Day 485 Jellyfish say “Saikado hantai!”

Worked overtime – exhausted. Will give the headlines only for today and leave it to you to click on their respective links. Will be back tomorrow with the usual.

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Can you say “I-ya-da!!” (ee-YAH-dah) ? = I do NOT like this!!

Japan nuclear reactor resumes full operation, 1st since 2011 crisis

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Govt. reports Ohi reactor is back to full capacity

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Japan nuclear reactor resumes full operation, 1st since 2011 crisis

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Restarted Oi reactor generating at full capacity

Promise of lower power-saving target of little satisfaction

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Ooi Nuke Plant Restart: Senior Vice Minister Tells KEPCO “Lowly Jerryfish Should Never Stop a Modern Nuclear Power Plant!”

Little does he know about nuclear power plants.

As the readers of this blog have tirelessly pointed out, jellyfish and nuclear power plants go together very well. (For more info, here, and here, for a start.)

But never mind that. To Seishu Makino, Senior Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, it’s all about your fighting spirit. Against jellyfish.

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In Japan today, even the jellyfish are joining the protest against the restart of operations at Ooi…

Full operations at Ooi have been compromised by swarms of jellyfish at the water intake of reactor 3. The government minister on site at Ooi said yesterday: “We must not be disturbed by [lowly creasures like] jellyfish, at a nuclear power plant built with the best of science and technology.”

In the image, the jellyfish are saying Saikado Hantai (oppose restart), the protestors’ mantra.

(via Senrinomichi)

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Japan Phoenix of March 11
Katherine Mansoor Fuji started a Journal of the Japan Phoenix of March 11 to be a healing and therapeutic vehicle for the survivors to voice their concerns and needs, etc. This would be a clearing house and collection point for all individuals or organizations that have helped the disaster area and help people find people who were relocated to other areas.
Volunteers are helping with translation (this is online, free, bilingual and while the first issue was heavily English due to material being added and not enough translators, it is intended to help the rest of the world realize that just because Fukushima and TEPCO are not on the world headlines any more, the situation still continues for the nuclear disaster and families in temporary housing, etc.; lack of jobs, and recovery will take a long time.
Japan Phoenix of March 11: if you want to take a look. Perhaps some teachers would like to practice their English by volunteering for translation into Japanese.  There will be four issues a year, as presently planned, but if it proves useful and functional and helps, we will extend it and maybe go to six issues a year.  Anyone volunteering will be listed as a Co-Editor in the issue to which he/she contributes.

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  1. Thank you for mentioning *Journal of the Japan Phoenix of March 11″ in your blog. (I am rather new at blogging and setting up websites, so please forgive any errors in being politically correct for the present.)

    We would be happy to have any short articles in English and Japanese about experiences, situations (challenges which need solutions and those which have been solved which may help others with similar difficulties) that confront the March 11 survivors. The first issue of the JJPMarch11 is heavily English, but I would like to have it truly bilingual. Japanese language students and Japanese students studying abroad, people working around the world in various industries may find it helpful. I would like to see articles with the Pro’s and Con’s on nuclear energy; explanatory short non-technical articles on radiation, what it is and what it does; stress and depression – difference tween normal ups and downs in mood and clinical depression which needs medical help; tsunamis and what causes them and their power, etc.; nutrition for survivors on limited incomes; people searching for former neighbors who were relocated in different areas, etc. (Please take a look at the Journal; I tried to state the objectives and the need for Co-Editors–and special thanks to the volunteers, without whom the first issue would not exist and whose names are listed as Co-Editors.)

    Also the “In Memoriam” section was to give survivors a place to write a few lines and perhaps send a photo to help deal with grief and healing, by sharing with others. (I have written for permission to photo of Mr. Watanabe holding a photo of his dear late wife, which I saw on line, but have not yet heard with permission.) If good comes from the tragedies that have befallen so many tens of thousands of people, perhaps it would honor the memory of those who perished and suffered.

    Since JJPMarch11 is online, free, and since many survivors and retired people are–like me–not of the generation of our grandchildren who grew up as toddlers in a world with computers as well as balls, bats. dolls and other toys, we ask children and grandchilden to please print out the Journal and mail it to friends and relatives whom it would help. Also, since many of the survivors are older, the section which had the article in English and Japanese on how to save lives from choking (older people can have weaker swallowing muscles, dental problems which interfere with chewing foods small, etc. and stress often causes us to eat fast and on the run), will be followed by other articles on health maintenance, nutrition, functional foods, journaling as a way to relieve stress, taking up a new hobby – learn a language, try drawing or calligraphy, learn to play a musical instrument, help struggling new readers and children learn/practice reading by volunteering in schools; learn to dance and recruit a group of friends for socialization; write poetry to express thoughts and experiences and fears in a way that is general and can be anonymous; or write short stories, or take pictures of calming scenes of nature during long walks with friends, etc. This Journal wants to help and assist in communication and finding and giving help. Thank you to everyone; I apologize for a long blog.

    And, please, remember that we are trying to comfort and heal as well as inform and communicate. This Journal is meant to share ideas and help each other, not to start heated or hostile debates on topics with polarized viewpoints. Mutual respect for the view points of others–which may not not agree with the ones another person may hold–is assumed and expected, please.

    • There will be a Peace as a Global Language conference taking place in Sapporo, November 2-3-4, 2012. The various themes and information are to be found in: PGL Convention November 2-3-4, 2012. Please take a look if you would like to attend and/or give a presentation on one of the theme areas or a related topic of interest. There is also another site – PGLJapan2012Hokkaido with registration form which you can complete and email. PGL conference at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto was my first conference experience in Japan and the range of topics was very fascinating. Share the info with your friends and colleagues.

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