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3/11 and Australia

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When you go into a bookstore, what catch your eyes first are newspapers and magazines. For some time since March 11, the front page news in Australia have been information on Japanese disaster. As the first half of April lapsed, it isn’t so any more. The news has changed to such topics as Libya, wedding of a British prince, local crimes and favorite sports. Some days have been without any articles at all related to Japan, but they are not forgotten and the news reports have been still on. For Australia the disaster in Japan is not somebody else’s problem since it directly affects her pocket.

For Australia: export country for primary products, Japan is a vital trade partner and customer, though surpassed by China, who still ranks second. She would be in trouble if various kinds of products had not been purchased by Japan. Items she exports to Japan are coal, wool, cereals, various types of mineral ore such as iron, and especially for uranium, one third of Japan’s import comes from Australia.

(A survey by Federation of Electric Power Companies, ‘Japanese Energy 2006’:Pamphlet by Agency for Natural Resources and Energy)

Business is presently brisk in Australia. Mining industry in Western Australia has pushed up the total economy. The conservative coalition government abolished the prohibition established by Labor in 80s on new uranium mines. Labor Party, regained the government at the end of 2007 completely changed their policy and restrictions per each county also progressed to ease, which made the industry fired up all of a sudden. Uranium veins are said to be numerous in Western Australia and northern territories. According to World Nuclear Association, the reserve in Australia is the biggest and 23 percent of the globe. For those who would like to vigorously dig them up and sell to earn, Japanese disaster and economy stall, especially those by nuclear power are very much annoying.


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