Two overpopulation examples

To illustrate what I call the overpopulation informal fallacy, we can make a short comparison of two countries: Japan as one industrialized and Colombia as one in development. We have enough information about the Japanese profile as a global economic power. The Colombian profile is more confusing, leading very often to misconceptions and several speculations due to its fame of violence, drug cartels and guerrilla fighting for decades. I think these two very interesting countries are a good sample to demonstrate that overpopulation is a concept intended to manipulate the planet from an egocentric perspective from a privileged minority.  Continue reading

Japan invests in Cambodia

Phnom Penh. Nine Japanese companies were approved to operate in Cambodia and 14 more are applying, reported the Japan International Cooperation Agency. Although the current Japanese crisis, it is increasing its investment in countries like Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Bangladesh. In 2010 only six Japanese companies applied and got the approval of Phnom Penh. The same as with other strong economies, Japan is attracted by the political stability of Cambodia, as well as low labor costs. Japan is more interested in the textile sector and its companies on the Khmer soil will invest about 211 million US dollars, while it is expected to generate 36 thousand jobs. The other two big investors in the Cambodian economy are China with 7.74 billion US dollars and South Korea with 3.4 billion. As for Japan, its main investments in the Southeast Asian region have been in China, Malaysia and Thailand. In Cambodia the first Japanese companies are Yamaha , Suzuki, Ajinomoto, Sumitormo Wiring Systems Ltd, Sony, Nikon, Olympus and Brother Industries Ltd.

A Japanese nurse could face death penalty in Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur. Mariko Takeuchi, a Japanese nurse of 36 years old, who worked at the Shinjuku district clinic in Tokyo, could face death penalty in Malaysia if the judges find that she is responsible of brining 3,5 grams of methamphetamine on October 31, 2010, into the country. The nurse took her own defense of her difficult case, but her lawyer, Sallehuddin Saidin, said to the press that the possibilities to demonstrate her innocence are reduced. The drug was found in a hidden compartment of a suitcase that Takeuchi said was of an acquaintance. She was traveling from Dubai to Tokyo, doing transit in Kuala Lumpur. A person she calls ‘Alex’ asked her through his driver to bring the suitcase. Takeuchi does not know the name of that driver. The drug had a value of 350 thousand US dollars on the streets.

Japanese nuclear crisis as Chernobyl

The Japanese nuclear crisis was raised this week from 5 to 7 (nuclear major accident) in the radiological level, making it at the pair of 1986 Chernobyl disaster. The leaking of new assessments of radiation from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant was the reason to rise the level by the Japanese experts in nuclear energy.  Major nuclear accident or 7th level means the widespread of effects for the environment and the health, while the Japanese government included five communities more to the list of persons that must evacuate the area to avoid contamination. There is not an alert of possible risks for other countries so far, though if it’s as worst as Chernobyl that affected the northern hemisphere, it’s possible that Fukushima would have similar consequences.

Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency raised its rating to 5

Fukushima I after the earthquake. Courtesy by Digital Globe on commons.

The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency of Japan rose the International Nuclear and Radiological level at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant from 4 (accident with local consequences) to 5 (accident with wider consequences.) It is the same of what was the 1979 US Three Mile Islands and inferior to the 1986 nuclear incident of Cehornobyl that was rated as level 7 (major accident.) However, the Japanese government kept the radius of evacuation to 30 kilometers (18 miles.) The levels are these7 – Major Accident; 6 – Serious Accident; 5 – Accident With Wider Consequences; 4 – Accident With Local Consequences; 3 – Serious Incident; 2 – Incident; 1 – Anomaly; 0 – Deviation (No Safety Significance.)

See Insight to Fukushima engineering challenges by the World Nuclear News.



U.S. increases security radius to 80 kilometers in Fujushima

Gregory Jackzo, responsible of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, said today that there is not more water in the fuel tank of the 4th nuclear reactor of Fukushima and the level of radiation is ‘extremely high‘. The US embassy in Tokyo recommended to its citezens living within a radius of 50 miles (80 kilometers) in the Fujushima area to evacuate. The Japanese government has been very sparing in their information about a possible nuclear disaster and has ordered an evacuation within a radius of 18 miles (30 kilometers). There is not yet an evident alarm of lethal emanation to the atmosphere, but the danger is a great risk for the persons who are working at the Fujishima nuclear reactor. Continue reading

There is no nuclear threat to Southeast Asia

Few hours ago, a Cambodian Facebooker reported about the last nuclear plant explosion in Japan due to the Sendai earthquake and tsunami. The Facebooker said that ‘radiation will spread over all Asian countries‘ and he goes further recommending ‘not get in contact with raining water, because it causes skin burns, cancer and lost of hair.’ However, it is a false alarm. According to nuclear experts from around the world, the level of radiation is too low to be so concern in countries outside Japan. The Japanese nuclear incident is not worst as it was the 1986 Chernobyl disaster or the 1979 partial meltdown of the Three Mile islands plant in United States. It is true that radiation can be transported by the wind, but the Japan Meteorological Agency declared that winds are blowing toward the Pacific Ocean. It means that no radiation will reach countries like Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia or Thailand so far. If it would reach our countries, the level of radiation is too low to cause harm to life.

The United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation through its general secretary, said to Reuters that there is not a serious public health issue at the moment. The evacuation of 140 thousand persons from the area of Fukushima is a measure of prevention, say the experts in nuclear power from different nations. Even the incident of 1979 in United States did not release a meaningful amount of radiation.

The World Health Organization by its part said also that the emision of radiation from the atomic plant in Fukushima is ‘quite low‘. The director of the Nuclear Power Plant Safety of Sweden said to Reuters that there is not problems for other countries.


No Cambodian has been reported missing in Japanese quake

Official statement of the Royal Ministry of Foreign Affairs about no missing Cambodians so far in Japan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Cambodia released this Sunday a statement to say that no Cambodian citizen has been reported missing so far during the Sendai earthquake and tsunami. It says also that Cambodians living or studying in Japan, can get in contact with their embassy for any situation related with the natural disaster. The embassy published the following information for urgent contacts:

To our Cambodian compatriots: With regard to the 11th March earthquake, the Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Tokyo requests you to inform the following diplomats if you have any relative or friends missing: 1-Mr. Sim Vireak, First Secretary: Tel: (81) 80 4075 5704 – Email: 2- Mr. Hok Sophea, First Secretary: Tel: (81) 80 4075 5702 – Email: 3-Mrs. Sok Soboth, Second Secretary – Tel: (81) 80 4075 5701 – Email:

Primer Minister Hun Sen sent his condolences to Primer Minister Naoto Kan and the people of Japan. The Royal Goverment of Cambodia and the Cambodian Red Cross has donated 100 thousand US dollars and 20 thousand US dollars respectively to the Government of Japan for the relief of the victims by the 8.9-9.0 MW megathrust earthquake off the coast of Japan that occurred at 14:46 on 11 March 2011 (in Cambodia was 12:46 on March 11). The epicenter was reported to be 130 kilometers off the east coast of the Oshika Pensinsula. The tsunami did not affect the Cambodian coasts.

According to the census of 2010 of the Cambodian Student Association of Japan, there are 331 Cambodians studying in Japan. However, there is not a report of Cambodians working in that country and none of Cambodian tourists that were in the area during the earthquake.

If you are a Cambodian in Japan or you know Cambodians in that country, feel free to use also this website to report any incident or ask information for Cambodians.

Japan’s economy falters

The 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami is going to have more consecuences than we can imagine. One is about economics in one of the global powers of our time. We hope that the Japanese discipline and courage will save the country, but it will affect, anyway, the finances of our planetary markets and a deep reflection over the nuclear energy. Numbers at Nikkei 225 went down in Tokyo 5 percent, closing with a fall of 6.18 percent about. The explanaition is that the main Japanese companies stopped their production after the natural tragedy, not only those of the region that was affected by the earthquake and tsunami, but in the whole country due to the national power outage. Reports say, for example, that Nissan’s shares fall 9.5 percent after it had to close all its factories, while Toshiba’s fall was of 16%. The Japanese currency, Yen, experienced also a fall and the oil barrel fall less than 99 US dollars in the Asian markets as a consequence of the reduction in the use of oil in Japan. How this crisis will affect the economies of developing countries like Cambodia where Japan has also its investments? Let’s hope that the Asian giant will overcome its tragedy, one that belongs also to all humanity.

Emergency in Chile for 8,8 m.m.s. earthquake

Concepción ( At 03:34:17 local time of February 27, an earthquake of 8,8 m.m.s. occurred at 90 kilometers at the northeast of Concepción, Chile. The earth quaked for about one minute and half, according to the reports, being one of the strongest in modern history. The best development and preparation of Chile for this kind of natural events, saved the country from a massive destruction like it happened in Haiti a month ago, although the Chilean earthquake was 500 times stronger. However, damage and victims still to be confirmed. Japan and the Pacific region in alert for Tsunami. Continue reading