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In regard to the situation in Japan, I am spending too too much time reading whatever I can google and watching tv feeds.

I want specific hard good information on the situation but the media is filled with good intentioned sad stories on the damage from the quake/tsunami. Where is real information on the status of the roads / trains / food supply / refugees.

I want the real specific status of the nukes, and the media is filling the void of real info from TEPCO with speculation and ominous and confusing images.

If I could functionally read Japanese, I suspect it would only a little bit better.

Clear concise accurate information is a limited commodity in the information age. <= another uninformative homily
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al_zorra From: al_zorra Date: March 17th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am in the same situation.

For some reason many people feel the need to be patronizing and condescending regarding my frustrations of not knowing what's really happening, while, of course, implying they do know, but not sharing. You know what I'm sayin'?

Did you see the reportage in the WaPo this AM, which says the Japanese survivors and evacuees are feeling worse than frustrated, running out of patience, as their government isn't telling them or doing anything that is clear either?

Love, C.
From: wrayb Date: March 17th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
very painful. Those most frustrated are those who are isolated and at risk. Though I expect relatives and friends of those most at risk who are currently in Tokyo will soon make themselves heard.
From: snakesinspace Date: March 17th, 2011 03:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am not in Tokyo or northern Japan, I am far south. I can say here it is business as usual here.

You will find the truth on Twitter from both Japanese people (posting and translating in English) and foreigners.

My husband retweets many people sharing good information on panic, food, roads, trains. You can spread out to other users from there:


Sorry for the edit, typoed his username.

The big problem is at the beginning the Japanese government was just sharing what TEPCO said at face value, which I assumed they were doing. They are now figuring out that was not such a good idea but they are still too timid to just say what the truth is, even if it is "we do not know".

Edited at 2011-03-17 03:48 pm (UTC)
From: wrayb Date: March 17th, 2011 03:57 pm (UTC) (Link)


My ex in-laws are in Fukushima, directly west about 40-50 miles of the Dai-ichi reactors.
From: snakesinspace Date: March 17th, 2011 04:06 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: thanks

Have you heard from them? I hope that they are ok!!

I know in Tokyo they have food and the trains are mostly working. People are hoarding certain items and depending on where you are it can be difficult to get things.

Further north things seem to be more difficult and people are depending on rescue opperations while waiting because the government is telling them to. Husband has students with family in Saitama, which is not as far north as Fukushima, they say things are ok there but the trains are on a sporadic schedule with times changing and trains being cancelled early wihtout warning. His students, from talking with family up north, seem to think Fukushima's west is ok, but the east not so much?
From: wrayb Date: March 17th, 2011 04:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: thanks

They are near Koriyama, which I read was where many of the initial evacuees were sent. Since they are my ex-'s parents, my only info comes through the Teen. Initial earthquake broke windows in their place. Some people in the area hurt by falling objects. Last I heard local medical facilities are overwhelmed or not functioning. I know that my ex- would like to either go there or get them to Tokyo, hence my desire to know the state of the highways or trains.
From: snakesinspace Date: March 17th, 2011 04:36 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: thanks

Here is the current running percentage of the trains in that part of Japan (in English):


If you can figure out the route Koriyama is on this page will tell you if the train line is opperational.
From: snakesinspace Date: March 17th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: thanks

Had husband look it up, the shinkansen from tokyo station to koriyama is the tohoku, and according to the link I gave you above it runs every two hours?
From: snakesinspace Date: March 17th, 2011 04:43 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: thanks

Re-checked, that line stops before koriyama at nasushibara due to the earthquake, two stops before koriyama. After that it would have to be a bus (if they are running) or drive 65 km to koriyama.
From: wrayb Date: March 18th, 2011 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: thanks

Yes. Spoke with the Teen tonight (who is fluent and directly in touch with his g'parents. No general transportation in or out. The have a car but getting up in age so them driving to Tokyo is not easy option. And thank you for the links.
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