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Colossal eruption could obliterate Japan

  Earth sciences professor Yoshiyuki Tatsumi and associate professor Keiko Suzuki of Kōbe University recently released a study showing that in the worst case scenario, a colossal eruption within the next century could kill all Japan's population of 127 million, the Wall Street Journal, Niconico News and other sources report. Despite having the slim probability of only 1%, professor Tatsumi was quoted saying, “it wouldn't be unusual for such an enormous eruption to occur.” In fact, he claims, the same low risk percentage was ascribed to the Great Hanshin earthquake that struck Kōbe in January 1995, devastating the city and killing more than 6,000. The researchers' findings were based on the frequency and scale of volcanic eruptions that occurred in the Japanese...  read more

Tritium levels increase tenfold at Fukushima after Typhoon Phanfone tears through Japan

On Saturday, the Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO) announced that the groundwater collected from a well in proximity of the Fukushima No. 1 plant contained levels of radioactive tritium 10 times greater than those recorded two days eariler. The latest report measured 150,000 becquerels (a unit...  read more

Turning the tides of fate: Hong Kong's Occupy Central movement in a nutshell

In classical Chinese thought, time was not considered linear: like the rise and fall of dynasties it was viewed as cyclical. Master Zhuang Zhou, a philosopher who lived in the 4th century BC famously wrote: “Time cannot be arrested. The succession of decline, growth, fullness, and emptiness...  read more

Popular new manga "Ichiefu" offers account of workers lives at Fukushima power plant

One of the things Japan has long excelled at is alluring people to it via cultural seduction – something Joseph Nye denominated “soft power”. From its rich literature to its tea ceremony to martial arts, Japan seems to have a natural affinity for making people become infatuated,...  read more

Massive railway strike ends as Park administration faces new challenges

Starting on December 9th, about 8,700 workers from the Korea Railroad Corp. union went on strike to protest the government’s recent plan to establish a subsidiary for KORAIL’s new bullet train, in the Suseo district of Seoul. The plan was widely believed to be the precursor to train...  read more

North Korean prison camps expanding: Amnesty International

On December 5, Amnesty International released a number of satellite images exposing the development of two North Korean gulags. The report by the London-based human rights watchdog revealed that the two facilities, Kwanliso (lit. Management Bureau) 15 and 16, have expanded with new housing blocks,...  read more

Abe's Secrecy Bill passes as Japan watches closely

Japan has never had a strong tradition of freedom of speech or transparency as the events in the past two years have confirmed, and matters do not seem to be improving. Article 21 of the Constitution of Japan states, “Freedom of assembly and association as well as speech, press and all other...  read more