This Sunday will mark one year since the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami, it seems to have come around so quickly. I know many will be glad to put it behind them and move on but there are so many people still suffering and still not getting the help that they need. I am sure in the media there will be a lot of coverage over the next couple of weeks about how far Japan has come, reflections and assessments of how things could have/should have been done differently.
To be honest, I want to bury my head in the sand until it has all passed, the quake and tsunami were bad enough but the whole nuclear incident on top of that was just awful. One year on we are still very careful about where we buy our groceries from, we still have weeks when we leave the supermarket with next to nothing so we end up buying online. In the news this week the Japan dairy Industry Association said they have detected no cesium in 131 milk products, the news article is here. Which is a good thing but I am still skeptical, I would be happier if I knew the milk was being tested at the source, from each farm producing it.
PM Noda is trying to push through getting some of the nuclear reactors re-started, they were shut down shortly after March 11th but all the safety measures have not been fix, if you want to help stop it then you can sign the petition here, overseas signers are welcome too.
If you are looking for a book to help your kids understand the whole nuclear thing, then Perogies & Gyoza have a review of Meltdown!.
Finally, Kathryn posted this link, it is a BBC documentary about the disaster, much of it told through the eyes of child survivors, I wasn't going to watch it but then I got sucked in. I want to hug each and everyone of the kids and my heart breaks for the poor mother who spent months looking for her missing daughter. It is almost an hour long, so make yourself a cuppa or bookmark it to watch when you have a bit more time.