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    What the hell is going on here?

    Upstart — Gamechangers

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Japanese community: both abroad and domestic. The Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan has been devastating. I am confused with the leadership of the Japanese government. I am well aware that tradition and their culture of privacy, bordering on reclusivity, is the Japanese norm.

    To be perfectly honest, this event is catastrophic, even in terms of catastrophes: and the sheer magnitude – the terrifying and violent magnificence of it, has made the Japanese government slow to put out a strong communications plan for its indigenous people, hesitant to seek assistance from the global community, and just today, it finally sought help from the International Atomic Energy Agency. But they might be too late.

    I want to be respectful of the situation: it is scary enough without second guessing anyone or anything, but what started out as an act of God, has now become man’s mismanagement: man’s befuddlement or breakdown within a crisis. I wonder if the Japanese government is hampered by the deeply-engrained traditions, which through acculturation and principle, force them to relay erratic and nebulous messages, or are they suffering through “shock,” and are not able to grasp the strategy, process and action-steps that will prevent further loss of life and damage? It was just reported that Japan Might Seek Direct U.S. Military Help. Time is running out, and someone needs to lead.

    Don’t Panic; But Damn It Move

    I don’t like  bombastic or emotionally-charged leaders: I prefer those who are reasonable,wise and subtle: those with perspective, who look to close gaps and broaden opportunities, yet there is a time when a leader – the leadership, doesn’t have to panic (should never in public space anyway), but it has to move with urgency and communicate the urgency, so the people can discern their own choices, as opposed to settling for a fate prescribed by someone else’s failure.

    I think Japanese leadership has been either so disheveled by this blow, or so unprepared for a phenomenal event, whatever the case might be – they are blowing it. It’s time for someone within the Japanese government, and hopefully the business community will offer its insights and resources as well, to help the Japanese people develop serious considerations and immediate choices: it’s fair: it’s humane – it’s needed now.

    I’m no nuclear scientist, but from every report I’ve heard: those I’ve read declare that water is the only thing that will cool the nuclear rods. You mean to tell me, that they only have one way of cooling nuclear rods? I just heard another scientist comment that they might need to use sand, as opposed to water, because the water is definitely not working – not only not working, but  the water is now being “boiled” by the rods, which is a terrible irony: the water is now helping the rods become even hotter.

    How does anyone build such a prodigious mechanism – this permeating resource, which now hovers over current and future Japan as a macabre testament  to Japan’s “now,” and how could they not factor in the fullness of consequence for not managing that power with precision (See Three Mile Island and Chernobyl) — and how could they not have a plan ABC and D at the ready. This is derelict from the energy company (Tokyo Electric Power Company): unacceptable from the Japanese government – and as usual, the most uniformed people—the most innocent – the poorest with the least options have to pay the price: a price-tag becoming more exponential by the second.

    The Situation

    The Fukushima Nuclear Plant in Sendai, Japan is on the brink of complete meltdown. The Daily Beast’s, Eve Conant, suggested in her recent article, The Toxic Fuel Inside Japan’s Nuclear Plant, “Several of Fukushima Daiichi’s reactors are spewing radioactive material, but just one contains the even more toxic MOX fuel. Eve Conant reports on the controversial mixture of uranium and plutonium—and the likelihood of its dispersal into the air.”

    The latest version of the online The New York Times, an article by David Sanger and Matthew L. Wald, U.S. Calls Radiation ‘Extremely High’ and Urges Deeper Caution in Japan, stated, “The chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission gave a significantly bleaker appraisal of the threat posed by Japan’s nuclear crisis than the Japanese government, saying on Wednesday “That the damage at one crippled reactor was much more serious than Japanese officials had acknowledged” and advising Americans to evacuate a wider area around the plant than the perimeter established by Japan.”

    In today’s issue of the The Washington Post, it stated, “U.S. urges Americans within 50 miles of nuclear plant to evacuate…in the same article, it was reported, “Gregory Jaczko, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday “That no water remains in a pool used to cool spent fuel at the plant and that radiation levels there are thought to be “extremely high.”…but “Japanese officials denied that the water is gone from the spent-fuel pool”, the Associated Press reported. For an interactive examination of the Japan nuclear crisis, see Japan’s Nuclear Concerns Explained.

    What the hell is going on here: is Japan’s leadership so prideful, so disconnected from the reality of this situation, that they are going to rely on  a no-plan plan, or are they Too Paralyzed to Panic?

    So What Now?

    It’s time to concede to the reactor: time for Japan to act as if it only has twenty-four hours to save the country and all its people. What should they do if they only have one legitimate shot to get it right? What is the dispassionate, yet  innovative and executable strategy to save lives and offer serious and immediate action to the reactor issue.

    Will someone have the courage to say what needs to be said, even if it’s offensive to Japan’s culture and tradition: will someone do what needs to be done at the cost of the reactor, as opposed to more lives lost – will someone, anyone –  lead and save the Japanese people, and in doing so, they might save future Japanese generations from long-term health issues.

    Here are some resources to aid suppliers and survivors: Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami: How to Help
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    Good Luck – God Bless Them.
    Calvin Wilson
    Upstart, CEO
    Upstart: Business and Management for 20-40 Year Old Professionals

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