I have been watching the earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear disaster footage from japanese television stations such as NHK, TBS, Fuji TV and even
some local station, aswell as additional uncut live conferences by NISA and TEPCO provided by niconicovideo. All that though using my internet
connection instead. Just I'm not sure if it is actually possible, that he does not have even one news station available on his telly. I guess it could
be possible then...
I have lived in Japan, and I know that the stuff he showed is what is coming on most of the channels, but I don't remember, that there was a place
where I couldn't reach a news channel. They still do have analog transmissions available for few months, and I thought NHK was widely available..
If he needs information in english, then the analog might not suffice, and he would need to order NHK World, or some foreign news channels digitally.
One thing I can believe during this disaster is the problem to get local information in english. The tsunami warning was though issued exceptionally
in english aswell (in japanese nhk). But near the coastal areas the loudspeakers are only advicing people in japanese. ..and many locals don't speak
english there, so it could be hard to get accurate information by asking in person.
censorship: I'm quite convinced that there is no youtube censorship, or at least it is not concerning everyone. Here is a youtube search for the term
nuclear power plant (原発) in japanese, restricting results for 'today', and jumping to page 4 (page 1 shows mostly news stations uploads)
Quick notes on my inspections on how japanese news stations are dealing with the situation:
Once the reactor 1 had an explosion, it started to make the news. First however, it didn't get much air time, since there was not much extra
information available, and there was lot to report elsewhere. It didn't take even one day though, and fukushima was getting almost equally as much air
time as thousands of dying people along the coast. As I am writing this, the topic on TBS is once again the problems with the nuclear plant.
The news stations are showing daily live conferences by TEPCO and NISA. Today for the first time, I saw NHK deciding to not show the whole TEPCO
conference, jumping elsewhere.
Other things showed in news channels are news from evacuation centers, news about the electricity outage program to save energy (affecting millions of
people near tokyo), news of counts of dead and lost people in different areas, news of destruction in different areas, news reports from the
evacuation centers, personal stories related, and of course, the very fast earthquake watch. Once an earthquake strikes, it will be instantly noted
and brought in the broadcast screen. Once a larger(if the detector thinks it may be shindo 5 or larger I think) earthquake strikes, it will be
instantly noted and given more attention. Couple minutes later, a map is shown with the strength felt in affected regions. In past week, this stuff
has been quite common, and by witnessing the incoming news of shindo6 or so, has been really scary stuff to watch. You can read the scared faces of
the news anchors, as they have to read the news. Not only that, but for example the shizuoka shindo6+ quake few days back, the news station itself was
shaking, and experiencing the quake as a strong shindo4. Shindo is the scale they measure the earthquakes. They also give the richter scale value in
addition, however the richter scale value is not so informative for the japanese, as it doesn't measure how strongly it is affecting different
environment and the people, as the depth and the epicenter are big factors. In comparison the M9.0 on 11th was felt as shindo 6+ or 7 in sendai and
miyagi area and shindo 5+ in tokyo.
Here is another NHK channel showing live parliament meeting when the big one comes. While you may not understand what they are saying, the atmosphere
speaks for itself www.youtube.com...
While in my opinion the guy in the youtube video has a bit himself to blame, for not having provided himself a news tv station, or not being able to
satisfy his local news needs on the internet, he shares a problem with hundreds of thousands people in evacuation centers. When these people are
interviewed and asked what they need the most, it is mostly 1. water 2. _information_ 3. other supplies. Many is complaining about the coldness.
These people are basically cut without electricity and in one place they for example have been forced to share one nigiri with 4 people. By now
though, more food and other supplies have arrived in many places.
edit on 17-3-2011 by inthemistandfog because: (no reason given)