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  • YouTube channel to help quake victims communicate
    March 19th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    We have seen some great responses by services on the web to help people stay in touch and access information from quake-hit areas. Google has been leading the pack with its crisis response page, maps of tsunami damaged areas, people finder and other tools that have all made a huge difference. Now YouTube (together with TBS News) has just launched a special Missing Person Finder channel where people from the various shelters and those affected ... » Continue Reading
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  • Japan Earthquake – Friday updates and incoming news
    March 18th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    This page is being updated with news and information as it comes in.  Primary sources are Japanese news media on the ground, but we are also monitoring foreign organizations, Twitter, Facebook and the blogosphere. Get in touch with us if you have any info you would like to share: No. of dead or missing tops 16,000 as infrastructure being restored Vital infrastructure was gradually being restored Friday in areas hit a week ... » Continue Reading
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  • Japanese government orders local authorities to test for radioactivity in foods
    March 18th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    The government has instructed local governments to conduct tests for radioactivity levels in domestically produced foods using a provisional standard set up by the government for the first time ever, as a result of the evolving nuclear crisis at a Fukushima power plant crippled by last Friday’s magnitude 9.0 earthquake, ministry officials said Thursday. ‘‘Although all the local authorities are required to conduct the tests, they will mainly be ... » Continue Reading
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  • Evacuees at shelters forming strong bonds amid adversity
    March 18th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    A rice ball and a quarter of a sausage is a typical meal for an evacuee staying at a shelter in the aftermath of Friday’s devastating earthquake and ensuing tsunami that flattened a countless number of homes in northeastern Japan. With their houses destroyed or damaged, residents who escaped the catastrophe say they still lack water, food and medicine, and gasoline is in short supply in Miyagi Prefecture. The arrival of emergency food for res ... » Continue Reading
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  • Radiation slightly down around Fukushima reactor
    March 18th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    Radiation readings around the troubled reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant fell slightly after the Self-Defense Forces discharged water in an attempt to cool an apparently overheating spent fuel pool, the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency said Friday. The radiation reading came to 279.4 microsievert per hour at the point roughly 1 kilometer west of the No. 2 reactor at 5 a.m. Friday, compared with 292.2 microsievert per hour at 8 ... » Continue Reading
  • Geiger counters sell out in Akihabara over radiation fears
    March 18th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    Buying up of bread, milk, rice, batteries and flashlights is no longer news. Geiger counters are currently in demand with many stores in Akihabara selling them. Japanese residents concerned about ionizing radiation after several explosions at Fukushima’s nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan following last Friday’s earthquake, have been buying up the radiation detectors manufactured by America’s GS Geiger Group. According to Masami Ishiba ... » Continue Reading
  • Japan Earthquake – Thursday Updates (1447)
    March 17th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    Like we have been doing all this week, GaijinPot is scanning the Japanese and English language web for updates that we feel to be the most trustworthy and relevant. When we are confident that the info is correct, it will be updated here. Things may change according to ongoing events. If you have any additional information, feel free to add it in the comments or mail Environmental Radiation Measurement Result The Ministry o ... » Continue Reading
  • Airlines divert flights from Tokyo
    March 17th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    Germany’s Lufthansa airline became the first major carrier Tuesday to announce that its daily flights to Tokyo will be diverted from Japan’s disaster zone due to huge delays at the capital’s main international airport at least through Sunday. Dutch airline KLM said later Tuesday its flight from Amsterdam to Tokyo’s Narita airport will also be diverted to Osaka, and Wednesday’s flight from Tokyo to the Netherlands will be canceled. Competitors ... » Continue Reading
  • More than 2,500 foreign residents swarm immigration bureau, seeking re-entry permits
    March 17th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    A large number of foreign residents in Japan rushed to the Justice Ministry’s Tokyo Immigration Bureau from early Thursday to seek re-entry permits before leaving the earthquake-hit country temporarily. More than 2,500 foreign residents formed a long queue in and outside the immigration office in Tokyo as of noon, apparently due to fears over a possible nuclear disaster involving the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. The bureau said it received r ... » Continue Reading
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  • Search for victims picks up as removal of rubble expands; 12,920 dead or missing
    March 17th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    The search for victims of Japan’s mega earthquake has gradually expanded across wider areas, with access improved by the removal of debris left by tsunamis, rescue officials said Thursday, the seventh day since the quake. Meanwhile, fuel shortages have hampered the delivery of relief supplies to shelters where survivors are staying, while also limiting the use of heavy machinery and heating appliances, they said. The number of those who died ... » Continue Reading
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  • U.S., Britain issue new alerts for nationals in areas north of Tokyo
    March 17th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    The U.S. Embassy in Japan has asked American citizens living within an 80-kilometer radius of the quake-hit Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant in Japan to evacuate as a precautionary measure. ‘‘We are recommending, as a precaution, that American citizens who live within 50 miles (80 kilometers) of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant evacuate the area or to take shelter indoors if safe evacuation is not practical,’’ the embassy said in the advice issu ... » Continue Reading
  • SDF choppers drop water on troubled Fukushima reactor
    March 17th, 2011By Category: Uncategorized
    Self-Defense Forces helicopters dropped water on the troubled No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima nuclear power plant on Thursday morning as it is feared the reactor may have released radioactive steam due to damage to its containment vessel. The Defense Ministry had given up on the deployment of Ground Self-Defense Force helicopters due to the high radiation level Wednesday. Water cannon trucks have also been called up in an attempt to cool a spe ... » Continue Reading
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