Analysis and translation by a tatami-chair observer of East Asian economics and security.
The curious minds of Twitter have been piqued recently by this clip of a worker at Fukushima Dai-ichi apparently holding an eccentric pose at the camera for twenty minutes straight.
If he’s in the same place, there’s a hill missing… or perhaps a building. Let’s use a still from the video to see if we can work out where he is, and what he’s pointing at.
The closest tower intersects around half way along the western face of reactor two. The farthest tower is about one third in from the left hand side of reactor four, with the middle tower aligned to the right side of reactor four. We can superimpose the lines of sight on this map from the snappily named “Online Defense and Acquisition Journal“.
The position of the camera is where the lines would meet, but we’re working with approximations so let’s look for an area where he might be standing. This nice, big image of the complex from the south eastern corner, via economics blogger Demitri Kofinas, serves our purposes.
Those pipes he’s standing close to should be visible on a satellite image, too. Fortunately Google Maps have updated their satellite imagery of the power plant since the March disaster.
Is this where he’s standing? What do you think?