Day 465.1 Guchol hits Tokai


A wind advisory (keihou) was issued this afternoon around lunchtime. All schools have been closed and classes at universities cancelled. Many businesses send their employees home early when there is a strong wind advisory (red, as opposed to a warning – yellow).

The Tokai region is expected to have about 20 inches of rain in the next 24 hours.

Winds picking up speed here in the Nagoya area. Rain coming in from the south. Have battened down the hatches and am sitting tight.

As of 16:20, some trains in the Kinki area have stopped running.  The Tokaido Shinkansen is still running.

Will be giving updates later this evening.

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Typhoon approaches main island, agency warns of heavy rain


TOKYO (Kyodo) — A powerful typhoon may pass through the Japanese archipelago from Tuesday to Wednesday, bringing heavy rains and strong winds across a wide area of western and northern Japan, the Japan Meteorological Agency said.

Typhoon Guchol was located around 160 kilometers south-southeast of Cape Ashizuri in Kochi Prefecture, southwest Japan, as of 1 p.m. Tuesday, traveling north-northeast at a speed of 55 kilometers per hour, with a maximum wind velocity of 126 kph around its center, the agency said.

The approaching fourth typhoon of the season disrupted transportation, with flights mainly to and from western and southern airports in Japan canceled, while an evacuation order was issued in some areas in Wakayama Prefecture. Some train and marine schedules were also affected.

Rainfall over the 24-hour period through noon Wednesday is expected to reach 500 millimeters in the Tokai region, 400 mm in the Kinki and Shikoku regions, and 300 mm in the Kanto-Koshinetsu region including Tokyo.

Typhoon Talim, the fifth typhoon of the season located in the South China Sea, is also expected to approach the Japanese archipelago, following Guchol.

June 19, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

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The International Associations of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima Prefectures will be holding a symposium in Sendai and Minami Sanriku-chou on the 5th and 6th of July. The dates and venue are as follows. For a full list of the programme, please consult the URL at the end of this message

東日本大震災 被災地岩手・宮城・福島三県地域国際化協会からの報告



■会場:ホテル法華クラブ仙台 (宮城県仙台市青葉区本町2-11-30)、宮城県南三陸町内



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*Built to Break: The World Industrial System in the New Era of Monopoly**
*Lessons from the Tohoku Earthquake**

*Lecturer: Barry C. Lynn,*Director, New America Foundation
*Date: Friday, July 20, 2012*, 7:00 pm-
*Venue:* Lecture Hall, International House of Japan
*Admission:* Free (reservations required)
*Language:* English (without Japanese interpretation)

In recent years, we have witnessed a new phenomenon―the industrial crash―in which entire industrial systems can collapse due to a cascading domino effect. Such crashes can be triggered by financial shocks, like the Panic of September 2008. And they can be triggered by natural or political disasters, like the Tohoku earthquake of 2011. Worst of all, industrial crashes can make a isolated disaster much bigger, by swiftly transmitting and amplifying the original shock. Barry C. Lynn has studied industrial crashes since the first major such event, after an earthquake in Taiwan in 1999. This includes more than two months of
research in Japan, mainly following the Niigata earthquake of 2007. Mr. Lynn will discuss the causes and potential effects of such crashes. And he will detail some of the ways that governments can greatly reduce the dangers posed by such crashes.

*Barry Lynn*is director of the Markets, Enterprise, and Resiliency
Initiative and a senior fellow at the New America Foundation. He is the author of /End of the Line: The Rise and Coming Fall of the Global Corporation/ (Doubleday, 2005) and /Cornered: The New Monopoly Capitalism and the Economics of Destruction/ (Wiley, 2010). Prior to taking his current position, Mr. Lynn was executive editor of /Global Business Magazine/ for seven years, and worked as a correspondent in Peru, Venezuela, and the Caribbean for Associated Press and Agence France Presse.

Contact & Reservations :
Program Department, International House of Japan
Tel: 03-3470-3211 Fax: 03-3470-3170
Address: 5-11-16, Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
106-0032 Japan
E-mail: <>

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Japan Workshop at Sophia University invites you to an evening of two talks on disaster media.

A Disaster Unfolds: Portrayals of 3.11 in Japan’s Online and Offline News
Leslie M. Tkach-Kawasaki, Associate Professor University of Tsukuba

News, Narratives and the Local Newspaper: Aomori Newspaper Coverage of the Great East Japan Earthquake
Anthony S. Rausch, Associate Professor, Hirosaki University

July 6th (Friday) 2012
7pm (note later start time)

Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus
Bldg. 10, room 301

The event is in English
Free and open to all


A Disaster Unfolds: Portrayals of 3.11 in Japan’s Online and Offline News
Leslie M. Tkach-Kawasaki, Associate Professor University of Tsukuba

Since March 11, 2011, the online versions of Japan’s major national newspapers have comprehensively covered multidimensional perspectives of Japan’s “triple disaster.” Ranging from scientific and technological explanations of the crisis at the Fukushima Dai’ichi nuclear power plant to human-interest stories focusing on the impact of the disaster on individuals and families, multiple themes emerged in the immediate and mid-term aftermath of the disaster.

In this presentation, the author discusses the similarities and
differences in how 3.11 was framed in the online and offline discourse in the Asahi Shimbun, one of Japan’s leading national newspapers. Through an analysis of the Asahi’s website content during the one-month period immediately following the disaster and comparison to its print counterpart, this presentation shows how the disaster was framed in complementary mass media channels. In addition to investigating the discourse analysis during the immediate aftermath of the disaster, by extending the analysis of the print newspaper through to the end of 2011, trends and portrayals of the 3.11 disaster reveal how dialogues concerning the disaster evolved over the longer term.

News, Narratives and the Local Newspaper: Aomori Newspaper Coverage of the Great East Japan Earthquake
Anthony S. Rausch, Associate Professor, Hirosaki University

The March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake ‘triple disaster’ not only devastated the coastal areas of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima
prefectures, it sent shock waves throughout Japan. Being a Tohoku prefecture, Aomori can provide a unique media view on the event and its aftermath. This presentation examines the Aomori newspaper portrayal of the events, using a three-component assessment framework: article trends, narratives of disaster-related special sections, and reader impressions of media coverage. Concluding comments focus on the informational character of local newspaper coverage, near-term and long-term, the narrative frames for the disaster, and dissemination of future policy agendas.

Biographical Sketches

Leslie M. Tkach-Kawasaki is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at the University of Tsukuba. Her research interests include comparisons between online and offline journalism, the use of the Internet by Japanese political actors, and comparative website analysis. Dr. Tkach-Kawasaki authored a chapter comparing website coverage of the 3.11 disaster among national newspaper websites in Japan and CNN in Natural Disaster and Nuclear Crisis in Japan, edited by Jeff Kingston (2012).

Anthony S. Rausch (PhD Monash University) is a long-term resident of Aomori Prefecture and has published on many local themes. He is author of A Year with the Local Newspaper, Cultural Commodities in Japanese Rural Revitalization (Brill); and ‘Japan’s Shrinking Regions in the 21st Century’ (co-author; Cambria).



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