How to make life safe? Maybe there is nowhere a 100% method…
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Watching TV-documentations ONE YEAR AFTER the catastrophe in Japan, a special BBC movie touched my heart: JAPANESE children after Tsunami: the OKAWA school disaster: BBCドキュメンタリー「津波の子供たち」”Japan’s children of the tsunami ”: The primary school classes stayed one hour waiting in line on the school yard, while teachers were discussing what to do. Surviver: only one teacher who climbed up the hill located directly behind the school yard – and a few pupils, caught out off the waiting line by their mothers, they drove away with their private cars. There was time enough for all to go up hill! But the dialogs between the teachers lasted too long! Sometimes to protest vs. the group rules is the only method to survive. Maybe in Japan there is too much subordination. Tepco tried to hide too much wrong decisions over many years before. No one had enough courage to resist. One year after the earthquake, Tsunami and nuclear disaster international medias are trying to see more clearly, what could optimize the conflict management. In the following youtube video I was impressed by a little girl, who said: “When I am older I will study nuclear sciences and I will find something like a spray vs. dangerous radiation to protect people …”
- Japan tsunami pictures: before and after (boston.com)
- Japan ‘astonishingly unprepared’ for Fukushima disaster (news.cnet.com)
- Japan tsunami anniversary: girl who became symbol of tragedy can’t return (telegraph.co.uk)
- Students travel to Japan, help recovery efforts (gadling.com)
- National News: Japanese tsunami: One year on (GALLERY) (coventrytelegraph.net)
- In Pictures: Japan Tsunami One Year On (news.sky.com)
- Lessons from the Excessive Fear of Fukushima (bigthink.com)
- Plant chief: Fukushima nuke plant still vulnerable (sacbee.com)
- Found photos swept away by the Japan tsunami (laobserved.com)
- Japanese town haunted by loss a year after tsunami (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
It is still such a sad story. Hearing the little girl’s statement highlights this.
Excellent documentary. Thanks for posting it Frizz.
I don’t get it how people can know that they are always at the mercy of nature, need each other to endure crises like the earthquake/tsumani/nuclear meltdown yet still find time and energy to divide each other and engage in pointless conflicts.
Thanks for sharing this Frizz. This was on our PBS stations in America, but I missed it. Will try and check it out.
That is tragic! Public memory is too short and disaster management takes a back seat when the furore dies down. Hope lessons have been learnt
Extremely important post here, Frizz! Bless you from the bottom of my heart as the mother of an engineering son who completed his work-study program at Georgia Insitute of Technology (in Atlanta, home of the 1996 Summer Olympics, where he was senior/supervising lifeguard for all nighttime pool events/finals!!) with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Agency! Yes, I think I am seeing from some Japanese blogging friends that the people there are realizing they have been too subordinate to the “group”. Bless that little girl’s aspirations for finding a more effective treatment for radiation poisoning!
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I’ve learned – watching the BBC movie for one hour –
to feel great respect to the little Japanese girls in the interviews.
Congrats to the film makers, to have so much empathy with the kids.
What a pity, that primary school children seemed sometimes
to be more clever and authentic than Tepco scientists …
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Hi Frizz … excellent post! I share your love of Japan. I visited Tokyo last year about two months after the disasters, and I was heartened by the resilience and strength of the Japanese people. They dusted themselves off and carried on, even though they were still reeling from the shock while dealing with heavy hearts. I also admired the pride that seemed to beam from every one of them, the pride in being Japanese, the pride of being part of such a unique and interesting culture. Unfortunately, to the rest of the world this tragic story seems to be fading in the rear view as time marches forward. But we still need to pray for Japan, because while they may still be stoically recovering, these are wounds that may never heal.
Thank you for your pray. 🙂
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Seems like only yesterday…
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too late to view the video. I’ll try to find it some way else. It does seem like it was only yesterday. heartbreaking, yet we still think we can control. . .