Daily Japan Headlines: Thursday, Jul 7, 2011
Governor Ishihara Shintaro. Photo Source: Wall Street Journal.
Wall Street Journal: Tokyo Governor: I Want 2020 Olympics, Whatever the Cost
Tokyo is prepared to host the 2020 summer Olympic games “at any cost” in the name of aiding Japan’s post-March 11 recovery, according to capital Governor Shintaro Ishihara.
HuffPost: Report from Tokyo: Outrage Is Growing
Soil radiation in Fukushima city, 40 miles from the Daiichi Nuclear facility, is now above levels that triggered compulsory resettlement ordered by Soviet authorities following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine. Yet there has been no evacuation order made thus far. And who could blame the authorities for not doing so? After all, evacuating a city with 300,000 people would be a nightmare, logistically and financially. But one wonders how long they will be able to hold off what increasingly looks inevitable to me.
None of the 1,080 children surveyed was exposed to more than 0.2 microsievert per hour, the threshold for pursuing further examinations, and most were far less, officials told Kyodo, as reported in Japan Times.
BBC Video: Returning after the devastation in Japan
The Japanese government has approved a second supplementary budget to help victims of the March earthquake and tsunami.
But towns along Japan’s tsunami-devastated coast face years of rebuilding.
It is estimated that clearing the 25 million tonnes of debris could take up to three years, and in some smaller towns the task has barely begun.
Daily Yomiuri: Azumi vents anger
DPJ Diet affairs chief Jun Azumi expressed his anger at the prime minister at a meeting of the party’s Standing Officers Council on Tuesday, saying, “This Cabinet is truly shameful. Is [the Cabinet] worth supporting for the DPJ as a party!?”
Azumi’s voice was so loud that people outside the meeting room in the Diet Building could hear it.
Japan’s Minister for Reconstruction said yesterday that his type-B blood made him abrasive and outspoken, as he tried to explain a politically disastrous visit to the country’s shattered north-east that forced him to quit just a week into his new job.
Few political analysts are looking to the Prime Minister’s blood group for an explanation of his stubbornness: type-Os are famously flighty, unreliable and fond of being the centre of attention.
Tatsuo Hirano, senior vice minister, will succeed Ryu Matsumoto as Japan’s reconstruction minister, the government announced.
The cost of rebuilding is estimated to be roughly 17tn yen ($210bn; £130bn) and the big question is who will pay for it.
The BBC’s Mariko Oi asked Japan’s Finance Minister, Yoshihiko Noda who he expected would pay the reconstruction bill.
Independent: Japan set to ‘stress test’ all its nuclear plants
The government already ordered exhaustive safety checks on all the country’s 54 nuclear reactors following the disaster, and it was not immediately clear what additional measures would be added by the stress tests.
Washington Post: Japan grounds its F-15 fighter jet fleet for probe after crash
Japan’s Defense Ministry ordered the fleet to remain on the ground pending an investigation into the cause of the crash Tuesday, when an F-15 based on the island of Okinawa went down during a routine training mission.
Economist: Cold-hearted door policy
AS TOKYO sizzles in the summer heat, ordinary consumers are scrimping to save energy, in dutiful hopes of offsetting the shortages caused by the outage at Fukushima and other nuclear plants. Meanwhile luxury boutiques are snubbing their noses at such plebeian pastimes. The fancier shops are propping their doors wide open—in the belief that their air-conditioned cool will increase foot traffic.
Wall Street Journal: Toyota Prius Reclaims Top Spot in Sales
Toyota sold 19,429 Prius vehicles in June, triple the figure it sold the previous month and enough to zip past Honda Motor Co.’s Fit in monthly sales for the first time in four months, according to the Japan Automobile Dealers Association on Wednesday. Honda sold 16,321 Fit compacts in June.
Mitsui & Co is likely to build large solar power plants with a total capacity of 100 megawatts in northeast Japan’s Tohoku region, which faces possible power shortages
Digital Trends: Nokia abandons the Japanese phone market
Nokia is abandoning what was its last ditch effort to reclaim market share in Japan. The company will shut down the last of its Vertu luxury cell phone stores in Ginza and leave the region entirely, for now.
Their latest project, on fundraising site Give2gether.com, is a fan challenge in which the first 500 people to raise $500 or more will get a pair of tickets to a secret Los Angeles show that’s scheduled to take place on August 31.
Asked if using the disgraced superstar as a spokesperson could be a risk for the heat rub therapy product, Kaji said: ‘We don’t think there is any.’
About half the customers at “Niku Sushi” (Japanese for “raw meat”) are women like Aya Kanazawa, who comes three times a week and proudly calls herself “a carnivore girl.” It’s not just her culinary tastes she’s talking about. In an odd way, the battle between meat and fish parallels the battle of the sexes and Japan’s moribund economy.
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