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Where to send donations

Red Cross

Crossed cheques payable to 'Hong Kong Red Cross' sent to Hong Kong Red Cross, 33 Harcourt Road.

Write 'Japan Earthquake 2011' on the back.

Sunday, 20 March, 2011, 12:00am

Daya Bay set for ramped up safety drill after crisis

The first safety drill in a decade to be carried out at the Daya Bay nuclear power plant in Guangdong will take place next year - and Hong Kong officials yesterday said it would be ramped up in the wake of the crisis at Japan's Fukushima nuclear plant triggered by the earthquake and tsunami nine days ago.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Risk of radioactive particles in HK 'tiny'

A Hong Kong Observatory assistant director yesterday reassured the public that radioactive particles released in the explosions at a Japanese nuclear plant would have very little effect on Hong Kong.

Leung Wing-mo also expressed sadness at the unedifying spectacle of fellow Hongkongers panic-buying salt.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Tokyo executives descend on HK

At first he laughed when people in other firms said they were leaving Tokyo following the earthquake 250 kilometres to the north. They must be overreacting, he thought. But within a few days this man, working for an international brokerage, found himself on a plane to Hong Kong.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Nuclear power not ideal but it may still be best bet

The nuclear industry's credibility has been seriously undermined with the explosions at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power station. Just as nuclear power was enjoying a renaissance after decades apparently trouble-free, the prospect of switching to carbon-neutral reactors as an alternative to polluting fossil fuels suddenly seems less attractive to many.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

It's time to Raise the Roof to help victims of quake disasters

The dust had barely settled in Christchurch, when an even greater tragedy hit Japan. Both nations are known for their 'we will not be beaten' approach - in life and on the rugby pitch.

In New Zealand, despair among its 4.3 million people, soon gave way to 'pitching up' - the Kiwi term for doing all you can to help in any situation.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Tim Noonan

The water is ridiculously radiant in Fukushima. It's so invitingly fresh that one feels compelled to stop among the endless rows of rice fields in this northern Japanese prefecture to sample it. Bend over to cup a drink and your reflection stares back at you so starkly that every wrinkle and furrow in your brow is depressingly accentuated.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

No turning back in China's drive for clean energy

State-owned China National Nuclear Corp signed an accord last November with France's Areva, a big provider of nuclear technology, that is key to Beijing's plans to to turn the mainland into a global nuclear powerhouse.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Military rivals seize chance to co-operate

The military chiefs of China and Japan, usually at odds over territorial and security issues, have found a rare opportunity to co-operate in the wake of Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami, but diplomatic concerns still linger amid the relief efforts, analysts say.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Nation marvels at bravery of workers

The frontline workers braving dangerous radiation levels to stabilise Japan's stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant have warned they are 'ready for anything' - a Japanese euphemism for death. The government authorities insist they are being kept from anything that will harm their health in the long term - a claim overseas experts doubt.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

An evening with Danny Choo

While local otaku enjoyed the numerous events and stalls of the C3 Expo, Otaku Zone was able to spend an evening with otaku royalty Danny Choo, who was in town for the weekend.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Channel hop

Family holidays are like DIY perms: they seem like a good idea at the time. Surly teenaged kids would rather be seen dead than spend time with their parents, who, in turn, end up bringing all of their domestic issues away with them.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Old grievances forgotten as cash pours in

From local authorities to survivors of Japanese occupation, donations from China have been pouring in to help the quake and tsunami victims in Japan.

19 Mar 2011 - 12:00am

Tokyo goes ahead with planned talks with Beijing and Seoul

The foreign ministers of China, Japan and South Korea will meet in Japan's central city of Kyoto today, despite an earthquake and tsunami which devastated the country's northeast and triggered a nuclear crisis.

19 Mar 2011 - 12:00am


Reduce waste, but also prepare for incinerator

I refer to R. E. J. Bunker's letter ('Island incinerator will not use Japan's clean-burn technology', March 3).

Mr Bunker suggested that in future we would just 'tow everything as far away as possible, and burn the lot'. This is not the case.

19 Mar 2011 - 12:00am