Japan tunnel disaster flashback

The very recent tragic accident in the Sasago Tunnel in Japan brings memories of our first mission in that country, in the aftermath of the Toyohama Tunnel accident in Furubira Town (Hokkaido, Japan) on February 10, 1996 (Toyohama Tunnel Rockfall). The collapse of Toyohama tunnel crushed cars and a bus, killing 20 people in 1996. The causes of that failure were very different from the present case, but that’s not the point to be discussed here. At that time, local…

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New flu: Tora! Tora! Tora! may not be the best way.

New flu and Smoky souvenirs The man in front of me was very elegant, had impeccable manners, if only he had been smoking less. His corner office in the Tokyo HQ of his corporation, was indeed slowly delivering to its occupants, including me, an unbreathable cocktail of fine dusts and nicotine-tar loaded particles that probably still stains my lungs today. We had been discussing how my company (Riskope) could deliver to his organization emergency planning, crisis management in that difficult time,…

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