Finally a Japanese parliamentary inquiry has concluded that last year’s nuclear meltdown of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant was “a profoundly man-made disaster — that could and should have been foreseen and prevented.” But this isn’t really news for me. It’s just a delayed official confirmation of a bad and inhuman handling by the Japanese government. I still believe that the Japanese government had the knowledge and capacity at the time, when the disaster happened, to do something about it. At least they could have closed the nuclear plant instead of keeping it alive. More about this topic in this video by Democracy Now!.
Wintertime…. in New York, and I’m missing my Japanese snow monkeys!!! Did you know that the snow monkeys are the most northerly non-human primate in the world? When temperatures drop to below freezing and snow covers their habitat, they spend the winter warming up in the volcanic hot springs called onsenin Japanese. If you have a day to spare on your trip to Tokyo, consider visiting the Jigokudani Monkey Park (地獄谷野猿公苑 Jigokudani Yaen Kōen). The park is located in Yamanouchi (a Northern Nagano Prefecture).