The reporting on this thing has been atrocious. I thought this was a troll at first but it is an actual fucking chart. Arbitrary units of what? For fuck's sakes you're not even trying now!
List of places I am going to not fucking listen to arbitrary units: NHK, Katz, TBS NHK sort of slow early on, getting better. Yokosonews is katz, he's pretty up to date. tbstv I honestly think has been down forever. SA thread Yes I know it's SA forums, but the first post is worth reading because regardless of the situation science doesn't change. It's a good way to get a quick idea of what can happen in the worst case scenario and what the points of contention are between JP news and the USA news outlets.
Also here's a great example of the type of "reporting" that is being, dare I say it, "crowd-sourced" by nearly every godamn media outlet out there.
AP Photo of TEPCO's director weeping and description. Looks pretty standard right? (By the way, I don't really trust TEPCO for shit.) Here is the same photo, now turned into its own article by the Daily Mail. Apparently Daily Mail is something the equivalent of the National Enquirer over there in Britain but not like it matters! They're a reputable news source now! This shit has been mass linked on blogs and other news sites repeatedly; I think the bitterest irony is all the blogs who are always for breaking down conspiracies by the media are swallowing shit like this from the Daily Mail hook line and sinker. That press conference was translated live on an independent stream (not NHK) and none of the fearmongering garbage in that article was present.
This was a lot more serious than I thought... Tokyo didn't really get hit, just structural damage. But several outlying communities just got completely washed away by the tsunami wave. Plus explosions at the nuclear power plants as well. And it actually moved the entire island plus threw the Earth off its axis...
I have naturalized Japanese relatives (they changed their Taiwanese given names to Japanese), I do not know how they are doing.
So basically right now in Dragon Nest JP is an event where the first team to beat the new boss "Seed Dragon" get 1000manen. That's 10,000,000 yen, aka rounded down 100,000 dollars. For beating a video game boss. Pretty fucking crazy promotion. Apparently though Seed Dragon is some crazy unbeatable boss with 30 life bars; it has been theorized you'd need a full party (actually I think you can bring 8 people against him) of at least +12 or so equipped characters against him. Equipment in this game breaks at level 6.
Anyway in game, someone of the name of ハヌホメsdaa was upgrading basically the final tier of equipment, presumably for an attempt on the Seed Dragon. Global messages indicating +12, +13, and +14! Apocalypse Mace had been reached (Priest weapon) and people went crazy with excitement. And then someone posted in global chat: "Try to block the dude who got +14." And lo and behold, "YOU CAN NOT BLOCK A GM." appeared. Moments later the character (who was max level), was deleted. People flipped out. Why would a GM be upgrade haxing a final tier weapon in game? The first idea that came to everyone's mind was, "So they could win the Seed Dragon contest by rigging it with supposedly normal players who happened to have really high upgraded equipment." If they announced the winners and honuhome san showed up, no one would be surprised since they saw a fucking +14 in global. Shortly after this there was an "emergency maintenance," that supposedly addressed "security exploit." The community more or less called bullshit and said it was a coverup. According to the community, honuhome san was also a notorious upgrader in Arad Senki way back before the game was transferred from Hangame to Nexon.
So more or less everyone is calling Hangame on basically troll fishing the entire community with a rigged contest using rigged GM characters. Truly hilarious.