One tiny bright spot in the ongoing Japanese crisis is the fact that a lot of residents of Tokyo are getting much more than their normal exercise and will be in much better physical condition once the crisis is over.
For example, my friend and Airbus Japan CEO Glen Fukushima reports that on the first day of the crisis, he returned from an aborted meeting at a Tokyo hotel to his own offices where the power was out. This forced him to climb the stairs for 19 floors to get to his office and then to walk down 19 floors to meet his car and driver for a ride to a dinner that turned out to have been canceled. Returning to his apartment, he found the power out there also and so climbed the stairs to his residence on the 6th floor. This was more exercise than Glen gets in a normal week, but he notes that he was a lot better off than many who had to walk six to eight hours to their homes.
Glen also notes that the island on which the damaged nuclear reactors are located is called Fukushima, which is made up of two Japanese characters -- fuku, meaning "good luck," and shima, meaning island.
Except, of course, that its luck could not be worse.
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