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On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi

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By Ryusho Kadota

March eleven, 2011.
The Tōhoku earthquake struck in advance of 3 on a Friday afternoon. large earthquake harm was once via tsunami emerging to heights of forty meters that swept 10km inland, scouring the land of houses, university, groups, and other people. The earthquake and tsunami by myself have been failures of significant share, leading to over 15,000 deaths, over a hundred, 000 constructions destroyed, and fiscal losses anticipated as excessive as $235 billion via the area Bank.

And that used to be merely the typical disaster.

The artifical catastrophe all started an identical day, because the tsunami swept over the seawall of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear strength Plant, flooding the power and destroying a lot of its gear, together with its onsite emergency energy turbines. bring to an end from all exterior energy assets, the reactors and spent fuel-rod assemblies started to overheat.
3 reactors suffered meltdowns. Hydrogen fuel explosions blew aside the outer containment structures on 3 reactors. And the realm watched as Japan struggled to carry the location less than regulate earlier than the worst state of affairs got here to pass.
regardless of additional typical and artifical stumbling blocks, the boys and girls on the plant succeeded of their efforts, progressively bringing the reactors below keep an eye on, restoring strength, and edging again, one inch at a time, from the very breaking point of disaster.

This is their tale, in accordance with large interviews with the folks who fought and gained that conflict, and particularly with Masao Yoshida, the guy who drove all of them to get the task done.
the following eventually is the interior tale of what they confronted, what assets and data that they had to paintings with, and why they made the selections they did.

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The Nature of the Beasts: Empire and Exhibition at the Tokyo Imperial Zoo (Asia: Local Studies / Global Themes)

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By Ian Jared Miller

It is well known that such Western associations because the museum, the collage, and the reformatory formed Japan’s emergence as a contemporary countryside. much less generally well-known is the position performed via the fairly hybrid institution—at as soon as museum, laboratory, and prison—of the zoological backyard. during this eye-opening examine of Japan’s first glossy zoo, Tokyo’s Ueno Imperial Zoological Gardens, opened in 1882, Ian Jared Miller deals a refreshingly unconventional narrative of Japan’s quick modernization and altering courting with the wildlife. because the first zoological backyard on the planet no longer equipped less than the sway of a Western imperial regime, the Ueno Zoo served not just as a staple appeal within the nation’s capital—an institutional marker of nationwide accomplishment—but additionally as a website for the propagation of a brand new “natural” order that was once scientifically verifiable and evolutionarily foreordained. because the jap empire grew, Ueno turned one of many fundamental websites of imperialist spectacle, a microcosm of the empire that may be traveled during a unmarried day. The that means of the zoo may switch over the process Imperial Japan’s unraveling and next Allied career. this present day it continues to be certainly one of Japan’s most often visited locations. yet rather than empire in its vintage political experience, it now bespeaks the ambivalent dominion of the human species over the usual setting, harkening again to its imperial roots whilst it asks us to question our exploitation of the planet’s resources.

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Samurai: The Last Warrior: A History

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By John Man

The foundation for the Jedi knights of <em>Star Wars</em> and the flicks of Akira Kurosawa, the mythical jap samurai have captured smooth imaginations. but with those elite warriors who have been certain by way of a code of honor referred to as Bushido--the method of the Warrior--the fact in the back of the parable proves extra interesting than any fiction. In <em>Samurai</em>, celebrated writer John guy offers a distinct and eye-catching examine their precise background, advised during the lifetime of one guy: Saigo Takamori, identified to many as "the final samurai." In 1877 Takamori led a insurgent military of samurai in a heroic "last stand" opposed to the Imperial eastern military, who sought to finish the "way of the sword" in want of firearms and glossy war. Man's exciting narrative brings to lifestyles the hidden global of the samurai as by no means prior to.

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Managing Women: Disciplining Labor in Modern Japan

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By Elyssa Faison

At the flip of the 20th century, Japan launched into a undertaking to modernize its society and undefined. For the 1st time, younger eastern ladies have been persuaded to depart their households and input the manufacturing facility. Managing ladies focuses on Japan's interwar cloth undefined, reading how manufacturing unit managers, social reformers, and the kingdom created visions of a in particular eastern femininity. Faison reveals that woman manufacturing facility employees have been developed as "women" instead of as "workers" and that this womanly perfect used to be used to increase labor-management practices, inculcate ethical and civic values, and enhance a technique for holding union actions and moves. In an built-in research of gender ideology and ideologies of nationalism and ethnicity, Faison exhibits how this discourse on women's salary paintings either produced and mirrored anxieties approximately women's social roles in smooth Japan.

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Japanese Flowering Cherries

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By Wybe Kuitert

Jap flowering cherries have encouraged gardeners for greater than 12 centuries. They contain either the seven wild species and the loads of kinds and cultivars identified for hundreds of years as sato-zakura, or backyard cherries. This account covers their background and cultural value, clears up long-standing confusions in taxonomy and nomenclature, and offers them in all their beauty.

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Tokyo (City Guide, 9th Edition)

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By Timothy N. Hornyak, Rebecca Milner

“Yoking previous and destiny, Tokyo dazzles with its conventional tradition and keenness for every little thing new. From structure to food, this can be a capital of superlatives.” – Timothy Hornyak, Lonely Planet Writer

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Inside This Book…
Full Color
Pull-out urban Map
125 of the city’s most sensible restaurants
67 museums & galleries
20 soothing scorching springs
2 areas to work out sumo
19-page colour map section
Feature insurance of most sensible sights
Range of making plans tools
In-depth background

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Projected Cities: Cinema and Urban Space (Reaktion Books - Locations)

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By Stephen Barber

During this illuminating and provocative survey, Stephen Barber examines the historic courting among movie and the city panorama. Projected Cities seems with specific concentration on the cinema of Europe and Japan, heavily associated cinematic cultures which were premier within the use of city imagery, to bare parts of tradition, structure and historical past. through interpreting this imagery, specifically at moments of turmoil and experimentation, the writer finds how cinema has used pictures of towns to steer our notion of every thing from heritage to the human physique, and the way cinematic pictures of towns were basic to the ways that the town has been imagined, formulated and remembered. The publication is going directly to examine the effect of media tradition at the prestige of movie and cinema areas, and concludes by means of contemplating electronic renderings of the trendy urban. Projected Cities will entice all readers engaged with the town, movie and modern tradition.

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The Dragon King's Palace: A Novel

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By Laura Joh Rowland

On a whim of the shogun’s mom, a procession has left the sweltering warmth of Edo, certain for the cooler weather of Mount Fuji. between her touring partners are Reiko, the gorgeous spouse of Sano Ichir_, the shogun’s so much Honorable Investigator of occasions, occasions, and other people; Reiko’s good friend Midori, 9 months pregnant; and girl Yanagisawa, the deranged spouse of the shogun’s strong second-in-command. None of them wait for the journey. yet their issues have in simple terms began while their procession is stopped unexpectedly on a abandoned street. the complete retinue is viciously slaughtered and the 4 ladies are certain and brought away, imprisoned through a mysterious kidnapper.

Sano now unearths himself confronted with an important case of his profession. The shogun calls for fast motion, and lower than the specter of loss of life, Sano is pressured to paintings along with his sour enemies---Chamberlain Yanagisawa and Police Commissioner Hoshina.

The ladies are in forthcoming probability, and the supply of a ransom be aware purely complicates matters---forcing either Sano and Reiko to take determined measures. once more, Laura Joh Rowland’s remarkable mixture of heritage and storytelling attracts us right into a luxurious and treacherous world.

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Modern Japan: A Very Short Introduction

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Japan is arguably trendy so much profitable business economic climate, combining nearly unheard of affluence with social balance and obvious concord. eastern items and cultural products--from lively videos and computing device video games to automobiles, semiconductors, and administration techniques--are fed on worldwide. in lots of methods, Japan is an icon of the trendy global, and but it is still whatever of an enigma to many, who see it as a complicated montage of the alien and the known, the traditional and smooth. This Very brief Introduction explodes the myths and explores the truth of contemporary Japan, supplying a concise, enticing, and obtainable examine the background, economic system, politics, and tradition of this attention-grabbing country. It examines what the time period "modern" capacity to the japanese, debunks the suggestion that Japan went via a interval of overall isolation from the realm, and explores the continuity among pre- and post-war Japan. someone concerned about this exciting state will discover a wealth of perception and data in those pages.

About the sequence: Combining authority with wit, accessibility, and elegance, Very brief Introductions supply an creation to a few of life's finest subject matters. Written by means of specialists for the newcomer, they exhibit the best modern brooding about the imperative difficulties and matters in thousands of key subject matters, from philosophy to Freud, quantum thought to Islam

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The Knowledge of Nature and the Nature of Knowledge in Early Modern Japan (Studies of the Weatherhead East Asian In)

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By Federico Marcon

Between the early 17th and the mid-nineteenth century, the sector of typical background in Japan separated itself from the self-discipline of medication, produced wisdom that wondered the conventional spiritual and philosophical understandings of the realm, built right into a approach (called honzogaku) that rivaled Western technological know-how in complexity—and then probably disappeared. Or did it? In The wisdom of Nature and the character of information in Early smooth Japan, Federico Marcon recounts how jap students constructed a cosmopolitan self-discipline of normal heritage analogous to Europe’s yet created independently, with out direct impact, and argues convincingly that jap average heritage succumbed to Western technological know-how no longer as a result of suppression and substitution, as students typically have contended, yet via version and transformation.
           
the 1st book-length English-language research dedicated to the $64000 box of honzogaku, The wisdom of Nature and the character of data in Early glossy Japan will be a vital textual content for historians of eastern and East Asian technological know-how, and a desirable learn for an individual attracted to the advance of technological know-how within the early glossy era.

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