The digital artist and painter hopes to make a lasting impression on Canadians by organizing next month’s To Japan with Love art show, a fundraising exhibition of posters by 13 Canadian artists, created to support residents from Japan’s northeastern coast who are still struggling with the aftermath of the high-magnitude quake and the tsunami that followed. (Proceeds from the sales will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross.)
“What happened in Japan isn’t necessarily going to stop once the media stops reporting about it,” Nakanishi says. The Japanese-Canadian artist says it will probably take more than five years to fix the quake’s damage. “Before, horrible images were being shown on these news stations. It’s hard not to have compassion for people in Japan, but very quickly you shift to whatever else is current.”
Photos of the day, April 12, 2011 A volunteer cleans a family photo that was washed by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami as baby photos are placed to dry at a volunteer centre in Ofunato, Iwate prefecture, April 12, 2011. (REUTERS/Toru Hanai)
Japan ranks Fukushima on par with Chernobyl Japan put its nuclear calamity on a par with the world’s worst nuclear disaster, Chernobyl, on Tuesday after new data showed that more radiation leaked from its earthquake-crippled power plant in the early days of the crisis than first thought.
Tsunami warning lifted after 7.4 quake rattles Japan TOKYO — A strong earthquake of magnitude 7.4 shook the northeast of Japan late on Thursday, and a tsunami warning was issued for the coast already devastated by last month’s massive quake and the tsunami that crippled a nuclear power plant.
No damage from Thursday’s quake was detected at the plant and NHK said workers had been evacuated without reports of any injuries.
Japan is struggling to bring the Fukushima Daiichi plant under control after the March 11 quake and tsnumai, which killed, or left missing, about 28,000 people.
Photos of the day The Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant is seen in the early morning hours March 28, 2011 in Middletown, Pennsylvania. Demonstrators gathered at the 32nd annual vigil in remembrance of the disaster at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant, to remember the accident, in which Unit #1’s core melted down on March 28, 1979. This year’s vigil was dedicated to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. (Photo Jeff Fusco/Getty Images)
Photos of the day, March 21, 2011 This picture taken on March 11, 2011 by Sadatsugu Tomizawa and released via Jiji Press on March 21, 2011 shows tsunami waves hitting the coast of Minamisoma in Fukushima prefecture. The number of people confirmed dead or listed as missing in Japan neared 22,000, 10 days after a massive earthquake and tsunami struck the country’s northeast coast. (SADATSUGU TOMIZAWA/AFP/Getty Images)
Troubled Japanese nuclear plant had spotty record When the massive tsunami smacked into Fukushima Daiichi, the nuclear power plant was stacked high with more uranium than it was originally designed to hold and had repeatedly missed mandatory safety checks over the past decade
Japan battles nuclear, humanitarian crisis Japan battled a nuclear and humanitarian crisis Friday, with engineers working to restore power to a stricken power plant in what the UN’s top atomic expert said was a ‘race against time’
Photos of the day, March 17, 2011 Yoshikatsu Hiratsuka, 66, cries in front of his collapsed house with his mother still missing, possibly buried in the rubble, at Onagawa town in Miyagi prefecture on March 17, 2011. (YOMIURI SHIMBUN/AFP/Getty Images)
In Japan they have a name: The Fukushima 50. A coterie of nuclear plant employees — some reports indicate 50, others suggest four working rotations of 50 — who stayed behind while 700 of their co-workers were evacuated from the stricken Fukushima-Daiichi facility on the Japanese coast.
Five have been killed. Two are missing. Twenty-one have been injured in a struggle where, in the words of Japan’s Prime Minister Naoto Kan, “retreat is unthinkable.”
The men understand the stakes. They know there is no turning back. One worker told a departing colleague he was prepared to die — that it was his job. Another informed his wife he wouldn’t be coming home anytime soon. Read the rest.