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Disaster budget gets OK
Japan Times - May 1, 2011 

The first extra budget for fiscal 2011, which is aimed at rebuilding areas devastated by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, cleared the Lower House on Saturday, paving the way for its enactment this week. The 4.02 trillion yen first supplementary budget is expected to be enacted Monday with the backing of both the ruling coalition and opposition parties, as a House of Representatives preliminary session endorsed it following its passage in the chamber's Budget Committee on Saturday morning. (Japan Times)
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(Stroll among the wreckage: A woman and two of her granddaughters walk among
piles of debris in Onagawa, Miyagi Prefecture, on Saturday. Lifelines have been
restored in the area, but the nursery school the girls attend remains closed.)

Japan prime minister's nuclear adviser resigns
AFP - Apr 29, 2011

【原発】内閣官房参与が辞意 政府の事故対応批判(11/04/30)

A senior nuclear adviser to Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan submitted his resignation on Friday, saying the government had ignored his advice and failed to follow the law. Toshiso Kosako, a Tokyo University professor who was named last month as an advisor to Kan, said the government had only taken ad hoc measures to contain the crisis at the crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant. In a tearful press conference, he said the government and its commissions had taken "flexible approaches" to existing laws and regulations, and ignored his advice after he was named an advisor on March 16. (AFP)

One big obstacle to Japan's recovery? trash
telegraph.co.uk - Apr 29, 2011
In Kesennuma, garbage covers much of the city, particularly in the harbor. Some baseball fields and parks nearby have been converted into areas where cranes can sort through the debris.
(In Kesennuma, garbage covers much of the city, particularly in the harbor. Some baseball fields
and parks nearby have been converted into areas where cranes can sort through the debris.)

Last month's earthquake and tsunami have left Japan with a massive trash problem. In many parts of the country's affected coastline, there's literally nothing left but mud and debris. On the outskirts of the seaside city of Kesennuma, what was once a baseball field and park has been turned into at least two football fields' worth of garbage, piled 15 feet high. Bulldozers are going through it all. There are aluminum siding, school desks, bits of carpet. The stench can be detected from blocks away - it smells a little bit like rotting fish. This is but a tiny fraction of Japan's tsunami-related debris. The disasters made junkyards of entire cities and created the equivalent of 16 years' worth of waste. (telegraph.co.uk)

Japanese volunteers spend normally festive holiday week helping out in tsunami disaster zone
Canadian Press - Apr 30, 2011

Dozens of volunteers donned white disposable jumpsuits, rubber boots and hard hats at the 370-year-old Jionin Buddhist temple cemetery Friday, sacrificing holiday time to help shovel away layers of tsunami mud and debris. Others did more intricate work, tenderly wiping dirt off Buddhist statues and stone carvings. It's not the way out-of-towners normally spend the start of the so-called Golden Week holiday, when Japanese commonly leave big cities to visit their home towns, take hot spring vacations or travel abroad. But after last month's earthquake and tsunami decimated northeastern coastal towns and left an estimated 26,000 Japanese either dead or missing, these are not normal times. (Canadian Press)

Dalai Lama tells Japan to look to future
AFP - Apr 30, 2011

(Some 3,000 followers and spectators came to the Tokyo temple to hear the Dalai Lama)

The Dalai Lama offered a renewed prayer for disaster-hit Japan Friday, and urged the nation to look to the future. "What I can do is to pray and offer my sincere condolences to the victims," he said on his first visit to Japan since the nation's biggest recorded earthquake and tsunami ravaged the northern Pacific coastline on March 11. The disaster left more than 25,000 dead or missing and crippled a nuclear power plant, which has been releasing radioactive materials into the environment and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands living nearby. (AFP)

Weather chief draws flak over plea not to release radiation forecasts
AP - May , 2011

The chief of the Meteorological Society of Japan has drawn flak from within the academic society over a request for member specialists to refrain from releasing forecasts on the spread of radioactive substances from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. In the request posted March 18 on the society's website, Hiroshi Niino, professor at the University of Tokyo, said such forecasts, which he says carry some uncertainty, "could jumble up information about the government's antidisaster countermeasures unnecessarily." (AP)

By JS on May 3, 2011

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