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September 7, 2013
olympics:

Tokyo reacts after being elected as 2020 Olympic Games Host City.

The Olympics will return to Japan in 2020, for the first time since the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. This time Tokyo will play host, having beat out the Turkish capitol of Istanbul in a run-off, despite concerns in recent days that the IOC would shirk Tokyo amid concerns about the ongoing (and we do stress ongoing) radioactivity leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

olympics:

Tokyo reacts after being elected as 2020 Olympic Games Host City.

The Olympics will return to Japan in 2020, for the first time since the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano. This time Tokyo will play host, having beat out the Turkish capitol of Istanbul in a run-off, despite concerns in recent days that the IOC would shirk Tokyo amid concerns about the ongoing (and we do stress ongoing) radioactivity leaks at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

20:23 // 10 months ago
October 25, 2011
Revolting, yet resourceful
A Japanese art collective called Chim Pom is helping solve Tokyo’s rodent problem by catching the city’s rats, stuffing them, and painting them to look like Pikachu. Sweet dreams, everybody! source
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A Japanese art collective called Chim Pom is helping solve Tokyo’s rodent problem by catching the city’s rats, stuffing them, and painting them to look like Pikachu. Sweet dreams, everybody! source

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23:59 // 2 years ago
September 7, 2011
Deserted scenes of Tokyo without a single man around came across my mind. It really was a spine-chilling thought.
Former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan • Offering a truly harrowing vision of a post-Fukushima future for Tokyo. The vision for the 20-million-strong city helped push Kan towards encouraging renewable energy during his final months as Prime Minister, when he was dealing with the march earthquake. We’re with him. That’s a scary thought and it’s understandable why he changed his track as a result. source (viafollow)
11:05 // 2 years ago
July 9, 2011

Video from CNN of the earth shaking after the 7.0 that hit Japan today. The guy isn’t shaking the camera.

22:13 // 3 years ago
June 5, 2011
Post-Fukushima, Japanese businesspeople dress down to cool off
Why are these Japanese businesspeople dressed up like they’re about to go to a cookout? The reason actually has to do with March’s earthquake, if you can believe it. See, Japan has this campaign called “Super Cool Biz,” where the AC doesn’t go up nearly as high and businesses cut their electricity use by 15 percent. Which means that offices shouldn’t get cooler than 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) and workers should probably dress down and stuff. While the campaign isn’t new — it was introduced in 2005 as a way to fight global warming — companies are finally starting to jump on board with the idea due to the earthquake. (Photo by Itsuo Inouye/Associated Press) source
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Why are these Japanese businesspeople dressed up like they’re about to go to a cookout? The reason actually has to do with March’s earthquake, if you can believe it. See, Japan has this campaign called “Super Cool Biz,” where the AC doesn’t go up nearly as high and businesses cut their electricity use by 15 percent. Which means that offices shouldn’t get cooler than 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit) and workers should probably dress down and stuff. While the campaign isn’t new — it was introduced in 2005 as a way to fight global warming — companies are finally starting to jump on board with the idea due to the earthquake. (Photo by Itsuo Inouye/Associated Press) source

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12:07 // 3 years ago
April 17, 2011
Hillary Clinton visits Japan in show of post-quake support: Here she is with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Hillary does a great job keeping that presidential poise even as Secretary of State, doesn’t she? source Follow ShortFormBlog

Hillary Clinton visits Japan in show of post-quake support: Here she is with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko. Hillary does a great job keeping that presidential poise even as Secretary of State, doesn’t she? source

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11:30 // 3 years ago
April 10, 2011
Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara reelected despite epic gaffe: This dude’s thanking his lucky stars today. See, he suggested that the tsunami was “divine punishment” for the people of Japan. (Ouch!) He still got re-elected. Shockingly. source Follow ShortFormBlog

Tokyo governor Shintaro Ishihara reelected despite epic gaffe: This dude’s thanking his lucky stars today. See, he suggested that the tsunami was “divine punishment” for the people of Japan. (Ouch!) He still got re-elected. Shockingly. source

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10:24 // 3 years ago
March 17, 2011

Tokyo’s dealing with their energy drama fairly well so far

  • yes the trains are running slower and less frequently in Tokyo, in an effort to save energy
  • no authorities don’t expect Tokyo’s power to go out despite higher usage in the wake of cold weather
  • yes people in Tokyo have gotten stuck in elevators as the result of rolling blackouts source
10:34 // 3 years ago
March 15, 2011

More on the “minor” radiation levels in Tokyo

acmesalesrep says: Worldwide, the average dose rate due to naturally occurring background radiation is about 0.3 µSv/hr (the “per hour” being significant as the sievert is a unit of dose, not dose rate). This can vary significantly depending on local geology, altitude, etc. I don’t know what the normal background rate in Tokyo is—and without that information, this picture is pretty much meaningless.

» We say: You’re right, we should’ve provided that information with the photo. Here’s a piece from AFP that explains the levels: "From Tokyo officials said they had detected 0.809 micro-sievert in the morning and 0.075 four hours later — compared with a normal radiation level of around 0.035. A chest X-ray typically involves a dose of 20 micro-sieverts." (I double-checked and the levels are “per hour.” AFP just screwed up and didn’t mention that part of the equation.) The fact that it went up is the “minorly” shocking part – and the photo didn’t even show the radiation levels at their peak. But it’s a level so low that officials didn’t seem to think it was dangerous. This chart here shows this in perspective, starting with the X-ray.

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20:21 // 3 years ago
Tracking radiation levels in Tokyo: A minorly scary photo

Photo of the day: "A radiation detector marks 0.6 micro-sieverts, exceeding normal levels Tuesday, near Shibuya train station in Tokyo. Concern over possible radiation exposure has increased after a fourth reactor released radiation, Tuesday." To compare – this level is higher than average, but only a tiny percentage of what’s happening at the plant. 1,000 micro-sieverts per hour equals one milli-sievert per hour. So this is high, but still minor. (Kyodo News/AP) (EDIT: Please check here for an update on this post.) source
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Photo of the day: "A radiation detector marks 0.6 micro-sieverts, exceeding normal levels Tuesday, near Shibuya train station in Tokyo. Concern over possible radiation exposure has increased after a fourth reactor released radiation, Tuesday." To compare – this level is higher than average, but only a tiny percentage of what’s happening at the plant. 1,000 micro-sieverts per hour equals one milli-sievert per hour. So this is high, but still minor. (Kyodo News/AP) (EDIT: Please check here for an update on this post.) source

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10:56 // 3 years ago