I am watching Asia 7 Days on NHK right now on PBS World. On the program today, it is documenting how terrible the devastation is in two cities in the tsunami-stricken areas. Despite the terrible conditions, people in those areas are cleaning up and working together. There are also many people making an effort to make the lives of people who lost their homes and loved ones as comfortable as possible. However, there are fears about the future in some fishing areas, because the ground in one area actually sunk by 71 cm. This means that rising sea levels could result in wide areas being inundated by water again by the natural motion of water. If you would like to help out, please consider donating to the Japanese Red Cross here.
My friend and colleague Aidan-Paul Canavan of the University of Liverpool alerted me to this awesome online auction called Genre for Japan. It ends Sunday, so you will need to act fact and place your bid in the comments on the site. The auctions are by science fiction, fantasy, and horror writers and publishers with the proceeds going to the Red Cross in Japan. Of note, there are several author critiques available. Happy bidding!
I noticed today on the main English NHK website that the NHK offers a daily dose of Fukushima Daiichi ‘data’ here. This ‘data’ is provided by Tokyo Electric Power Co. TEPCO, and the data, at least the parts in English, are divorced from any reference to what precipitated the necessity of this data. This made me curious about what other groups were collecting data and how was that data being framed in reference to the earthquake and tsunami that occurred in Japan.
The Japan Atomic Engery Agency (JAEA) posts daily reports on “Situation and response of JAEA to the earthquake in northeastern Japan” here. Their reference is to earthquake in the title, but the reports specifically call what is going on at Fukushima an ‘accident.’
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is also keeping a log of what they call an ‘accident’ here.
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission posted a review of what they call an ‘event’ here.
There is something between the data, accident, and event that needs further study. Have you come across other sources of data on the nuclear disaster? How are other non-media sources framing what is going on in Japan following the 9.0 magnitude earthquake?
Ars Technica alerted me to Play for Japan, a Game Industry Relief Effort. Play for Japan raises funds for charities by allowing winning bidders of their auctions to select a charity that is assisting with the humanitarian relief efforts in Japan. The rare items made available for Play for Japan are amazing–you have to see them for yourself by going here. If you are a fan of video game history and you have the means to help out, please go bid on some items.