Monthly Archives: July 2014

Tomakomai Part 2 – carbon dioxide storage and much much more

The end of a second full day in the weird and wonderful world of Tomakomai – home to Japan’s first integrated carbon dioxide capture and storage project and, as I learned today, much much more than that. As I’ve alluded … Continue reading

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Tomakomai and the CCS demonstration

This week is a short visit to Tomakomai, on the southern side of Hokkaido, where preparations are currently underway for Japan’s first integrated CCS (carbon dioxide capture and storage) development. I have been working on CCS for the past three … Continue reading

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Fukushima Food

Fukushima Prefecture is famed for its food, both of the fishery and agricultural variety. One of my pieces of fieldwork this week was a spot of ‘virtual shopping’ in the supermarkets of Fukushima City, looking at the Prefectural produce on … Continue reading

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Fukushima City

This week I am in Fukushima City, the administrative seat of Fukushima Prefecture. It has the real feel of a provincial town to it, with cobbles, trees and brick buildings. It is also famed for its agricultural produce, an industry … Continue reading

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Brief reflections on a week in Iwaki

Back in Tokyo after a busy and exhausting week in the southern part of Fukushima Prefecture. Not a ‘fun’ or ‘interesting’ week by any stretch of the imagination, but feel I learned an awful lot nonetheless. First, though, a geography … Continue reading

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Onahama

In the last two days I have carried out two research interviews. The first of these was on the twenty-second floor of a gleaming skyscraper in Otemachi, just minutes’ walk from the decadent Tokyo Station. The second of these was … Continue reading

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Earthquake

It is the sound of the cheap chipboard panels bowing back and forth that wakes me up. The bed is wobbling, but so are the floor, ceiling and walls. Everything is moving in concert, orchestrated by some deep dark force. … Continue reading

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