After all the endless hype about how "Tokyo is overdue for an earthquake", the recent earthquakes in Niigata have shown that earthquakes can happen anywhere in Japan, anytime. Japanese scientists failed to predict the Niigate earthquakes, just as they failed to predict the devastating Kobe earthquake. That's two big failures in a row. In the meantime, they have scared people living in Tokyo about how that city is supposedly living on a time-bomb -- people always say "you better not live in Tokyo because anyday now the Big One is going to come!" But the Big One hasn't come to Tokyo, and maybe it has no intention of visiting Tokyo for a long long time! The Big One wasn't interested in Tokyo, and went instead to Kobe, and to Niigata. Which just goes to show, that scientists don't really know jack s--t when it comes to earthquakes. Not that I am knocking them on that count -- predicting earthquakes seems to be like trying to predict what the weather will be like on a certain day five years from now. It is impossible to do. So maybe they ought to give up on making predictions about things beyond their comprehension, and spend the money on emergency health care and that sort of thing. It would save a lot of lives and prevent a lot of public fear and ignorance.