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Materials
  1. Awesome Library in Japanese (Alta Vista Babelfisth)
      Provides online translations of the Web. 7-02

  2. Pictures of Famous Places (PicturesofPlaces.com)
      Provides pictures of many of the tourist spots. 5-02

News
  1. Japan News (JapanTimes.com)
      Provides news stories.

  2. Japanese Newspaper
Papers
  1. -Bullock Donates $1 Million to Japanese Relief (Scoop)
      "Sandra Bullock has donated $1 million to the Red Cross for Japan disaster relief, her rep confirms to Scoop. While other celebrities have made various gestures to encourage donation and raise money, this is the largest known donation made by a celebrity since the 9.0 magnitude earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis."

      "This isn't the first time that Bullock has risen to the occasion charitably. She was honored for her contributions in rebuilding a New Orleans public school after Hurricane Katrina and last year donated $1 million for earthquake victims in Haiti." 03-11

  2. -Japan on "Maximum Alert" (CBS News)
      "The contaminated water has been emitting radiation exposures more than four times the amount the government considers safe for workers and must be pumped out before electricity can be restored to the cooling system."

      "The discovery of plutonium, released from fuel rods only when temperatures are extremely high, confirms the severity of the damage, Nishiyama said."

      "Plutonium is a highly toxic substance which breaks down very slowly, remaining dangerously radioactive for hundreds of thousands of years."

      "Safety officials say the amounts are not a risk to humans but support suspicions that dangerously radioactive water is leaking from damaged nuclear fuel rods ó a worrying development in the race to bring the power plant under control." 03-11

  3. -Mechanics of a Partial Meltdown (New York Times)
      "The difference between a partial meltdown and a full meltdown at a nuclear plant is enormous, both in the degree of damage and in the potential release of radiation, experts in nuclear power said."

      "If a full meltdown were to occur at one of the Japanese reactors ó meaning operators were unable to keep pumping water and the core became completely uncovered ó molten fuel would soon pool on the floor of the pressure vessel. 'The worst case is that the molten mass leaves the vessel and creates a steam explosion,' Mr. Gunderson said. 'That would destroy the containment.' " Arnold Gunderson is "a former nuclear engineer who worked on reactors of the same design as those in Japan." 03-11

  4. Buddhist - Zen Stories
      Provides Zen Buddhist stories. 10-09

  5. Consequences of Japan's Earthquake (Huffington Post)
      "The estimated death toll from Japan's disasters climbed past 10,000 Sunday as authorities raced to combat the threat of multiple nuclear reactor meltdowns and hundreds of thousands of people struggled to find food and water. The prime minister said it was the nation's worst crisis since World War II." 03-11

  6. Estimated Danger from Different Doses of Radiation (XKCD.com)
      Provides estimates. 03-11

  7. History of Sino-Japanese Conflict (Guardian Observer)
      "August 1894: Start of the first Sino-Japanese War. This one-sided conflict was effectively ended when the Chinese northern fleet was destroyed off the mouth of the Yalu river. China was forced to sign the Treaty of Shimonoseki in April 1895, when it ceded Taiwan and other territory to Japan and allowed Korea to become a Japanese protectorate." 4-05

  8. Japan (CountryReports.org)
      Provides a profile by topic, including Economy, Defense, Geography, Government, People, National Anthem, Lyrics and Related Links. Provides a map and a flag. 6-02

  9. Japan Vows to Lead in Fight Against Global Warming (USA Today)
      "Japan aims to play a leading role in the post-Kyoto battle on global warming and will seek the full engagement of the USA and China, the world's top two polluters, officials said Tuesday."

      "Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will ask his cabinet ministers to develop a package of proposals to present to next year's Group of Eight summit of world leaders which Japan will host, they said." 03-07

  10. Japanese Workers Urged to Go Home Early (CNN News)
      "In a country where 12-hour workdays are common, the electronics giant has taken to letting its employees leave early twice a week for a rather unusual reason: to encourage them to have more babies."

      "Japan in the midst of an unprecedented recession, so corporations are being asked to work toward fixing another major problem: the country's low birthrate."

      "At 1.34, the birthrate is well below the 2.0 needed to maintain Japan's population, according to the country's Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare."

      "Analysts say the world's second-largest economy faces its greatest threat from its own social problems, rather than outside forces. And the country desperately needs to make some fixes to its current social and work structures, sociologists say." 01-09

  11. Koizumi, Junichiro (BBC)
      Provides a political profile of the new Prime Minister of Japan. He replaces Yoshiro Mori. leaders and rulers. 5-01

  12. Largest Earthquake in Japan's Recorded History Strikes (CNN News)
      "The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in recorded history struck off the island nation's shore on Friday, collapsing buildings, touching off widespread fires and unleashing walls of water up to 30 feet high." 03-11

  13. Nuclear Release at Fukusima Double Earlier Estimates (The Telegraph)
      "The nuclear fuel in three of the reactors at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant has melted through the base of the pressure vessels and is pooling in the outer containment vessels, according to a report by the Japanese government."

      "In early April, the agency said some 370,000 terabecquerels escaped from the facility. It now believes that figure was 770,000 terabecquerels. One terabecquerel is a trillion becquerels, the standard measure of radiation, while the permissible level of iodine-131 for vegetables and fish is 2,000 becquerels per kilogram." 06-11

  14. Radiation and the Japanese Nuclear Reactors Crisis (CNN News)
      "Radiation levels at the plant Tuesday were between 100 and 400 millisieverts, Japanís Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano said. To put that in perspective, in the United States, a person typically gets a radiation dose of 6.2 millisieverts per year."

      "At the higher end of that spectrum at the Japan plant, exposure to millisieverts for three hours would lead to radiation sickness, and eight hours would be fatal, said Ira Helfand of Physicians for Social Responsibility. But in general, in an emergency situation, keeping it below 500 millisieverts is pretty safe, said Nolan E. Hertel, nuclear engineering expert at Georgia Institute of Technology. And the further away you are from a radiation source, the lower exposure you will have." 03-11

  15. Radiation in Seawater May Be Spreading (MSNBC News)
      "Highly radioactive iodine seeping from Japan's damaged nuclear complex may be making its way into seawater farther north of the plant than previously thought, officials said Monday, adding to radiation concerns as the crisis stretches into a third week." 3-11

  16. Radiation in Seawater Over a Million Times More Than Safety Limit (New York Times)
      "The company that runs Japanís crippled nuclear power plant announced Wednesday that it had stopped the leak of tons of highly radioactive water into the ocean discovered over the weekend. The news came a day after the company said the levels of radioactive material in the seawater near the plant were measured at several million times the legal limit."

      "The announced standards for fish came hours after Tokyo Electric said it had found iodine 131 in seawater samples at 200,000 becquerels per cubic centimeter, or five million times the legal limit. The samples were collected Monday near the water intake of the No. 2 reactor of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station."

      "The samples also showed levels of cesium 137 to be 1.1 million times the legal limit, according to the Japanese public broadcaster NHK. Cesium remains in the environment for centuries, losing half its strength every 30 years." 04-11

  17. Temporary Japanese Workers Do the Most Dangerous Nuclear Jobs (New York Times)
      "Mr. Ishizawa, who was finally allowed to leave, is not a nuclear specialist; he is not even an employee of the Tokyo Electric Power Company, the operator of the crippled plant. He is one of thousands of untrained, itinerant, temporary laborers who handle the bulk of the dangerous work at nuclear power plants here and in other countries, lured by the higher wages offered for working with radiation. Collectively, these contractors were exposed to levels of radiation about 16 times as high as the levels faced by Tokyo Electric employees last year, according to Japanís Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, which regulates the industry." 04-11

  18. Things Not to Do in Japan (DestinationTips.com)
      "Before you travel to Japan, it pays to brush up on some cultural differences to avoid offending local sensibilities." 05-15

  19. Tokyo: Radiation in Water Puts Infants at Risk (New York Times)
      "Radioactive iodine detected in the capitalís water supply spurred a warning for infants on Wednesday and the government issued a stark new estimate about the costs of rebuilding from the earthquake and tsunami that slammed into the northeast of Japan this month." 03-11

Purchase Resources
  1. Japanese Books Search (Amazon.co.jp)
      Provides searches in Japanese. Requires the Japanese font. 6-02

Worksheets
  1. Japan Worksheets (AbcTeach)
      Provides dozens of worksheets to help children have a better understanding of this region of the world. 8-01

   
   


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