Asia

Reconstruction minister suggests no-return zone

Japan’s reconstruction minister has hinted unofficially that some areas near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant may have to be declared off-limits indefinitely.

Food over new limit for radioactive cesium

Following the introduction of new safety regulations in Japan, several types of food have been found to contain radioactive cesium above the legal limit.

Stricter health standards for staple foods such as vegetables and rice were introduced on Sunday. Permissible levels of radioactivity were reduced from 500 to 100 becquerels per kilogram.

Health ministry officials said bamboo shoots harvested in the Kisarazu and Ichihara regions east of Tokyo were contaminated with 120 and 110 becquerels of radioactive Cesium per kilogram respectively.

China overtakes US as world’s largest grocery market

By 2015, the Chinese market is forecast to be worth £918bn compared to a US value of £675bn, says IGD.

The Chinese grocery sector was worth £607bn at the end of 2011, while the US market – which includes Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer – dropped into second place at £572bn.

“This rapid expansion has been fuelled by three main factors: rapid economic growth, population and rising food inflation,” said IGD chief executive Joanne Denney-Finch.

By 2015, the Chinese market is forecast to be worth £918bn compared to a US value of £675bn, according to the report by the British grocery industry group.

Chinese Insider Offers Rare Glimpse of U.S.-China Frictions

The senior leadership of the Chinese government increasingly views the competition between the United States and China as a zero-sum game, with China the likely long-range winner if the American economy and domestic political system continue to stumble, according to an influential Chinese policy analyst.

I agree.

KingCast: As in China as in the U.S. — Ai Weiwei’s new “installation” exposes government hypocrisy on the very same cameras it uses to monitor its citizens.

Many videos, including one of Ai Weiwei are at the link but I could not get a direct link for it to post here. The two of the five videos I published today show what life is like in New Hampshire — the First State to vote in primaries, BTW.

 

KingCast: As in China as in the U.S. — Ai Weiwei’s new “installation” pokes fun at government hypocrisy vis a vis its fear of the same cameras it uses to monitor its citizens.

Watch Who’s Afraid of Ai Weiwei? on PBS. See more from FRONTLINE.

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