News from Japan has dropped off the radar as more important stories have moved up the USA headline list. I was texting with an acquaintance in Japan as he continued to beat me in Words With Friends. He is an American who lives and teaches in the center of Japan. Roughly 12 hours before there had been another 7.3 earhtqualke, which is not unusual. The nuclear plant was unaffected and most citizen’s took it in stride.
I asked him for an update on the average citizen’s situation after the tsunami and nuclear accident.
He’s worried about radiation exposure in the food his kids are eating. The Japanese government assures their citizen’s of the food supply’s safety. But, as any thinking person would, he doubts the official word. Kids in the Fukushima prefecture have already been found to have radiation exposure. He doesn’t know how far the radiation has spread.
His wish is for a Geiger counter. What?
That caught me a little off guard. Like most people I have a mental list of things I’d like to buy. Like an iPad2 or a bigger Big Screen TV. Geiger counter hasn’t made my list. Has it made yours? His comment made me feel a little guilty for letting the problems of our Japanese friends drop off my personal radar. If you’re feeling content with your life wherever you happen to live around the globe, just remember that in an instant everything could change. I frankly don’t have any answers about what we can do for these folks. If you do, share your thoughts in the comments section at the end of the article.
But I do know I’m at least going to keep them in mind and search the news for what’s going on there. I’ll send some more money to the American Red Cross to supplement their work there in conjunction with the Japanese Red Cross.
Here are a couple of interesting stories I’ve found. Click on the photos to read from the source…
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