140 • pearls around the neck
Kumiko@gmail.com to me Sat, April 20 2011 at 9:12 PM
I see that in the South of the US, tornados have caused devastation and loss of lives! My heart goes
out to the people there!
What is happening to our ‘beautiful nature’, what’s the cause of these disasters, one after another
all over the planet!
The latest news: TEPCO and the Nuclear Agency had NO idea that such a huge Tsunami could
even occur! However, historians do mention the fact that in the Meiji era, there was one big
Tsunami in the Tohoku area and now many blame TEPCO and the Government for not having
paid better attention when constructing the nuclear plant. This is a ‘fait accompli’ and putting the
blame on one another doesn’t fix the problem.
So, they are doing their utmost (they really are!) to get rid of the thousands of gallons of
contaminated water inside the plants.
The USA has lent us special robots and those are of great help. I believe that the 1,500 workers
who are actually inside the nuclear plant dressed in special uniforms to protect themselves from
radioactive contamination are the heroic men we must all give credit to. They are indeed sacrificing
their lives and their families in order to give the world and Japan more safety!
The Chernobyl and the Three Mile disasters of the past have left their toll. Japan, a country, which
the world has trusted, and a country known to be so stringent on its quality standards, is facing
a huge responsibility to the entire planet because of having built nuclear facilities to respond
to its exceeding energy demand. Today, Japan is in need of help and advice, from scientists and
technicians. We are grateful that this assistance is coming, although some wish our government
had been more humble and asked for that help sooner…before the ‘fait accompli’. See how
cultural differences and habits can affect even the actions of a government and those of big
companies… even in times of extraordinary need!
The living conditions of the people of Tohoku who have been asked to evacuate not once but twice
and even three times, are dreadful and we must sympathize.
How can we understand their agony? Depending on the TV channel here in Tokyo, we can hear
their sincere opinions: great thankful words or complaints. They all have lost family members,
homes, farms and livestock; they have actually lost their means of living!
There are many orphaned children too. Schools should begin in April but the school buildings
accommodate the evacuees. In the remote areas, there are no nurseries or kindergarten schools. The
average age of the population in Tohoku is old, actually. Imagine these elderly people already in
hospitals or senior homes! There are not enough doctors or nurses to take care of them.
Since last week, some partial cash payments issued from organizations such as the Red Cross has
Once again, it depends where the victims are and how they can process their documents in order to
receive this cash. The local relief agencies have their hands full!
The central government must think of better ways to cope with the local ones… that is what we
feel… there is a divorce between the two realities.
Politics! Politicians! So many rules and regulations! Too many ‘unprecedented’ matters have hit
this country: it is time for more flexibility! Still they are doing their utmost best!
As for us living outside the Tohoku area, here in Tokyo and further south, ever since April, life