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Sunday, 10 March 2013

Japan Remembers 2011 Tsunami Victims

00 Japan. tsunami. statue in Miyagi of Jizo Bosatsu. 10.03.13

A statue in Miyagi Prefecture (Tōhoku Region. Honshu) JAPAN of Jizō Bosatsu, one of Buddha‘s disciples, who guides dead children to heaven. People leave offerings here nearly every day.


Two years ago, a devastating earthquake and tsunami laid waste to the northeast coast of Japan, causing an accident at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. Memorial events commemorating victims of the disaster will be held throughout the country. Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzō and his Cabinet members will attend the main ceremony in Tokyo. At 14.46 local time (09.46 MSK), there’ll be a moment of silence. That was the precise time of the first tremors of the quake. Recovery efforts continue in Japan, with officials estimating they might take anywhere from three to 15 years. Amongst the main problems are the slow rate of the reconstruction of destroyed infrastructure and the depopulation of the affected areas.

Almost two years after a destructive earthquake and tsunami hit Japan on 11 March 2011, devastating the northeastern portion of the country, 300,000 Japanese remain in evacuation housing. Many of them have to live in spartan conditions. Some 80,000 former residents of the towns of Okuma and Futaba in the Futaba District of Fukushima Prefecture, evacuated because of quake damage at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, still don’t know when they’ll be able to return to their homes, due to radioactive contamination. The effort to repair the aftermath of the natural disaster in different parts of the country may take anything between 3 and 15 years. The tragedy of 11 March 2011 killed 15,881 people and 2,668 more are still missing.

Japan will need another five to ten years to rebuild and recover from the consequences of the 2011 earthquake. This follows from a poll conducted by the Japanese newspaper Asahi Shimbun of 42 Mayors of the cities affected. The Mayors pointed up that some of the major problems were a large population outflow and the disposal of the debris from the quake and tsunami. The M 9 quake and the ensuing tsunami occurred off the northeastern coast of Honshu on 11 March 2011. The elements claimed almost 19,000 lives. The earthquake and tsunami destroyed entire cities and damaged the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, which resulted in widespread radioactive contamination.

11 March 2013

Voice of Russia World Service


Thursday, 20 September 2012

Japanese PM Noda and Emperor Akihito Met with Patriarch Kirill

Emperor Akihito of Japan (1933- ) with Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev (1946- ) of Moscow and all the Russias


Japanese Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko agreed with Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias to promote people-to-people exchanges between the two countries. Emperor Akihito also separately met with the Patriarch on Tuesday. His Holiness’ visit to Tokyo was for the 100th anniversary of the death of St Nikolai Kasatkin, who introduced the Orthodox faith to Japan. Noda told Patriarch Kirill that exchanges between ordinary citizens are “important” for strengthening ties between Japan and Russia. In response, the Patriarch Kirill said that he would contribute to fostering “relations of mutual trust”. Patriarch Kirill told reporters after meeting with the Emperor, “It is now a good time to turn a new page” to further improve bilateral relations. According to the Japanese Foreign Ministry, the visit by the First Hierarch of the MP to Japan was the first since 2000, when his predecessor visited. During his trip, Patriarch Kirill, who arrived in Japan last Friday, met with Orthodox believers and visited Sendai, one of the cities hardest hit by last year’s massive earthquake and tsunami on 11 March.

20 September 2012

Japan Times Online


Editor’s Note:

During this trip, Nikolai Balashov was stuck like glue to the Blunder, you’d think that he was his “shadow” (it was obvious that he was HH’s “minder” and commissar of the Blunder… it’s a sure sign that the Blunder’s come down a notch or two). Why are the konvertsy all gaga over the Blunder? Damned if I know, but it’s a sure sign of their superficiality and ignorance (I’m thinking in particular of Freddie M-G, Rod Dreher, and Hannes Jacobses). They’re all taken in by his telegenic good looks and mellifluous Oxbridge accent. He’s the most hated bishop in Russia, and his title, “of Volokolamsk”, is a dead giveaway that’s he’s nothing but a powerless vicar bishop with a white hat. After all, Volokolamsk is in Moscow Oblast, in the Diocese of Moscow, which means that anyone with such a title has no real power… Volokolamsk is firmly under the unshakeable authority of the unsinkable satrap, Yuvenaly Poyarkov (hey, he’s been around since the time of Pimen Izvekov).

Yet, the Blunder serves a useful purpose… all those who swoon over him are boobs, best avoided and best opposed. Unfortunately, there’s more than one such…


Sunday, 20 March 2011

Sergei Yolkin’s World: Molluscs Monitor the Water

Molluscs Monitor the Water

Sergei Yolkin



Molluscs used to monitor drinking water quality in the reservoir of the Artyom waterworks in Primorye Krai haven’t indicated a raised level of background radiation, a spokesman for Primvodokanal said. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake occurred off the northeast coast of Japan on 11 March. Starting from this date, there were explosions at the first, third, and second reactor units at the NPP Fukushima-1, as well as an explosion and fire at the fourth reactor. According to the IAEA, following a fire in the fourth block and an explosion of accumulated hydrogen, radiation leaked into the atmosphere. A column of white smoke rose over the plant for a few hours after the incident. In addition, there was a release of steam from the second unit. If the level of radiation in the reservoir’s water exceeds the limits set for safety, the molluscs will change due to reaction with heavy metal ions.

16 March 2011



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