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