It is now two years since the terrible tsunami devastated Japan and the Fukushima melt down disaster displaced many survivors. I like to travel around Japan via Google Maps and take photos or find photos. Above are two pictures from the exclusion zone of Fukushima, one is an abandoned temple that people tried to save after the earthquakes and the other is a stunning cherry tree graced with a Shinto shrine. I can’t travel around the exclusion zone due to Google not being able to film the streets but yesterday Google has gotten permission to photograph street views of evacuated town in Fukushima.
The exclusion zone is easy to see if you click on the little yellow person on the left side of the map. I ‘drove’ on all the roads going into the exclusion zone and took pictures of the terminal points where only select or no traffic is allowed on main roads. No one is allowed in on the side roads.
Some of the roads have guard houses. The red sign on the lower left corner is slowly losing its lights and is gradually disappearing. Since this has to continue for the unforeseeable future, the natural forces degrading things will grow weeds over everything and the signs will fade. But the radiation will remain.
I took a picture of the Fukushima worker bus at one of the terminal road areas leading to Fukushima. The satellite photo above shows the huge but mostly empty parking lot for these workers. Their housing is nearby, all standard Japanese small cramped apartments. People compare the tiny numbers of workers at Fukushima with the many many thousands of Soviet workers at Chernobyl.
After Chernobyl, the Soviet Union folded and died. But the Japanese elites who have run their country 99% of the time are still around after the WWII disaster and other terrible things, still presiding over the annihilation of the Japanese people as human beings. Below is a news photo from Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion about this pine tree that survived for one year after the tsunami hit the town of Rikuzentakata in Iwate.
The survivors turned the tree into a classic Shinto shrine guardian of the dead tree. Only it, too, died. So the Japanese government turned it into a Miracle pine. That is, it is a plastic Xmas tree with fake leaves and fake wood. This is rather sad.
Here is a surviving pine I photographed using Google Map. It is not on flat ground like the ‘miracle pine’ so the waves that washed over it didn’t poison the roots. It is a lovely tree, by the way.
Despite all the talk about rebuilding, the Tsunami-hit towns still barren. Here is a typical shot from the Google Maps drivers:
I did get this nice morning shot of some tsunami clean up crews. Note the tiny truck and the careful bagging. Typically Japanese. Compare this with Haiti’s nightmare: Missing billions in aid, rebuilding left to the women, and a president protected by baton-wielding thugs. The slave ethics imposed on Africans hauled into the Caribbean islands to harvest crops continues to plague any nation dominated by former slaves.
That is, they have little cultural desire to work hard since this went unrewarded. Like any social system, it takes time and effort to evolve a work ethic. The Japanese people do have this ethic but it is collapsing due to the government having little desire to use Japanese labor anymore just like the US elites don’t really want to use us much anymore so work ethic slowly erodes and degrades including with the elites who are infected by this, too.
Domestic violence higher in tsunami zone as lack of meaningful work, anger over loss of loved ones, lost homes due to Fukushima. The domestic violence in Japan has been climbing gradually and even quickly now. I have toured a number of houses of Fukushima people displaced by the accident and these are often big, beautiful buildings surrounded by tenderly cared for gardens, all lost and the losers placed in mean, little box apartments like those in Tokyo. No wonder they are falling apart emotionally! I can fully understand this.
Here are some photos in the British press: The radioactive Japanese ghost towns still uninhabitable two years after tsunami destroyed the Fukushima nuclear plant.
Here is an editorial about the slow pace of the cleanup: Japan’s ‘long war’ to shut down Fukushima nuclear plant ‹ Japan Today: Japan News and Discussion
Just months after Quince was deployed to inspect Japan’s tsunami-devastated Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, the $6 million robot got trapped in its dark and winding pathways.
Seventeen months later, the high-tech soldier is still missing in action – a symbol of a daunting decommissioning project that will take decades, require huge injections of human and financial capital and rely on yet-to-be developed technologies.
Tokyo Electric Power Co is struggling to stop groundwater flooding into damaged reactors at its wrecked Fukushima plant and it may take four years to fix the problem, possibly delaying the removal of melted uranium fuel.
We still don’t know where all the melted nuclear fuel rods have gone. The waste water continues to pile up inside of various containers which are a danger if there are more quakes. And we still are waiting for the next geological shoe to drop: Mt. Fuji erupting and a great Tokyo quake which, like the San Andreas quake about to happen, is inevitable.
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