The image above is me on the top of Mount Fuji shortly after the sunrise. Note the gloves and hat – even in early September, when it’s hot and humid at ground level, its cold with a nasty wind chill factor on the top of Fuji-san, even after sunrise. It didn’t stop me getting sunburned on the way down though! You can see more photos of that trek here on my other site Tokyo Tales 365.
This blog will mostly cover themes that occur within my book ‘Fukushima and the coming Tokyo Earthquake: and what it world mean for a fragile world economy’. These include aspects of Japanese culture such as the ‘group mentality’ and conformism, denial, and evasion of taking responsibility. Other themes will include Japans bureaucracy, how Japan started to develop nuclear technology, involvement of the yakuza in clean up operations, earthquakes and tsunami, rebuilding work along the Tohoku coast, fears about radiation levels, citizens returning and being forced to return to contaminated areas near the ruined Dai-ichi plant.
Other themes will talk about Tokyo, both past and present, Japans economy and aging society, the consequences of a large quake hitting the capital, both nationally and internationally.
A third area that will be explored is energy requirements worldwide as oil becomes scarce, the future of nuclear power, renewable energy, global warming and the effects of fossil fuel usage, particularly oil.
In most cases this blog will cover new developments related to these themes. Occasionally I’ll introduce Japanese themes that are unrelated to those in the book, but may be of interest to those with an interest in Japan. The ‘Bubble Era’ or the sarin gas attacks for example. If this of interest to you be sure to bookmark this site.
If you have question or would like to know more about one of these topics feel free to contact me.