SO, here is more info about Japan. Shinji is the man helping with many of the benefit shows happening, including the one I did a few weeks ago. Here is his message:
> Hi, its Shinji here.
> I went to Tokyo few days ago. Things seems getting back to normal, but
> Tokyo has changed a lot. People, Town, Shopping center and stores,
> train and station... everything is quiet and dark. I was living in
> Tokyo over 12 years, I had not had such strange mood when I was living
> there. The interior light of the train and the show window in the
> town, and even neon in an infamous town Kabukicho, Shinjuku had been
> turned off. Plus, the aftershock is happening still now, it happened 3
> times in 2 days when I had stayed. I talked with my friends in Tokyo a
> lot, like interview. I found all of them feels small frustrations and
> vague uneasiness to the future. Ideal way of life, health, politics,
> information and journalism, economy, and the future... They have to
> think many things that they didn't need to think seriously until
> today. Now this work make a lot of Tokyo people tired. The more people
> thinks, the more uneasiness is amplified. It seems bad spiral.
> However, I am not taking a pessimistic view. I think it is a big
> chance to review the way of life. I felt some loneliness from this
> quiet Tokyo, and, at the same time, I could have a hunch that
> something new begin from this big city. People's consideration begins
> to be reformed earlier than the recovering of this country. I really
> hope my slow intuition comes true.
> On the other side, bad news about nuclear accident doesn't stop. On
> April 18th, TEPCO announced the work schedule for the accident
> settling of the nuclear plant in Fukushima. Everybody feels it is too
> late. One month and a week passed from the accident. They said it aims
> to hold off the leakage of the radioactive substance that continues
> after the accident occurs 6 to 9 month later. 6 to 9 month.... Their
> announcements only exposed how the situation is serious. We have to
> live worrying about the radiation poisoning for 6 month or more.
> People in the stricken area are more serious. When might people who
> take shelter be able to come back to their home ?
> And, the expansion of secondary damage doesn't stop too. Farm products
> and the food of the stricken area outskirts are not sold at all in the
> market. North east Japan is agriculture and a stock raising district.
> This makes the economy of North East Japan annihilated. Because the
> safety standard from the government is unclear, the customers are
> avoiding them.
> Moreover, the tiny amount of a radioactive substance was detected from
> mother's milk in some regions. The Ministry of Health, Labour and
> Welfare says it is a level without the influence healthily. However it
> is very very sad news. I can't imagine feelings of moms who knows that
> their milk might be dangerous to their own babies...
> The daily life of children changed too. Fukushima Prefecture has
> implemented a one-hour time limits for outdoor recess at public
> schools and for the length of time that can be spent at some public
> parks due to radiation threat to children. Government announced it is
> no problem if the hand and the body are washed after kids plays there.
> Who plays in such a park? Soil removed from school and play grounds
> has no place to go. The government notified the Fukushima Prefecture
> board of education and related organization the standard of doses of
> radiation is 20 millisieverts/year. It is an obviously too high
> numerical value for children. 20 millisieverts/year equals doses of
> radiation in which the workers' accident compensation recognition will
> be approved if the nuclear plant workers get leukemias. Moreover, it
> is the same as the maximum doses of radiation apply by nuclear plant
> workers in Germany. Its crazy.... We and many NPOs/NGOs, non-profits,
> volunteer groups, protest against an inhumane decision of Japanese
> Government now, and are doing the signature activity that demands the
> withdrawal. Sorry, it is only in Japanese...
> And, some kids who taking shelter from Minami Soma City are getting an
> unscientific discrimination in their shelter destination, new school
> etc. They are said by the ignorant local kids and parents like "Do not
> come close to me. Radioactivity might be infected"... That's totally
> We should think about the cause of such an ignorant act. Because such
> secondary damage and confusion should be held off, correct information
> announcement and the education are necessary promptly.
> And, if you have dogs or cats, please visit this link... Victims
> around nuclear accident could not take their pet when they escaped. I
> have a cat in my house. I can't imagine how owners feels sad...
> At last, the Nuclear Saftey Agency admitted MELTDOWN. Although
> everyone has already known, the criticism has concentrated from all
> over the world on this too slow announcement. Our country scattered
> the radioactivity in the atmosphere still now, and threw away the
> radioactive water without permission to the sea. After this situation
> settles, we should determine an international criticism.
> Some of Japanese TV and the other mass media start returning us to
> usual life to get back their CM revenue. However, please do not
> forget. Japan is in the middle of the nuclear accident still. Nothing
> is reported quite specially, but the radioactivity keeps leaking today
> too. The nuclear reactor is very a delicate state today too. And, so
> many people in stricken area have to sleep in refuge tonight too and
> they can't find how to recover their own life by themselves yet. Do
> not let us be accustomed to this situation.
> We still have so many problems and are holding big uneasiness to the
> future, but people are living positively, in the stricken area, Tokyo,
> and other cities and every small towns in Japan. I believe this
> hardship to be got over by people's power, and I believe Japan is a
> beautiful country still.
> Shinji Masuko / DMBQ, Boredoms
Thanks buddy! You are da man! 私たちの心はあなた達と共にあります