Reflecting this evening on the Fukushima 50, I’m reminded that the spirit of the Samurai lives on…
Good question…why aren’t the Japanese looting? Why aren’t they killing each other in the street? Where’s the mayhem, the anarchy?
If Japan’s disaster had been in America, there would be looting everywhere with open warfare in the streets. There would be complete anarchy…
Here’s what Thomas Lifson at American Thinker has to say:
Foreign observers are noting with curiosity and wonder that the Japanese people in disaster-plagued areas are not looting for desperately-needed supplies like bottled water. This behavior contrasts sharply with what has so often happened in the wake of catastrophes elsewhere, such as Haiti, New Orleans, Chile, and the UK, to name only a few. Most people chalk up the extraordinary good behavior to Japanese culture, noting the legendary politeness of Japanese people in everyday life.
The Daily Mail has an article with a photograph of a Japanese woman sitting on a road, weeping amidst nothing but destruction around her.
Everything she knows is gone; a home, friends, family, civilization; what will she do now? How will she survive? Stunning photo and time for some introspection on our part, not to mention a little help.
Japanese parliamentarian Marutei Tsurunen says the current nuclear crisis will cause Japan to “reappraise” its policy on nuclear energy:
Tsurunen told YLE, “We have relied on nuclear power for the generation of electricity and now we face a crisis. This demands a complete reappraisal of policy on nuclear energy. Now we know it can be dangerous especially because of the tsunami factor.“
Sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan were exposed to radiation from Japan’s nuclear accident the Sydney Morning Herald reports:
The effects of the radioactive plumes from the problematic nuclear reactors have spread further afield, with US government officials telling reporters crew members on the deck of USS Ronald Reagan were exposed to about a month’s worth of radiation in one hour when the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier sailed through the Pacific.
I’m wondering if people in the region should begin iodine prophylaxis?
I apologize for the earlier error indicating that USS George Washington sailors had been exposed when it was actually sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan.
Like most of the world, I’ve watched television coverage of Japan’s tsunami/earthquake disaster in stunned silence.
To see so much suffering, knowing people have lost husbands, wives, children, brothers, and sisters is so overwhelming; it leaves your heart so heavy.
For those that have lost a loved one, we offer our heartfelt condolences.
Japan, you’re in our hearts, our thoughts and prayers; we’re remembering you everyday.
Hawaii, the US west coast and points between are bracing for a tsunami triggered by a massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake in Japan.
The earthquake is now being called “historic,” the fifth largest in history.
Japanese casualties are said to be about 3 dozen and climbing.
KHON in Hawaii is live, anticipating about a 6 ft. tsunami shortly.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people during this time of tragedy and destruction.
Tremendous outpouring of anger by Twitter users at a CNN anchor that reportedly laughed and giggled while reporting the tragedy in Japan.
Stars and Stripes is reporting that USS George Washington, anchored at Yokosuka Naval Base in Japan, was moved away from the pier by the quake. Crew noticed the water level had dropped by 6 feet. The ship was moving so much, it felt like they were underway.
Stars & Stripes says the Navy recently discovered that the USS Houston had been leaking radiation for two years.
USS Houston is a Los Angeles class nuclear powered, fast-attack submarine.
Japan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a statement saying, “The total amount of radioactivity released into the sea during the recent navigation was less than one half of a micro curie (or 0.0000005 Curie), or less than the quantity of naturally occurring radioactivity in one bag of common lawn and garden fertilizer. The amount of radioactivity involved is extremely small, and poses no risk to human health or the environment.”
The USN said the leak was “minuscule and below normally datable amounts” according the the Stars & Stripes article.
Image: U.S. Navy photo by Photographer’s Mate 2nd Nathanael T. Miller