Topic archives: Japan earthquake

Aftershocks of Japan earthquake continue

Aftershocks of Japan earthquake continue

January 20, 2012 3

Australian filmmaker Paul Johannessen visited the tsunami-affected region of Ishinomaki to see how its residents were coping six months on from Japan’s biggest-ever natural disaster. It’s a beautifully shot and fascinating look at a community struggling with unemployment and an uncertain future. Then and Now from Paul Johannessen on Vimeo.

Walk the streets of post-tsunami Japan

December 15, 2011

Google Street View has been updated to include nearly every street from every town affected by the Japan tsunami back in March. All the images come from July- November this year.

Where will Japan’s radioactive waste go?

August 10, 2011

It's been five months since the devastating Japan earthquake and resulting tsunami and most of the clean-up is complete. But is chucking dirt contaminated with nuclear waste just a few feet underground a viable long-term solution?

Fukushima disaster: worse than Hiroshima

Fukushima disaster: worse than Hiroshima

August 3, 2011 152

More gravely serious truths about the severity of the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster following the earthquake and tsunami of March 11 have emerged.

Some plain talking about nuclear lies

May 24, 2011

In news reports we have another carefully metered dose of the truth seeping out from the corrupt, incompetent and totally dishonest Tokyo Electric Power Company, writes Ben Sandilands.

The anonymous nurse helping to patch Japan’s wounds

May 9, 2011

An anonymous nurse, sent from Tokyo to the disaster zone immediately after the deadly earthquake and tsunami, has blogged her entire experience, from watching bodies pulled from the rubble, to caring for children in disaster centres.

Soy sauce a symbol of Japan’s steely resolve

April 18, 2011

Michihiro Kono recently took over as the head of a soy sauce company that has been in his family for nine generations. It now doesn't exist, but Kono's unshakable determination to rebuild encapsulates the national spirit, writes Justin McCurry.

Probability and responsibility at Fukushima

April 14, 2011

Insurance companies are reluctant to underwrite nuclear power stations for the simple reason that, although the probability of catastrophe may be low, the potential magnitude and cost of a meltdown is staggeringly large, writers John Hepburn.

Japan nuclear crisis reaches Chernobyl levels

April 12, 2011

Following another spate of severe aftershocks, the Japanese nuclear situation has worsened, with authorities raising the severity level to 7, the highest international level. This puts the Fukushima plant on par with the 1968 Chernobyl disaster.

Japan earthquake: online media’s epic #fail

April 11, 2011

Online media's coverage of Japan's earthquake and subsequent nuclear "crisis" reeked of the sickly smell of worst-case scenario reporting, writes Glen Clancy.

Maley: containing the problem that is Tepco

Maley: containing the problem that is Tepco

March 31, 2011

Fears that the Japanese government could be forced to bail out the company at the centre of the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years, has sparked concerns over Japan’s financial institutions that are exposed to the troubled utility, writes Karen Maley of Business Spectator.

At Qantas, the first cuts won’t be the deepest

March 30, 2011

Qantas has announced cutbacks in fleet growth, suspension of some flights by its main brands, and unspecified management job losses.

Maley: inflection point for the inexpensive

Maley: inflection point for the inexpensive

March 30, 2011 1

Two relatively recent developments make it likely that we’ve now passed the point where we can expect the prices of manufactured goods to keep falling, writes Karen Maley of Business Spectator.

Japan, a land where it’s pollen versus radiation

March 30, 2011 22

This is spring -- the hay fever season with huge amounts of cedar pollen wafting on the air, writes Rick Tanaka from Tokyo

Leaked emails from Tepco employees provide on the ground insights

March 29, 2011

The Wall Street Journal presents a rare first person insight into the Fukishima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster through three verified translated emails from Tepco employees.

Fukushima and rational thinking versus populist panic

March 29, 2011 105

The managers and officials involved in Fukushima should face prosecution for their failure to act on earlier warnings, writes Allan Patience, a professor at Sophia University, Tokyo.

Merkel takes poll hit over nuclear debate

March 28, 2011

The Fukushima nuclear disaster has contributed to the conservative government of German Chancellor Angela Merkel getting hammered in two state elections.

Returning to Tokyo, a week later, to find collective hope

March 25, 2011 1

After a week in Osaka watching events unfold from afar, Ben Davis an Australian living in Japan, was uncertain what version of Tokyo he was returning to.

Some good news for Japan’s nuclear situation

Some good news for Japan’s nuclear situation

March 25, 2011

Although the nuclear situation in Japan remains serious there has been some good news in the last 24 hours, including workers being allowed to return to Units 3 and 4, writes Amber Jamieson.

Research funding cuts: scientists should be making a noise

March 24, 2011 4

Rumours that the federal government is considering cutting $400 million over three years from the National Health and Medical Research Council are concerning, writes science blogger and author Stephen Luntz.