Well the 9.0 earthquake/tsunami/nuclear disaster of March the 11th has become a very B.C./A.D. kind of event. To me it feels that important and that traumatic for the country.
From my view on the street level, I think we are starting to see the effects on the general population now. People are starting to “tune out” the “bad” news recently. It can be seem very clearly on TV, as I blogged earlier. The TV channels are showing as much normal programming as they possibly can. The problem is, nothing is “Normal” anymore. I will come out and say it straight, life is not going to be “Normal in Japan for a long time.”
I call a lot of friends in Tokyo to get a sense of the vibe down there and it is not good. People are stressed for sure. I can tell on the phone. They are trying to act normal and operate as if the world is working like it always did, B. 9.0 But lets face it, you can’t buy bottled water anywhere, tofu, natto and frozen foods as well. Gasoline is rationed, there are daily blackouts, everybody now knows words like milliservient and becquerel and Disney Land is closed! Things are not normal.
The people who are living in shelters and schools, and those on the cusp of Fukushima Daiichi, I am sure they are not tuning out the news. Why? because they ARE the news. You can’t tune out the devastation they are seeing right outside. They are just struggling to survive each day.
Yesterday, I saw a report about a small island off the coast that lost all connection with the main island for a week after the Tsunami. The whole population there survived on rain water collected from an empty swimming pool for over a week. They never got a single shipment of aid for that whole week and never even a mention on the news. They don’t have the luxury of ignoring the problems facing Japan today.
So now I am starting to wonder if Japan really has what it takes to make the changes necessary for Japan to survive in this new future or what I will now call A.9.0 (after 9.0).
Here is a good example. A short story from the LA Times.
By Rong-Gong Lin II, Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2011, 3:19 p.m.
Japanese officials are considering introducing daylight saving time to help cope with severe power shortages that likely will last for months.
Japan has resisted daylight saving time for nearly 60 years, dumping the practice after the U.S. occupation ended. While Japanese politicians have attempted to bring back daylight saving time in recent years, skeptics have feared it would just keep workers in their offices longer.
But according to Kyodo News agency, Japanese industry minister Banri Kaieda said bringing back daylight saving time may help avoid major blackouts in the summer, when energy consumption peaks because of scorching temperatures.
Kaieda also suggested other policy changes that could bring discomfort to people, according to Kyodo. He suggested raising electricity charges on households and extending workers’ summer vacations — a practice that could be difficult for a society known for a strong work ethic.
The first sentence “Japanese Officials are considering”
There should be absolutely no considering in this matter! Japan must restart using Daylight Savings Time! It is of the utmost importance. There are daily blackouts in Tokyo NOW in the early spring when it is still cold. What do you think is going to happen in summer when every one turns on their air conditioning. Japan must adopt Daylight Saving Time, no debate, no bullshit. This is the greatest opportunity to instigate positive change for the future that Japan may ever have, please don’t miss it.
These are the kind of things that evacuated and homeless people don’t have the time to be thinking out. This is the kind of thing that everyone outside of the affected areas need to be working on and thinking about. I am sure they will all be happy with an extra hour of daylight as they try to rebuild their homes and their lives this summer, don’t you agree?
Now here is another article worth reading
Wall Street Journal
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