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Akihabaranews.com - Fukushima - How much radioactive cesium is there?

We've been asked a lot about what is happening with the Fukushima reactor situation.  And we're certainly watching it.

Well, we're a tech news site, and nuclear power is some awesome technology, and it seems that the technology to contain and fix this problem may turn out to be just as awesome and interesting to learn about.  But more importantly, we are here, living in Japan, and wondering and worrying about what is really going on.

Kira-Kira Names - Shiny Names for Kids to the Chagrin of Many in Japan

A new trend for children's names sweeping Japan is the "kira-kira name" phenomenon.  "Kira-kira" literally means "shiny" or "sparkly" and what is going on is kids are getting shiny new names that look or sound cute or interesting, but are unintelligible to all but the kid's parents.  The Chinese Kanji are being used as a phonetic symbol rather than for the meaning of the kanji.  And names are being given that sound like characters from animation films or games.