Fukushima - it's astonishing to me how after Chernobyl and now Fukushima, there is this loud chorus from various sources saying "nuclear energy is safe" - particularly when I read things like this:
"Only trace amounts of the toxic substance [plutonium] have been detected. The highest level found so far - 0.54 becquerals per kg of soil - is not considered harmful. Most people have some plutonium in their bodies from atmospheric and underwater nuclear tests and some pacemakers are powered by plutonium.
"Plutonium-239, the type of plutonium most abundant in reactors, has a half-life of 24,200 years. It is not readily absorbed by the body but what is absorbed, stays put, irradiates surrounding tissue and is carcinogenic."
Okay - so they haven't found much of it - but I would prefer none of that very nasty material at all! Anyway - I sure hope the toxic mess at Fukushima will be brought under control and cleaned up soon!
Here are a few video clips from earlier in the week:
Tokyo to Shinjuku at Night - Chuo Line Right Side - (110329-1950)
Riding a Chuo Line train from Tokyo to Shinjuku at night - looking out the right side of the train.
Darker than Usual Takadanobaba Station - (110329-1445)
A look at a darker than usual Takadanobaba Station - Seibu, JR, and Tozai lines.
Boarding Tozai Line at Takadanobaba Station - (110329-1452)
Boarding a Tozai Line train at Takadanobaba Station - which has many of its usual lights turned off.
Otemachi to Ginza via Nihonbashi (Tozai and Ginza Lines) - (110329-1507)
Going from Otemachi to Ginza via Nihonbashi Station on the Tozai and Ginza Lines.
Walking Along Ginza Chuo-Dori - (110329-1516)
Walking along Chuo-Dori (the main street) in Ginza.
Opening an Original Door in the Okuno Building - (110329-1831)
Opening an original door in the Okuno Building and listening to the sound/music it makes.
At Machida Masayuki Exhibition (町田昌之 at 小野画廊) - (110329-1923)
Looking around while at Machida Masayuki's (町田昌之) exhibition at Ono Gallery (小野画廊).
Walking Through Tokyo Station - (110329-1947)
Looking around while walking through Tokyo Station.
Shinjuku Street Musicians - Omoide-Yokocho, Etc. - (110329-2149)
Walking along beside the west side of Shinjuku Station - stumbling upon a pair of street musicians, and then having a look at Omoide-Yokocho, etc.
Lyle (Hiroshi) Saxon