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15th March 2011

For those who are unaware, there has been a tremendous tragedy in Japan which first began with a massive Earthquake which triggered a serious Tsunami. As a result of these events, there has been a series of nuclear disasters at Japanese nuclear facilities. To find up-to-date information on these matters please see any or all of the following links:

The Drudge Report, Infowars, Daily Mail, The Daily Beast, RT, CNN, NHK

As always, readers should take note of the fact that this is a developing situation and therefore reports and updates should be viewed with reasonable skepticism in some instances.

Meanwhile, the Thai government has apparently approved an aid package for the Japanese nation. To quote directly from PeopleDaily.com:

The cabinet on Monday approved a 200 million baht (6.6 million U.S. dollars) budget for providing assistance to victims of the earthquake and subsequent tsunamis that have devastated northeast Japan.

In its weekly meeting, the cabinet resolved to send 10,000 tons of Jasmine rice and 5,000 tons of glutinous rice to Japan, a team of medical personnel and medical supplies.

Those reading this blog are well advised to click on the above hyperlink in order to read this story further. The United States of America also appears to be undertaking efforts to assist in relieving the situation in Japan. To quote directly from the Wall Street Journal’s website WSJ.com:

The U.S. military on Tuesday expanded its earthquake relief efforts in Japan, sending equipment to help firefighting efforts at the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear-power plant and deploying troops to assist humanitarian relief and search and rescue efforts.

The administration of this blog encourages readers to click on the above link to read the Wall Street Journal’s article further. The United States and Japan have been close allies in Asia for over 50 years and this crisis may prove to be another example of the close American-Japanese relationship.

Concurrently, in the United States there appears to have been a rush to obtain various forms of iodine supplements as some are noting that compound’s possible usage as a preventative for some ailments which could arise as a result of exposure to some radioactive particles. To quote directly from the NBC Bay Area website NBCBayArea.com:

The fear that a nuclear cloud could float from the shores of Japan to the shores of California has some people making a run on iodine tablets. Pharmacists across California report being flooded with requests…

There appears to have been some disagreement regarding the advisability of iodine as a preventative measure, but the article noted above went on to point out that the United States Surgeon General made comments on this issue:

U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin was in the Bay Area touring a peninsula hospital. NBC Bay Area reporter Damian Trujillo asked her about the run on tablets and Dr. Benjamin said although she wasn’t aware of people stocking up, she did not think that would be an overreaction. She said it was right to be prepared.

Those reading this blog are encouraged to click on any of the links above to read these articles further and to research further information regarding the developing situation in Japan.

To view the official website of the US Embassy in Japan please click HERE.


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