Damage worse than thought in Japanese earthquake

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TOKYO (AP) — The damage from an overnight earthquake in a mountainous area of central Japan that hosted the 1998 winter Olympics proved more extensive than initially thought.

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A daylight assessment Sunday found at least 50 homes destroyed in two villages, and 41 people injured across the region, including seven seriously, mostly with broken bones, officials said.

The magnitude-6.7 earthquake struck shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday west of Nagano city at a depth of 5 kilometers (3 miles), the Japan Meteorological Agency said. The agency revised the magnitude and depth from initial estimates. The U.S. Geological Survey recorded a magnitude of 6.2. Since the quake occurred inland, there was no possibility of a tsunami.

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‘Intilaq — Tohoku Innovators Hub’

AS JAPAN’S WINNING BID FOR THE 2020 OLYMPICS IS SET TO BOOST THE JAPANESE ECONOMY AND HERALD HOPE, SO TOO IS AN EXCITING PROJECT IN TOHOKU, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH IMPACT FOUNDATION JAPAN

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‘Intilaq — Tohoku Innovators Hub’ will encourage entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, and innovators of Tohoku to play a part in regeneration through a globally connected network of start-up communities.

The first stages of the ecosystem are now already in motion in Tokyo where ‘Intilaq House’ has been set-up as a curated house capable of housing five global innovators, keen to share ideas. The House has already hosted a number of international innovators who are inspired to be a part of the ecosystem and share their skills and networks.

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3.11 Remembered…3 years on…

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Michael Tonge – 3/11/14 Sendai, Japan
Tomorrow will be a very hard and emotional day for many people in the Tohoku area of Japan. On this day 3 years ago at exactly 2.46pm we had one of the most powerful earthquakes to ever hit Japan, followed by the devastating tsunami. Around 20,000 people lost their lives that day…old and young…men, women and children. Those of us who were here that day will never ever forget. People have moved on but the memories will always be deep. Tomorrow will be a tough one for many who lost loved ones…and the many who are still living in temporary housing or have not been able to go back to their homes or towns. So…wherever you are in the world…please think of Japan and the pain that is still so fresh for so many. Just a few photos I took in the days, weeks and months after the disaster…because it is so important not to forget!!

It was a pleasure to meet Cecile Pineda, the author of “Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step y Step”, an insightful perspective on the the nuclear disaster of March 11, 2011 and its impact on the world today and into the future. In her book, she talks about the “problem of living on a contaminated planet”. Join Cecile, at a breakfast reading of her book on:

Sunday, March 16, 2014
9:30am
First Unitarian Universalist Church
San Francisco
Martin Luther King Room
1187 Franklin St.
San Francisco

For more information, goto:
http://www.cecilepineda.com

The Truth and Reality of Fukushima Oct 19, 2013

The No Nukes Action Committee presented “The Truth and Reality of Fukushima” on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California. Speakers included Umi Hagitani, Chizu Hamada presenting a message from Hiroaki Koide of Research Reactor Institute, Kyoto University, Japan, Dr. Robert Gould, Physician for Social Responsibility, Assistant Professor Masaki Shimoji, Hannan University in Osaka, Japan. The film “How Nuclear Power was brought to Japan” was shown as well as a musical performance by Cyclub Band.
For more information, goto: http://www.nonukesaction.wordpress.com or http://www.fukushimaresponse.org

Umi Hagitani – No Nukes Action Committee

Umi Hagitani, a member of the No Nukes Action Committee participates in the “Fukushima is Here” human mural at Ocean Beach, San Francisco. The goal is to raise awareness of the continued radiation leakage from the Fukushima Daiichi power plant and the need to lobby for testing of our air, water, soil and food. For more information, goto: fukushimaresponse.org, or nonukesaction.wordpress.com