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  • GOP primary in CD1 in Arizona a dead heat( McCain's guy is leading by 1)

    08/21/2014 3:07:54 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 23 replies
    azdailysun.com ^ | BECKY PALLACK
    With less than a week until primary election day, the three Republicans in the First Congressional District race are in a dead heat, a new poll shows. The Remington Research Group poll of 420 likely Republican voters has Andy Tobin with 30 percent of the votes, Adam Kwasman with 29 percent, and Gary Kiehne with 21 percent. The remaining 20 percent of voters said they still are undecided.
  • Mark Levin: Karl Rove spells his name in honor of Karl Marx

    Frustrated with a Republican Party that seems hellbent on passing amnesty, and unwilling to substantively confront Obama with respect to the crisis on the southern border Levin wonders if Karl Rove spells his first name in honor of Karl Marx "Now, I know people spell their names differently Karl with a K. I get that. You know who else spelled Karl with a K? " If youve ever wondered why GOP strategery seems like its been outsourced to an Indian call center its because it has. (SNIP)
  • Singapore now worlds most expensive city

    Singapore has topped Tokyo to become the world's most expensive city, according to a cost of living survey from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU). In its 2014 Worldwide Cost of Living Survey, the EIU said the world's ten most expensive cities to live in are: Singapore, Paris, Oslo, Zurich, Sydney, Caracas, Geneva, Melbourne, Tokyo and Copenhagen, respectively. [NY doesn't even make the top twenty.] Singapore [is] significantly more expensive than any other location when it comes to running a car," the EIU said in its report. "As a result, transport costs in Singapore are almost three times higher than in...
  • Just fyi for you:

    06/18/2014 6:18:35 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 14 replies
    NRCC | Karl Rove
    Dear Friend, The conservative principles you and I believe in are in danger. Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi are crisscrossing America raising millions of dollars from rich liberals. They now have $11 million more on hand. In 12 days we face a critical deadline: the June End of Quarter FEC Fundraising Deadline. We must end strong to stay close with Pelosis campaign machine. This is critical to increasing our majority in the House this November. (SNIP) The deadline is just days away. After the VA scandal, Benghazi, the IRS targeting conservatives, and the Obama Administration trading away 5 Taliban Terrorist...
  • Tokyo's 'oldest man' had been dead for 30 years

    06/04/2014 1:13:51 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 43 replies
    BBC News ^ | 29 July 2010 Last updated at 18:24 | no byline
    He was thought to be the oldest man in Tokyo - but when officials went to congratulate Sogen Kato on his 111th birthday, they uncovered mummified skeletal remains lying in his bed. Mr Kato may have been dead for 30 years according to Japanese authorities. They grew suspicious when they went to honour Mr Kato at his address in Adachi ward, but his granddaughter told them he "doesn't want to see anybody". Police are now investigating the family on possible fraud charges. ...They discovered a mummified body, believed to be Kato, lying in his bed, wearing underwear and pyjamas, covered...
  • McCartney 'in Hospital' Report

    05/22/2014 5:28:41 AM PDT · by kristinn · 18 replies
    Reuters TV via Boston.com ^ | Thursday, May 22, 2014
    SNIP The Sankei Sports newspaper said McCartney was admitted to this hospital in Tokyo when the infection worsened, although there's no confirmation he is in hospital. (Video report at source link.)
  • Winner gets lunch with Karl Rove (Fly to DC for Lunch With Me!)

    05/16/2014 3:29:00 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 18 replies
    Roanoke Free Press ^ | Friday, May 16, 2014 | By Valerie Garner
    Friend, The deadline to enter your name to win a lunch with me at the NRSC is almost here. We wanted to make sure you had heard about this opportunity before it was too late! The NRSC has graciously offered to fly one supporter to Washington for lunch with me. Theyll take care of your flight and where you stay. I'm looking forward to this opportunity. Its always a treat to talk to another Republican, especially an active supporter like you. Enter your name with a donation of just $5 or more to the NRSC. Looking forward to hearing from...
  • Earthquake Jolts Tokyo, no Tsunami Warning

    05/04/2014 11:24:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/4
    An earthquake with preliminary magnitude of 6.2 jolted Tokyo and vicinity early Monday morning, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. There was no tsunami warning and no immediate reports of major damage.
  • Out-of-context Biden comment to working women in Tokyo sparks firestorm back home

    12/07/2013 4:11:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 21 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/07/13 | David Nakamura
    **SNIP** But no sooner had Biden arrived at his first stop in Tokyo on Wednesday than his aides were greeted with a nightmare series of headlines and cable TV shout-fests back in Washington over whether the vice president is a sexist with old-fashioned, patriarchal attitudes toward women. The evidence in question was a comment Biden made during a carefully staged photo op with female employees at a Japanese Internet firm. Sliding into a booth next to five young women, Biden opened his small talk with them by asking, Do your husbands like you working full time?
  • Japan: 2 Explosions Heard Near US Naval Base

    11/28/2013 11:48:02 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 82 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/11/13
    Two explosions were heard near the US Air Force base located near the Japanese capital of Tokyo. Japanese police and US officials reported that remnants of two IED's (Improvised Explosive Device) had been found in the area. No caualties...
  • Tokyo chosen to host 2020 Summer Olympics

    09/07/2013 6:02:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 09/07/2013 | David Wharton
    <p>Amid concerns about the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the International Olympic Committee voted Saturday to select Tokyo as the host city for the 2020 Summer Games.</p> <p>The capital city outdistanced two other finalists Istanbul and Madrid as Japanese officials vowed that radioactive leaks would have no effect on the Games.</p>
  • Tokyo wins bid to host 2020 Olympics (time to glow)

    09/07/2013 2:36:08 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 71 replies
    CBS ^ | September 7, 2013
    CBS/AP/ September 7, 2013, 9:45 AM Tokyo wins bid to host 2020 Olympics BUENOS AIRES, Argentina Tokyo was awarded the 2020 Olympics on Saturday, capitalizing on its reputation as a "safe pair of hands" and defying concerns about the Fukushima nuclear crisis. Tokyo defeated Istanbul 60-36 in the final round of secret voting Saturday by the International Olympic Committee. Madrid was eliminated earlier after an initial tie with Istanbul. Tokyo, which hosted the 1964 Olympics, billed itself as the safe and reliable choice at a time of global political and economic uncertainty
  • Cars trapped in tunnel collapse outside Tokyo

    12/01/2012 10:12:09 PM PST · by Kartographer · 14 replies
    Parts of a tunnel collapsed Sunday on a highway west of Tokyo, trapping an unknown number of vehicles as smoke from a fire inside initially prevented rescuers from approaching. Video footage from cameras inside the tunnel, after the fire was apparently extinguished, showed firefighters picking their way through cement roof panels that collapsed onto vehicles inside the Sasago Tunnel, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) outside the city. About 25 vehicles were inside the (2.5 mile) 4.3 kilometer-long tunnel, some of them trucks stopped by the tunnel's collapse.
  • American dancer & musician charged with 'sexually assaulting Irish student before her friend was...

    05/28/2012 6:11:21 PM PDT · by AmericanInTokyo · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 29 May 2012 | UK Daily Mail Reporter, London and Tokyo
    Two American men, a high-profile dancer & a teenage musician, have been arrested by Tokyo police investigating the murder of an Irish student apparently strangled to death in a luxury Tokyo hotel. Nicola Furlong, 21, was found dead in the early hours of Thursday morning after she attended a Nicki Minaj concert with a female friend, also a 21-year-old Irish student.Dancer James Blackston, 23, and a 19-year-old male musician, who has not been identified by police, have been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting Ms Furlong's friend in a taxi on the way to the hotel. Police are investigating whether...
  • Americans James Blackston, Unnamed Teen, Arrested in Connection with Death [Tokyo]

    05/27/2012 6:07:41 PM PDT · by lonevoice · 56 replies
    Hinterland Gazette ^ | May 27, 2012 | Janet Shan
    Full title: Americans James Blackston, Unnamed Teen, Arrested in Connection with Death of Nicola Furlong After Nicki Minaj Tokyo Concert TOP STORY: Two black Americans, one identified as dancer James Blackstone (James King Tight Blackstone or James Blackston), and another unnamed teen, (reported as Larry Perry) have been arrested in connection with the death of an Irish exchange student, Nicola Furlong, in Tokyo, Japan.
  • First To Strike - 70 Years Ago

    04/18/2012 8:41:03 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 14 replies
    thedonnovan.com ^ | 18 April 2012 | Bosquisucio
    Today marks the 70th Anniversary of Doolittle's raid over Tokyo, and of the 80 brave men who volunteered for the mission, only five remain. Below is their testimony of this fateful day: (video at link)
  • Tokyo tower shows off breathtaking views (2,080 ft. tower)

    04/17/2012 8:08:03 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 78 replies
    Yahoo News (AP) ^ | April 17, 2012 | AP
    Journalists walk on the 450-meter (1,476 feet)-high observation deck of the Tokyo Sky Tree during a press preview in Tokyo Tuesday, April 17, 2012. The world's tallest freestanding broadcast structure that stands 634-meter (2,080 feet) will open to the public in May. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)
  • Its Not Over: Government Plans For The Worst: Forced Evacuation Of Tokyo

    04/04/2012 11:12:04 AM PDT · by blam · 2 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 4-3-2012 | Mac Slavo
    It’s Not Over: Government Plans For The Worst: Forced Evacuation Of Tokyo Mac Slavo April 3rd, 2012 While it has for the most part disappeared from mainstream view, the Fukushima nuclear disaster is anything but over. In fact, the situation in Japan has gone from bad to worse. Bottom line: There is no way to contain the radiation. Even more alarming is that the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) and other agencies have warned that the nuclear storage pools (the containment units that are being used to cool the nuclear fuel) have been damaged and may collapse under their own...
  • Japan: Tokyo quake 'could be stronger than thought'

    04/01/2012 5:24:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Tokyo quake 'could be stronger than thought' The Yomiuri Shimbun Coastal areas in eastern Tokyo and northeastern Kanagawa Prefecture could be shaken to the maximum level of 7 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale if a magnitude-7.3 earthquake strikes under northern Tokyo Bay, according to a science ministry research team. The number of areas that could register upper 6 was nearly double that of previous estimates, the team added. The Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology Ministry team on Friday released detailed maps showing the expected intensity of shaking such an earthquake would generate in the Tokyo metropolitan area and...
  • Lockheed advances F-35 contract talks with Japan, Israel

    03/14/2012 3:23:43 PM PDT · by U-238 · 6 replies
    Flight Global ^ | 3/14/2012 | Craig Hoyle
    Lockheed Martin expects to advance its F-35 deals with Japan and Israel within the next few months, leading to combined orders for more than 60 Joint Strike Fighters. Earlier this month, company officials visited Japan to discuss the nation's planned F-X purchase of 42 F-35As, following a competitive selection made last December. Tokyo is expected to approve a letter of agreement for the deal in March, with this document likely to be signed in June, says Stephen O'Bryan, Lockheed vice-president F-35 programme integration and business development. Dismissing Japanese media reports raising concerns over a possible increase in the F-35's unit...
  • Tokyo and Kyoto Photolog by Jim Caldwell

    02/29/2012 10:14:13 AM PST · by jwsea55 · 8 replies · 2+ views
    Tokyo & Kyoto Photolog by Jim Caldwell ^ | 2/28/2012 | Jim Caldwell
    How did I end up in Japan a month after the Fukushima disaster? Life of late had been far more work than anything. With too much comp time, it was time for another adventure. Time to make it a series of adventures. I started out in a place nicknamed paradise, Hawaii, the North Shore to be even more specific. The North Shore in the winter times means big surf. With water in the 70s and the air in the 70s to 80s, how could this combo not be Paradise? My next stop was two weeks in Tokyo and Kyoto. The...
  • New 'Big One' forecast: four years (Tokyo Earthquake)

    01/23/2012 9:06:35 PM PST · by Ronin · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Japan Times ^ | Jan. 24, 2012 | via Kyodo
    The risk of the southern Kanto region including Tokyo being hit by a major temblor within the next four years could be as high as about 70 percent, according to a study compiled by Monday by a team of researchers at the University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Institute. The figure is the same as the 70 percent forecast given for a magnitude 7.0 temblor hitting the region in the ambiguous "next 30 years" that has been repeatedly issued by the government's Headquarters for Earthquake Research Promotion on the basis of intervals between large quakes in the past. Naoshi Hirata, a...
  • Japan: High radioactive cesium levels found at Tokyo school

    12/15/2011 4:33:23 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 12/14/11 | TOMOKO SAITO
    High radioactive cesium levels found at Tokyo school December 14, 2011 By TOMOKO SAITO / Staff Writer Radioactive cesium more than 10 times the standard for waste disposal has been detected on lawn covers that had been placed in a schoolyard from mid-March until early April at Horinouchi Elementary School in Tokyo's Suginami Ward. The measured value, 90,600 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, was more than triple the 26,400 becquerels contained in sludge at a sewage treatment facility in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, about 60 kilometers from the disabled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant. "The cover, with its wide...
  • World's Tallest Tower Rises In Tokyo

    11/29/2011 3:24:55 PM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 18 replies
    National Geographic ^ | November 28th, 2011 | James Owen
    Rising like a space age Eiffel Tower on growth hormones, the newly built Tokyo Sky Tree won't officially open its elevator doors until May 2012. Yet the 2,080-foot-tall (634-meter-tall) structure has already built a lofty reputation. Under construction since 2008, Japan's latest landmark was this month certified the world's tallest tower by Guinness World Records. But hold on, what about Dubai's Burj Khalifa? Completed in 2010, the giant skyscraper measures 2,723 feet (830 meters) tall. Yes, say the records people, but the Burj Khalifa is the world's tallest building. Tokyo's Sky Tree is a tower, the difference being "that less...
  • Japan: Nuke crisis sends hundreds of Tokyoites fleeing to Okinawa

    11/22/2011 3:44:52 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Asahi Japan Watch ^ | 11/22/11 | KAZUYO NAKAMURA
    Nuke crisis sends hundreds of Tokyoites fleeing to Okinawa November 22, 2011 By KAZUYO NAKAMURA / Staff Writer NAHA, Okinawa Prefecture--Following the Fukushima nuclear crisis and fearing the spread of radiation, a number of Kanto residents fled to this southernmost prefecture and continue to live here despite the lack of personal connections. "The Okinawans are really warm-hearted. I wouldn't want to live in Tokyo again," said Jin Tanimura, 38, clad in "kariyushi" wear, a locally promoted attire that looks like a Hawaiian shirt.
  • Japan: Tokyo Metropolitan Govt to Check Food for Radiation

    11/07/2011 4:40:17 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Jiji Press ^ | 11/07/11
    Tokyo Metropolitan Govt to Check Food for Radiation Tokyo, Nov. 7 (Jiji Press)--The Tokyo metropolitan government said Monday it will monitor levels of radioactive substances in food on store shelves starting Tuesday. About 500 items will be monitored, including vegetables, fruit, fish, eggs and dairy products. Each week, the metropolitan government will buy 20-30 products randomly to measure radiation levels using dosimeters. Products with radioactive cesium levels exceeding 50 becquerels per kilogram will be subject to detailed examinations. If products are found with more than 500 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram, the provisional limit under the food sanitation law,...
  • Plan B: Japanese government unveils proposal for backup city in case earthquake cripples Tokyo

    11/03/2011 7:15:15 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/03/11 | Wil Longbottom
    Plan B: Japanese government unveils proposal for backup city in case earthquake cripples Tokyo By Wil Longbottom Last updated at 4:40 PM on 3rd November 2011 Concerned about the impact a crippling earthquake could have on Tokyo, the Japanese government has unveiled plans to develop an entire backup city in case. Snappily called the IRTBBC - or Integrated Resort Tourism, Business and Backup City - the spare city will be built on a 1,236-acre site 300 miles west of the capital Tokyo. It could be home to 50,000 residents and 200,000 workers and will also feature offices, resorts, casinos and...
  • Radioactive Disaster Debris Arrives in Tokyo from Iwate Prefecture (Fukushima)

    11/03/2011 2:33:49 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 14 replies
    Ex-SKF.blogspot.com ^ | November 3, 2011 | ex-skf.blogspot.com
    to be crushed and burned and buried in the landfill in Tokyo Bay. Lovely. I've told you already that the one and only contractor who can burn according to the Tokyo Metropolitan government specs (which was clearly designed so that there would be nobody else) is a TEPCO's subsidiary. NHK reports that the first container from Miyako City in Iwate Prefecture arrived by rail in JR Tokyo container terminal in Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo at 7AM on November 3. It was promptly transported to one of the contractors selected by the Metropolitan government, and the debris was sorted, and crushed into smaller...
  • Japanese Seek Out 'Hot Spots' (way outside Fukushima)

    10/19/2011 3:12:08 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    WSJ ^ | 10/19/11 | YUKA HAYASHI
    Japanese Seek Out 'Hot Spots' By YUKA HAYASHI TOKYOAlarmed by recent discoveries of radioactive "hot spots" in Tokyo and other areas far from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, Japan will soon issue guidelines to help citizens and local officials detect contaminated areas and clean them safely, a government minister said. "From now on, we must offer equipment and ask people to look well beyond Fukushima to find hot spots," Masaharu Nakagawa, minister of education and science, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal. He added it was unclear how widely such spots have spread. Mr. Nakagawa said...
  • Japan: Above-Limit Cesium Found in Tea Produced in Tokyo

    10/18/2011 5:39:53 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    Jiji Press ^ | 10/19/11
    Above-Limit Cesium Found in Tea Produced in Tokyo Tokyo, Oct. 18 (Jiji Press)--Three samples of green tea produced in Tokyo have been found to contain radioactive cesium exceeding the legal limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram, the Tokyo metropolitan government said Tuesday. It is the first time that above-limit cesium has been detected in tea grown in Tokyo, according to metropolitan government officials. None of the tea has been put on sale, they said. The tea was grown in three Tokyo municipalities. The sample collected in Mizuho contained 690 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, while the level of cesium stood...
  • Japan: Adachi school drainpipe has mini hot spot

    10/18/2011 3:10:02 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 10/18/11 | MINORU MATSUTANI
    Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011 Adachi school drainpipe has mini hot spot Tainted soil to be buried in deep hole on campus, ward official says By MINORU MATSUTANI Staff writer High levels of radiation have been found at a public elementary school in Adachi Ward, Tokyo, near the end of a drainpipe that collects rainwater from the roof of a machine room for the school's swimming pool, a ward official said Tuesday. The radiation reading 3.99 microsieverts per hour was detected 5 cm above the ground near the drainpipe at Higashi Fuchie Elementary School when the ward checked Monday,...
  • Radiation-tainted sludge, ash to be buried in Tokyo Bay landfill(Ota and Koto wards)

    10/14/2011 4:15:43 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Radiation-tainted sludge, ash to be buried in Tokyo Bay landfill The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has decided to bury some 3,000 tons of sludge and incineration ash contaminated with radioactive materials in a Tokyo Bay landfill area as part of a breakwater construction project, it has been learned. Tokyo's Ota and Koto wards, which are adjacent the area for the proposed breakwater have reportedly agreed on the measure. Ota Mayor Tadayoshi Matsubara explained the move at a ward assembly meeting on Oct. 12, saying it was "unavoidable." Later he asked the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to ensure that radioactivity of materials being...
  • Japan: Tokyo radiation hotspot 'not linked to Fukushima' (traced to mysterious old bottles?)

    10/13/2011 6:24:47 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 10/13/11
    13 October 2011 Last updated at 12:42 GMT Tokyo radiation hotspot 'not linked to Fukushima' Elevated levels of radiation found in a residential area of Tokyo are almost certainly not connected to the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, say officials. The reading, taken on a small area of pavement in Setagaya ward, had fuelled fears about the possible effects of radiation from the plant. But Japan's science minister said the radiation had been traced to material stored in the basement of a house. /snip But officials later said they were almost certain that the radiation had not come from Fukushima, after...
  • Japan: Radiation levels spike at locations in Tokyo(Setagaya Ward, Funabashi District)

    10/13/2011 5:25:13 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies
    Xinhua ^ | 10/13/11
    Radiation levels spike at locations in Tokyo English.news.cn 2011-10-13 17:46:15 TOKYO, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- Radiation levels at areas in Tokyo and Chiba prefectures were found Thursday to far exceed current levels in Fukushima prefecture, home to the crisis-hit No. 1 nuclear power plant located 200 km north of Tokyo. An area along a sidewalk in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, frequently used by elementary school children, was found to have airborne radiation measuring 3.35 microsieverts per hour and a children's amusement park tested positive with 5.82 microsieverts in the Funabashi district of neighboring Chiba prefecture, local authorities said Thursday. By way...
  • Japan: High levels of radiation detected in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward

    10/12/2011 11:12:35 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    High levels of radiation detected in Tokyo's Setagaya Ward TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Radiation of up to 2.7 microsieverts per hour has been detected in part of Tokyo's Setagaya Ward, local officials said Wednesday, asking residents to stay away from an affected area where the amount was much higher than those in its vicinity. The high level of radiation was spotted on a part of the municipal road walkway in a residential area of Tsurumaki in the ward, some 230 kilometers away from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The figure was higher than 2.17 microsieverts per hour measured Wednesday...
  • Japan: Okutama cesium level seen spiking(reservoir for Tokyo drinking water)

    10/09/2011 9:26:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 12 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 10/08/11 | MIZUHO AOKI
    Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011 Okutama cesium level seen spiking By MIZUHO AOKI Staff writer An aerial radiation survey of the capital and Kanagawa Prefecture has revealed the northwest tip of Tokyo was tainted by an unusually high amount of fallout, while most other areas showed normal levels, a science ministry official said Friday. The results, released late Thursday, show that fallout from the Fukushima No. 1 power plant contaminated part of the mountainous Okutama region on Tokyo's western fringe. Radiation readings in the area were the highest of the two prefectures at 100,000 to 300,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium per...
  • Japan: Exodus eyed early in nuke crisis / Tokyo faced evacuation scenario: Kan

    09/19/2011 6:28:36 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 09/19/11
    Exodus eyed early in nuke crisis Tokyo faced evacuation scenario: Kan Kyodo In the days immediately after the crisis began at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the government received a report saying 30 million residents in the Tokyo metropolitan area would have to be evacuated in a worst-case scenario, former Prime Minister Naoto Kan revealed in a recent interview. Kan said he contemplated the chaos that would ensue if such a measure were taken. "It was a crucial moment when I wasn't sure whether Japan could continue to function as a state," he said. After the March 11...
  • Tokyo told to prepare for massive earthquake

    09/06/2011 4:28:54 PM PDT · by CharlotteVRWC · 67 replies
    New York Post ^ | Sept 1, 2011 | Newscore
    TOKYO - Japanese scientists were warning Thursday that Tokyo could soon be hit by a massive earthquake, following a surge in seismic activity. Seismologists at the University of Tokyo detected a huge increase in the number of small quakes in the tectonic plates below the capital. Cont.
  • Japan to Mull Backup of Tokyo's Capital Functions

    08/08/2011 12:30:53 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    Jiji Press ^ | 08/08/11
    Japan to Mull Backup of Tokyo's Capital Functions Tokyo, Aug. 8 (Jiji Press)--The Japanese government will consider having a backup of Tokyo's capital functions to prepare for possible terrorist attacks or large-scale natural disasters like the one that hit northeastern Japan in March. The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism plans to organize a new panel as early as this autumn to discuss the matter, informed sources said. The move comes amid concern that a major disaster in the Tokyo metropolitan area, where important political and economic functions are concentrated, could do grave damage to the whole country. The...
  • Shanghai now more expensive than New York (Latest Worldwide Cost of Living Report)

    07/10/2011 2:53:10 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    CNN GO ^ | 07/10/2011
    Tokyo is still the worlds most expensive city to live in and Oslo and Osaka still make the top five, but the Worldwide Cost of Living 2011 survey just released from the Economist Intelligence Unit also revealed some dramatic changes in the last year. Australia has become one of the biggest risers, with the strong Aussie dollar lifting costs in Sydney (6th most expensive city), Melbourne (7th), Perth (13th) and Brisbane (14th) to their highest levels. Europe accounts for half the top 50 most expensive cities, with Paris in fourth spot, Zurich in fifth and Frankfurt and Geneva in eighth...
  • Japan:Radioactive ash found in waste incineration plant(Tokyo)

    06/27/2011 11:28:17 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    NHK ^ | 06/28/11
    Radioactive ash found in waste incineration plant An operator of waste incineration plants in Tokyo says it has found a high density of radioactive materials in ash at one of its plants. An Edogawa ward plant, which handles general household garbage, detected 9,740 becquerels of radioactive materials per kilogram of ash. The ash was collected from a device to filter exhaust fumes. The plant's operator, an organization jointly set up by Tokyo's 23 wards, believes that radioactive cesium built up through the incinerating process. But it says there is no danger of the toxic substances escaping into the environment as...
  • Released WSPEEDI Simulation, It Shows Very High Organ Dose of Iodine-131 for Infants in Wide Area

    05/22/2011 12:12:16 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 3 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | May 22, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    I mentioned the system called the WSPEEDI simulation system in passing when I wrote about SPEEDI data for the early period of the Fukushima I Nuke Plant accident (March 11 onward). When Professor Kosako resigned from his post as PM special advisor in protest of the 20 millisievert/year radiation limit for school children, he called for the release of WSPEEDI, which can cover much wider area ("several thousand kilometers", according to Professor Kosako). Well well. The Ministry of Education very quietly put the WSPEEDI simulation data on their webpage for SPEEDI data list on May 10, without any fanfare, without...
  • #Radioactive Sewage Sludge and Slag in Tokyo

    05/21/2011 8:20:57 PM PDT · by ransomnote · 19 replies
    ex-skf.blogspot.com ^ | May 21, 2011 | Ex-SKF
    It was big news when the radioactive sewage sludge and slag were found in Fukushima Prefecture earlier this month (see my posts here, here and here). And it is almost no news when the highly radioactive (170,000 becquerels per kilogram) sewage slag was found in TOKYO, and the slag's been already sold as construction materials. Here's a report from a week ago by Nippon Television (3;48PM JST 5/13/2011): 東京都の下水処理施設から出た汚泥の焼却灰から、一キロあたり17万ベクレルという高濃度の放射性物質が検出されていたことが日本テレビの取材でわかった。 Nippon Television's investigation has revealed that the radioactive materials in very high concentration, 170,000 becquerels per kilogram, had been found in the sewage slag from a sewage treatment facility in Tokyo....
  • Japan:Radioactive ash found in Tokyo sewage plant: reports

    05/14/2011 8:59:06 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies · 1+ views
    AsiaOne ^ | 05/14/11
    Radioactive ash found in Tokyo sewage plant: reports AFP Sat, May 14, 2011 TOKYO, JAPAN - A highly radioactive substance was detected in ash from an incinerator at a sewage works in Tokyo in late March following the nation's worst nuclear accident in Fukushima, newspapers reported Saturday. The ash, containing an unidentified substance with a radioactive density of 170,000 Becquerel per kilogramme, was collected from a plant in Koto Ward, eastern Tokyo, the Nikkei and Sankei dailies said, quoting metropolitan government sources. The ash in sewage plants is formed by the incineration of inorganic constituents in waste materials. Much of...
  • Japan: Tokyo radiation back to pre-quake levels

    04/15/2011 8:26:24 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    Thursday, 14th April 2011 In General Japan News, Tokyo radiation back to pre-quake levels The maximum level of radiation in the Japanese capital has fallen back to normal readings last seen before the March 11th earthquake, the science ministry has said. Nuclear experts measured the radioactivity in Tokyo for 16 hours through to 9:00am local time yesterday (April 13th) and concluded that the situation has returned to normal, the Associated Press reported. The Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology also reported that background radiation has fallen back in Ibaraki and Miyagi Prefectures, although the latter is still experiencing...
  • Jpan: Restoration Under Way At Nuke Plant, Radiation Fear Spread To Tokyo

    03/23/2011 4:19:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Nikkei ^ | 03/23/11
    Restoration Under Way At Nuke Plant, Radiation Fear Spread To Tokyo TOKYO (Kyodo)--Work to restore power and key cooling functions was disrupted again Wednesday at the crisis-hit Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant after smoke caused workers to evacuate, while fear of radioactive pollution spread to Tokyo with an alert not to give tap water to infants. The plant operator Tokyo Electric Power Co. (9501) said it learned at around 4:20 p.m. that black smoke was seen rising at the No. 3 reactor building, leading to evacuation of workers from the four troubled reactors, but added about an hour later that it...
  • Tokyo passengers set off radiation detectors at OHare (& Dallas)

    03/17/2011 8:21:28 PM PDT · by Libloather · 27 replies
    Sun Times ^ | 3/17/11 | FRAN SPIELMAN
    Tokyo passengers set off radiation detectors at OHareBY FRAN SPIELMAN City Hall Reporter Mar 17, 2011 09:58PM Passengers arriving this week on a flight from earthquake- and tsunami-ravaged Tokyo set off radiation detectors at OHare Airport, city officials acknowledged Thursday. We are aware that occurred [Wednesday]. We are working with Customs and Border Protection on this issue, Aviation Commissioner Rosemarie Andolino said. Officials declined to say what happened to the passengers, referring all questions to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Mayor Daley said the situation was handled ... very professionally by Homeland Security. The protection of the person coming...
  • Govt Warns Of Massive Blackout In Tokyo Area On Bigger Power Demand

    03/17/2011 3:06:20 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Nikkei ^ | 03/17/11
    Thursday, March 17, 2011 Govt Warns Of Massive Blackout In Tokyo Area On Bigger Power Demand TOKYO (Kyodo)--The government warned that an unpredictable massive blackout could occur in the Tokyo area from the evening through the night Thursday as power demand in the region has increased overnight due to cold temperatures. To prevent such a situation, the Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism Ministry asked railway operators serving the metropolitan area to reduce the number of trains during the time frame, when the use of electricity is expected to peak for the day amid the commuter rush, as an emergency measure....
  • Michael Lewis (CIRCA 1989): How a Tokyo Earthquake Could Devastate Wall Street & World Economy

    03/16/2011 7:23:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE READ. This article was published in 1989. A prescient article by Michael Lewis in 1989 looked at the systemic risk of a Japanese earthquake. TO SUMMARIZE: An earthquake destroys the Tokyo Stock Exchange and all financial records. Shares of Western insurance companies lead a global selloff. Japan liquidates overseas holdings. This causes the U.S. bond to collapse. Recession ensues. Lewis observes that a huge earthquake devastates Tokyo roughly every 70 years or so For the past 400 years. 1923, 1853, 1782, 1703 and 1633.
  • Report: Radioactive material may have leaked from Japanese reactor

    03/11/2011 5:03:35 PM PST · by Qbert · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/11/2011 | CNN
    Tokyo (CNN) -- A mammoth earthquake and subsequent tsunami may have caused radioactive material to leak from an atomic power plant in northeast Japan, a major electric company said Saturday, according to a news agency report. Citing the Tokyo Electric Power Co., Japan's Kyodo News Agency said that radioactive substances may have seeped out of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, about 160 miles (260 kilometers) north of Tokyo. Meanwhile, potentially dangerous problems cooling radioactive material appear to have cropped up at another of the Tokyo Electric Power Company's nuclear plants. Kyodo reported Saturday that the power company alerted authorities that...