Daily Japan Headlines: Saturday, Jun 18, 2011
Photo Source: Wall Street Journal.
Wall Street Journal: The Geiger Club: Mothers Bust Silent Radiation Consensus
Yuka Sasaki, who is 28 years old and has a four-year-old son, lives in Kawashi in Chiba prefecture, which has been designated as a “hot spot” with higher-than-usual radiation levels – even though it’s 200 kilometers away from Fukushima. She says she can’t afford to move. Instead, she has invested in a dosimeter, which she’s waiting to be delivered.
ABC Australia: Stress takes toll on Japan’s tsunami survivors
Japan’s biggest-selling newspaper is reporting that there are fewer than 20 psychotherapists specialising in [PTSD] in the entire country.
Bloomberg: Japan Has 17,580 Megawatts of Nuclear Capacity Online
Japan, the world’s third-biggest nuclear power generator, had 19 reactors with a capacity of 17,580 megawatts, or 35.9 percent of the total, online as of today, according to data compiled by Bloomberg News.
Forbes: Japan’s Energy Dependence
When it comes to the vital area of energy, Japan’s position is one of abject dependence and, hence, vulnerability.
Tokyo Electric is now the subject of Hatamura [Yotaro’s] next study. He was appointed by Prime Minister Naoto Kan last month as head of the 10-member team to conduct an “impartial and multifaceted” investigation into what went wrong at the Fukushima nuclear plant and how to prevent a repeat. He made a visit to the station yesterday.
“This is a major step to put all these changes on hold and to require some analysis of cost and to take an honest look at what the current plans are and what the alternatives are,” [Senator Carl] Levin told reporters on a conference call.
Kyoto, Japan’s ancient capital, is a laid-back counterpart to Tokyo that was first established more than a thousand years ago. Far to the west, it is a good place to forget the current capital’s woes.
Matador’s destination expert on Japan lays out the country’s avoidable attractions … and what to do instead.
[President Akio] Toyoda said his company was working hard so that vehicle production, which had stopped nationwide after the 9.0-magnitude quake, is expected to be back at pre-disaster levels by July, both in Japan and overseas.
BBC Video: Eco-friendly toys a hit in Japan
The International Tokyo Toy Show has 35,000 playthings on display and this year there is an emphasis on saving energy.
Independent: Green car market heats up in Japan
The latest version of Toyota Motor Corp.’s Prius hybrid vehicle has received a warm welcome from consumers in Japan, while Mitsubishi Motors Corp. has responded by slashing the price of its i-MiEV vehicle to make it the first electric car available to the general public for less than Y2 million (€17,406).
[Tokyo Governor] Ishihara [Shintaro] said a bid by Tokyo could go a long way toward helping Japan rebuild from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.
Wall Street Journal: Want Marital Bliss? Got 3 Million Yen?
The government’s annual white paper focusing on childbirth and rearing showed that most young men and women were keen on getting hitched sometime in the future – 83% of men and 90% of women surveyed in their 20s and 30s, in fact. Yet the marriage rate in 2010 fell to 5.5%, a fresh all-time low.
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