Time for some local news:
Good: It's fun to be a sports fan right now. Asia League Ice Hockey just ended their playoffs with this author's favored HC Nikkou IceBucks going to the finals (although losing after a brave effort) and Major League Baseball is in town to open the season... and my long-ago home team Seattle Mariners got it done in game one with Japanese expat Suzuki Ichirou (I. Suzuki; "Ichiro") leading the team to victory. MLB has been great about doing the opening here, and has been both supportive of folks up in the Touhoku (NorthEast) who were so badly hit in last year's disasters and generous in donating some of the take to continued relief efforts.
Not So Good: The wrangling over designated no-go zones in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi (Fukushima #1) nuclear disaster is proving to be difficult as towns severely effected are very *very* unhappy with the central government's designation and compensation plan. Adding this to the political panic over any nuclear power issue *and* the widespread unhappiness about the emergency response and the near-heartless policies in the aftermath of the disaster (ask any rancher in Fukushima Prefecture what happened to their livestock after the disaster, just for one thing) is going to keep attention focused on how much trouble this all is, not on how to make it better (which is where the focus should be).