The smoke clears and the dust begins to settle. Thousands of US marines wander the small island of Peleliu as Japanese soldiers, planes, and cruisers retreat in the distance. The Battle of Peleliu is over. The 13 square kilometer island is finally under US control. Marines explore the deserted tunnel systems, caves and bunkers, now abandoned by the Japanese 14th infantry division.
On Tuesday afternoons, Room 132 is a world of language, life and culture: a portal from Blair into everything Japanese.
On Monday, 25 students from Fujishima High School in Fukui, Japan, visited Blair for the day. For the past three years, Blair has also hosted students from Kichinis, another Japanese school from Tokyo, Japan.
A recent investigative report claims that the Japanese nuclear power disaster last year was "profoundly man-made," calling the pursuit of nuclear energy into question.
Japan has gifted us once again, this time with the voices and talents of the international wonder-group AKB48.
They watched it happen nearly 7,000 miles away. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake, accompanied by hundreds of aftershocks, brought entire buildings to the ground, flooded the land with several tons of seawater and expunged thick, dark smoke into the air. They saw an earthquake, a tsunami and nuclear plant explosions taking place in Japan and finally absorbed the heartbreaking reality: This was happening to their home.
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