Tag Archives: Japan

July 17

Nuclear plant at Fukushima leaking since 2011

WASHINGTON, July 12, 2013 — The Japanese nuclear power plant at Fukushima is thought to have been leaking contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean for the past two years, according to Japan’s Nuclear Regulation Authority. The announcement came after experts from Japan’s nuclear regulator analyzed readings of radiation levels in the waters surrounding the plant. Continue […]

Shogun, James Clavell

***** Shogun Asian Saga #3 Author: James Clavell First Edition: 1975 Original language: English Summary: It is 1598 and John Blackthorne is the English pilot of the Dutch vessel, Erasmus.  Running from enemies in South American waters, Blackthorne becomes the first English pilot to reach Japan after a seemingly hopeless two-year voyage across the Pacific. […]

August 19

Aokigahara, Japan’s Suicide Forest

From my column in The Washington Times Communities WASHINGTON, August 19, 2012 – Aokigahara forest is unusually dark, quiet, and still.  The vegetation is extremely dense; the numerous trees block out most of the light, even in the middle of the day.  The trees also block the wind, and there is little wildlife to be seen or […]