and continued bad weather are leading to widespread acute respiratory infections, are becoming the biggest public health threat since the typhoon.
In addition to demanding responsible, accurate reporting during the disaster, we must also push journalists to report about the way forward and not, wittingly or not, use the same headlines and narratives for each disaster.
But in the coastal town of Fukushima in Japan there is a massive, angry carbuncle on our planet that is leaking toxic pus into our oceans and if that's not bad enough, now there is a looming possibility that it's about to spill the rest of its detritus into our oceans and atmosphere.
After 200,000 years of trying to wipe us out, and getting damn close once, we finally have the upper hand. That's right. We're changing the climate. We're shaking things up (Literally. We can make our own earthquakes now).
In the event of a catastrophe (for instance, a large hurricane, tornado, earthquake, or attack), will Dominion similarly find itself scrambling for solutions? Though Virginia's Fukushima has not yet materialized, the political climate surrounding it is not unlike Japan's before 2011.
Does elevated, uncontrolled radiation gush--as from an artery--out of Japan's maimed Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and into the Pacific Ocean?
Japan wants to build a mile-long, 100-foot deep Ice Wall around the crippled Fukushima nuclear reactors to stop hundreds of gallons of radioactive water from leaking into the Pacific Ocean each day. What could go wrong?
Angela is sometimes described as the Lara Croft of Tohoku relief work and it's easy to see why: she's attractive, smart, and determined, the perfect person to play a key role in running one of the most active Tohoku NPOs.
It's a sunny afternoon in the town of Funakoshi, and Jamie El-Banna is bustling around giving directions to volunteers. Watching him work, you would never suspect that his British-accented English will change in a moment to fluent Japanese.
Most of us consider our homes our safe place, but they can be the real enemies in an earthquake... With the Pakistan-Iran quake of 24 April at 7.8 magnitude killing 35 people and with 1000s of homes destroyed by the quake, the question of how to make buildings earthquake proof is a very important one.
Two years have gone by, and there is still so much to do. It is up to us to work with the people in the affected areas to keep going, and to overcome all that stands between them and recovery.
Though they are alive and well, the nuclear refugees of Fukushima face a long, slow, surreal struggle that seems to have only just begun two years after they walked away from their homes and livelihoods.