“International nuclear inspectors arrive in Fukushima” [guardian.co.uk, October 09, 2011]
Hopefully the presence of international inspectors in Fukukshima means that the cleanup will continue smoothly and effectively.
“Old radium bottles blamed for Tokyo radiation” [telegraph.co.uk, October 14, 2011.]
There was a report of heightened radiation in Tokyo. It turns out it was from bottles underneath a house.
“Goodbye to the Yakuza” [theatlanticwire.com, October 01, 2011.]
An interesting article about the yakuza. It is now against the law to pay off the yakuza.
“North Korea’s ‘Hotel of Doom’ to open 24 years after construction” [telegraph.co.uk, October 10, 2011.]
It’s taken 24 years to complete a hotel in Pyongyang. It will partially open in April.
1. Ai Weiwei [ArtReview: The Power 100]
“Ai Weiwei is named ArtReview’s ‘most powerful artist'” [bbc.co.uk, October 13, 2011.]
ArtReview has named Ai Weiwei as the world’s most powerful artist. Naturally, the Chinese government is not happy.
The last of the Manchus: Et tu, Manchu? [The Economist, October 08, 2011.]
An article on the death of the Manchu language. Unfortunately, this means future scholars may not understand the writings from 清朝 (qing chao; Qing Dynasty).
“The Great Wall of China is falling down” [telegraph.co.uk, October 13, 2011.]
Apparently only the part of the Great Wall frequented by tourists is in good condition. The rest is falling apart.