Brief update from Japan

Some people were asking how things are here.

In brief – they are expecting cold shut-down of the Fukushima reactors, maybe sometime around New Years.

In Tokyo life has pretty much returned to what they call “a new normal.” Things are still very bad up north. But great strides have been made in cleanup. The shinkansen is running all their old routes as of last week I believe.

The fallout evacuation areas, the impact on evacuees and the wide swath of devastated agriculture regions remain major problems.