China's Creeping Toxic Smog Cloud Blankets Japan

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These days one has to laugh with the Japanese, as the temptation to laugh at them is just so high.

Because, sadly, the endless barrage of negative developments surrounding the "Land of the Rising Sun" may soon require a constitutional amendment replacing that key adjective to "Setting." And while everyone knows that Japan's economy is the Keynesian voodoo religion's event horizon laughing stock, caught between a 30 year deflationary implosion which is the only permissive factor allowing it to sustain interest payments on a 235% debt/GDP mountain, and a banking, debt and funding crisis should the government "succeed" in generating inflation, it is the intangibles that will be the proverbial straw that breaks this particular camel's back. Intangibles, such as 2011's tsunami and Fukushima explosion, which have made sure that every piece of domestic sushi will be pre self-cooked for generations.

Yet glowing in the dark may have just been the beginning: now Japan also has a toxic, photochemical smog problem to boot.

It is true that we were confused why China had not retaliated too aggressively in the ongoing spat over some meaningless islands in the China Sea. At least not yet. It turns out that China was merely biding its time in deciding on how to most Geneva Unconventionally punish its militant island neighbor to the east. Turns out that the punishment will come in the form of an export that Japan will hardly be happy with: the unprecedented smog that until recently was blanketing China. The same toxic smog is now over Japan.

AFP reports:

The suffocating smog that blanketed swathes of China is now hitting parts of Japan, sparking warnings Monday of health risks for the young and the sick.


The environment ministry's website has been overloaded as worried users log on to try to find out what is coming their way.


Access to our air-pollution monitoring system has been almost impossible since last week, and the telephone here has been constantly ringing because worried people keep asking us about the impact on health,” said an environment ministry official.


Pictures of Beijing and other Chinese cities shrouded in thick, choking smog played out across television screens in Japan last week.


News programs have broadcast maps showing a swirl of pollution gathering strength across China and then spreading out over the ocean towards Japan.


Pinks, reds and oranges that denote the highest concentrations form a finger of smog that inches upward to the southern main island of Kyushu.

So on one hand Tokyo has radioactive sea breezes to watch out for from the East, and on the other: carcinogenic particulate matter as a result of China building empty cities to keep its 8% GDP on target. As we said before: laugh with them, not at.

Air pollution over the west of Japan has exceeded government limits over the last few days, with tiny particulate matter a problem, said Atsushi Shimizu of the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES).


Prevailing winds from the west bring airborne particles from the Asian mainland, he said.


Of specific concern is the concentration of a particle 2.5 micrometers or less in diameter, which has been as high as 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air over recent days in northern Kyushu.


The government safe limit is 35 micrograms.


Yellow sand from the deserts of Mongolia and China is a known source for these particles, as are exhausts from cars and smoke from factories.


“At this time of year they are definitely not yellow sands, so they're toxic particles,” Shimizu said, warning that “people with respiratory diseases should be careful.”

Fear not: the Japanese government will simply raise the safe limit to 100 micrograms, as it did in the aftermath of the Fukushima explosion when it was lying non-stop just how safe Fukushima is, confirming that when it comes to treating its citizens it is no better than the USSR circa 1986.

But the bigger problem for Japan is that when Abe set off on his campaign to crush the currency, this is not the kind of bilateral, well really unilateral as China is still not importing anything from Japan, he had in mind. In fact, in the absence of domestic nuclear power plants, the cost of imported Japanese energy will soar, even as the local purchasing power implodes, leading to civil unrest and a prompt sweep of the government.

Unless, of course, this is merely a very elaborate scheme to finally "fix" the old age overpopulation problem Japan is facing, in which the toxic pollution will merely finish what Fukushima couldn't. After all it was none other than Japan's deputy PM who urged Japan's elderly to "hurry up and die."

Since they sternly refuse to do so, has the time finally come to give them a hand?

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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:07 | 3214161 reader2010
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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:12 | 3214178 true brain
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Don't laugh. it will be in US west coast in one month. Chincom has found a way to get back at Japan and US without firing a single shot. Just dust some radioactive particles into the air. wait Fukushima already did that. plan b next.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:17 | 3214195 knukles
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Fuck yeah, fog blanket holds in radioneuclotides.
What a wonderful world.


(Gives new menain to dim drivers driving with their dims on.)

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:18 | 3214206 TonyCoitus
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That's not smog, it's worse.


Krugman farted.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:25 | 3214237 fourchan
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who knew the red sun would come from unrestrained communism.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:41 | 3214287 SilverTree
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Fake American Eagle silver coins surface

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:51 | 3214317 Bastiat
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Cruder than Obama's birth certificate.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:14 | 3214379 redpill
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That fog is thicker than polonium tea!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:52 | 3214479 ParkAveFlasher
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"Hurry up and breathe".

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 05:23 | 3215751 Enslavethechild...
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Everybody knows there are zombies hiding in the smog. I'm going back into the Radioactive Zone where it's safe.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:53 | 3214324 ebworthen
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Hardly seems like all the work considering the amount of copper in them and the work to make them.

You'd have to make an awful lot of those to make any money off of it.

Perhaps the Chinese trying to lower the value of U.S. Silver Eagles?

Odd, and disturbing.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:11 | 3214371 redpill
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Seems like those should have been pretty easy to catch but I guess the dealer assumed no one would counterfeit a silver coin.


Word to the wise, never assume anything.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:30 | 3214587 SDShack
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When the Smog combines with Fuki Radiation AND the Smug from foreign stock pickers, plus George Clooney's acceptance speech at this year's Oscars... it will be the Perfect Storm of epic proportions.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 01:42 | 3215599 zorba THE GREEK
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Payback for Pearl Harber bitches.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:30 | 3214256 AngryGerman
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I surely hope that you all then have medical insurance...


ha, socialism rules!!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:35 | 3214261 Never One Roach
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I thought the Fuki radiation showering Cali was bad enough but this is just one more reason to move out of there. Let NAR's "Aliens" have it.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:26 | 3214573 Freddie
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F**k yeah!  Hopefully all over Nancy Pelosi's vineyards!  Hopefully the illegals are shitting in her vineyards with various diseases that get in her grapes and he botxed face!

I would not buy any wine from MexiFornia.  F them!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 19:48 | 3214820 Seer
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You're such a xenophobic fuck.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:25 | 3214935 Fred Hayek
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But Tom Friedman thinks China's a model for green development and wishes we had an authoritarian government like them so we could be green like them.

Tom Friedman should be made to breath that air.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 00:10 | 3215471 steve from virginia
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China's auto market heats up ...


All that smog is coming this way.


Warm up the B-52s. 5 million tons of bombs ought to do the trick. A day to take out the Chinese air force then let-er rip.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:22 | 3214221 Son of Loki
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Long smog masks, iodine tablets, diapers and respirators...and cans of "fresh air."

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:00 | 3214345 Matt
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obligatory space balls clip:

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:03 | 3214353 whatsinaname
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so they care about this pollution but not the radiation ?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:36 | 3214608 NotApplicable
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Well, if the pollution is moving in from the west, then the radiation on the east coast is moving out.


Tue, 02/05/2013 - 02:21 | 3215651 mkhs
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You can see smog. You can't see radiation.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:37 | 3214441 rotagen
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In a country where people get buried next to their coworkers and the state is your "family" somehow I don't think there'll be a lot of protests over this sort of thing.


We in the united snakes of amerikwa would never allow this to happen, we're free-thinkers you see...not.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:07 | 3214165 docmac324
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Blame Al qaida, everyone else does.


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:09 | 3214176 EscapeKey
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Yup. I forgot to walk the dog this morning. Wife was furious, but then I recalled how the media rolls, and blamed Al Qaeda.

Obviously, she understood.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 05:28 | 3215755 Enslavethechild...
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 Bomb them into Democracy.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:16 | 3214203 your neighbor
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toxic avenger starring jackie Chan vs radioactive fukuzilla. Should be good.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:26 | 3214240 Sudden Debt
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could also be sandy... that bitch is doing some nasty stuff about everywhere... just ask Obama...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:44 | 3214294 Au_Ag_CuPbCu
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Pfffft...whatever, EVERYONE knows it's Bush's fault!

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 01:04 | 3215545 fxrxexexdxoxmx
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Once Sunis stop blaming Shites then we can all stop blaming Al qaida

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:08 | 3214166 EscapeKey
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"Smoke on the water and fire in the sky. 

Smoke on the water... "

Soon, that might seem strangely relevant...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:11 | 3214183 malek
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Unfortunately, Funky Claude just died last month. RIP

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:45 | 3214299 francis_sawyer
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No matter what, we get out of this... I know ~ We will never forget...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:59 | 3214341 Frozen IcQb
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Jazz will be hard hit. Sad.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:15 | 3214384 1100-TACTICAL-12
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Can't tell the smog for the chemtrail's , last few days here in the heart of FEMA Region 6. Lighten up boys , holy shit.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:09 | 3214173 EvlTheCat
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China:  Hey Japan, I fart in your general direction.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 21:14 | 3215072 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Just more blobbing up, Chinese citizenism style.

Chinese citizenism is about consuming the environment. A vivid economy is one consuming heavy the environment.

As Chinese citizenism spreads, it now turns its eyes to exterior for greater blob up.

Chinese citizenism systemics prevail, pushing pollution over on convenient exterior.

But hey, better for Chinese citizenism citizens to think that they are misunderstood people, whose ways are not properly known and interpretated.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 22:08 | 3215215 Milestones
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Good grief!! When are you "citizenism" people going to grow up and start kindergarden?          Milestones

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 22:00 | 3215193 chindit13
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Kamikaze might mean "Divine Wind", but in this instance the Japanese would be Children of a Lesser God.  Perhaps this would be better called Krugman's Broken Wind Flatulancy.  Imagine, if you will, a nationwide Chinese tailgater, replete with beer and chilli.  One point three five billion souls participating in Our National Day of the Grand Glorious Double Happiness Flatulation.  Cue Monty Python.

I recall reading that some math wag did the equations and figured if every Chinese person built a six foot platform, climbed to the top, and in unison jumped off, the resulting force from all 1.35 billion hitting the ground at the exact same time would cause a tsunami that would wipe out Japan.  I have no idea why that trick isn't in one of Krugman's books.  It's also Abenomics in its purest form.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:09 | 3214175 Shigure
Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:14 | 3214199 knukles
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Canned factory fresh in the fresh factory air at Fuckushittinme.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:31 | 3214425 msmith9962
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Fresh air canners are getting paid minimum wage.  You know one can in every case is going to have a fart in it.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 04:52 | 3215744 Shigure
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The irony is that the coal, gas and oil burnt to produce the energy to make and transport the cans has contributed to the smog.  Either this guy is a very stupid environmentalist, or a clever self-publicist - his picture is on the cans, hmm

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:10 | 3214179 orangegeek
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China is so awesome.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:38 | 3214615 SDShack
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Yep, a foreign stock picker was gloating about China on BSNBC and said "I love the smell of smog in the morning... it smells like victory!"

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:17 | 3214184 Whiteshadowmovement
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One of the very best things about living here in Cape Town at the tip of Africa: some of the cleanest air there is (for a major city)

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:38 | 3214275 hooligan2009
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can smell jo'berg ten miles away..nairobi twenty miles away...pooh...where does cape town air go? blown north to the Namib?

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