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Old 09-06-2011, 10:47 PM   #1601
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Sources?? The reason i'am asking is because recently purchased green tea from costco its kirkland brand. It says on the back its a product of japan, should i be concerned?
Sure, but maybe not so much about the tea....
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Sources?? The reason i'am asking is because recently purchased green tea from costco its kirkland brand. It says on the back its a product of japan, should i be concerned?
If that's a big concern, first thing you should do is go to google, click on news tab, and search "tea radiation" and see if anything comes up
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Sources?? The reason i'am asking is because recently purchased green tea from costco its kirkland brand. It says on the back its a product of japan, should i be concerned?
If you're going to be 'concerned' about something, be concerned about buckling up when driving, and look both ways before crossing the street.
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and eating at fast food and chinese restaurants.

i think stuff from china is infinitely more sketch than anything Costco would sell.
So BBT or things you can buy from T&T, steer clear of those if you are ever "concerned".
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When the story about Pacific Wild Salmon being checked for possible radiation poisoning aired on Global, I went out the next day and bought a dozen of them from the local fishermen. I didn't give a rat's ass about it. I eat albacore tuna without worrying about mercury poisoning.

There's something bad in everything we drink, eat, and inhale. It's been that way since the beginning of time.


On a lighter note, they now have a good explanation as to why all those shoes/feet washed up on the shores of BC.................
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Just an article - 6 months later

Japan Earthquake: Six Months Later - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic
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was watching NHK and they were showing in the hardest hit areas people are still homeless and on unemployment which is expiring next month the govt. is planning on extending the time for the unemployment but the situation is bleak in terms of getting these people employed again

and the death toll is around 15k confirmed with 4000+ still classified as missing :/
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i spent some time in fukushima city last year and the year before...can't believe i was so close to all this distruction. i just hope ppl thr dont need to suffer anymore than they already have, & things get better.

i remember i was with my friend who didn't speak any japanese, and we were looking for a good izakaya to drink at.. went to Family Mart (711 type store) one of the rep left his job, came to have a drink with us, after a couple of drinks he went back to work :P
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Just heard another 6.6 hit Japan

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A 6.6-magnitude earthquake struck Saturday morning near the east coast of Japan's main island of Honshu, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The quake happened at 4:26 a.m. local time, about 67 miles (108 kilometers) east-southeast of Hachinohe, Japan, according to the USGS.
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Old 09-21-2011, 11:18 AM   #1611
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Nuclear workers scramble as typhoon smashes Japan - Yahoo! News

"..Nuclear workers scramble as typhoon smashes Japan
By Yuka Ito | AFP – 4 hours ago....tweet16EmailPrint......Related Content.
...Map showing the path of Typhoon Roke. A powerful typhoon has smashed into Japan and …

..Rescue workers transport evacuees in a boat through floodwaters in Nagoya in central …
....A powerful typhoon smashed into Japan on Wednesday and headed for the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant, where workers raced to protect buildings and reactors that are leaking radiation.

The storm, which was packing winds of up to 198 kilometres (123 miles) per hour, has killed at least five people and a million were initially warned to leave their homes over fears torrential rains could cause widespread flooding.

At around 7:00pm (1000 GMT) Typhoon Roke was centred 63 kilometres northwest of Tokyo, heading northeast -- towards the area that was devastated by a record earthquake and tsunami on March 11 that sparked nuclear meltdowns at Fukushima.

Hundreds of flights were cancelled, ferry and rail services were suspended and roads closed as the country prepared for the full impact of the storm.

Roke comes less than a month after another vicious typhoon barrelled through Japan, killing around 100 people in one of the deadliest storms the country has seen in decades and heaping more misery on the disaster-weary nation.

"We have taken every possible measure against the typhoon," said Naoki Tsunoda, a spokesman for Tokyo Electric Power Co, the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant on the northeast coast.

"We have tied down cables and hoses while fixing equipment so that radioactive materials will not spread (in violent winds)," he said, adding operations on the ground and at sea had been suspended.

He said workers had also put tarpaulin over spots in buildings where rain could enter.

Around 20,000 people are thought to have died along the coast when the March tsunami rolled in, wreaking billions of dollars of damage.

The nuclear plant was sent into meltdown after its cooling systems were swamped by the waves, sending radiation into the air, sea and food chain in the world's worst atomic disaster since Chernobyl.

Five people have so far been found dead in central and western Japan in the latest calamity, NHK reported, while four people are missing including a boy who disappeared on his way home from primary school.

The broadcaster said 55 people had been injured as torrential rain battered some areas and caused flooding in others.

Prefectures across eastern Japan issued landslide warnings, telling people to stay away from areas at risk.

A tornado warning was temporarily raised across the Tokyo area, but expired a few hours after it was issued.

Many of the initial evacuation advisories were dropped by Wednesday lunchtime, but remained in force for around 330,000 people nationwide.

Auto giant Toyota temporarily shut 11 of its 15 Japanese plants, which lie in the path of the storm.

"The second (afternoon) shift is stopped. (It is) not resuming today," company spokesman Dion Corbert told AFP.

He said production was expected to resume Thursday.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries temporarily closed five of its aviation and engine plants in central Japan due to the storm, a company spokesman said.

"The rain and wind is raging out there and people on the street were staggering," Yoshinori Ito, a spokesman with Hamamatsu City, in the centre of the country, said by phone.

TV footage showed residents in places walking through streets knee-deep in water.

A number of expressways have been closed, and ferry services that ply routes between the many islands that make up Japan had been stopped.

Around 450 flights were cancelled, grounding more than 45,000 passengers, Jiji Press reported.

East Japan Railway was suspending a number of services, including some bullet trains, but did not know how many passengers would be affected, a spokesman said.

Central Japan Railway said it had halted all bullet train services connecting Tokyo and Osaka, with no immediate prospect of them restarting.

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6.9 just hit northern india

fuck i live under the rock..apparently it two days ago
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It's been a year now.

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Just saw Jackie Chan in a commercial talking about the disaster on CNN.
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Japan then and now...photos comparing what it was like after the tsunami and present day

Japan: Then and Now - Photo Gallery | Global News

Street view of some of the streets in Japan after the tsunami. Feels very eerie as there doesn't seem to be anyone around

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the biggest disaster for japan is their political deadlock and stagnant economy
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the biggest disaster for japan is their political deadlock and stagnant economy
The stagnant economy is somewhat or a myth - purported by subjective statistics.

If you look at the real production of goods and services, instead of just money growth, you will see Japan has fairly evenly paced their developed western counterparts.

Also, ask people who live in Japan, how much worse life is for them day-to-day since the late 80's. Come back to me with all the horror stories.

Its a mature economy; rapid China/India/Brazil like growth is not just unrealistic, but impossible.

I would argue that some nations' decisions to open the immigration floodgates during troubled times have made the countries far worse off in the long run, despite what the GDP numbers might suggest.

We don't live in a graph or table, we live in a society, country, and culture.

Japan has managed to retain theirs quite well through difficult times.
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yes, a year had passed,
seems that japan recover so quickly......keep on going, japanese
311 is the day that japan had earthquakes and tsunami
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The stagnant economy is somewhat or a myth - purported by subjective statistics.

If you look at the real production of goods and services, instead of just money growth, you will see Japan has fairly evenly paced their developed western counterparts.

Also, ask people who live in Japan, how much worse life is for them day-to-day since the late 80's. Come back to me with all the horror stories.

Its a mature economy; rapid China/India/Brazil like growth is not just unrealistic, but impossible.

I would argue that some nations' decisions to open the immigration floodgates during troubled times have made the countries far worse off in the long run, despite what the GDP numbers might suggest.

We don't live in a graph or table, we live in a society, country, and culture.

Japan has managed to retain theirs quite well through difficult times.







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Yes, those are pretty pictures, and you posted them all by yourself.

How about reading these...

The Myth of Japan's Lost Decades - Kel Kelly - Mises Daily
Japan’s lost decade myth Mostly Economics
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/08/op...pagewanted=all
The Myth of Japan's 'Lost Decades' - James Fallows - International - The Atlantic

If you care to learn something.
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