Asia

Japanese government not giving "straight story" on dumping radioactive water into ocean, physician says

“We’re not getting the straight story from the government,”  Jeff Patterson, past president of Physicians for Social Responsibility, said about Japan's dumping of radioactive water from a quake-...

Fukushima radiation leak and government response causes anxiety in Japan

An email from a Tokyo resident from last week revealed the level of anxiety some Japanese are feeling regarding the information flow from the government about radiation contamination from the...

Doctors express "deep concern" about Fukushima impacts on Canada

How do we know how much radiation is reaching Canada from Fukushima? Physicians for Global Survival asked, in a press release today.  They added that physicians for Global Survival "would like...

Japan Earthquake Benefit: an evening of readings and performances

The BC Japan Earthquake Fund and the Asian Canadian Studies Society invites you to an evening of poetry, fiction, performance, with some of Vancouver's finest writers: Daphne Marlatt, Joanne...

Water markets wreak havoc in Australia

The New York Times “Green” blog recently waded into the issue of how to allocate water in times of scarcity.   The post looks at whether the experiences of Australia, including water...

Increased thyroid cancer from radiation upsurge not expected here...for now

Many government agencies have correctly stated that there now seems to be minimal preventable risk to North Americans from an airborne radioactive iodine release from a Japanese power plant.  ...

On CBC's The Current, Ruth Ozeki's prayer for Japan and the world

Author, filmmaker and Zen priest Ruth Ozeki gave a very moving prayer for Japan- and the world-on CBC Radio's The Current on March 21.  The full show is available here. (Ruth speaks at...

Japanese radiation impact hits local importers and specialty food stores

Bob Matsuyama, owner of Angel Seafoods, a major Vancouver-based distributor of Japanese seafood and food supplies, says the radiation scare in Northeastern Japan could affect the foods that Canadians...

Destroyed by nature, saved by nature: my home in earthquake-ravaged Japan

It took five days to get in touch with my loved ones in my hometown, Matsuyama, a small town in Northeast Japan with a population about under 7,000, which was shaken by the awful earthquake. I could...

One Canadian not leaving Japan despite radiation dangers

Despite the turmoil in Japan with the threat of nuclear fallout at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, one Canadian residing in Japan says he isn't ready to flee. "I’ve been keeping an eye on the...