The world experienced a mega-massive financial meltdown a couple of years back; before that there was a mega-nuclear meltdown somewhere in the Ukraine called Tschernobyl and now history has repeated itself in Japan.
There is a slight difference between then and now, Tschernobyl was a "man-made" disaster, the financial meltdown the same, but this present nuclear meltdown was purely down to nature flexing it's muscles, slightly? (8,9 on the Richter scale is not bad!)
However, although the Japanese were never expecting such a massive quake, they really should have built slightly more protection around their nuclear plants because of a "just in case" scenario occurring.
As we all know nature, when in a bad mood, will destroy everything in its path and the Japanese should have been aware of such a destructive "monster" lurking beyond its shores.
Japan took some great risks in building these nuclear power stations on their very volatile coast so now we a have another "nuclear meltdown" to contend with after the very destructive "financial meltdown" had nearly been forgotten.
Nature works in funny ways and tends to pick on those who ignore it's messages; just like we humans ignored the dirty-doings of the banking fraternity. Is there a connection or is Japan to blame? Ask the Americans, they know all the answers!