Two pieces of news grabbed my attention this week. First, carmaker Toyota has now suspended car production in Turkey, Poland, France, the UK and the USA as the knock on effect of the Japan earthquake continues to disrupt the finely tuned supply chains that have been one of the hallmarks of Toyota’s global efficiency. [Read more…]
A few weeks ago in this blog, I wrote about how the Japanese spiritual connection with the natural world was, in part, a consequence of them living on a string of islands with such turbulent seismology (Metro-madness). Such observations now seem facile in the light of the unfolding human tragedy as Japan recoils from Friday’s devastating earthquake and tsunami.
As I write this, the Japanese authorities are struggling to contain the consequences of the damaged nuclear facility at Fukushima and the death toll is now estimated to be over 10,000. Watching the news footage of the tidal wave racing towards land, one is struck by how linear and controlled the wave looks, almost like a physics experiment manufactured in an enormous laboratory. And then, when it reaches land, it unleashes mayhem, chaos and the most appalling loss of life. [Read more…]