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Japan To Censor, Take Down "Irresponsible" Fukushima Information And Reporting

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While we have yet to independently verify the following piece of news which originally appeared in the April 18 edition of the Asia Pacific Journal, we can see how this could be very true. If so, it has very disturbing implications about the "real" truth behind the Fukushima devastation, because outright censorship, Cease and Desist notices, and preemptive takedowns are always the purvey of the "last resort" crew.

From the very end of the article:

Now the Japanese government has moved to crack down on independent reportage and criticism of the government’s policies in the wake of the disaster by deciding what citizens may or may not talk about in public. A new project team has been created by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, the National Police Agency, and METI to combat “rumors” deemed harmful to Japanese security in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.

The government charges that the damage caused by earthquakes and by the nuclear accident are being magnified by irresponsible rumors, and the government must take action for the sake of the public good. The project team has begun to send “letters of request” to such organizations as telephone companies, internet providers, cable television stations, and others, demanding that they “take adequate measures based on the guidelines in response to illegal information. ”The measures include erasing any information from internet sites that the authorities deem harmful to public order and morality.

Of course, if this directive had been in place from the very beginning, nobody would know any
of the truth behind the dire catastrophe (which started at sub-3 Mile
Island severity and is now equal if not worse than Chernobyl), which has
seen enough coverup and lies to make Stalin look like Wikileaks.

h/t TempFlashback and PJ


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Sun, 04/24/2011 - 14:58 | 1201366 bugs_
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they'd better not try to bomb zerohedge harbor

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 07:26 | 1202937 Harlequin001
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'for the sake of the public good' Ha ha that's a laugh, when did the public good ever mean anything?

The public exists to be taxed to oblivion, fleeced by big business and now to light the streets at night through irradiation as an alternative source to electric lighting.

Time someone shot these buggers, if only so that others would know that you cannot behave in this manner with impunity.

Our children do have a value, and it's more than the lives of these bastards...

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:03 | 1201374 buzzsaw99
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Too late, the exploded reactor(s) videos are already out there bitchez!

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 17:50 | 1201683 TIMMAYYY
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Here is some shit I DID NOT KNOW.

I used to love turkish food.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 22:28 | 1202154 Milestones
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Powerful stuff. Thanks for the post.      MIlestones

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 19:48 | 1205846 andybev01
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Her best idea ever to combat over population was to put birth control in the water supply, but cut it with aphrodisiacs to make trying more fun.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:01 | 1201380 Silver Bug
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This is just pathetic, they care more about their image, than they do about their people. Without independant news and investigating. We would know absolutely nothing about the disaster.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:00 | 1201516 goldfish1
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This doesn't sound good.

Probably total chaos would ensue if the truth were known.

If it's as bad as what they are acting like, soon the airplanes flying in and out of Japan may become too contaminated. The ships as well. If it's as bad to need this level of censorship, the US is probably getting hammered with fallout and will continue to be. Then the fukkers will jump ship to the southern hemisphere and we'll be left with what recourse?



Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:01 | 1201383 williambanzai7
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The Japanese Consulate lodged a complaint with the NYT over an earlier version of this cartoon which I have modified to make totally accurate.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:13 | 1201409 MolotovCockhead
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Mistress of Tepco executive!

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 19:48 | 1201893 carbonmutant
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Housewives of Tokyo Prefecture...

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:02 | 1201384 Lord Welligton
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”The measures include erasing any information from internet sites that the authorities deem harmful to public order and morality."

Well, there's the problem and the tell right there.

1. They know they're up the creek without a paddle.

2. They know if the public (who may already know) accept this truth there will be a breakdown in public order.

3. The quality of that breakdown will manifest at a moral level. In other words, no holes barred.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:23 | 1201436 UninterestedObserver
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Bullshit Trav said everything is fine and that there is nothing to worry about.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:33 | 1201465 Lord Welligton
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Expecting trav7777 to call BS on this and leave himself a backdoor so he can deny it later.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:26 | 1201447 buzzsaw99
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S/he who panic first panic best.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:37 | 1201469 Lord Welligton
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Also, the Japanese elite front-running their own people in the panic game.

They'll be safe and sound while they continue to lie.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:19 | 1201546 Selah
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My motto is: "Panic now, avoid the rush".



Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:07 | 1201528 Manthong
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”The measures include erasing any information from internet sites that the authorities deem harmful to public order and morality."

Just wait till the Ministry of Homeland Security here starts in when the damage from our FRN1, FRN2, FRN2 and FRN4 meltdowns really become apparent. Net Neutrality is operant in regulatory spirit if not in law.  


Sun, 04/24/2011 - 17:20 | 1201640 Dejean Splicer
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"deem harmful to public order and morality."

Well at least we know that will not be taken down. So many hacked Geiger counters popped up on this site that the data output looks peachy.

That's the greatest thing about crowdsourcing, he who is the largest crowd wins.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 22:54 | 1202186 HedgeCock
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"In other words, no holes barred."

Holes barred??  What the heck is a barred hole?  And why would it be barred?  Oh, you mean "holds".  All's good.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 23:41 | 1202249 Kina
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Maybe repeating something his wife told him.

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 00:14 | 1202280 HedgeCock
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Ah, yes, brilliant.  Parapraxis!  Or however the blazes that is spelled.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:03 | 1201391 silvertrain
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Tonight on Discovery Channel at 10pm eastern "Mega Quake" .. I dont know how far they will go or show..

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:07 | 1201399 Ruffcut
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Geez, like I'm surprised by this action.

I went to NC coast for the week. Not much tube and no internet. You actually feel better about things in general.

What you don't know, can't let you down.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 17:25 | 1201645 Dejean Splicer
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Someone mentioned that Marla committed shoeaside after reading too many ZH stories.

Not sure if it's true, but....

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:12 | 1201405 SuperRay
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can't let you down, but can crush you like a bug while you're taking a deep breath and reveling in the moment...

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:11 | 1201412 treemagnet
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Its like they're taking cues from the retarded and inbred middle east regimes, "step 6, just start shooting", but first with rubber bullets.....they are after all, our people. 

No shit this is the "clean up" crew, whats next - pull a railroad mgmt legal trick and sue the victims for getting in front of this "train wreck"?

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:12 | 1201415 buzzsaw99
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How long before the usa clownbux do this?:


Talk about a breakdown in morality and social order!

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:29 | 1201455 Lord Welligton
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"harmful to public order and morality"

Like this.

And they didn't even have an Earthquake, Tsumani and Nuclear disaster.


Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:34 | 1201466 tao400
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you know what the solution with Japan is. Just don't buy anything from there. I am not. I am about to buy a car, was going to buy infinity and now am not going to. Even if I bought an older one, I could not be sure that the replacement parts would not be radioactive. I have stopped eating sushi because I don't believe the resturants will be truthful about what did and did not come from Japan. I don't believe a word they say and even less what they don't say.

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 02:54 | 1202507 tomster0126
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Agreed...i've never been a sushi fan, but now there's no chance i'll go again, and i'm telling my friends to stay away as well.  Not buying Japanese products is key, let's get more consumers on this strategy.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:37 | 1201472 sangell
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Yeah and they are going to conduct 'joint' press conferences too with only 'accredited reporters' allowed to attend.

Situation has got to be bad. 30 workers are already over 100 millisieverts, with #1 at 198. This is just a little over a month into this thing. Even with a 250 ms 'emergency' allowance how just how many of the workers at Fukushima are going to make it through the 6-9 month timeline to bring the reactors and SFP to anything approaching safe conditions?

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 21:07 | 1202039 hardcleareye
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Not going to happen, the 6-9 month timeline is a "dream" (they were correct when they said this is NOT like Chernobyl, it's a shit load worse), they will just redefine "safe conditions", there is NOTHING else they can do. 

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 00:21 | 1202292 HedgeCock
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Maybe they can take some courses in between lying and obfuscating on how to lie and obfuscate more effectively.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:37 | 1201473 americanspirit
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Two maps presented here in the interests of responsible reporting - not about Fukushima but about all the Fukushimas waiting to happen

1. A map of the locations of Japanese nuclear power plants

2. A map of the major fault lines in Japan

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:41 | 1201476 10kby2k
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$500 billiom to a $1 trillion to contain it correctly.  Too expensive, so there will be more leakage and casualties. The human life does have a value and this is a prime example.  I would relocate to another part of the world.  Unfortunately many cannot afford to do so. Life is money.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:55 | 1201504 goldfish1
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"Life is money."

I don't know where to begin...

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 18:22 | 1201742 10kby2k
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If $1 trillion were sent to Africa....millions of lives would be saved. The richer the country, the higher the expectations for safety/disaster control.  Safety cost can be geometrical. Someone has to draw the line in the sand.

The Japanese economy has sufferred or decades...I don't see them focusing massive resources on the nuclear containment, when there is so much visible destruction from the tsunami all around them that takes priority.


Sun, 04/24/2011 - 23:28 | 1202233 defender
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If $1 trillion were sent to Africa....millions of lives would be saved.

Not true.  If $1 trillion were sent to Africa, there would be rampant inflation...millions of people would starve to death b/c they didn't get any/enough of that money and now can't afford food.

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 00:06 | 1202275 10kby2k
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Sun, 04/24/2011 - 15:43 | 1201480 Caviar Emptor
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Yes the political elite in the developed world are closing the ranks. We already have a near news blackout in the US on turmoil in the MENA. Have to go to other news sources constantly. 

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:14 | 1201541 Selah
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I find this ironic since Libya was used to take Fukushima off the news.

The whole system is starting to spiral out of control. They can't keep the containment of truth up much longer. The general population is getting cynical and even those that still believe in "hope" are starting to realize that "something just isn't right".


Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:12 | 1201533 tom a taxpayer
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Breaking News: Japanese government reports Fukushima nuclear radiation contained after visit by Bernanke.

Japanese government press release:

"Japanese government is happy to announce Fukushima nuclear radiation is contained, based on analysis by world class containment expert Ben Bernanke. Core radiation, which strips out non-core radiation affecting food, energy, and people beyond the core reactors, remains contained within Bernanke's target for core radiation for a worst-case nuclear accident."

"Bernanke's analysis took note of the recent rise in non-core radiation in hundreds of square kilometers on land and sea around Fukashima. Bernanke-san assures Japanese government these are temporary, transitory spikes in radiation unlikely to become problematic as long as radiation expectations remain well-anchored. Ben-san congratulated the Japanese government for the withholding and obfuscation of radiation information and for showing how to anchor the public's radiation expectations toward the low or harmless end. Ben lamented that he was not able to anchor expectations to a similar degree in the U.S. due to a few bad apples, like Ron Paul, Zero Hedge, and a FOIA lawsuit by Bloomberg News."


Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:45 | 1201588 buzzsaw99
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Well done. You should write for The Onion.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 20:23 | 1201961 tom a taxpayer
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Thanks, but I would probably cry too much if I wrote for The Onion.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:10 | 1201536 TaxSlave
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Information bad for 'public good'.

Cesium not so bad for 'public good'.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:21 | 1201548 pitz
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A little cesium with your breakfast cereal in the morning never harmed anyone...

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 20:52 | 1202008 hardcleareye
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Sun, 04/24/2011 - 20:50 | 1202009 hardcleareye
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not right away, it takes about 10 to 20 years to give you cancer, unless your in the womb or still growing.... 

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:22 | 1201554 Silver Alert
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No, Information that is good for the public is "bad for the public good." Where "public good" is defined as the ability of those in power to stay there.

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 02:52 | 1202505 thames222
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there are a few exceptions to the rule...but agreed, the public throughout the world should be able to know what's going on.  let's hire some hollywood paparazzi to get in there lol i bet they'd be more stealth than Navy SEALS

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:25 | 1201560 onlooker
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zero Hedge ROCKS

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:28 | 1201564 TIMMAYYY
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Does anyone know anyone in anonymous to get on this...

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:34 | 1201576 jerry_theking_lawler
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Anonymous what...AA...alcoholics anonymous??


That group is a bunch of freaking blow-hards....what have they done?? what civil disobedience.... Anonymous needs to step up or change their name....again!

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:38 | 1201580 slewie the pi-rat
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japan goes NWO---same as the OWO!  it is what we fuking say it is, and we're japan.  so there!

this is pretty much full tilt retard, tho.  but, it's japanese! 

once i had a tenant tell me she had some crazy animal under her porch and was frightened.  so i went over and looked in the door to the crawl space, and there is a mama possum w/her kits.  she was very hostile.  i told the tenant just avoid, take two aspirin and call me in the morning if she still had a problem.

i'll still cut the japanese some slack.  the truth is not pretty.  they can wear tu-tu's, stand on their heads and recite dr. zuess, i don't care.  what can they do?  stay or leave? 

i don't even understand my own culture, very much, at this point.  the japanese can have my support and friendship.  i can't imagine what they are going through.  i don't want to, maybe, either...


Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:46 | 1201584 bob_dabolina
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Speaking of media control...

If the debt ceiling is breached your babies will die and your women will be raped by swarms of silverback gorillas.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:47 | 1201591 buzzsaw99
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No problem, gorilla have tiny pee pee.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:49 | 1201597 bob_dabolina
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That comment is an act of sedition/treason.

Your government sponsored contract is terminated for making inflammatory comments.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 17:06 | 1201615 slewie the pi-rat
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nice avatar, bob_d!  the hat is worn by those long in NGas, is it not?

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 19:19 | 1201845 bob_dabolina
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Damn slewie.

You know my shit!

Do you know who that is (my avatar)?

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 19:43 | 1201880 slewie the pi-rat
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nope.  when i first saw it i had the thought:  dennis hopper?  and it seems familiar.  i want to wize off and ask if it the guy off the pilgrim's progresso spaghetti sauce label, but i won't.  LOL!  ok;  i'll bite.  ?  wait!  you didn't buy RT's silver and get a pic didya?  ok.  i give up.

damn you, bob_d!

i never win!

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 20:13 | 1201935 bob_dabolina
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Silver is going off the chain nigga.

bling, bling; cha ching.

I feel sorry for selling :(

Up $10 in as many days...

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 17:13 | 1201630 buzzsaw99
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No gubmint cheese 4 me!


[/soup nazi]

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 16:54 | 1201602 Jim in MN
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Wonder what got to 'em.  Was it the stories about how the plant workers might die from poor conditions?  About the schoolchildren in the entire prefecture who can't go outside to play?  About the Kan government nearing collapse?  About allies and trade partners taking steps to protect their own citizens?  About ocean currents and airflow patterns?  Or about how there is so much irradiated water on site that it will take a month just to move about a tenth of it...if nothing goes wrong...while the exposed fuel rods simmer and pop in the half-full cores and the robots grind to a halt in the radiation, debris and 99% humidity.

Those goddamn immoral ocean currents.   I bet that was it.  They must be stopped.  Or at least not mentioned on the Internet.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 17:08 | 1201620 slewie the pi-rat
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not in japanese!  that's for damned sure!

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 17:35 | 1201656 thx111
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This is the link to the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications announcement page about their censorship role.  It is written in Japanese.  I couldn't find the same announcement in their English site.

This is why website like this (Zero Hedge) posting any info. about Fukushima Daiichi's is really important.  I've never trusted what TEPCO and Japanese gov. anyway. 


Mon, 04/25/2011 - 02:56 | 1202512 thames222
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Nice find--i agree, it's great to have such a valuable source as Durden is.  I was listening to some Marines last night on Call of Duty talk about things they've seen and heard of the Japanese doing to P.O.W.s and other American soldiers...gruesome shit and makes me never want to see the word Japan again.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 17:43 | 1201673 The Heart
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Well folks, that also must include the govt press briefings.

It may not matter if they censor the news, no one wants to report it anyways. In this last news conference on 4-22-11, there were only 3 reporters there to question the panel of speakers.

(At 48:30 the Tepco rep admits there is contamination of the ground water under reactor number two.

And so, it seems that the cover-up continues to tighten the noose around information. As Prof James Mc Canney said on the John Moore show last Monday, "it is criminal of our govt to not report the truth about the fallout that is hitting the US."


Mon, 04/25/2011 - 06:27 | 1202824 kreso
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I always wondered why is the ground water ever mentioned when reactors are sitting less than 100 m away from sea. Ground water issue should be irrelevant, unless melted core reaches it which should cause explosion. Again, this is not likely, as containment blanket should be thick enough to enable core to cool down before that happens.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 18:01 | 1201701 Die Weiße Rose
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Update from the field radiation team

Blogpost by Dr. Rianne Teule - April 19, 2011 at 12:36

Spending time in the Fukushima area and bearing witness to the impacts of the horrifying accident with our own eyes made us so angry - angry at the nuclear industry whose lies are being believed by so many, whose short-sighted self-interest is sickening. People in the area are exposed to the impacts of nuclear radiation often without being made aware by TEPCO or the authorities. We found radioactively contaminated vegetables with levels up to 75 times over the limits for consumption - even the growers have not even been warned against eating their crops! By providing information on simple protective measures (like: please don’t eat the vegetables from your garden) to the population in affected areas, the government could easily prevent significant radiation risks to the public.

We need an energy system that can fight climate change, based on renewable energy and energy efficiency. Nuclear power already delivers less energy globally than renewable energy, and the share will continue to decrease in the coming years.

Despite what the nuclear industry tells us, building enough nuclear power stations to make a meaningful reduction in greenhouse gas emissions would cost trillions of dollars, create tens of thousands of tons of lethal high-level radioactive waste, contribute to further proliferation of nuclear weapons materials, and result in a Chernobyl-scale accident once every decade.

Perhaps most significantly, it will squander the resources necessary to implement meaningful climate change solutions.  (Briefing: Climate change - Nuclear not the answer.)

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 18:03 | 1201703 etudiant
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The Japanese government is just doing the normal thing when in wartime, set up a press pool to control the information flow.

The country is in a war in which it has lost a sizable chunk of Japan's biggest island. TEPCO will not even drain the site until year end, so the reactors and psent fuel pools will emit more radioactive fumes to contaminate the country until next year. So additional losses beyond the one now under way should be expected.

The Japanese public, although patient beyond belief,  is nevertheless getting somewhat antsy at this involuntary national wildlife refuge creation process. The prospect of witnessing the creation of a partitioned country separated by a no go corridor cannot be far from the thoughts of anyone observing the situation. Ample reason to begin to institute controls on the media and public information flow. A national crisis is developing.

The  problem is that the disaster is a consequence built in to the industrial, high energy society that constitutes todays Japan. So the war analogy would imply recognition of the need for a most fundamental transformation of the society. Japan has shown the ability to execute such transformations in the past, usually after a period of turmoil lasting years, exemplified by the 1854-1867 interval between the arrival of Admiral Perry's 'Black Ships' to the Meiji restoration. The challenge this time is greater, so the period of stress is unlikely to be less.



Sun, 04/24/2011 - 18:19 | 1201729 Gunther
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The German wikipedia has already a lenghty description of what happened in fukushima and published radiation levels daily before and after the

in english:

Same topic in German:

This one does not have an English equivalent; it contains a table with radiation levels in several parts of the nuclear power plant over several days.

The German Wikipedia entry is more detailed then the english one.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 19:09 | 1201827 Die Weiße Rose
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Vielen dank Günther ;)

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 18:25 | 1201744 Dirt Rat
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Obviously if you don't believe the information provided by the government and their corporate overlords, then that makes you a terrorist. Next stop re-education camps for you, traitor.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 18:56 | 1201804 Die Weiße Rose
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What I can not believe, even though I see it daily on my TV on the main stream media, is the absolute denial of this nuclear disaster. On the weekend for example the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard went to Japan to give a bit of support to the Japan Government and carefully eat some Australian Beef on Camera before all the Journalists, looking like the absolute idiot Goose she is and talking about how bad the Tsunami was, thereby totally ignoring the huge pink Elephant in Japan, the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster. Dumb Julia (sorry to all those anglophile aussies who adore things like first lying Lady Prime Ministers) Dump Kevin Julia just ignored Fukushima, nibbled on the aussie beef as if it was a loaded gun or something similar about to blow and smiled onto the Camera saying how charmed she was that Australia's second biggest trading partner is going to rebuilt stronger and better than ever before after that bad bad TSUNAMI, and that the world will continue to Recover and the economy will go from strength to strength and the commodity boom will solve all the worlds (or at least Australia's) problems.

And that is exactly where all this bullshit starts and ends:

The ongoing boom and strong world-wide recovery after the global financial crisis.

Julia does not realize, that the Wall Street Stock-Exchange (she visited in March) or the Deutsche Börse ? is not really the World-Economy. The World Economy is not shuffling paper and doing endless media-opinion-polls and advertising market-research,the World Economy is not an advertisement by an Investment bank or one of the hedge funds who need to shuffle some paper and mark to blue sky fantasy.

But Julia, like the clones and Geese of Japanese government and TEPCO, does not worry about such trivial detail. Julia is getting ready for - yes you guessed it:

The Royal Wedding, to complete her fantasy of the Fairytale ride she lives on.

Stupid Woman. ( there, I wrote down my thought without even once saying fuck)


Sun, 04/24/2011 - 23:51 | 1202260 Kina
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It is true, and I guess you wouldn't think it possible, but Ms Gillard is probably Australia's worst ever leader. And to think she knifed her predecessor Mr Rudd (who looked like becoming one of their best) because she said she was better.


She is a waste of space and sending Australia backwards to the 1850s.

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 15:07 | 1202540 Bubbles the cat (not verified)
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Maybe Gillard is suitably qualified for the title of 'Another Genius'. I've previously awarded the epithet to a variety of folks including bewanky, goatner, demon, freddie greedy, the swan turkey, g2 1/2 (aka g20), imfkup and many others you won't have heard about. Read any of Hobsbawm's work? Well...I humbly suggest this title for his next book: 'Age of Genius'.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 19:02 | 1201816 MBOB
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This just in from a friend in Japan. They have had a dairy herd within the affected zone at Fukushima. "Our leader decided to kill about 30,000 animals which people left them inside of the 20km(Red Zone) today. So they will kill 3,000 cows,100 horses,dogs,cats and pigs in 2 few days!! Too bad for them:-("        The pre emptive death sentences have started. 

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 19:14 | 1201837 Everybodys All ...
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To hell with the Japanese government, but what about our own? This crap is coming our way and no one will demand a damn thing from our own administration. Where is the outrage? Are we all just a bunch of little girls with no guts to question authority?

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 20:30 | 1201968 Die Weiße Rose
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 I have this sneaking suspicion that the problem is the same all over the world.

The working class is too poor, too tired and worn out to complain.

They got too much to die from but too little to live on.

Academics and scientists like most politicians in power are all bought up by the Nuclear Industry,multinationals like TEPCO and the rest of Wall Street, hedge-funds as well as international pension-funds.These monopolies pool their money and lobby Governments with billions of taxpayers money. This is a global world-wide problem.

Power corrupts and we live in a world where, thanks to the Internet and some media these problems with our Governments become more and more obvious.

Only those People who have lost and have nothing more to lose will stand up and actually protest and voice their descent. Just look at China for example. Even though there are most of the population still living in poverty, these millions of people have no voice.

The big message the world over is: everyone will be prosperous if you just believe and follow the system.The main stream media and politicians the world over are constantly repeating this same message: Believe this Dream we sell you even at the highest price !

Billions of People below the poverty line have no voice, because they are probably homeless, can't afford a cell-phone or Computer, and are busy just to survive day to day, as now many working-poor of the middle-class are becoming.

I am not a communist, but I believe that the worlds resources are in the hands of too few, and often they are tyrants like Gaddafi or other totalitarian Regimes.

The problem is that our own western Governments and Institutions and multinational Corporations are just as corrupt and keep poor conditions and crooked tyrants in Power to enrich themselves, because real democracy hardly ever happens in our world.

Life for many is little more than a struggle to survive and if you want a voice, or a life, or a house to live in, some kids, a friend, a partner or a wife, you got to have money.

The truth is: Money is Power and Power corrupts, and Nuclear Power corrupts absolutely ;)

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 20:40 | 1201985 Natasha Fatale
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I have a rather disquieting hunch that the same will be true in the USA when our Monetary Fukushima begins its meltdown

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 20:43 | 1201993 Natasha Fatale
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I have a rather disquieting hunch that the same will be true in the USA when our Monetary Fukushima begins its meltdown

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 21:00 | 1202026 JustinJapan
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These fools have their heads so far up their arses it isn't even funny.

The average sheep on the street will have no idea about this as it'll never make the news over here.

I'd been waiting for them to start for years:

Watch them come for my silver, next. I'd make the news!


Sun, 04/24/2011 - 21:46 | 1202106 geekgrrl
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Like the Japanese government or TEPCO has any concept whatsoever what the word "irresponsible" means. Silly me, I feel like those responsible for exposing the entire Northern Hemisphere and billions of people to an increased risk of cancer are the ones who have acted irresponsibly. 

And how laughable, the idea of "illegal information?" More accurately, this is information which directly threatens the credibility of the authorities by contradicting official claims of safety. So it's not illegal based on any kind of long-standing moral or legal principle, it's more like illegal a la Orwells' 1984: it's illegal because Big Brother says so. 

If this man-made disaster has proven anything beyond a shadow of a doubt, it is that the authorities are not to be believed. They have no credibility. The truth can stand the light, lies, not so much.

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 22:48 | 1202177 palmereldritch
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Fukxshixx....the statist seizium has started its redaction

Sun, 04/24/2011 - 23:18 | 1202222 PulauHantu29
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But...but...but they said, "It's only a tiny F*ck'n leak!!!!!"

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 00:21 | 1202289 glenlloyd
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Regimes that are on the outs tend to lash out and impose rules / regs that curtail freedom in a shameless attempt to preserve the status quo. Unfortunately (or fortunately in this case) those actions only bring about the downfall of the establishment that much more quickly.

Japan / Tepco handled this situation about as badly as possible.

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 02:56 | 1202506 JustinJapan
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For the first bit, you're 100% correct.

What you couldn't possibly know, however, is how completely indictrinated all but the tiniest sliver of Japanese society now finds itself.

I see how well they've handled it everyday over here when I ask folks about radiation. "What radiation? The news says it's equal to 1 chest X-ray and Moscow has more radiation, anyway."

"1 chest X-ray over how much time?"

"What do you mean?"


Mon, 04/25/2011 - 02:51 | 1202499 tomster0126
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I guess it's their choice to stop reporters from showing shit or not...either way this makes Japan look more shady.

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 03:01 | 1202514 Bubbles the cat (not verified)
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Yeah. I can appreciate the sentiments of the Japanese govt and Tepco. There's nuthin worse than people who publish misleading information, outright lies and complete shit. So......what are they gonna do about it?

Mon, 04/25/2011 - 03:44 | 1202565 Canny
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Mon, 04/25/2011 - 06:22 | 1202817 ivars
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Contamination map of the Fukushima plant:

Interestingly, some of most  radioactive debris sits where the debris from reactor 3. vertical explosion would land. So it must come from inside reactor 3. What is it? They have not explained.



Mon, 04/25/2011 - 10:44 | 1203437 Beaniebabe
Wed, 04/27/2011 - 05:45 | 1210550 silberblick
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This is so ironic. The Russians just commemorated Chernobyl, during which Medvedev said the lesson that had been learned included to be more open to scrutiny an more transparent if/when there is a disaster, instead of hiding the truth. Seems like the Japanese will have to go through their own process (and take down the world with them) to learn this lesson.

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