Is it this bad in Hong Kong? Please share your comments/feedback.
For the record.
不過，仍難以改變市民對日本食物的恐懼，曾是「日食粉絲」的盧先生，坦言對日本食物已起了戒心：「依家一定唔會食日本嘢！就算批發商話來自北海道的食品無事，我都唔會揀，點知運輸時會唔會經過東京！」全職家庭主婦梁太亦言：「啲水流去呢度又流去嗰度，尤其啲海產要小心啲，以前我好鍾意喺超市買特價魚生壽司俾仔女食，依家送俾我都唔食。」 Read the rest of this entry »
For the record. 蔡瀾 writes about Japan.
每個角落都有的便利店外，見有長龍排着隊等買必需品，沒有亂插隊，沒有恐慌搶購，沒有抬高價錢來賣，這家的貨品售盡，也不發牢騷，繼續到別家去排。 Read the rest of this entry »
Here are the HKIFF Jury’s comment:
Peace is a quiet film with an unusual power to move. By following the ordinary lives of people and cats, the camera leads the audience to discover the concept of peace in its most fundamental sense, not as a state of negotiated, reluctant coexistence, but as an idea that lies at the core of our humanity. The film reveals the sublime through the mundane.
I was touched by what Soda wrote on Facebook,
“What I said at the Award Ceremony: I’m from Japan. I’ve been so overwhelmed by the tragedy my country is experiencing that I almost cancelled the trip to Hong Kong. But I’m a filmmaker. It’s my job to make movies and to show them to people. So I changed my mind to come here. I’m now confident that I made a right decision. I’ll continue to make movies.“
Here is a film trailer
Personal note: Since watching Soda’s films for the first time and interviewing him over the years for a few times, Soda has been a true inspiring documentary filmmaker for me. I try to find my own path in documentary filmmaking and it is nice to be inspired by filmmakers like Soda.
The wonderful documentary filmmaker Kazuhiro Soda is screening his award winning new documentary PEACE at the 2011 The 35th Hong Kong International Film Festival on March 28th and March 31st and doing Q&As afterward! Check out the film if you have time. Highly recommended.
Here is a film trailer
Film synopsis (emphasis added)
“What is peace? What is coexistence? And what are the bases for them?
PEACE is a visual-essay-like observational documentary, which contemplates these questions by observing the daily lives of people and cats in Okayama city, Japan, where life and death, acceptance and rejection are intermingled.
Three people and stray cats are the main characters. Read the rest of this entry »
A Japanese documentarian friend recommend checking out the insightful and timely documentary “Nuclear Ginza” (with English subtitles) by Channel 4, Great Britain, 1995. [HT Soda]
The 5th interview – Nuclear engineer father explains Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accidents to daughterMarch 16, 2011
Have a listen to the 5th daily interview (with transcript) of nuclear engineer Mark Mervine by Evelyn Mervine about Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accidents. Here is an excerpt from the transcript (emphasis added),
“Q: Thank you, Dad. Moving on to another question. I do like this question. “So
imagine if your dad were to interview the top TEPCO officials, or could be a reporter
at a TEPCO press conference. What would his top ten questions be? Or put it
another way, what significant data would most clarify the reactors and the extent of
A: I would- well, first off, I would have more than 10 questions. But I think the
important thing that I would ask to receive is that they need to assume that
the general public is intelligent and they need to provide them with as much
information as possible. I think there’s, at times, a tendency when things happen,
whether it be nuclear or some other event, to filter the information, because we’re
afraid of the reaction, or we’re afraid of panic. But in this case, they’re at the
opposite end of the spectrum, where they’re providing not enough information, and
very little information, that people are starting to get very upset and panic, because
they feel like they’re not being provided with enough information. And I would
agree with those people – not enough information is being provided and y’know,
I would need more than- I’d need more than 10 questions for them, but the main
question I would have would be, “Please tell us exactly what is happening and treat
us as if we’re intelligent and give us as much information as possible.”“
For links and some info of the first four daily interviews, see “Nuclear engineer father explains Japan’s Fukushima nuclear accidents to daughter“.
For the record.
For the record.
Meltdown looms as errors mount at Fukushima nuclear plant
SHAWN MCCARTHY — GLOBAL ENERGY REPORTER
OTTAWA— From Wednesday’s Globe and Mail
Published Tuesday, Mar. 15, 2011 7:55PM EDT
Last updated Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2011 9:22AM EDT
The nuclear industry uses a “defence in depth” approach – having backups for your backup systems – but cascading disasters and human error have overwhelmed those safety systems in Japan and pushed the country to the brink of a nuclear meltdown.
Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear station was clearly designed to withstand the worst earthquake to hit the country in modern times, but key backup safety systems failed under the resulting blackout and a massive tsunami that inundated the area.
That’s left a razor-thin margin of error for emergency crews working under enormous stress to prevent a meltdown that could spread radiation across their homeland. They’ve survived catastrophic natural disasters and explosions at the plant, but the failure to close a pressure gauge could lose the war.
The see-saw battle to regain mastery of the crippled plants has been hobbled by some design shortcomings at the 40-year-old facility – though the critical containment vessels appear to be intact. And there is a residual lack of trust in its operator, Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), which has an unfortunate history of hiding trouble from the public.
But the fundamental question is whether the global nuclear industry designs reactors to withstand a “perfect storm” situation, in which multiple calamities and human error conspire together to create what the industry calls a “low-probability, high-consequence event.”
Former nuclear regulator Linda Keen said the industry is often inadequately prepared.
“In my experience, I found the nuclear engineers extremely optimistic,” said Ms. Keen, former head of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.
“They’re optimistic about everything: how fast they’re going to do things, the cost, the idea of whether you are going to have an accident or not.” Read the rest of this entry »
For the record. I think the Japanese government and the Tokyo Electric Power Co. need to do more and be a lot more transparent in providing timely (close to real time) updates to the Japanese people and the world at large. Emphasis added.
As dangerous levels of radiation leaked from four crippled nuclear reactors in Japan’s earthquake-ravaged northeast Tuesday, Naoto Kan, the Prime Minister, stormed into an executive meeting of Tokyo Electric Power Co. and demanded to know, “What the hell is going on?”
According to the Kyodo news agency, whose reporter overheard the angry exchange, he was livid over hearing of Japan’s latest brush with nuclear catastrophe at the same time a panicked public was being told a third explosion at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant had led to a dangerous leak spreading radioactive clouds as far south as Tokyo.
“The TV reported an explosion. But nothing was said to the Premier’s office for about an hour,” Mr. Kan fumed.
“What the hell is going on?”
Within hours, the Japanese PM had announced he was personally taking control of crisis management at Fukushima. He appointed a committee of government and TEPCO officials to report directly to him; had the transport ministry impose a no-fly zone for 30 kilometres around the badly damaged plant; and ordered Japan’s Self-Defence Forces to shift their attention to relief, instead of rescue. Read the rest of this entry »
For the record. Many of the observations shared by 李怡 were insightful. 李怡 may have missed one important and critical area. Given the nuclear power plants emergencies and now partial meltdowns, I do wonder if the Japanese government should have asked for the offerred help from the US government. See Reuters March 13 “Factbox: Timeline of Japan’s unfolding nuclear crisis”.
“06:37 – U.S. officials say the U.S. military did not provide any coolant for the Japanese nuclear plant, despite Clinton’s earlier remarks. They say U.S. Air Force “assets” in Japan delivered coolant to a nuclear plant. One U.S. official says Japan had asked the United States for the coolant but ultimately handled the matter on its own.“
日本是全球地震最頻繁的國家，英文 tsunami（海嘯）這個詞，就是從日文翻譯過來的。 3.11發生了日本史上最強地震，比關東大地震強 30倍，亦比 08年中國汶川地震強 20倍。看到電視傳來的海嘯狂捲、房屋倒塌畫面，想到若處身其地的驚心動魄，也不能不為日本人擔心。不過，至今為止的死亡數字卻比汶川、玉樹低得多。