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  1. 4,000-year old Yellow River deluge myth may be grounded in reality

    Science News: China's mythical 'Great Flood' possibly rooted in real disaster

    Ancient Chinese tales and writings about a massive flood of the Yellow River that led to civilizationfs rise in East...
  2. Emperor Akihito announces that he wishes to abdicate

    From BBC News:

    "Japan's Emperor Akihito has strongly indicated he wants to step down, saying he fears his age will make it difficult to fulfil his duties.
    The revered 82-year-old emperor's...
  3. I agree, except about the 'curious' part, except...

    I agree, except about the 'curious' part, except if you mean about trying new kinds of food.
  4. Thanks for your feedback, Kagami. I was...

    Thanks for your feedback, Kagami.



    I was brought up with the values of 'not judging a book by its cover'. One of the most basic rule of social conduct I was taught is not judge people based on...
  5. The myth of the organised and orderly Japanese

    One of the most persistent stereotypes about the Japanese is that they are extremely organised and orderly. This is how the Japanese see themselves and want to be seen by others. It is what most...
  6. Even if Japan is the only country, Sendai is not...

    Even if Japan is the only country, Sendai is not the only city. He just should have asked to go to another city claiming radiation fears.
  7. Thread: Forum upgrade

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    I have upgraded to forum to version 4.1.10....

    I have upgraded to forum to version 4.1.10. Please let me know if you encounter any problem.
  8. Japan is indeed the most advanced country when it...

    Japan is indeed the most advanced country when it comes to robotics - one of the few fields in which it is still a global leader.
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    Provocation not part of Japanese culture

    Provocation, provocative and provoke are frequently used terms in Western culture. I remember the first time I asked my wife what was the Japanese word for provocation, as I didn't remember hearing...
  10. More idiotic misconceptions from the Japanese

    It's a rare thing in this complex world to find a country where the vast majority of people seem to hold the same set of misconceptions and mental limitations. Japan is one such country. During my...
  11. A new international study...

    A new international study (Stohl, A. et al.) has now confirmed that the Fukushima fallout was far worse than the Japanese government ever admitted.
  12. Shall we fear a Chinese real estate bubble burst similar to Japan's in 1989 ?

    This would have dramatic consequences not just for China, but for the whole world. The Chinese economy is going to make up one fourth of the global economic growth by the end of 2011. Chinese real...
  13. Japanese doctors paid less than English teachers

    I was startled to read in a recent article in the Economist about health care in Japan that specialist doctors in Japan only make about 25 $ per hour. The article doesn't put it this way, but the...
  14. Nature's website...

    Nature's website provides a map comparing the radioactive fallout of caesium-137 of Fukushima with those of Chernobyl. As you can see the intensity level was similar, but the area affected by the...
  15. The TIME just posted a new article about the...

    The TIME just posted a new article about the Fukushima nuclear accident : Nuclear Exclusion Zones Arise Around Fukushima

    As I suspected just a few days after the tsunami, the area will be...
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    Radoactive beef in Japanese supermarkets

    I have just read the news in the New York Times : Radiation-Tainted Beef Spreads Through Japan’s Markets



    I stopped eating beef for years after the BSE cases in Europe and Japan. I surely won't...
  17. This is because most Japanese homeless are not...

    This is because most Japanese homeless are not beggars. They are not necessarily destitute. Many have bank accounts with enough money to survive with this lifestyle. Being homeless for a Japanese is...
  18. One month after the meltdown, Japan finally...

    One month after the meltdown, Japan finally raises the nuclear crisis level to 7, the highest level on the INES scale. This makes it as serious a nuclear accident as Chernobyl, despite the lower...
  19. The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency is...

    The UN's International Atomic Energy Agency is recommending to extend the evacuation zone radius after recording radiation levels exceeding the safety limits in Iitate, a village 40km north-west from...
  20. More bad news from Fukushima. Plutonium was...

    More bad news from Fukushima.

    Plutonium was found leaking from the nuclear plant.

    Here is what Reuters reported.



    More lies and deceptions. How can plutonium 238, 239 and 240 be present...
  21. Tepco has announced that the radiation level was...

    Tepco has announced that the radiation level was not 10 million times higher than normal, but 100,000 times. The Japanese government has criticised their mistake as "absolutely unforgivable". However...
  22. The situation is deteriorating again. Just as we...

    The situation is deteriorating again. Just as we thought things were slowly getting under control, the radioactivity have soared to the unprecedented level of 1000 millisieverts per hour, i.e. 10...
  23. The BBC now reports...

    The BBC now reports that radiation dosages of up to 400 millisieverts (0.4 Sv) per hour were recorded at the site. That is 50 times more than yesterday. According to the World Nuclear Association,...
  24. The BBC just posted a Q&A: Health effects of...

    The BBC just posted a Q&A: Health effects of radiation exposure.
  25. A third explosion affecting the last of the three...

    A third explosion affecting the last of the three reactors occurred this morning. This re-qualifies the nuclear incident into an accident (level 4) on the International Nuclear and Radiological Event...
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