Saturday, March 19, 2011

Certainties of modern life in Japan Upended

Saturday, March 19, 2011
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Residents strung in the Yamagata Prefecture about 80 km northwest of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, to leave the city.

TOKYO-Japan, a country of the soothing rhythms of order and predictability, weigh has galvanized by earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis in a worrying new reality: lack of control.

TimesCast | Japan's older victims is photographs of readers in the region to compile the earthquake and tsunami victims. Ruins in Otsuchi, a city located in Iwate, most of the 15,000 inhabitants were missing. About 440,000 people in North Japan lived in makeshift accommodation or evacuation centers.

In a nation where you can your watch by train arrival and conductor apologizes for even a delay of a minute forced rolling blackouts commuters leave early, so that they not be be stranded, if the trains stop running. Some shops have bare essentials such as rice and milk, is the Prime Minister publicly call, peace been stripped. Meanwhile rattle aftershocks small and large window and fray nerves.

Questions during workers fight nuclear meltdowns at power plants work 170 miles to the North stave off, residents of Tokyo, whether the Government assurances that they are not harm's way trusted.

The string of disasters has revived the concept - resting since Tokyo rose from the firebombed destruction of second WELTKRIEGS-, that this city is living on borrowed time. Many people live to avoid that the wind is blowing in their direction in radiation could. Others are whether weigh remain.

But most Japanese try to comply with the ethics, that they are taught from childhood: their best do hold out and suppress their own feelings of the group.
"I have checked the messages from the Internet, and I really don't know who to believe, because first, they say it is OK, and then things worse," said Shinya Tokiwa, in Yokohama, lives and works for Fujitsu, the huge electronics maker, in Tokyo Shiodome district. "I can not go, because I mean hardest for my clients to work."

Customers are more than 200 miles south of the epicentre of the earthquake, with its effects discussion. The systems of control which have sold to Fujitsu to banks crashed under the strain of so many people trying to send money to related and friends in the affected areas.

Has Mr Tokiwa kept busy with repairs and no sales pitches. Session only a customer or colleague a chore, with trains and u-Bahnen on schedule become not running.

The Japanese are bracing for further losses. The confirmed death toll was 3,676 on Tuesday, with 7.558 people missing, but can these figures also understated, and turn on continue to wash country.

A brief ray of hope pierced the gloom were rescued on Tuesday as two people from collapsed building where it was taken over 90 hours. One of them was a 92-year-old man alive in Ishinomaki city, the other a 70-year old woman was found, which was dragged from her home in Iwate Prefecture.

Lived in the Northern Japan disaster zone about 440,000 people in makeshift accommodation or evacuation centers, officials said. Bitterly cold and windy weather even the misery as survivors lack food, fuel and water endured more.

Rescue teams from 13 Nations, some assisted by dogs, continue for survivors to find and more Nations prepared to send teams. Back and forth swings helicopter part a mobilisation of about 100,000 men, the largest in Japan since the second world war, helping in the rescue and relief work. A no-flight zone was imposed around the affected nuclear power plants.

The crisis saw Japan's neighbors fearful, with urgent meetings with Chinese officials about how you react radioactive fallout should reach its shores. She said both South Korea and Singapore inspections of food from Japan imports would increase.

The Japanese are not foreign disaster - mudslides, earthquakes, typhoons and other natural disasters routinely batter this island which is smaller in land area than California, but is home to almost four times as many people.

Japan is also the only nation to have suffered a nuclear attack. But now most 1945 read Japanese only about the destruction of atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or have the pilgrimage to Hiroshima to hang origami cranes, and shudder at the Museum graphic displays made.

Many of the recent natural disasters, including the earthquake in Kobe in 1995, occurred far from the capital. The last major earthquake in Tokyo taken was in 1923.

So are these hardships for most Japanese, completely new.

"I'm a little afraid," said Yuko Ota, 38, an office worker, as they in a series at the train station of Meguro in Tokyo for a ticket booth long her hometown to Osaka.

Reporting was contributed by Mark McDonald and David Jolly from Tokyo; Sharon LaFraniere and Li Bibo from Beijing; Su-Hyun Lee, Seoul, South Korea; and Kevin drew from Hong Kong.

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