Leaders speak out

This week we highlight a few of the leaders who joined us for the Safecast 10th anniversary mobile livestream event last month.  Dr. Kiyoshi Kurokawa, Dr. Jun Murai, and Chiaki Hayashi have all been key supporters and advisors of Safecast, each with a different focus and background. All of them have brought a new style of…

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Ray Ozzie and IoT

April 9th is IoT Day, with virtual conferences, lunches, and events being held around the world.  In commemoration we wanted to share the segment titled called “Ray’s Big Reveal” from the Safecast 10 global livestream held on March 13, 2021.  In it, Safecast senior advisor Ray Ozzie showcases his design thinking and how that led…

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SAFECAST 10 VIDEO LIBRARY NOW AVAILABLE

The Safecast 10th Anniversary global mobile livestream event held on Sunday March 13th was a huge success. With participants from 15 countries spanning approximately 20 time zones, the livestream resulted in over 16 hours of video streamed through Zoom and YouTube. We posted the full YouTube stream and five-hour chunks recorded through Zoom shortly after…

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SAFECAST 10TH ANNIVERSARY ONLINE EVENT

SAFECAST-10 THE LIVESTREAM!  SAFECAST 10TH ANNIVERSARY ONLINE EVENT, SAT. , MARCH 13, 2021 The rapidly approaching 10th anniversary of the March 11, 2011 Tohoku Earthquake, Tsunami, and Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant Disaster also marks the 10th anniversary of the founding of SAFECAST. To commemorate this, SAFECAST is planning a daylong global online event March…

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Honor among nuclear neighbors

We’ve received a lot of questions about radioactive isotopes that were detected in the atmosphere in late June by monitoring stations in northern Europe. We’ve been gathering information and touching base with knowledgeable experts to help clarify the situation. We will state right off that the levels of radiation that were detected are extremely small,…

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Uncertainties about Japan’s COVID-19 data

In our earlier posts (here and here) we tried to clarify the actual policies being implemented in Japan with regard to COVID-19 testing. We pointed out inconsistencies and other official data issues that make it difficult for the public to get a good grasp of the actual number of tests being done and how many…

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Explaining Japan’s State of Emergency

With Prime Minister Abe’s long-awaited emergency declaration for Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Osaka, Hyogo and Fukuoka yesterday, the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan has entered a new phase. As many people have pointed out, these new measures are not a “lockdown” of the sort that has been implemented in many countries around the…

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Making sense of COVID-19 numbers in Japan

Safecast has launched a crowdsourced COVID-19 testing information map. Please check it out and share it! Last week we wrote an article about COVID-19 testing in Japan. We’ve also been publishing an (almost) daily newsletter, which we hope you’ll subscribe to here. For several weeks we’ve been pointing out that it’s difficult to find clear…

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COVID-19 Testing in Japan: The situation and ramifications

  Source: VOX Basic COVID-19 testing numbers for Japan as of March 16, 2020: Tested: 13,026* Detected: 1,496 (both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases) Deaths: 24 Sources: Toyokeizai, MHLW, Japan Times, Vox *Note added March 18, 2020: MHLW data gives two sets of testing figures; daily report for Mar 18 now gives 33,212, which is noted…

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Best Practices In Reference To COVID-19

As we observe the global spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the responses to it, we can’t help but feel a bit of déjà vu. Since Safecast began in March 2011, we’ve accumulated significant experience and insight about trust, crisis communication, public perception, and what happens when people feel threatened by the lack of reliable…

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