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This is another post about the serious situation in Japan. It is not about budo. Some random fragments from twitter and other places.
Great advice any time
"Please prepare for aftershock, control your activity and be careful not to put yourself into confusion." From the Kodokan (world judo headquarters) home page
British Airways. Return fare to the UK quoted to a guy before the quake: 55,000 yen (say $700) per person.
Return fare to the UK quoted to him after the quake (same flight, same day): 600,000 yen (say $7,500) per person.
Read on BBC. A nine-year-old boy who lost his family in the tsunami is searching for them. Of course he didn't have any photos. So he drew pictures.
An Italian rescue group arrived in Japan to find that the level of radiation in Tokyo was lower than in Rome.
When all this is over who is going to want to buy rice or fruit or vegetables from Fukushima?
Crisis (mis)management parallel
"A potentially catastrophic technological problem, an incomplete crisis response plan, misleading early information, divided private and public authority, ineffective initial actions." This is about the BP oilspill not Fukushima
TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company) and METI (the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry) have a history of covering up nuclear incidents.
When experts warn you, listen
"Japan was warned more than two years ago by the international nuclear watchdog that its nuclear power plants were not capable of withstanding powerful earthquakes, leaked diplomatic cables reveal."
Takehiko Inoue, the artist and creator of the hugely popular Slam Dunk and Vagabond comics, has been drawing a series of pictures called Smile to pray for the people affected by the earthquake and tsunami. Other artists did similar things.
Sandra Bullock donated one million dollars to the Japan relief effort.
Donate if you can. Buy a T-shirt or something else if you need to. But please help.