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  • 1. Tohoku, East Kanto Earthquake, Tsunami Nuclear ReactorI. Minutes of Tsunami casualtiesII. Nippon Come back Report ( Recovery News)III. Fukushima Nuclear Reactor and its secondary damageEarthquake of Magnitude 9 and Tsunami of highest 16 m hit Tohoku 6 prefecture( Aomori, Akita, Iwate, Yamagata Miyagi, Fukushima) and north of Kanto district(Ibaragi and Tochigi) on 11th. of March. On April 6th. at 11:00 pm., magnitude 7.1earthquake hit Tohoku again, seismic center is located 40km off shore Miyagi Ojikapeninsula, which is associated minor earthquake triggered by March 11th majorearthquake . Tsunami destroyed many coastal towns in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushimaprefecture, which took away thousands of lives in 10 minutes. This is the third updateprogress report after Tsunami. P3C SDF dumcane.webry.infoI. Minutes of TSUNAMI Casualties On this earthquake on March 6th. there are no major casualties reported except for two.However, it gave huge psychological damage on Tsunami survivors in Tohoku, they arecurrently fighting against fear for the future in addition to trauma from Tsunami. SDF reactedquickly by dispatching P3C to inspect the situation from the air, also Toden confirmedcooling nuclear reactors are in process. Earthquake on March 6th. certainly delayrecovery schedule of infrastructure damaged by Tsunami for days. According to NationalPolice Agency report, on April 7th. Total figure of death is 12,690, and l 47,36 still missing,total 27,426 casualties but numbers are rising every single day. Although we have madehuge progress in identification of bodies and missing people, we still do not know how manypeople are really missing, partly because difficulties to recover the bodies near nuclearreactors in Fukushima but mainly, major coastal area just disappeared and covered by mudand debris. Currently 157,600 survivors of Tsunami living in 2299 shelters in 18 1Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 2. prefectures (down from 240,000 in 23rd. of March). From April 1st. to 3rd, 7000 USarmed forces conducted joint search operation of missing bodies of 600 km coast line ofIwate, Miyagi and Fukushima with 18,000 Self Defense Forces, Japanese Coastal guard,and Fire Department, collected 348 bodies but we still have approximately 15,237 missingand Self Defense Forces will continue the search.japanbases.com asahi.com Updated Figure of Casualties Iwate and Fukushima from National Police Agency on 2011/04/07Prefecture Death Missing Total % Coast Coastal Pref. Coast Casualties towns population population lineIwate 3709 4544 7893 2.55 12 309,466 1,330,530 710kmMiyagi 7743 6927 13886 0.81 15 1,708,963 2,347,975 842kmFukushima 1177 4798 5847 0.11 10 529,867 2,028,752 167km Figure April 7th. from National Police reportNumber of Shelters in Tohoku area: 2299 Shelters ( ↑Up from 2052 on March 31st.)Population living in shelter: 157,600 (April 7) down ↓from 163,712(April4) ↓down from 172,415 on March 31 . ↓ from 240,000 in March 23 rd. st 2Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 3. Number of people living in shelters are going down every single day since people living in the shleters are leaving towns either being transferred by town or moving to their friends and family outside of town. Minami Sanriku Town,( Miyagi Prefecture) which used to have population of 17,666in Feb. 2011, had devastating damage by Tsunami. According to police report on April3rd. 395 confirmed dead but still not sure about how many people are missing, Nearly1400 people out of 9400 survivors who are living in shelter decided to move to othertowns. On 3rd. of April, 500 people started to move to three towns in Miyagi prefectureas they wish to. Mayor Sato told the press that he is looking forward the day towelcome evacuated people back to the town.Picture from: maitaunkikaku.blog121.fc2.com, ameblo.jp(right) before earthquakeAfter Tsunami, new electric pole builtAsahi.com 3Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 4. Picture (Minami sanriku town after March 11) livedoor.jpPicture of people rushing to ride a bus to leave the town..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IlwetVea250 q2ch.riahure.netOperation TOMODACHI, FRIENDS IN NEED IS FRIENDS INDEED Every single Japanese are grateful for US support. President Obama has sent nearly20,000 armed forces, 113 airplanes, 19 naval vessels including Ronald Reagan, Essexin humanitarian relief activities called Operation Tomodachi to rescue JAPAN from crisis.CBIRF Marine forces for special nuclear war were dispatched to control Fukushimanuclear reactor. We must thank US, since their armed forces was single only help atthe time of emergency. Ruling Demorcrats are now having justification of convertingits manifest to support close security tie between Japan US relationship. www.stripes.com 4Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 5. II. Nippon Come back Report Japanese recovery is in progress in 24 hours non-stop day and night by engineers andworkers, from day one of historic disaster. US forces made special contribution torecovery, it is truly beyond all of our expectation. Operation Tomodachi in Sendaiairport recovery is truly noteworthy to introduce at the front page of Nippon come back.Sendai Airpot Comebak(Picture March 13th).Sendai airport was completely devastated and covered by sea water, debris and mudon March 11th .by Tsunami. When we looked at TV Screen on 11 th. of March, what wesaw was just the ocean, covered by mud, piled up debries, cars littered the runaway.MLIT announced in the press conference on March 7 th. after earth quake on March 6th.that they are ready to open Sendai airport for commercial flight. on March 13th asscheduled. JAL and ANA started to fly from Haneda and Itami,Osaka.,This will be aday of Tohoku come back... th`Picture of Sendai Airport from the air on 13 . of March www. Yamaguchi.jp 5Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 6. March 16th. it was symbolic to see the recovery of Sendai Airport. When Japanesealmost gave up the recovery of Sendai Airport after 5 days of Tsunami, USgovernment decided to dispatch Air force 320 the Special Tactics Air force flying fromKadena air base in Okinawa which landed at abandoned Sendai airport by parachutewith machinery of armed car hambi from the air. They completely cleared the airport in3 hours recovered Tsunami destroyed airport and demonstrated US real capacity ofsecuring the airport and teach us “CAN DO SPIRIT” at the time of crisis.http://www.stripes.com/marines-help-clear-out-sendai-airport-after-tsunami-320th. Special Tacitcs Flickr.comAfter they removed debris from the airport in joint efforts with SDF ,, 3 hours later,1500m runaway was secured and made the landing of C130 possible for relief activity thto ship foods and emergency relief goods . On 20 . C17 with 40 t humanitarian aidswere transferred from Alaska which is 3 times bigger than C130. On 28th. completeairstrips were recovered.. 6Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 7. US NAVY Essex Ziphilia.net US Ronald Reagan Kanshin.com. March 29th Sendai Airport aifforce.com 7Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 8. http://yama1.iza.ne.jp/blog/entry/2200449Airforce.com (below) 8Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 9. In Kesenuma, they almost conclude OPERATION TOMODACHI humanitarian rescueoperation.. Japan will be 100% behind US as a result of this emergency help no matterwho comes to power.II. 2. Infrastructure Come back ReportJapan lived with natural disaster, typhoon, earthquake, Tsunami in its own history and all the municipalities have been well prepared for evacuation for natural disaster. No matter how we were prepared for earthquake, we were so powerless in front of tsunami on March 11th. It is soo easy to lose the function of civilization but not easy to regain. At the time of emergency, most efficient and most reliable government organization is Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLITT). They are leading recovery efforts of road, port, airport and public transportation at the time of emergency. I am sure March 6th. earthquake will affect and delay the speed of recovery for few days but earthquake damage can be handled and recovery is in progress.Railway Come backShinkansen, Japanese High Speed Railwaymatome.naver.jp 9Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 10. Morioka-Shinaomori March 22Ichinoseki-Morioka April 7Fukushima-ichinoseki End of AprilNasushiobara-Fukushima April 121Ohmiya-Nasushiobara March 15Tokyo-Ohmiya March 12 It is remarkable to see, Tohoku Shinkansen high speed rail from Tokyo to Aomori running through Tohoku will come back and resume the operation in the end of April. th On March 11 . there were 1200 damages need to be fixed in rail, electric pole, electricity power plants, bridges, tunnel and ceiling between Tokyo and Aomori. Currently, Tohoku shinkansen line is average 75% back and will be waiting to be full open in the end of April.: However, earthquake on April 6th. have an impact on Japan Railway’s recovery effort, which we have not confirmed yet. March 12 March 19 nd. After the earthquake March 26 10 Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9 By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 11. SANRIKU railwayWhile, Shinkansen is running inland and designed for earthquake proof in hightechnology, Sanriku coastal train runs by the coast was heavily damaged by earthquakeand Tsunami.Sanriku railway line is divided in two area North Lias line (Kuji Miyako 71km) and SouthLias line (Kamaishi Mori 36 km) carry 890,000 passengers per year run by the companysupported by local municipalities.Sanriku Railroad blogs.yahoo.co.jp(left), express22.cocolog-nifty.com(right)Before and After the earthquake and Tsunamiisumi.rail.shop-pro.jp 11Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 12. (Right: Sunspo.com March 13)According to Sanrikku railway company, Kuji-Rikuchunoda was recovered in March 16,Miyako-Taro was recovered in March 20th. and Taro-Kohonma was recovered in March29th. All the engineers and construction maintainance workers worked without sleep torecover the railway line. However, Sanriku railway company can only recover one thirdof the line and one tenth of transportation capacity. It is impossible for them to make fullrecovery without huge support from Japanese government to dedicate huge amount ofconstruction budget and takes long long time.PORT COME BACKJapan is island nation.. Therefore sea shipment and recovery of harbor functions arevital for economic recovery of Japan. Port recovery is the hardest amongst all due todirect damage from Tsunami. When Port function is fully back, Heavy industry is backto business and Tohoku economy will come back. Capacity of Air cargo or landtransportation, are not good enough to transport manufactured products in factories toship out both domestic and overseas market. What we saw on the site was totaldevastation of almost all the coast line on1719km of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima thon March 11 .,particularly their port facilities were gone. But recovery is in progress atfull speed. We have 31 commercial and industrial ports in Tsunami area undersupervision of Port and Harbour Bureau in MLIT, and 189 small Fishery ports undersupervision of Ministry of Agriculture Forestry and Fishery. Under strong leadership thof Port Authority( MLIT) on March 24 . already 14 ports from Aomori to Ibaragi out of31 industrial and commercial port are in function after 11 days., March 31st. first Cargoentered in Kashima Port. On April 4th , fifteen strategically important ports out of31st industrial ports come back as distribution hub despite the devastating damage.. 12Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 13. Currently, 129 berth, 35% of total 367 berth are recovered. We do not get thefigure of Fishery ports from MAFF yet but will be reported on my next update. Since welost a lot of boat and fishermen. It will be more difficult to come back compared toindustrial and commercial port. Please see Ibaragi Hitachi Naka port North wharfarea, sea wall which was down 12 m and backyard soil was becoming liquid.on March11th. after Tsunami and Earthquake.13th.of March April 1st. at 10:00a.m.:We have to dredge, the muds furst and pull out the sunken ship, cars, containers,every body from the sea in order to secure the safety of sea shipping company’s voyageto land. Kashima port, ibaragi prefecture. First Cargo entered in Kashima Port in March 31st. 13Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 14. One of the most strategically important port is Shiogama Port in Sendai.Please see the following picture on March 11th right after Tsunami. thShiogama Port, Sendai Port District, Takasago Container Terminal on March 11 ., pref.miyagi.jp (left), inews.jpThis Shiogama Port is secrured and functional for the entry of sea shippingcompanies on April 1st. at 15:00.. Sendai Shiogama Port on March 11 th.blog.goo.jp 14Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 15. BACK TO BUSINESS!! After 8 days. Sendai Shiogama Port, SDF Naval vessel Ohsumi entered in to the portwith relief goods on March 19th. http://blog.zaq.ne.jp/blueocean/article/981/ http://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/fu/000_news/detail.php?page=article&storyid=7478 March 25, Sendai Port, the first ferry owned by Pacific Ferrycompany(location, Nagoya) arrived from Hokkaido Tomakomai. NowSendai port is dredged and cleared for 3t Ferry to enter. 15Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 16. Hitachi Port, April 3rd. (http://blog.hitachi-net.jp/) Ibaragi pref. After the earthquake of 11th. of March, this picture above showed the ,first Cargovessel in Hitachi port , corporate town of Hitachi just shipping gas turbin. Already roadaccess to the wharf was fixed by port authority and it is ready to function as distribution thhub for public.. By April 30 ., Shiogama port and Ishinomaki Ports is open in thedaytime as distribution hub after 2 weeks. When Port comes back, life of towns andcommunity will come back. Below picture Kamaishi Bay after 11st.http://www.pa.thr.mlit.go.jp/kamaishi/port/km04.html blogs.yahoo.co.jp. 16Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 17. (left above) photo by Kato (right above) Relif goods arrived from hakata port (blogs.yahoo.co.jp) Road Recovery Most efficient and powerful team for recovery from any natural disaster is Roaddepartment of MLITT. 814km out of 870 km of damaged road were recovered byMarch 24th. On April 1st. all road network will be recovered except for the area ofnuclear reactor in Fukushima.Housing Come backWhat we need now is temporary prefabricated houses for 163,712 people living inthe shelter right away!!!..MLIT has urged Japan PreFab Housing association to increase the production ofprefab housing on March 13th. Wherever we go in Tohoku area, we see hugeshortage of prefabricated housing. Typically, there are unit type and assembletype of prefab housing but it is legally controlled by ,prefectural governors in quitestrict manners as for standards of housing ( not centralized). .Each prefectures areresponsible to provide housings for people living in shelters upon request from 17Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 18. each municipalities. Japan is law abiding nation but it requires the faster andprocedure and flexibility in emergency management.There is a shortage of productions among prefabricated housing manufactures tomeet the huge demands of municipalities. Most importantly, it is very hard to findthe sites for temporary housing for municipalities due to the heavy damage ofTsunami all along 1719km coastal lines devastated like the pictures below andsoils are covered by debris, muds and sea water. They lost infrastructure includingwater, gas, and electricity in one time. It surely takes time to clean the area forhousing to build. Currently SDF and Fire people are cleaning the area but it ispains taking jobs. In addition, many survivors of Tsunami currently living in theshelter confessed that they have nightmare of Tsunami in the night. It is unlikelythat they would come back to those area on coastline even though they clean thearea and build the house unless stronger and higher breakwater is built.. Pls. seebelow photos of various coastal towns on11th. of March. This similar devastedlandscape will continute 1719km of coastal line. Please see the picture below formany coastal communities right on 12th. of March.Sendai Wakabayashi District, Miyagi pref. from Sankei.jpRikuzentakada, Iwate Pref., picture from Flickr.com 18Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 19. Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi pref. picture from getnews.comOhtsuchicho, Iwate pref. picture from asahi.com 19Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 20. Yamadacho Iwate, photo from timesoft.jpOhfunato-cho, Iwate, Blog.yahoo.co.jpKamaishi CityIwate prefecture placed an order of 18,000 housing, Miyagi 30,000 housingFukushima 14,000 housing, Tochigi 20housing, Chiba 230 housing and Nagano 40ousing Total 62,290 to meet the demand from municipalities .MLIT Minister urged Pre Hub housing association to increase the production ofhousing to 30,000 housing in 2 months. And in March 15 th. in 2 months and another30,000 housing in after 3 months. MLIT has dispatched housing specialist to helplocate the temporary housing sites for prefecture in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushimaon March 12th. and 25 staffs were sent from Tokyo, Osaka, Hyogo, City Renewalorganization right away to locate the sites selection for prefab housing. In order tomeet strong demand from people who lost houses, Iwate prefecture startedconstruction of 1378 housing in 9 district, Miyagi prefecture 1382 housing in 13district, 769 housing in Fukushima pref., , total 38 area 3759 housing underconstruction and 1401 housing in 18 district will be constructed shortly. iryou.chunichi.co.jp 20Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 21. Yamada-city, Iwate prefecture. (Kyodo press)Still 10 % of total target under construction.shinsaihatsu.comTo be honest, I wonder whether we can supply houses for people living in sheltermore speedy. Japan is law abiding nation even at the time of emergency but fromthe humanitarian point of view, I hope central government can override prefecturalrights by skipping the bureaucratic procedure to meet humanitarian needs first.I am sure people who are living in shelter does not mind flexibility of governmentstandard at the time of crisis. They want their home right away Now!!Business Come BackPrivate sector runs our nation. Japanese manufactures are quire resilient andstrongly fighting back to the damage of earthquake and resumed the operation.There are several manufactures located in Tohoku area but we introduce followinghousehold names such as Nippon Steel, Nittetsu Mining, Nissan and Hitachi.Nittetu MiningCo. Ltd. Kamaichi mining factory: Mineral water factory came back in full production using their own miningelectricity and water in Kamaishi city on 4th. of April. The Kamaishi town wasreceiving fatal damage from earthquake and T.sunami with more than 1200 peoplemissing or dead. Some employees lost, family, relatives and home but their morale 21Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 22. is very high for recovery. and they told us that Japan was modernized from theiriron making technology.KAOHOKU NetNippon SteelNippon Steel, will resume its shipment in April 10th. Although Nippon SteelKamaishi account for small percentage of total production of Nippon Steel,Kamaishi is Nippon Steel’s birthplace . And comeback of Nippon steel is comebackof community, and comeback of TOHOKU. Their first sign of recovery is theshipment from the plant through land and shared public berth of Kamaishi portjust recovered . However, in order for the company to recover their production infull scale, they need to recover their private berth and its adjacent port facilitydamaged by Tsunami. It will take minimum in 2 to 3 months of constructionwork. Nippon Steel is anchor of the town and showing the commitment to thecommunity by doing utomost efforts to rehabilitate their damaged port fascility.. 22Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 23. Nissan, IWAKI, FUKUSHIMALebanese- French businessman who is currently the Chairman and CEO ofNissan Automobile manufacturing Co. Ltd. visited Iwaki Factory in Fukushimaon March 29th. and publicly announced his decision to resume the operation in midApril and will be in full operation in June. On March 29th.he told the press thatNissan is not willing to pull out from Iwaki city, Fukushima which is located 50kmdistance from Nuclear reactor.ezwiki.blogspot.comHitachi, located( Hitachi city, Ibaragi)After March 11th earthquake Hitachi organized the Earthquake and Tsunami disaster control unit under President Nakanishi. They decided to provide 79 Oku JPY relief support to the area and organized 1000 employees to support the relief activity particularly on Fukushima nuclear power plant in close communication with GE which designed nuclear plant in Fukushima. Hitachi has sent 300 engineers to Fukushima nuclear reactor right away to assist the recovery of electric power, nuclear reactor pressure and cooling the used fuel pool. In order to recover the electric shortage, president Nakanishi of Hitachi decided to open the operation of Hitachi factory in March 29th.which was badly damaged by earthquake on March 11th. but started the operation of 90% in full production and resume 100% operation by April to be able to supply steam turbin and electric turbin to power plant to cover the shortage of power in JAPAN. Hitachi.co.jpIII Fukushima Can be controlled? 23Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 24. Prime Minister Kan told confidently to the press after CEO of Alva’ visit toTokyo on 31st. of March that government of Japan will win the war of nuclearreactor in Fukushima although it will take long time to be settled. He is criticizedto be naïve by press about how to handle Fukushima but he is scientist and knowsbusiness of nuclear reactor and trying his best. Unless he is not fully convinced withscientific proof, he would not make those comment on public. More than threehundreds of people are currently working on site to support Fukushima nuclearreactor with all the World help and wisdom. It is GE designed nuclear reactor andGE staffs are hundred percent behind TODEN with Hitachi, Toshiba, US marineCBIRF and French company ALVA. We have done everything we can.It is quite unfortunate to see media’s obsession with nuclear issue. However realityof all the victims in Tsunami who truly need the help are overreacted by the fear ofhealth hazard by nuclear radiation. Public tend to overreact to “nuclear” out of thefear in scientific fiction movie. Many expatriates and embassies left Tokyo rightafter Tsunami on March 11th. due to their fear of nuclear power plant. 32 countriesclosed their embassies and out of 32 countries still 7 countries have not openedtheir embassy yet although we are safe in Tokyo. It was quite symbolic to seeFrench President Nicolas Sarkozy visit Japan as the first foreign head of thestate who made formal visit to our country after crisis, on the contrary , Frenchexpatriate in Japan like CHANEL closed its shop on 15th , TV broadcasted theirnews of French chartered plane to evacuate French citizens from japan right awayon 13th by encouraged by embassy. It was truly sad to see Narita airport packedwith 2000 Chinese people rushing to get out of the country on 23 rd. All theforeigners disappeared in cosmopolitan town in Tokyo and become very empty dueto the fear of nuclear crisis between 11th. to 30th .of March.Switzerland, Senegal, Coat Zibore, Benan, Togo, Mari, Mauritania, Finland,Equadur, Guatemala, Bahren, Oman, Iraq, Keniya, Mozanbiqe, Nigeria, Tanzania,Malawi, Riberia, Lethoto. Embassies still not open: Germany, Ghana, Angola,Namibia, Botsuwana, Libiya, Berkinafaso, Croatia, Kosobo, Nepal, Dominicanrepublic, and Panama. It is not fair to say after we receive so much help from the world which beyond ourexpectation and not polite to claim who did what to help us. After all, it is partly 24Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 25. our fault including myself for not doing our best to provide proper information tooverseas at timely manner, we cannot blame for those who made over reacted toFukushima. Today, we are suffering from the secondary damage of Fukushima,more or less due to the lack of information or rumor based on negative conjectureout of fear of contamination. Tokyo is safe and all the people who are killed inMarch 11th. are killed by Tsunami or earthquake but no one was killed in nuclearreactor radiation,. Powerful visual of victims on the beach seemed to overlap andaccelerate their fear of nuclear. Two corporate workers of TODEN at nuclear powerplant were dead not because of nuclear radiation but because by TSUNAMI.On 16th.of March at Tairen Airport in China, ANA, Japanese cargo plane wasrejected due to their fear of contamination. Mitsui Sea shipment company CargoMOL presence carrying iron was rejected in Amoi port in China on 29th. despite theXray check meet the safety standard level. As Japanese cargo vessel was turnedaway by the inspection of quarantine bureau in the Chinese city of Xiamen, in thesoutheastern province of Fujian, after the authority said it had detected a“radioactive anomaly” on the vessel. What is the anomaly level judged by thequarantine bureau of government? Is it rational, fair and scientifically provedjudgement? Today, Chinese government announced another ban of vegetableimport from 12 prefecture without scientific screening. Japanese governmentregulation of radiation level control is much stricter than EU. Emotional reactionout of fear cloud the fairness. Rumor can bankrupt the company in panic psycology,which is not helping victim of Tsunami nor our country’s economy which are alreadysuffered by terrible disaster. 25Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 26. Is TOKYO SAFE? Japan is tiny island in world map and outside views Tokyo as quite risky area to live. First of all Tokyo is 230km (144 miles) far from Fukushima nuclear power plant DAIICHI, which had Level 5 Accident with Wider Consequences, same as Three mile island accident in US. Just for your information, this is the distance we found in the map to compare.Distance from Nuclear Power PlantTokyo - Fukushima NPP : 230 km ( about 144 miles )Washington DC - Three Mile Island : 142 km(about 89 miles )NY - Three Mile Island : 238 km(about 149 miles )Harrisburg - Three Mile Island : 19 km (about 12 miles)Philadelphia - Three Mile Island : 135 km (about 84 miles)Is Tokyo safe? According to MEXT ( Ministry of Education, Science andTechnology) on April 4th, , Tokyo radiation level today is as measured as high as0.090 mSV/hour, which shows Tokyo’s radiation level almost same as NY average of0.095 mSV and lower than 0.14 mSV in Hongkong. I am still not convinced to seewhy Tokyo is considered to be risky area while Frequent flyer did not mind to fly toNY to be exposed to 200 mSV per round trip. CT scan test for medical checkupwill give exposure of 6.9 mSV. I am not nuclear scientist but I hope somebodygive me the answer to this contradictory statistics. .Iappreciate my friend’s anxiety about nuclear radiation exposure by sending me theinformation about nuclear detox tablet or healer information, even invitation to flyto oversea. Thank you for your kind offer and friendship but Tokyo is safe.Then next question, is Fukushima safe? Not hundred percent sure and it isunpredictable until they completely settle plant but I am fairly sure Fukushima canbe managed. Currently government ordered residents within 30 km distance ofFukushima Daiichi reactor to evacuate for another towns for safety reason. 26Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 27. Fukushima is not the level of Chernobyl incident in Ukraine. Japanesegovernment, engineers, scientists, US marines, US government, GE engineers,Alva, Hitachi, all the parties concerned are in full efforts behind nuclear reactors,why not possible? Situation is improving.Update of FukushimaDaiichi nuclear Power plant in Fukushima, the electricity is resumed and functionnow. It was not disturbed by the second earthquake on 6th. of April, the injectionof fresh water into the reactor pressure vessels of Units 1,2,3 are not interrupted.Cooling nuclear reactor is in process and the temperature of reactor goes downslowly but steadily after electricity was back, except for Unit 1. We are watchingthe Unit 1’s prospect very carefully. Currently, in order to prevent hydrogenexplosion in Unit 1, nitrogen was injected to control reactor pressure. Coolingspeed is also being adjusted in Fukushima in order to prevent contaminatedwater going out to sea. We found the way to stop the leakage of highly Pollutedwater from the crack in pit on reactor 2, Toden tried everything to stop the leakincluding injection of absorbent polymer, sawdust, concrete or newspaper to fill thecrack on the pit and finally water glass worked. We are learning every single day atthis worst tragedy in Japan .You will get update picture of Fukushima Nuclear reactor from the sky shortly byT-Hawk made by Honeywell. (hightechgadget.info)Until Fukushima reactor accident, we do not realize the value of electric power.Clean Air, Clean water, wealthy life in great metropolitan city. Fukushima nuclearpower plant provide one third of electricity in TOKYO. We expect Japaneseeconomy will slow down due to shortage of the power and ready for hot summer. .I still cannot believe whole towns of more than 1700 km. coast ,wealth, land, lives ofthousands people disappear in 10 minutes. Sanriku was famous for its beautiful 27Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp
  • 28. ocean, good food, and skilled man power. When we encounter uncontrollable scaleof tragedy all we can do is to put it behind, not do give up and just move forward.We are optimists in the end. We will come back. Although Tohoku statics anddata in demography, nature, economy are not so promising, but, they have bestmanpower, famous for resilient, patient and gutsy. They are survivors of worsttragedy. We are behind Tohoku people 100%..I am not the government spokesman, but I have confidence in our government fortough safety standard, so as Japanese corporations are, they are accountable forwhatever called for safe to eat, drink, and morale obligation for others in even atthe time of difficulties. In Japan, there are too many rules for perfect safety.However, I still do not know what we can do with Fukushima people. I feel special sympathy toward them, not only people living in 30 km from nuclear reactors but also people living far from reactor. Many farmers and fishermen have to give up their lives at very late in their life. I hope Fukushima people or products won’t be discriminated based on groundless and scientifically unproven gossip. We learn a lesson from Fukushima but have to move on and still I believe that we can develop the new technology to control nuclear reactors perfectly or being innovative to develop alternative energy source in the future. Fight in Fukushima should not be wasted for future generation. Technology is our culture.Also, we are very grateful for your friendship and kindness at the time of our crisis.You will be my friend for ever. I hope we come back one more time after thishardship and would like to be the one who help you in your crisis.Never Give Up!Thank you very much for your support and message from theworld. I am looking forward to seeing you and welcoming you inJapan before too long!! 28Damage Report, Nippon Come back report and Fukushima 2011, 4.9By Koko Kato kokokato@tkd.att.ne.jp