japan0311 ~ ふるさと

Journal and photos by Gianni Giosue
August 11, 2011, 11:05 pm
Filed under: On the scene | Tags: , ,

“Each journey involves traveling in time and space. Moreover each journey originates a journey within ourselves. We meet people, we think about what they say. We consider how life is working and why we exist. I see the crumbs then try to follow and understand them. For me every time I travel my senses are on full alert, I tend to be very receptive and responsive. Every time I have the chance to discover something new about me and others. …” Read more and check pictures here.

Gianni Giosue is an Italian photographer and journalist who is known for his work re social issues in Asia. He recently visited areas affected by the tsunami on March 11 2011. (Sankei)

Kan criticized yet again
August 10, 2011, 6:21 pm
Filed under: Government response

Prime Minister Naoto Kan attended the 66th anniversary ceremonies of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th. During the peace ceremonies, he commented on the government’s commitment towards denuclearization. Unfortunately, this has been met with public frustration; a victim of the A-bomb has commented, is Kan ‘using’ Hiroshima to maintain his position in the government? (政権延命にヒロシマを利用するのか)。Despite his slowness in responding to public cries of reconstruction in Japan, he seems to be overwhelmingly  criticized for every word and action.


Teach about the disaster
August 3, 2011, 10:22 pm
Filed under: Earthquake | Tags: , , ,

An excellent link  to integrate the disaster in Japan into your lessons


Summer Santa
July 29, 2011, 12:49 am
Filed under: Charity events, Rescue/Support operations | Tags: , , ,

A Santa Claus from Finland has arrived in Narita Airport. He will visit children in the tsunami affected areas such as Minami-sanriku city and Ishinomaki city in Miyagi prefecture. He has said in an interview that he hopes to bring smiles to the children by distributing candies.

Women’s soccer team victory brings hope
July 22, 2011, 12:10 am
Filed under: Earthquake | Tags: , ,

There were also two players on the team who used to be employed by the Tokyo Electric Co. I can’t imagine what it was like for them to play in such hardship.

Radioactive cesium found in cow
July 12, 2011, 6:52 pm
Filed under: Food/commodity, On the scene | Tags: , , , ,

Radioactive cesium was found in beef from Minami-soma city, near the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant in Fukushim prefecture. The cows were fed rice straw which were left in an outside storage room before the nuclear plant accident. The farmers did not report to the prefecture that they had fed the cows contaminated rice straw, and claim that it was inevitable to feed the cows whatever food was left after the nuclear accident. The sankei newspaper reports this as an ‘inevitable lie.’ More info at: http://sankei.jp.msn.com/life/news/110712/trd11071221100030-n1.htm


Operation sunflower
July 10, 2011, 11:52 pm
Filed under: Earthquake, Rescue/Support operations | Tags: , , , ,

A group of scientists led by Masamichi Yamashita (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) are planting sunflowers on farmlands in Fukushima prefecture, as sunflowers are known to absorb radioactive cesium from the soil. Sunflowers were apparently used to decontaminate the soil after the 1986 Chernobyl incident as well. The hope is to restore healthy farmland so that local residents can return to their businesses again.



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