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Two years on from Japan Tsunami, but the media has already lost interest…




Today, March 11th, marks the two year anniversary of Japan earthquake & Tsunami. I thought I could watch any documentary or big news coverage or something, but disappointedly I haven’t seen anything substantial, other than 1-2 minute coverage of the memorial ceremony.

I thought I might have missed something and checked today’s TV guide, but there is no listing on main TV channels (BBC1,2,3,4, ITV, Channel 4, Five). Even on Panorama or Dispatches, both current affairs documentary programs aired today, they talk about “America’s Gun Addiction” and “Undercover Designer Dogs”. I have been watching BBC news 24 for over  an hour now but zero coverage.

So I quickly checked the newspaper website, to see if the newspapers deal with the issue. BBC news ‘world’ section, the Times, the Independent don’t talk about it at all on the first page which is the most important page of the web.


ガーディアン紙は、中心の「Top stories」にはないが、左上の「Latest(最新)」欄に記事あり。

Not on the ‘Top stories’, but the guardian mentions it on the top of the ‘Latest’ section on the left.



Telegraph shows a series of photos of Fukushima but not the news coverage, all the way down, lower than Jim Carrey!

Daily Mail

デーリーメールは、右欄「world news」に記載はあるが、写真なし。

Daily Mail lists the news on the ‘world news’ column on the right, but without photo to stand out.


It is not only UK, but also in other countries, too. I checked the Google News site of several major countries, but the result was more or less the same. On UK edition (below top), the news is not one of the most read topics, neither on US, Canada, Germany, and France edition. But surprisingly ‘Fukushima’ is the most read news on Italian edition (below second), and 6th on Spanish edition  (below second), for some strange reason. 

Google UK

Google IT   Google ES



UK media has been talking about 9/11 every year since 2001 and 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami for several years, so I had some hope to see some coverage about Japan Tsunami as well. But sadly it was very little, and they seems to have forgotten (or downplay, according to M) about the Tsunami and earthquakes that killed over 20,000 people. What a difference from the huge media coverage when it happened. Still over 300,000 people are living in the temporary housing, including the evacuees from the vicinity of Fukushima nuclear power plants, and the large part of the areas affected have barely recovered and still long way to go back to normal. Radiation is still leaking from the nuclear power plants and is causing fear among many people. I don’t think the world should care about this incident only, but they can remember a bit of it, at least on the day of anniversary…



How to Help Japan Earthquake Victims from UK

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↓ 以下は今日集めた支援情報です。その他の支援については昨日のブログもご参照ください。

Today a giant clock placed in Trafalgar Square started counting down 500 days until the start of the London Olympics (BBC news 1), and 6.6 million Olympic tickets became available this morning (BBC news 2). But when I think about the victims of Japan Tohoku earthquake and Tsunami, I am not in a mood at all to celebrate all these Olympic stuffs. The media coverage is still big here in UK, as problems at nuclear power stations haven’t been solved yet. However, strangely the media rarely talks about help that ordinary people can do, rather than official aid from each country. I think I saw more TV commercials and newspaper ads, as well as information for charity on news programs for Haiti earthquake and Boxing Day Tsunami. On the other hand, I feel like Americans, including celebs, are more supportive and helpful, and more information for aids in the US – probably because USA and Japan are important allies.

There are many Japanese living in UK, trying to help the victims, not only donating to charities, but also organizing charity events and concerts, fundraising on a street, exchanging support information on local web community boards and SNS such as facebook and Mixi (Japan’s largest SNS community). The video above was taken from BBC London news, covering Japanese students making Origami cranes and fundraising in front of LSE. I wish the circle of support will spread, not only within Japanese community in UK, but also to British public and people from other countries – yes, Japan is the third largest economy in the world and you may think help is unnecessary, but the damage is enormous with astronomical cost or recovery, and the government has huge debt and the country is still in long-lasting recession. Of course Japanese government and people must help with each other too, but I am afraid it is not enough. Many people in the affected areas are elderly as young generation left for bigger cities and can’t afford to pay 30-year morgage, and fishermen and farmers on the coast are not millionaires as well…

↓ Here is additional information for help. Please also check yesterday’s entry for more information.

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