I know I am not alone when I write that my thoughts go out to our Japanese colleagues, collaborators, and friends as they cope with the aftermath of the March 11, earthquake and tsunami. The field of optics has a rich history of Japanese innovation. CLEO habitually hosts a significant number of contributed papers, tutorials, short courses, and plenary talks from Japanese scientists or those with ties to Japanese universities or companies. I hope for the safety and health of the survivors of this horrific disaster, and for what it may be worth, offer condolences to those who lost friends, family and loved-ones.
I am optimistic that the recent crises involving nuclear reactors will be solved without further disaster. My experience with Japanese technology and expertise is that it is thoughtful, long-term, and state-of-the-art. If anyone can come up with the right solution, it is them.