Oh well, it's night now and I'm old and Megumi is taking good care of me:
I explored Tokyo today and it looked almost normal. Except that I think I saw some snow flurries. It is cold, meaning it is colder at Fukushima/Tohoku.
So where is Japan at this crucial moment? Let me toss out my top ten:
2. That Fukushima plutonium #3 reactor is getting out of control, and all my friends and family are telling me to get back to Hawaii. But winds today are pushing the Fukushima radioactive junk to Hawaii, not Tokyo. So maybe my Nagasaki sojourn makes some geographical sense.
4. Itate (Fukushima) was at 10.5 microsieverts yesterday, and is up to 15 today. There is a definite upwards trend.
5. By the way, the tsunami at Fukushima reached (not amplitude, but run-off) 14 meters (46 feet), but the reactors were protected for for less than 6 meters.
6. The current Japanese permissible industrial radiation dosage today is 12 times that of France.
7. The latest cost of this disaster in Japan is up to $309 billion. Katrina damage could have been $250 billion, although many think this is an exaggeration. The National Hurricane Center has indicated that the total should be $81 billion, The Great Chile Earthquake and Tsunami of 2010 reported insurance damage at $225 million, yes, MILLION, although industrial losses are up to $10 billion.
8. A dozen world cartels control nuclear energy. They are only perfecting their strategy. As much as my HuffPo tri#ed to nail the coffin on fission power, don't believe me. Do something about this, please.
9. That same "6" link indicates that nuclear power is declining: from up to 17% in 2005 to 14% today.
10. When there is a very hot summer, nuclear power plants need to scale back production because they are limited by cooling water. In the heat wave of 2003, Electricite de France had to buy power from the European Spot Market. In 2006, Germany, Spain and and France had to do the same.
Cast aside the above for the next few minutes. Life remains worth living. I had a great brunch this morning:
I started with a grand green salad with bacon soup and a cream corn and potato soup, yes, two soups. Then followed with a salmon and mushroom combo, white fish with cabbage, penne pasta with marinara sauce, assorted steamed vegetables and a purple rakkyo with red pickled turnip...and mashed potato. All this with freshly squeezed orange juice and brown Japanese tea. Mind you, this is breakfast at the Westin Tokyo.