japanese earthquake http://michiganradio.org en 4 things the Japanese earthquake taught the Midwest http://michiganradio.org/post/4-things-japanese-earthquake-taught-midwest <p>A year ago, people in the Midwest were realizing the damage that the <a href="http://topics.nytimes.com/top/news/international/countriesandterritories/japan/index.html?scp=1&amp;sq=japanese%20earthquake&amp;st=cse">massive earthquake and tsunami </a>had done to Japan. And, while the region affected by the earthquake is starting its long recovery, everyone here has learned some permanent lessons.</p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 15:35:10 +0000 Micki Maynard 6598 at http://michiganradio.org 4 things the Japanese earthquake taught the Midwest Report: Japanese automakers check exports for radiation http://michiganradio.org/post/report-japanese-automakers-check-exports-radiation <p><strong>From the Associated Press:</strong></p><p>An auto industry group says Japanese automakers have begun checking the level of radiation on cars to be exported from Japan amid a nuclear leak crisis.</p><p>Hirokazu Furukawa, a spokesman for the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, said Friday the move was to ease worries among foreign consumers about radiation leaking from a tsunami-crippled nuclear power plant in northern Japan.</p><p>The automakers will inspect radiation inside a car and on its tires before shipment.</p><p>No radiation has been detected on cars to be exported from Japan, Furukawa said. Automakers are currently checking the level of radiation on cars to be shipped from eight ports.</p><p>Furukawa said around 10 cars out every 5,000 are being checked for radiation. Fri, 22 Apr 2011 19:30:56 +0000 Mark Brush 2190 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Japanese automakers check exports for radiation Toyota announces more production cuts at North American plants http://michiganradio.org/post/toyota-announces-more-production-cuts-north-american-plants <p>Parts shortages from Japan continue as Toyota announces more production cuts - from the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Toyota is extending production cuts at its North American factories through May because of parts shortages from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.</p><p>The company says production will be suspended in North America on Mondays and Fridays from April 26 through June 3. During the same period, plants will run at half capacity on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.</p><p>Toyota also said Tuesday that U.S. production will be suspended the week of May 30 after the Memorial Day holiday. Canadian production will be suspended the week of May 23 in conjunction with Victoria Day.</p><p>Plans after June 3 will be announced later. Toyota says no workers will be laid off.</p><p>The company last week announced Monday and Friday suspensions from April 15 to 25.</p></blockquote><p>Detroit has the &quot;Big Three,&quot; but Japan has the &quot;Big Five&quot; (Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Suzuki, and Mazda).</p><p>This info-graphic from the <a href="http://www.theglobeandmail.com/report-on-business/japans-auto-industry/article1943463/?from=1991372">Globe and Mail</a> captures how interconnected the Japanese auto economy is to the rest of the world. Tue, 19 Apr 2011 19:25:45 +0000 Mark Brush 2133 at http://michiganradio.org Toyota announces more production cuts at North American plants In case you missed it... http://michiganradio.org/post/case-you-missed-it-6 <p>On Wednesday, <a href="http://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/">Fresh Air </a>interviewed Dr. Gregg Bloche about<a href="http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&amp;t=1&amp;islist=false&amp;id=134568775&amp;m=134569139"> the dangers that rising health care costs pose </a>to patients and to doctor&#39;s adherence to the Hippocratic Oath.</p><p>From NPR&#39;s website:</p><blockquote><p>In most medical schools, students recite the Hippocratic Oath together to mark the start of their professional careers. The soon-to-be physicians swear to uphold the ethical standards of the medical profession and promise to stand for their patients without compromise.</p><p>Though the oath has been rewritten over the centuries, the essence of it has remained the same: &quot;In each house I go, I go only for the good of my patients.&quot;</p><p>But the principles of the oath, says Dr. Gregg Bloche, are under an &quot;unprecedented threat.&quot; In <em>The Hippocratic Myth</em>, Bloche details how doctors are under constant pressure to compromise or ration their care in order to please lawmakers, lawyers and insurance companies.</p></blockquote><p> Fri, 18 Mar 2011 17:37:45 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 1705 at http://michiganradio.org In case you missed it... Earthquake "nightmare scenario" for Michigan students from Japan http://michiganradio.org/post/earthquake-nightmare-scenario-michigan-students-japan <p>Universities across the state are reporting all students they have studying overseas in Japan are safe and accounted for. But many students from Japan who are studying in Michigan are trying to get in touch with friends and relatives.</p><p>Thirty-year old Tomomi Suwa is working on her doctorate degree at Michigan State.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;As an international student I fear about this kind crisis a lot. I live so far away from home that sometimes it&rsquo;s very difficult to get a hold of family or friends. It&rsquo;s like a nightmare scenario for me.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Her father called Suwa and woke her up at 6 o-clock Friday morning to tell her the news about the earthquake. She says she wasn&rsquo;t totally shocked by the news. She grew up practicing earthquake and tsunami drills at school and she&rsquo;s experienced numerous earthquakes. The biggest registered 4.4 on the Richter scale.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;At that magnitude you can really feel that things are moving around; it&rsquo;s already scary at 4.4. So I can&rsquo;t even imagine what 8.8 or 8.9 could be.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>So far, Suwa says she&rsquo;s very relieved all of her family and friends that she&rsquo;s been able to contact on the phone or online are okay. But she has not been able to get in touch with everyone yet.&nbsp;</p><p>The University of Michigan, Grand Valley State University, Michigan State University, and Eastern Michigan University each have students currently in Japan for classes overseas. Fri, 11 Mar 2011 21:50:23 +0000 Lindsey Smith 1618 at http://michiganradio.org