The blog of Tokyo based photographer and photojournalist, Damon Coulter


Pleased to see there is now a wall of shame for the more sensational reporting about the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis.

Though I prefer the humour-blunted but still cutting vitriol of Charlie Brooker‘s take on the issue here.

Basically there is no excuse for a report like this one from the Sun, not a word of which is anything like the experiences we here in Tokyo have lived through and continue to live through.

Because in truth it is not that bad here. Really! The aftershocks (262 and counting) still rattle the city occasionally and there is the worry as that wobble comes over and the windows start to creak and complain that this is the start of Tokyo’s long overdue “big one”. It has been scary, really has and this last week has not been easy on anyone but mostly now  the city is slowly getting back to normal: food and gasoline are becoming more available and though the city is still dark at night, as companies try to reduce their electricity usage, we are not starving: shelves are getting restocked; we are not killing each other for water and rice and gangs of radioactive zombies are not roaming the streets feeding on the rotting human flesh of victims of a nuclear apocalypse. In fact ordinary people have been amazing, not getting angry and trying to carry on a best they can; It is not as easy as it used to be here for sure, train services especially are disrupted making it difficult to get around but at night and weekends some people are out enjoying themselves and many others are busy throughout the week collecting donations for the people who have really suffered far far worse than anyone here in the north east.

See the images above.

It’s time to concentrate on the real problems as I said before.




2 responses

  1. Nick

    The Sun WAS terrible. Photos and captions that bore little relation. Nuke clouds!!

    March 21, 2011 at 3:59 pm

  2. Andy

    Agreed it was typical rubbish Sun reporting but at least the majority of the responses had got the true measure of the report and her experiences

    March 21, 2011 at 5:48 pm

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