Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Understanding Japanese

Once again, Japanese people have awed the world with their extreme professionalism and calm. One parent posted a snapshot showing 6 daycare teachers sit around his son in a circle, with cushion in hand, ready to cover his son if a big aftershock came, while he was walking an 18km commute to pick him up.

A Chinese Central Television Station crew was interviewing a Japanese family when the quake struck. They were seen from the footage fled away immediately without saying a word. There was also a video showing a Japanese TV crew interviewing a local family in a separate event. When the first shake came, the reporter was seen impromptu jumped on his interviewee to cover him with his own body. Japanese people's dedication to their job is simply beyond admirable.

On the other side, it had also been revealed the operator of the melting down nuclear power plant had repeated issue with fixing records. They were caught repeatedly of hiding accident from the public, and modified records of dangerous steam release for 38 times, even after audit revealed problem with its safety record. After the disaster struck, they repeatedly brushed off any suggestion that there could be any issue with the safety of the plant. They even refused an initial offer from the US for cooling assistance.

In the past four days, the situation at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant deteriorated steadily. However, each time it was noticed or detected by outsiders. Still, every time the operators would vowed to assure the plant was safe, and that what would have happened the next day would not.

So how to put the two sharply contradicting faces together, the professionalism and dedication and absolute unblushing lies? Ill placed loyalty to a preset goal programmed ordinary Japanese to extraordinary personalities. The same people who can sacrifice themselves for a stranger in the blink of an eye are capable of sacrificing any other people without raising an eyebrow.

Friday, March 11:
15:00 Earthquake followed by tsunami
Japanese government announced affected nuclear power stations had been shut down and safe. Emergency plan to bring in coolant and backup battery from the US was struck as the government assured the public nothing to concern.

Saturday, March 12:
No. 3 reactor of the Fukushima power plant lost its containment building to a powerful explosion caught on aired cameras;
Japanese government admitted there had been cooling problem, but stressed there were not 'meltdown'.

Sunday, March 13:
Radioactivity were detected from crew flying rescue missions from the USS Reagan. The 7th Fleet was ordered to back down to safety distance from Japanese shore;
Japanese government blamed the power company's slow reporting, but attested to the intact of the reactor vessel after the explosion, which was made of think steel.

Monday, March 14:
No. 1 reactor of the Fukushima Power Plant exploded with huge black smokes.
Japanese government acknowledged there were cooling issue with yet another reactor, No. 2. However, the government claimed the explosion of Reactor No. 1 damaged the wall of No. 2 building, therefore released thread from pressure building up.
21:00 Neutron emission detected around the damaged power plant, an indication that the shutdown might not be completed for whatever reason.

Tuesday, March 15:
Highly radioactive steams was released directly to the atmosphere through a new valve.

We wish all Japanese people well.

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