A Fukushima Daichi fallout prediction map based on weather patterns
The Japan Meteorological Agency has stopped giving projections about the spread of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Since March 11, the IAEA has asked for projections up to 3 times a day based on weather conditions. This is a good sign because it appears to mean that the reasonable possibility of fallout has passed.
The International Volleyball Federation has declared that it's safe for Japan to host the Olympic qualifying tournament, just like it has every year since 1991. The Women's World cup will be hosted in 7 venues from November 4-18; the men's in eight venues from November 20-December 4th. Volleyball remains a very popular sport in japan for both men and women, so the matches are sure to drawn plenty of spectators.I'm not sure, but if you have an Xbox, there's a good chance you'll be able to watch the matches through their free ESPN portal.
The annual Tokyo Bay Fireworks festival, scheduled for August 13th, has been cancelled this year out of consideration for the victims of the March disaster. Another famous fireworks festival, the Sumida River fireworks festival, has been rescheduled from July to August 27th in order to avoid power shortages that are expected to occur then. Personally, I don't think they should cancel any of these. People need to celebrate, now more than ever. Catharsis is a necessary part of any disaster recovery.
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