Showing posts from March, 2011

In the Face of the Realities

With the fact that the last major earthquake happened in the 11th, Japanese media call it as the "3/11," comparing with "9/11," and Japanese media reported the current status of tsunami-wrecked areas as dramatic as possible. Such over-earnest media circus went toward termination as days have advanced. Almost a couple of weeks down the line, the eastern-half of Japan is experiencing minor tremors of the Tohoku-Kanto Earthquake, the Japanese government has failed integrating all incoming and outgoing information of damages being wrecked in the major quake, tsunamis and nuclear leakage in Fukushima, preventing the public to erase a skepticism toward the Diet. During a week after the quake, all Japanese televisions stopped broadcasting their regular programs; from a following week, however, they started their regulars - comedians behave as if nothing happened - all at once as though distracting audiences from realities in the face of hazardous nature of the radiologi

Changes in Japanese Relations with Its Neighbors and Those on the Half-Way Around the Earth

On March 18, 2011, Kremlin claimed that Russia, which has set up Japan as a potential enemy since before the postwar period has begun, have enough accommodations for those who victimized in the quake in Japan as well as can take them up as labor powers in Sybilla - it is colder than the quake-hit areas. For this offer, the majority of Net-users in japan responded that it is nothing other than ridiculous. At the same time another news was brought to Japan; a Russian newspaper applied an essay in its paper that Russia should give back the Japan's Northern territories to Japan - the bilateral dispute over the four islands situating on northern part of Japan has ruined the relationship between the two since the end of the World-War II - to cure off the Japanese sorrow caused by the series of havoc. The most of readers of the paper responded negative perspective for the essay though. Does disaster have power to change such bilateral relationship? On the other hand, from this havoc, Jap

Transparency of Information Discovery Is Tested Now.

One week from the last major earthquake in Tohoku, people in Japan gave silent prayers to those who lost their lives in the catastrophe on 14:36, which none of Japanese has experienced ever until then. "We are in the greatest postwar crisis ever," said Naoto Kan in his speech performed in the office of Prime Minister on March 18th, 2011. Once his speech was finished, a number of questions swirled around the office from Japanese media participating his speech, and the majority of such questions were about if the government has disclosed whole pieces of information about the Fukushima nuclear-power-plant to people in general. Prime Minister Kan answered right back without any specific example that they've discovered every piece of information to the public. All the way through the days in which people in East-Japan suffer from the after-effects of the quake, the Diet failed in cleaning down the impression of skepticism about the transparency of information among the publ

Tears of Japan.

A couple of drops of tear flowing down her cheeks, an old lady who survived the M9.0-earthquake in Tohoku, Japan second-guessed herself whether she should get alive or not in the situation in which she has nowhere to home, according to Nihon Television. Four days later, aftershocks of the major quake are still going on, making those who live in shelters nervous all the time. Not only did the quakes and tsunamis kill thousands of people, but want of medical sustenances have caused hundreds of death in shelters, especially those who need dialysis. For the quake-hit areas situates on northern-half of the planet, the cold temperature with snowing jeopardize the survives' lives as if to add insult to their injuries. Even worse, people in and around Tokyo - those who didn't get as worse damages as in Tohoku - tend to stock up a number of foods as emptying store-shelfs, leading the Japanese government to practice an announcement that not to stock them up in oder to save enough foo

Tokyo Revised the Magnitude from 8.8 to 9.0

The 9.0-magnitude earthquake - the largest quake ever in Japan and fifth biggest in the world record that occurred on March 11th - wrecked enormous damages to Eastern-half of Japan, especially coastlines of Tohoku (North-East) area. As time advances, all the aspects of the damage wrecked by the quake, tsunamis and explosion of nuclear-power-plant have become uncovered. Originally, Tokyo announced the sum-total death is about 1,700, however, it surpassed ten-thousands. A day after the earthquake, tsunamis spread up in half; one of them rushed to coastal lines of Miyagi as well as swept away a whole town, destroying everything in its path, while the other half traveled across the pacific ocean, take a man's life who took pictures on Californian shore. Not only have tsunamis destroyed the areas; they sank the coastal lines under the sea water, causing the quake-hit areas unlivable. The catastrophe swept whole population of the citizens. A land-locked prefecture, like Iwate, has a

No Food, No Life.

Just after the earthquake centered in North-East part of Japan, tsunamis became the biggest threat to destroy not only maritime areas, but also inland areas. A whole village was sweat away by a tsunami, and hundreds of bodies were cast ashore on a riverbank. Not only are natural disasters capable enough to destroy people's everyday lives, man-made disasters applied destructive damage on especially those live in urban areas; soon after the first-shock stopped, people rushed to convenience-stores, super-markets and the like to get foods as much as possible. It had not taken much time until all food to be disappeared from those stores. Since Japanese self-sufficient ratio is less than forty-percent, it will need time to import another set of food from foreign countries. What if such powerful earthquake strike Tokyo? Above anything else, we need to eat, and such essential part is the Japan's failure. At least, Japanese government must make ready for the potential food shortage.

The Largest Earthquake Ever in Japan

Tohoku areas, Japan - On March 11, 2011, Magnitude 8.8 earthquake - the largest earthquake ever since the beginning of the recording - hit northern half of Japan, preventing almost half of Japanese population to get in their home due to the sudden stop of railway systems, which are managed by Japan Railways (JR). In Arakawa-ku, Sendai, 200 to 300 dead bodies were found. In total, more than 400 people lost their lives by this havoc. Even though The earthquake centered in Tohoku, north part of Honshu island, it was strong enough to shake the Japanese capital, which situate on far away from the main source. This havoc allowed us to have a glimpse into the potential major casualty that might happen in the future of Tokyo. On this occasion, the Magnitude-eight level catastrophe didn't attack Tokyo, but what will Tokyoite do to survive the havoc if such actually happen. Even magnitude-five level proved that it is capable enough to paralyze the transportation networks, parting famili

Disaster of Japanese Politics

Not only is Japan suffering from its longstanding recession started from the early 1990s, politics being messed up beyond all recognition become the big threat to the country as a whole. On the late February, 2011, the Egyptian dictator, Hosni Mubarak finished thirty years of his monopoly on the politics; at the same time, more than twenty prime ministers were selected and resigned their job after ruining each others's efforts as well as getting in each other's way during the thirty years. Accordingly, Japanese leaders are less recognized in the international context, and such blocked the development of Japanese foreign diplomacies quite a few times as well as potential retro-cession of prewar territories Japan owned, especially the Japanese northern territories disputing with Russia, Senkaku-islands disputing with China and Taiwan, and Takeshima island with South Korea.

Seppuku: the Ritual Suicide

With a slightly arched sword reflecting the dim light of the Moon, Nobunaga Oda - the most popular historical figure as monstrous a military commander as ever lived in the warfare era of Japan - stabbed the sword into his belly, being splashed by his blood in a flaming Hinnoji Temple. It was a result of the violation of the faith of one of his best liege-man, Mitsuhide Akechi. Not only did Nobunaga Oda earn his place in the history as practicing the traditional beauty of death, but Oda represented the heroism of Japanese. In modern Japan, people still practice suicides everyday; according to the governmental research, more than ninety people commit suicide per day, meaning 30,000 plus population take their lives per year in Japan alone. That statistic is almost the same with deprived nations of the eastern Europe and the like. Unlike the historical figure, suicides today are not as memorable. From numerous centuries back, Japanese has seen aesthetic beauty in ritual suicide of