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Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction Opens Today!!

On 20 December 2013, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution to hold the 3rd World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction from 14 to 18 March 2015 in Sendai, Japan, outlining the modalities for the preparations of the… 276 more words

Reflecting on 3.11 and 3.12 Into 314

It has been four years since the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011. The disaster began after the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant suffered a series of meltdowns in three of its six reactors, following the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami which led to over 16,000 deaths. 798 more words

March 2015

We pray at the window of Japan

I painted while listening to the unfolding events at Fukushima in 2010. This was somewhat like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic because radiation was already speeding across the northern sky. 100 more words

Hacker science versus closed science

My article “Risk Communication surrounding the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster: An Anthropological Approach” was cited in a study titled “Hacker science versus closed science: building environmental monitoring infrastructure”, written by researchers Akiko Hemmi and Ian Graham at University of Edinburgh. 233 more words


Governance and Risk Communication in Fukushima

Spread along a narrow meandering highway in Fukushima Prefecture known as National Road 288, Miyakoji village has a population of 3,128. The main part of town concentrates a post office, a fire department, a library, a kindergarten, three elementary schools, a junior high school, a supermarket, a health center, a clinic, various shops, and even a taxi company. 162 more words


Don't panic! Fukushima radiation just hit the West Coast

Nuclear energy gives plenty of people the heebie-jeebies: Like horror-movie ghosts and ancestral curses, you can’t see or feel or smell it, but it can still kill you.  542 more words

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