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Three years later and …

March 13th, 2014 | Tagged , , | 1 Comment | 1458 reads

With a little delay I would now like my two cents to the 3. Add the anniversary of the earthquake-tsunami-nuclear disaster. In the Japanese television ran to the occasion several documentaries or snapshots, some interesting facts brought to light by harrowing.

This includes the situation in the disaster areas simply. It was very quick clean up – which must be conceded. A large proportion of debris disappeared already after one year, and much more the year after. But what happened after that? Unfortunately, not much. By sources, I can not come up unfortunately, but it has been mentioned, for example, that

- Only 4% of residents, which would have to be located above the sea level, were actually resettled
- Only 2% the really new to build houses were built
- 0% of the tsunami hazard statement supporting new land use planning have been completed.

Will hot: Places like Minamisanriku or Ōtsuchi, which were almost completely destroyed, are indeed cleaned up, but: What remains is an uninhabited wasteland, and you do not know, what is to come of it.
Is there a lack of money? Probably not. It is verhanden enough money to rebuild – even so much, that even outlandish, receive distant projects money in watering method. It would be planning. And that goes something like this: To ever plan first, the dikes need to be rebuilt, since most were destroyed. And the dikes must be higher and wider. But most of the land belongs to someone behind. In not a few cases are in the land several owners as a community, who have purchased or received the country many decades ago. These people must be bought from the country (be fetched or the consent, cede the land). If the original owner passed away, the children need to be addressed. Or the grandchildren. And then you come to, for example around 200 People, scattered throughout the country, which one must personally respond, ransom to one or the other ha. This effort understandably overwhelmed the authorities.
On the other hand, the unrouted do not agree in many cases. Some want to resettle, others want to definitely stay. A group fighting to, that a ruin as a reminder to future generations remains – another group wants to eliminate the consequences completely. Accordingly, it is a mammoth task, to find a consensus for every little reconstruction project.

Some Japanese broadcasts on the subject of Fukushima were also very interesting. Even though some may think in Europe, that the issue in Japan does not play a big role more — it is not so. In Japan, you look with horror on that, what's happening in Fukushima. But at the same time you talk about it like in Japan, as radioactive contaminated sites are cleaned and the residents go back soon. An expert on the subject – I am sorry to here again owe a source – said, the cause of the frequent “smaller” Asked accidents at nuclear power plants, quite succinctly: Of course something like this is occurring increasingly, because there are not too many nuclear experts, and most of them are busy, prepare other nuclear power plant for the re-opening. That makes sense, but can not be cynical: You gambled the future of our country, only to similar potential hazard to call back to life. This logic is a real perverse.

Who more determined to make progress – interested or non-progress in the reconstruction, which is the website of the Ministry for Reconstruction (Renaissance Hall) commended: www.reconstruction.go.jp. The quality and number of data, however, is sparse, but it must be so comfortable with a government website.

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Fukushima – You Stümperei 4721

February 25th, 2014 | Tagged , | 13 Comments | 3246 reads

One would think, that people from harm be wise. And companies with their numerous stakeholders anyway. Unfortunately this is not so, as TEPCO proves almost every single day,. Today has become known, that on 19. February are 100 Tons of highly radioactive contaminated water has leaked into the environment. This is, so sad it is, alone no news value, because the makeshift makeshift structures licking on site at all corners and ends. The circumstances of the accident, however, shows anew, what happened there on the spot – or does not happen.

TEPCO has indeed set up hundreds of large water tanks at the power station exploded, need to store the water used to cool the fuel rods partially exposed, to… yes until when actually. The containers installed after all detectors, the start, when the barrel is full. So auch am 19. February: The sensor reported noisily, and the TEPCO employees of trust ran to the tank and looked after, if something runs out. But not delivery, for the tank was at the time “only” to 98,9% voll¹. So the staff went from a false alarm and toddled off. A short time later, the tank began to overflow, and the one noticed until many hours later. The accident was preceded by another: Normally three lines fill a tank, wherein a valve is to be closed. By human error, however, all three valves were opened in this case.

The whole raises once again the usual questions on, you would like to provide daily for almost three years:

  1. Who works there actually? Obviously, in any event no qualified employee.
  2. Who monitors, what proceeds there? Obviously, there is a lack of crisis management.
  3. Comprehending the charge actually the seriousness of the situation?
  4. Feels anybody responsible?
  5. Why do you think, that it would be a good idea, To use sensors, which only report, if it is too late?
  6. What would have happened, if it had rained? How would you checked, whether the tank overflows?

etc.. These are all questions, actually contradict the human mind. It is still difficult to understand, what actually happens there. That is no reason, to panic – but it is a basic, still to worry. Almost three years – and it is far, very far from, to have that problem half way down the handle.

¹See for example here

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News from the Front energy

November 6th, 2013 | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments | 9585 reads

Even though it may not be as clear is abroad – in Japan rages still a bitter dispute over the future of Japan in terms of energy. While the current government under Abe is basically pro-nuclear, there are quite too serious resistance. Sometimes even from within the ranks. As weighty opponent occurred recently Koizumi, the Japanese standards, surprisingly, quite popular ex-prime minister and. Mentor of many of today's politicians, government. Koizumi was transformed from Saul to Paul obviously: Once it was the promotion of nuclear energy in Japan his profession, but now he is in favor of a nuclear-free Japan. The comments of the government bench to were mostly negative. It is not actually common, to contradict his mentor, but it fell. Comments such as “there is just a lot of different opinions” to “(Koizumi's attitude is) irresponsible. However, Koizumi countered completely true at an event – and been accepted in so: "Before the accident, we did not make it, To solve the problem repository. Who now thinks after the accident, that nuclear power is feasible, by dissolving the repository problem, thinks optimistically and irresponsible ". ¹

Mini-Solarkraftwerk: Solarzellen auf einer stillgelegten Bahntrasse (Präf. Miyazaki, 2012)

Mini-Solarkraftwerk: Solar cells on a disused railway line (Präf. Miyazaki, 2012)

Interestingly, a message of yesterday, the 4. November 2013: In Kagoshima was solemnly “Mega Solar "inaugurated ² – a giant solar energy plant. On an island territory, was for a long time no user, were a total area of 127 Hectares have been there 290’000 Installed solar panels – namely from 京セラ Kyōcera (short for “Kyoto Ceramics” and a company name, which is always pronounced terribly wrong in the German area, but this only marginally). Chinese solar plant builders had some also to the 220 Advertised million euro project, but according to the official speech stabbed the domestic consortium led by Kyocera, IHI usw. competitors in terms of robustness and quality of. 70’000 Kilowatts to supply the plant – enough for about 20’000 Households or nearly 10% the energy needs of Kagoshima City. A price guarantee on 20 Years for the injected current of the system ultimately made this project possible.

Economically, this is a fine thing for Japan, especially as the local solar industry benefits. For geographic and geological point of view the site is admittedly daring. The nearby Vulkan Burn has the habit of, to coat every few years the area with ash. Should this still raining, and that is in Kagoshima God knows not infrequently, you can probably throw away the plants. Even a moderate tsunami would wash away the entire power station. And how far the plant severe typhoons bursting, remains to be seen. Considering also the area consumption and power output, is clearly, that solar power will make no great contribution in Japan. At least not in the form of large-scale systems. A retry of the 100'000 Roofs Program, thus decentralizing the production of solar energy, is worth considering.

¹ speech and manuscript see Huffington Post: The rebuttal lecture details "primary zero irresponsible" to former Prime Minister Koizumi, Abe's, et al [issue: Energy](4. Nov. 2013)
² See, among others Nikkei: Japan's largest mega solar, etc. complete Kyocera Kagoshima (4. Nov. 2013)

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Weimar Japan? / Madness Fukushima

August 2nd, 2013 | Tagged , | 18 Comments | 12978 reads

Others have written about, but I just can not get around it, address these two things here. And I'm not sure, which of the two events outrageous.

Number 1:
So since it became the Deputy Prime Minister (and ex-Prime Minister) Taro aso this week at a symposium to and commented on constitutional amendment:

The Weimar Constitution was changed at that time simply as the Nazi Constitution. This was done, without the people mitbekamen something – and from that we can learn from it (O-Ton: "Weimar constitution was also changed to Nazi constitution before I knew it. Whether After you learn the trick that no one noticed.").

Now, das viele Japaner nicht das gleiche über Nazis denken wie Deutsche (ganz zu schweigen von Franzosen, Juden, Polen usw) is generally known. Das Unheil, dass das Phänomen Nationalsozialismus anrichtete, ist hier schlichtweg nicht geläufig. Darf es deshalb ignoriert wurden? Sollte man von der Nr. 2 im Staat (und ehemals Nr. 1) nicht ein bißchen mehr Respekt, Geschichtswissen und Feingefühl erwarten können? Offensichtlich nicht.

Natürlich schlägt diese Aussage grosse Wellen – im In- and abroad. China and South Korea feel confirmed in their fears. Aso has always been known for its crude humor, his half-knowledge (“the 2. World War II began with Pearl Harbor”) and his bad Kanjikenntnisse (see for example here). Looking at the above address at, to any reasonable person of the stomach turns. In the same speech not only said quote falls, but a lot of other remarks – as he lifts out several times, that Hitler was elected in a free democracy out, in a country with one of the most progressive constitutions in those days.

Of course many are now calling for his resignation. Aso rowed back today and said, that his “Statement is easy to misunderstand”¹. The Japanese politicians always say, when they realize, to have overstepped the – but do not actually want to apologize. That these politicians to Foreign Minister, then brought to the Prime Minister – and even today still plays one of the greatest violins, is elegantly expressed a shame for Japan.

Number 2:

This week it was announced, that start from now on so that state authorities, to measure the level of radioactive contamination in the sea near the exploded nuclear power plant in Fukushima. A simple sentence, or? But who has been measured? Right: TEPCO, Thus, the operator of the nuclear plant. This is roughly, as if you were a murderer fässt, and asks selfsame, to prove his own act. And, very nice! Especially since you even now almost 2½ Had time, transparency, To experience technology and the unshakable confidence of TEPCO. The fact, that you can now leave this club for years monitoring, contradicts any logic.

In addition, that the bad news from the nuclear plant on strike again. But Prof.. Publican has been very well summarized in his blog, So I'm not at the point a. The fact is: The NPP, as anticipated, still be good for a very long time for many surprises. And these surprises will probably be less positive.

¹ See article and video at FNN News

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Two years later – and, what is learned?

March 12th, 2013 | Tagged , , | 16 Comments | 956 reads

Two years ago, it is now so, since a major earthquake Japan by half- and another country 10’000 km west roused regarding nuclear energy. Over 15’000 Dead, more than 3’000 Missed, devastated land, at least 50’000 People, the next due to the nuclear disaster in Fukushima in the 4 Years (the government estimated optimistic) can not return home, Headlines such as “Domestic violence increases in the disaster area” and so on and so forth – disaster pulls behind a long trail of terror and they will play for a long time in the conscience of the people a great role. In a positive sense, since the disaster had released a large amount of positive energy, mediated by numerous people at- and abroad, who declared themselves ready, wanting to help, however. In a negative sense as well, since the quake and the tsunami washed out a huge amount of dirt – from the bowels of politics and the economy. This shit is still good for headlines in Japan (so only recently, was known as, that it is likely already the earthquake and the tsunami was not first, of the NPP was an end).

Has learned from the disaster in Japan? Yes and no. It is still too early, judge this to. And Japan has already, unfortunately, had many opportunities, to learn from vergangegenen earthquake disasters, and we have also learned much: At least as far as earthquake. But not, what tsunami and proper risk analysis in the construction of nuclear power plants in terms. In terms of tsunami long ago recognized geologists then, Before the disaster that densely populated areas with good reason were not previously colonized.
The geological risk analysis of nuclear power plants have to be careful, on whom to point the finger: Geologists and engineers at all the same measurement techniques and experimental values ​​are available than before 40 Years. After all, it is now but it, the nuclear power stations to take afresh look at the, and – this is the real novelty – inform the public of the results. Or, in other words, The press is finally interested, because the audience seems to want to know more.

This tactic carries its risks – for the population: Ultimately, the leaders are trying so, to legitimize individual NPP. However, the press and public are now aware enough, and there is hardly a corner in Japan, in which there is no active faults, falls through a nuclear plant after another. So it seems at least for now. With luck, the science makes it even for inspection. But this is expressed very optimistic, because it does not look like this, seems as if you seriously looking for alternatives for a sustainable energy supply.

Two years after the disaster still live approximately 310’0000 People in shelters. This is explained not necessarily so, that there is a lack of structure agents. In some places it is simply because, that one can not decide, where to build the respective city again. The survivors are quite involved in the decision process, and so it is in some places to a Stuttgart 21 in small town size: Some want to build right there again, where the water was raging – just behind higher dikes. The other, and some places that are in the minority, would rather settle a few miles inland. Still others, and not a few, have had enough and just want to get completely away. There is fear of an accelerated depopulation of the Northeast, and the right to – emigration to keep anyway for decades.

Today, it was said to 14:46 So again Silent prayer! (mokutō – “Silent prayer”) and in many places the sirens wailed. I would not mind, if abolishing peculiar holidays like the Greenery Day or the Day of the Sea, and instead the 11. March declared a holiday: A holiday to commemorate the earthquake- and tsunami victims as well as a reminder of the day of, what can happen, if you play carelessly with fire.

Anyone who has recently received positive reports about – whether print or television, Japanese, English or German – let me know!

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Report: Antiatomkraft-Demo in Tokyo

July 17th, 2012 | Tagged , , , | 17 Comments | 1060 reads

Today, at the 17. June, I've just thrown my good intentions overboard: Actually, I had my self-imposed, not to be politically active in Japan - ie, I thought it was questionable as to, whether I have the right to, me to participate in demonstrations. Finally, I'm just a guest here. If a persistent host.

Demobeginn in Yoyogi: Everything beautiful colorful

But if I Herumgeeiere in terms of nuclear power here so see, I see myself forced to really, my principles to jettison. After all, my wife had our son, then 1-month and 4-year-old daughter at that time because of the ultimate home-made disaster of Fukushima a hurry to leave town. And now it is the policy, convince the people, that it should fire up the more nuclear power plants again, otherwise the lights go out. Only 16 Months after Fukushima. You just learn not to, and instead of looking for alternatives, wants to continue as before.
Today (a holiday) found for this reason the 10万人 集会 jūmannin shūkai – 100’000-People meeting instead of. They gathered at noon in the large Yoyogi Park in the center. Famous musicians (For example, Ryuichi Sakamoto) and writers (For example, Nobel Prize Kenzaburo Oe) There were, and at the end of the demonstrators marched on three different routes through the city.
Participate in a Japanese demo is basically unremarkable and similar dangerous, like taking a 2-year-old the candy. Violence can be expected under any circumstances. No chaotic, no black block, No stick wielding policeman. While I was still But they make you a Exploding from the ear, but since it's only a matter of principle: Apparently the policy in Japan does not matter, what people think, But there must be even in Japan, a pain threshold for politicians. Located at the 100,000 Demonstrators? Apparently not. One million? Who knows. So go first. Even my Schwiegeeltern decided, to go (their first demo) and are specifically made a sign.
Actually, I wanted to go with his wife and children, but we had to cancel at short notice.

Sehr clever: Solution easy to stick umbrella!

Such crowds of around 35 Degrees and blazing sun comes in small children not so well. So it went off alone. Without a shield. The Ringer! In Yoyogi, more precisely, around Harajuku Station, all hell broke loose, because while there was the show “Disney on Ice” instead of. What a mixture. Hovered over the park 5 Press helicopters, and hundreds of police ensured order. Many participants had homemade signs while, other conveniently pasted their umbrellas with slogans. A young band played live on a trailer - very refreshing and very unjapanisch. Of course, because not all participants own pieces. A few political parties and organizations send out their people. All in all it was very colorful.
As the trial itself expired, was typical Japanese: Very, very ordered. Only a portion of the road is blocked, So the whole entourage moves into the length. In addition, the convoy also chopped up by long traffic signals, But somehow we meet again. The police presence is massive, but only, to maintain order and all in all, quite favorably. After an hour the train was already over.
Whether it does what? According to the organizers were 170’000 People there. According to police, 70’000. The true figure is somewhere in between are according to experience, But the chances are not bad according to, it's really more than 100’000 were. One can only hope, that the movement does not fade away, because the government will next week give permission for the upshift of another reactor. And that is worrying, for thus will you step by step to the back “Normality”. And that is anything but normal.

We have also attached a short video – most frequently heard the following phrases:

再 稼 働 撤回 Saikadō Tekkai – Take back the re-opening
脱 原 発 Datsu-Genpatsu – Get out of nuclear power!
原 発 反 対 Genpatsu Hantai – Against nuclear power!

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Parties-as-pants-changer, Atomic force can und vs.. TEPCO

July 3rd, 2012 | Tagged , | 8 Comments | 728 reads

Everyone certainly has its Haßpolitiker – The word I use very reluctant, But I think, most know, what I mean: A politician, you simply can not see and / or hear would. For whatever reason,. This opinion should not be permanent – just the other day I heard something very sensible of Schäuble (unfortunately, however, I soon forgot about) – makes me almost my opinion can be changed. In Japan, it is certainly Ichiro Ozawa, regularly brings me up the wall. The Lord is a lawyer from the prefecture of Iwate, sprang from a political dynasty and has been for decades a political heavyweight. First he was with the then-ruling Liberals. Then he left the party at din and took a convoy of members with this. Then he went to Shinseitō 新生 党. After the Shinshinto 新 进 党. Then to Jiyūtō 自由 党. And then, than those who got straight upwind, to the Democrats, So the Minshuto 民主党.
And three times may be advised, what happened today – Mr. Ozawa, the gray eminence, Many also – justifiably – called the Destroyer, left his party today, and tore his entourage, of course, again with: 38 MPs of the ruling Democrats in the House of Commons and 12 from the House of Lords. Target: The creation of a new party.

Opportunism is good. Speeches can – well. Cut times with his fist on the table and will draw their own conclusions disposition is usually correct. But a politician, the sixth time the party changes, in my eyes just yet suspect. Especially since the man obviously has a great influence, otherwise he would not always land on their feet. So far he has any corruption scandal / Process survives to illegal political contributions – Sun was mostly his subjects sentenced.

This time came to Ozawa on the rise in VAT. In the past week, at the 26. June 2012, agreed the ruling party and two opposition parties – the Liberals and the Komeito thereon, the VAT to 2015 from now 5% on 10% to raise. The debate on this can be here (House of Lords TV) see - the whole, however, takes three hours. Of 478 MPs voted 363 Seconded to the 消费 税 増 税法 案 amendment to the VAT increase, 97 (among them 57 Seconded the Ozawa Group) voted against. This is a remarkable success for the Prime Minister Noda. At the same way, two more bills were rubber-stamped – also by the opposition and ruling party (Ozawa, of course, without): A bill to reform the social security and a revised version of the child care facility law. The voting results are more exact, it here.

Ozawa has been working very long against his own party – and though in a rather intriguing way. Actually, the Democrats needed no opposition in the two MPs houses - they had indeed Ozawa, the no microphone and no camera left out, to fulminate against his party colleagues. This time he mocked a violation of the Manifest and saw also at risk from shoulder to shoulder with the opposition to democracy in Japan. Counter-proposals? Not at all. Mr. Ozawa is heard usually only worn-out phrases without constructive counter-proposals.

The higher value-added tax will come. There seems no other way to go. Japan in international comparison very low tax rates; but an exorbitant national debt, looks against Greece as an orphan boy. The subtle difference to Greece is of course, that Japan can borrow a large portion of the money at home. From now on, it means then that is no longer borrow, but take. About the effect of the tax increase can argue of course. The economy sputters to themselves, and the increase could be a lasting recovery from the recession kill the last few years. On the other hand, the state needs more tax revenue, for social change (Lack of children, Aging) oppose to.

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The nuclear-free period in Japan was only a few weeks, but that was predictable: One of the four reactors of the second largest nuclear plant in Japan, the Oi power plant (Oi power plant) in Fukui Prefecture (north of Kyoto), once again took on the operation. In contrast, there have been numerous protests in the immediate environment of the remote kiln - many participants traveled here from different regions of Japan. Justification for the commissioning of the kiln by KEPCO (Electricity supplier for the Kansai region): The power is not enough for the summer. Even if all the power saving. This may be, But it's still a shame, because it probably is a broken dam: Sure more will follow nuclear, and the power companies will feel the urge to search for alternatives, even fewer. Unless, the resistance it creates really, Exert influence to, what we currently have doubted.

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Actually, I wanted to write about a lot more, But I just did not have the leisure to do so. And so is this just a side note: At the 9. June, published the results of a committee to study the nuclear disaster at Fukushima. According to the investigation because wearing the then Prime Minister Kan and his office (“Kantei”, see Wikipedia) a major blame for the disaster caused by disproportionate involvement in the events (O-Ton: Excessive intervention, see here (Jiji)). According to representatives of TEPCO, it is not been so, TEPCO that on the night 14. to 15. Wanted to withdraw all workers from the March exploding nuclear, but “wanted to leave some people a few”. The claim, Kan was due to it, that the NPP was not left to their own, is therefore a legend and his involvement in the events of rather disturbing therefore been.

Hmm. This smells very strongly to… I do not know. The Contender? Gag? TEPCO, The angel in distress, who made everything right - but was disturbed by the government? A really thought Impetuous, considering the chaos after the tsunami, TEPCO. And after more than a year, suddenly he says,, “We actually had everything under control?”. What a stale joke.

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Save Minamisōma – Update and a few Thanks

April 7th, 2012 | Tagged , , | 7 Comments | 856 reads

And, the issue will disappear naturally after more than a year, gradually from the minds, Unfortunately, the misery goes for many further. For example, for thousands of people in 南 相 马 Minami-Soma, which is still in temporary accommodation, ie containers, have to endure. Most of them have either lost their homes in the tsunami or were forced to flee from the exclusion zone around the damaged nuclear power plant, as parts of the city are within the exclusion zone. In both cases, there is still propagated uncertainty: What will be the land use plan for the tsunami-prone districts? Will there be a complete ban on the construction – and be compensated in case the people? Even more uncertain is the future course for the people, coming from the exclusion zone. There are considerations, Parts of the exclusion zone again to make limited access, But all this will take time, and since even the creeping danger would be the natural radiation levels are still high.

Distribution of donations at the 1. Januar in Minami-Soma

In addition, that the radioactive particles could obviously only gradually in the water cycle. The drinking water from rivers relating resident, from the high mountains in the hinterland of spring. But - especially in the mountains is the unusually high radiation. You do not need to be an expert geographer, or Radiation, to figure out, what will happen in the foreseeable future with the drinking water. However: Measured values ​​do not exist, or they will not be published or, if they learn too late. The inhabitants of the uncertain course, and they understandably prefer to buy their water at the supermarket. There does, however, from a liter 80 Yen pro Liter, instead of 0.18 yen, that it would cost, when the water would be drinkable from the tap. Since the authorities do not recognize the problem, pay for the course, all out of pocket.

And so goes the save Minamisoma project (SMP) continue indefinitely. It must go on, yes because it has no improvements. The residents of the container you can say bad “Well, was nice with you, yes but now is a good year around, should then slowly extend the time”. Sure, they would understand it somewhere. But they were disappointed in any case very.

Last year I had first reported on SMP, and also called for donations. It came in this way, all in all about. 300 € concluded. I thanked all the donors, of course, personally, But still again to all: Thank-you! The money was very good, and the members of Save Minamisoma and of course, especially those concerned know very much appreciate it.

Help call for Japan

Some time later, Frank reported Borsitz DinJ and asked for the list, whether or not anyone know of an organization, could use the donations organized by him. Now, I knew someone there, and so came 420 € or. at that exchange rate 45,000 Yen an SMP. So at this point a big thank you to Frank – for the idea, for the confidence and the smooth running. Frank after the disaster site Help call for Japan put in motion and moving numerous companies and individuals for donations to. Part of it was now on SMP.

Next, I was by Enrico, a friend and regular readers (I know his wife now for over 15 Years, him personally for about 6 Years) addressed - the “Free speech helps e.V.”, a Thuringian club, looking for a suitable recipient for donations, thanks to the readers of the newspaper “Free Word” came together for Japan and various activities of the association. In this way, SMP was a donation of € 12'908 .46, also fast 1,4 Millionen Yen, to.

Free speech helps e.V.

For this reason, I would like to hereby thank all Thuringians, who have donated or otherwise participated in activities were. The willingness to help not only here locally, but also on human, which are quite far way from Japan (or Sri Lanka, Somalia, Haiti – wherever donations and aids of any kind are used) is not really encouraging and had its effect on those directly affected. At this point, next to Enrico, a big thank you to Mr. Ermert by the association or. deputy editor of the journal “Free Word” and to Yvonne Reissig, a journalist from Eisenach, the saw to, that everything went off without a hitch with the donations.

And that is thanks to the donations go further SMP. So long, again to the people there have a perspective. If you would like to participate in some way, can do it a lot still – either with or Spendne, if local, with participation (Inquire about Facebook Page).

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Why does Japan still propagated through journalism is not the point?

February 23rd, 2012 | Tagged , , | 33 Comments | 1805 reads

I recently stumbled as a regular user of the evening news app (the, so much praise must be, is very well done) a short article entitled “The multiple forgetting Fukushima“. A video was also there to (Now it would appear to be gone) and dozens of comments, which to me really turned the stomach. The comments can not find it. Is probably better that way.

I read the article so by, I get to deal with fear. Are all the news topics researched so bad? Actually, one should expect from the relatively high-quality journalism ARD, or?

My first impression after arriving in Tokyo was a sobering: For the inhabitants of the mega-city Fukushima seems to be as far away as the people in Cologne and Berlin. On the streets there is activity, as known from her photographs and films.

Goodness – what is expected of the rapporteur? The all gas mask with his head down and sad and sad sneak through the streets? Had the reporters but with the help of his interpreter, I hope he had it, at least a couple of people interviewed! Then he would have probably figured out quickly, the disaster that the people still plugged into the bone! Hardly a day goes by without significant tremors. Fukushima and appeared almost daily in the news. Many people feel, that not everything was. Especially not when it comes to earthquakes, because many researchers have recently reported, that the probability, the Tokyo in the fairly near future could experience a major direct hit has risen sharply.

The concern for irradiated foods and the feeling, that in the Fukushima nuclear power is not everything in the bag, is present in many. But, rather Reporter, three times you are allowed to advise, from what the capital city has more fear: Before an earthquake directly under the city with tens of thousands of dead, hundreds of thousands of houses destroyed, weeks of supply shortages and so on and so forth, or from Fukushima? Before Fukushima course? Is clear…

In the evening the city lights flicker and, No trace of power outages – although now only three of the whole once 54 Nuclear power plant in the country are on the network.

It all sounds so simple, or? As if to the 54 Nuclear power plant had operated entirely for fun! Perhaps it should be mentioned with a tiny footnote, that Japan will pay a very high price for. Due to the current situation reported Japan's first trade deficit since the data collection 1979. Why? Fossil fuels must be imported expensive. The result, mainly due to rising energy prices for months: Recession. Back. Clear, without nuclear power, it is better – and the last 3 You can now also switch off quietly (but that will not happen as quickly).

After all, the reporter has to with Japanese company Minami-Soma risky, and his observations are there in part to the, what I experienced there. The region is still propagated in a state of emergency.

Significantly worse than the article were the comments. A poor, good writing in German and Japanese almost desperate and tried to explain it, what value which part of the disaster for the Japanese. She was naturally dismissed as equal Atomlobbyistin. Who does not like us, must be one of those. One commentator was also quite sure, that soon the whole of Japan, Korea and Siberia will be contaminated.

Now – The aim of the reporter was, themselves “… make a picture of it, which has left traces of the greatest disaster since the Chernobyl reactor in this country – on the streets, Fields and rooftops of cities around the reactor, but also in the minds and hearts of people.” Target missed. Maybe someday a reporter understands, that the three components - Tsunami, Earthquakes and nuclear disaster - should not be so readily separated? Are alone in Minamisoma over 400 Leute vom Tsunami getötet be, and about 1’000 Residents are still missing. Even the people working nachwievor. But earthquakes and tsunami are likely to be abstract, and as far away as Cologne or Berlin…

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Geiger Counted: Radiation measured values ​​themselves

January 10th, 2012 | Tagged , , | 12 Comments | 1257 reads

Geiger counter in the apartment: Again, luck had?

Coolio blogger colleague recently mentioned in this paper, that there is currently very low, get hold of Geiger counters: Resourceful entrepreneurs have imported large quantities of equipment to Japan, But obviously it was a bit late: The demand is not there anymore. And so, for example, here at Amazon handy Geiger counter ticked from Russia – for 13,800 Yen instead of the original 69,800 Yen. Good 100 Euros for a Geiger counter? Since I could hardly say no. Said, done – Two days later I held the little, lightweight device in the hands.

Will I really know, how much radiation is in our? Now, where apparently all the shows are already singing? But of course. I do not know ultimately, what someone at some point measured in the vicinity, but as it looks directly at us – For example, in the apartment, or outside the house. Especially since our city is indeed also known as a hotspot – albeit at lower levels than elsewhere in the region.

The test results are not surprising – that's the good news. Depending on, the direction in which the device and shows where I lie down, I messe between 0.07 and 0.14 Micro-Sievert per hour. This is relatively normal. In the parks of our city do I measure the average 0.2 Microsievert – In some ca. 0.12, up in others 0.3 Microsievert, depending on, where do I measure. The values ​​or. when our daughter's kindergarten are the 0.15 Microsievert near the ground and slightly lower in 1 Meters. Where do I measure and – the display is in the green zone, the unit says “Normal Radiation Background”.

No longer in the green zone: Radiation in the Park

Another measure will now: It went to 若 潮 公园 – Wakashio-Park, The most popular park in our city center. There is a market garden (closed since the quake due to disrepair) and a two-story house, to a range of facilities, can romp where the dear little. A few weeks ago, the park was just talking, was measured because there of a broken downspout very high radiation. Apparently, the drop tube replaced and removed the contaminated soil around. Short test today – Device to one of the gutters kept at ground level, and behold: Indicator turns yellow: “High radiation background”, 0.51 Microsievert. Without looking great, mind you: I measured only there.

Conclusion: The results, as they circulate in the media here, I can only confirm the time being: Slightly increased (But according to popular belief, harmless) Radiation levels outside, But here and there points to a greatly increased with increased radiation. Experience has shown that these are unfortunately the points, which are preferred by young children. It is certainly not wrong, knowing, where these points are.

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