Fukushima Mon Amour
You are not endowed with memory
Where have we seen this script before?
The following was inspired by Hiroshima Mon Amour, the 1959 Alain Resnais film scripted by Marguerite Duras. One of the first French New Wave films, it is a dialogue of memory and truth between two lovers, only known to us as Lui (him) and Elle (she). She, a French actress, likens their breakup to the devastation of the bombing of Hiroshima. He, a Japanese architect, challenges her memories even as he is drawn to her by them. The film was not nominated at the Cannes Film Festival for fear of offending the United States.
Exelon is closely monitoring the situation in Japan as it continues to unfold. While there is still a great deal we don’t know, from all information the company received so far, it appears that the damage to the Japanese plants was primarily related to the tsunami, the earthquake….Exelon Chairman and CEO John Rowe said…”Our plants are safe, particularly given the different seismic patterns in our regions and the absence of tsunami-type events where we have operations….Our plants are operating safely, and our plant neighbors are safe,” said Rowe. —Exelon Statement on Japan Disaster
Suzuki said she’s optimistic more survivors will surface, that her compatriots would continue to handle adversity with steady demeanor.
She believed the Japanese people would get through this. She believed they would come back from zero.–Via CNN Japanese cherish the simple amid compounded tragedy
As the people of Japan work to recover from the devastating impact of Friday’s unprecedented natural disaster, GE offers its heartfelt condolences — and ongoing help. Japanese authorities are working around the clock to ensure the safety of the nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Power Plant, which was damaged by a tsunami following the initial earthquake.
…the GE Foundation, the company’s philanthropic arm, will be committing $5 million in cash, equipment and services toward relief in the coming weeks and months. GE is currently working with disaster relief organizations, GE regional business leaders and the Japanese government to determine what specific additional GE support can be provided to best complement Japan’s response capacity.–From the GE website page Facts on the Nuclear Energy Situation in Japan: Published March 14, 2011 (GE brand estimated net worth: $48 billion.)
Sandra Bullock sends Red Cross a Million Dollars for Tsunami Relief (According to Forbes, Bullock is the 14th richest woman in Hollywood, with an estimated net worth of $85 million.)
Gilbert Gottfried gets fired from Aflac for making horrible, badly-time jokes about Japan on Twitter(Gottfried’s net worth: $6 million.)
Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate Republican leader, said that the United States should not overreact to the Japanese nuclear crisis by clamping down on the domestic industry indefinitely. Republicans have loudly complained that the Obama administration did just that after the BP oil spill last spring when it imposed a moratorium on deepwater oil drilling until new safety and environmental rules were written.
“I don’t think right after a major environmental catastrophe is a very good time to be making American domestic policy,” Mr. McConnell said on “Fox News Sunday.”
He said that the American public and politicians had recoiled after Three Mile Island, rejecting permits for the construction of dozens of nuclear plants on the “not in my backyard” impulse.
“My thought about it is, we ought not to make American and domestic policy based upon an event that happened in Japan,” Mr. McConnell said.
—US Nuclear Industry Faces New Uncertainty (from NYTimes):
Woman, 83, Escapes Tsunami by Bike
You are not endowed with memory.
Fukushima Mon Amour, a fund-raising poster.