It’s now been a few days since the big Earthquake, the images we are seeing on TV are terrible, many, many homeless and despair stricken people.
Gunma and Takasaki have been virtually unaffected, I haven’t been able to go to work because there are no trains and the government has started rolling out some power outages, presumably to reduce the demand for resources.
There is one disappointing thing, people have been panic buying locally. This means that supermarkets are running out of bread, rice, instant noodles and bottled water. The worrying thing is that there is no need for this selfishness (most consumables come from outside Japan) and it may in some way cause shortages in areas that really need these goods.
There is also a lot of panic buying of fuel, and there are long cues at the pumps, again this could possibly cause problems for essential services.
There have been many aftershocks and some new earthquakes too. My biggest fear is a big follow-up earthquake close to Tokyo.
There are also problems with some reactors at a nuclear power station, the media I believe has blown these problems completely out of proportion, and this is causing greater concern throughout the population than is really necessary. Many foreigners are particularly paranoid and have started to leave the country.