Saturday, 6 July 2013
Excalibur is back from its tour of Japan, and once more ready to take up the sword. Our report from the disaster zone, for early July 2013, is as follows.
The crisis at the stricken Fukushima # 1 nuclear plant is far from over, as TEPCO's efforts at preventing further seawater contamination seemed destined to failure. Tests have showed frighteningly high levels of strontium-90 at a monitoring well 27 meters from the seashore.
Strontium in groundwater soars
The politician's sound trucks have taken to the streets again - blasting public areas with propaganda at deafening volumes - because the Upper House election (following May's Lower House election) will take place later in July. Many Japan-watchers are predicting that if the incumbent party wins, proving that there is no longer any effective opposition to them, then Prime Minster Abe will get to work on his real agenda - the dismantling of international ties and the revision of all school textbooks describing Japan's aggressive role in World War II.
The campaigning intensifies
Suffering Fukushima residents ignored by national politicians
Abe also has his sights on the National Constitution, and this detailed article by Colin P A Jones outlines the proposed changes.
The LDP charter; things to come (link not available - article released July 2)
In other corruption news, the verdict has been returned on the executives who carried out the Olympus fraud scandal. Did they go to prison? Did they ****.
Olympus criminals avoid prison
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to be continued.