Yes old age is tough and so is life. You enjoy when you are between 30-45afterthat its tough and when you cross 70 its really gets difficult. Japan has come a long way after hiroshima and nagasaki bombings. The nuclear leakage is so destructive for the coming.g generation. This is a sensitive situation and not sure if government can ever do enough. Its the people who have to rise fof their rights to live.:
Thanks, Junko for this blog. Here in the states I sometimes watch the NHK World in English and am interested in the continuing coverage of Fukushima and the tsunami cleanup efforts. Some of the stories are heartwrenching and inspiring...like the farmer from the Fukushima area who was trying to find homes for his cows and trying to convince people the cows were OK. The latest thing I heard was a plan to freeze the contamination under the nuke plant. Wow. I certainly don't blame the Japanese for wanting a distraction. Speaking of denial, the US west coast is supposed to get more radiation. Check out U of Hawaii's graphic on the plume.And a report that says the radiation will be harmless but on our shores in Science Daily.
I'm sorry to disagree about the nuke fatigue. I follow the Japanese and international press, and send items to my colleagues here. One has over 90,000 followers on his twitter: https://twitter.com/masaru_kaneko Certainly, the Yomiuri, Sankei and other media would like to talk about anything except Fukushima Daiichi. But that is not true of the Mainichi, the Asahi, the Tokyo Shinbun, and the blogs and twitters. And I mean the stuff in Japanese, not the "gaijin" ghetto.
Thanks for your on-going efforts giving us a window into this horrible situation for your country -- and us all. You remind me we are still learning how to deal withy this nuclear Pandora, and you ngive me a great example of caring for parents.
@andrewdewit, thanks for your kind words and your observation of the Japanese press reporting the nuke issue.
But once you are away from it all for a while and come back to Japan, it comes as a real shock, especially when you hear the drum beat of coverage and discussion on 2020 Olympics -- but not enough drum beat of questions and skepticism about cleanup mess in Fukushima. Maybe I am circling among the wrong friends and families!
But concern is there. I just went to buy wakame, which is where I get my salt and iodine, and it's all marked down by half (Miyagi produce). I passed on it, as I have been on cucumbers, tomatoes, etc from Fukushima and elsewhere in Tohoku. I hate having to do that. I don't want to make farmers and fishermen up there doubly damaged, but since even the NRA does not know (and Tanaka said this) what's going into the sea, I see no other choice. And I certainly do not trust the state sampling of produce. Too many lies.
Good luck (I don't mean that, of course) to Abe on his TPP and restart objectives. I read his "Towards a New Country" and found it packed with learning about pensions. He realized he screwed up last time, and I guess got the Coles Notes on pensiions. But there are only 4 mentions of energy and ICT in the entire book. The guy is always fighting the last, lost war, head turned back, walking into another minefield.
Talking on olympics association, the news doing rounds here in india that indian olympics association has been banned because the corrupted and chargesheeted members of the association do not want to leave and want to fight elections again. Such is the irony that they cannot see that with their selfish behavior the whole sports morale for olympics is going bleak.