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 - 16:49 | 3214296 Whiteshadowmovement
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Joburgs about 800 miles away (and thank god!)

The air is always clean here because the warm air from the african interior (kalahari desert) hits the cold atlantic which results in fast wind sweeping all the pollution out to sea

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:08 | 3214366 Whiteshadowmovement
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Although tonbe fair to Jo'burg, its actually one of the "greenest" cities on the planet. 100 years ago it wad an empty field, today its actually one of the largest manmade fprests in the world. Over 10million trees have been planted there

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:27 | 3214415 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Cool site showing global aerosols courtesy of NASA, yep Jo'berg looks clean, everyone else is just breathing the other guy's filth


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:43 | 3214452 Whiteshadowmovement
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Hey thanks, that really was a cool link! Very nice to see all of jo'burgs crap blow out to the indian ocean rather than down to Cape Town!

Interesting map, though it would be nice to know more precisely what were looking at as it seems to record a lot of organic movement (sand, volcanoes etc.)

Joburg itself is fairly ok and the leafy suburbs are amazingly green (you still couldnt pay me to move there frpm CT and houses cost twice as much here for good reason!) but an hour outside all the mining starts and im thinking thats the permanent cloud trailing out over madagascar.

Chine just seems like one of those dry ice magic trick cocktails!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:19 | 3214548 OpenThePodBayDoorHAL
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Lots of red Sahara sand; lots of rainforest fires (Brazil, Indonesia); a few little cyclones/hurricanes (tiny white dots that meander around); a big volcano exploding near Madasgascar; bush fires in Australia; and general pollution in China/Japan and East coast US. Shows the Northern Hemisphere slowing getting snowy. Super cool.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 03:48 | 3215717 zhandax
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My ex-in-laws live in Capstadt, assuming you guys haven't run then out of town yet.  They were refugees from Saint-Amand-Montrond; probably pissed off too many people there....

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:12 | 3214186 Quinvarius
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China is giving Japan a dutch oven.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:12 | 3214188 The Gooch
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"prevailing winds from the West"

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:12 | 3214189 10mm
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I got to get off this fuckin planet soon.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:15 | 3214200 spartan117
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When you leave, may I have your 10mm stash?  Ammo is unpossible to find these days.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:18 | 3214207 sampo
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Yeah, I wonder when the smog hits West Coast.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:28 | 3214251 youngman
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How will they know when it hits...they have their own smog.....or does this smog have slanty clouds???

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:28 | 3214583 edifice
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Don't worry, you will. Agenda 21, bitchez!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:14 | 3214198 thecoloredsky
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Does this have anything to do with the weather making technology that was deployed in the Beijing olympics?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:15 | 3214201 knukles
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Dude, some people claim the same radio weapon was used to make the earthquake that destroyed Fuckushittnme.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:21 | 3214218 thecoloredsky
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+1 for Fuckushittnme

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:18 | 3214204 I need more cowbell
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Paging Mr. Godzilla, Godzilla to mainland prease...

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:31 | 3214601 Fedaykinx
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Ohhh no!  There goes Tokyo!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:20 | 3214213 Osmium
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I think i will laugh at them. 

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:45 | 3214455 EscapingProgress
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The world is a comedy show and the tickets are free. Enjoy yourself.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:22 | 3214226 1000yrdstare
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Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:43 | 3214292 knukles
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I think that's the same stuff the corpsman said I had then took this long plastic needle tube thingie and shoved it down my....

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:58 | 3214339 pods
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Hey Knuk, I think you let your inside voice have the keyboard again.



Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:23 | 3214227 mightycluck
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China's revenge against Japan ... and US.


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:36 | 3214238 Bansters-in-my-...
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It's kinda ironic how the tylers keep such a good eye on other countries air quality,and keep us informed yet refuses to bring up the air quality in his own country.

The levels of aluminum,and strontium and barium,silver oxide ,etc are at toxic levels in most of the USA and North America in general. Due to Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering.

Solar Radiation Management (SRM)


SAG...Stratospheric Aerosol Geoengineering......Happening to yous all

Check out a company Dyn-O-Mat (R) Inc


They have this nice chemical called "Dyn-o-Storm" and "Dyn-o-Drought"

Kid you fucking NOT.

Check out what they say they can and /have done with these goodies.

Check out and learn what HAARP is all abot every one.....

and how it works with aerol spraying.

This is serious shit,right at home...!!!

Why is it NOT news...???



You's....are being CHEMTRAILED.......


Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:40 | 3214281 spartan117
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I believe the primary Tyler is British.  I recall seeing a UK address for the contact section when they originally posted their office addresses.  They also have a location here in the US.  This could have all changed, but since we rarely ever see any articles on the UK, I would assume he is native English and does not like to bash his own country. 

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:56 | 3214334 hooligan2009
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only need to check the spelling of words like "color" and "asshat" :>)

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:14 | 3214377 Tyler Durden
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Or perhaps the answer is actually reading instead of just commenting, most recently here: 'Blame The Weather' As UK Heads For Unprecedented Triple-Dip-Recession. And, of course, this.

Or, perhaps that is just a London-based cultural jab at "dumb Americans" who write groundless BS first, and ask questions or heaven forbid, do fact-checking and actual work, later?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:52 | 3214648 spartan117
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Wow, one whopping UK article in the last 35 days.  The other link has more to do with the Eurozone ex-UK than the UK itself.  I still recall your head office being in the UK, and I'm sticking with that position.  Feel free to tell me you guys aren't based out of the UK. 

I never said you were pro-euro, in fact, my position has always been that the Tylers have a bias against the European Union, leaving out all the troubles and toils in the UK.  Just my belief from what I see daily here at zerohedge, you can do what you like with it.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 19:34 | 3214781 NotApplicable
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FWIW, with the exception of a handful of delusional, wishful-thinkers, I'd say everyone has a bias against the EU.

As the pro-EU position is kind of like being a cheerleader for lung cancer, positioning it against the evils of dying of old age.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:01 | 3214813 VonManstein
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I also feel Tyler’s have UK connection(s) due to their pathological hatred of the EU and EUR and their equal  fondness for Nigel Farage who may well be a entertaining voice  in British politics, but is also a complete cock. he says some good things But he never ever mentions the long standing and entrenched problems with UK and blames EU for everything, quite childish. Also he wanted to deploy the army during London riots. No mention of this from Tylers

UK loaded with scandals... accusations paedophiles in parliament. Paedophiles running charities. Paedophiles getting knighted by the queen. You name it.

One thing that really exposes the Tyler disingenuous bias towards (against) EU s their rampant tweeting about high EUR hurting German exports, when we all know that a strong currency is good for a nation and a people and for manufacturers as their import costs are lower. Germany also sells high end engineered products that you cant really get anywhere else for any price, they don’t sell little plastic cars and Barbie dolls. Strong currency is good for Germany. Just not the banking establishment’s agenda perhaps.

Another thing, recently, Tyler on one evening “tweeted” how Japans exporters have had no benefit from the recent epic devaluation  and then suggest the EUR is too high for German exporters... errr what?

anyway. ZH great info site but definitely got to see for what it is sometimes. We all have our bias and ZH has its own version of things. This is no more obvious as it is than when ZH reiterated Goldman’s call for SPX 1250 by year end 2012 something that fitted Tyler’s agenda and EUR hatred. Obviously any other call Goldman makes is to be faded but not when its stocks down.. . total hypocrisy on Tyler’s part that month. Kind of funny.

I read here most days though so can’t complain too much, it is however good to point these things out.



Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:02 | 3214876 Seer
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So, if I understand you correctly Farge shouldn't be referenced because he has horrible views on things NOT related to finance/economics, even if he's 100% correct on the finance/economic issues?

Maybe we shouldn't allow you to post because you wear yellow socks (or something as equally disjointed from the subject at hand)?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:27 | 3214914 VonManstein
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Nope, not saying Farage shouldn’t be posted. Just saying when he is its often for entertainment purposes.

And look. ZH is about freedom and liberty and real capitalism. ZH is not about supporting politicians that wish to deploy the army onto the streets of a capital city to "deal" with a few thousand rioters. Not very libertarian and completely unprincipled to ignore this just because he bashes the EU.

Plus as i said... Nigel Farage worships the City of London. He used to work at the LME (not that that’s a problem on its own) he want to protect British financial sector and thus he never criticises it. EVER. Have you even read UKIPs manifesto? No. Didn’t think so. It fucking ridiculous. You just like his youtube clips and think that’s enough for you to support him. Which is completely my point in the first place.

I just get bored of his easily likeable populist babbling. He is a good voice to have in politics just for the fact he shakes things a little. But he is not the answer to anything and if you actually do any investigation of him and UKIP you will actually realise he is a much of an idiot as Boris Johsnosn and has Zero solutions for UK problems.


Tue, 02/05/2013 - 04:23 | 3215722 zhandax
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The levels of aluminum,and strontium and barium,silver oxide ,etc are at toxic levels in most of the USA and North America in general

So do something about it.  DMSA

As far as Farage's usefulness....

Society is like a stew. If you don’t stir it up every once in a while then a layer of scum floats to the top.
- Edward Abbey

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:05 | 3214884 Freddie
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Tyler's have "a bias against the European Union."  Who doesn't?  They are more corrupt ****ing politicians and banksters.

Unelected in some case like marixst Baraoso and his evil dwarf creep Van Rompuy.  Those ***ks deserve a rope and a lampost.

The Tylers and most of the people here, as far as I can tell, are pro free citizens and anti big and corrupt govts/banksters.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 20:27 | 3214927 VonManstein
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EU politicians are filth as are US and UK. I just get bored of the EURUSD and EU talk.

ZH is a great site, but not without its faults. No big deal.

Tue, 02/05/2013 - 00:07 | 3215435 chindit13
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They're biting the hand that feeds them.  I guess chasing their own tails had to eventually lead to this (rear) end.

One sympathizes, Tyler.  Your post the other day about the Eurobanks' cash balances bludgeons clowns like "Bansters", so (though you're unlikely to be a Brit), keep a stiff upper lip.  With the rest you're still in "favour" and retain your safe "harbour".

The "defence" rests.  Indeed.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:45 | 3214298 knukles
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Man, talk about contempt prior to investigation.... everything is in the public domain and nobody believes it....  another example of the power, depth breadth and scope of the matrix information and perceptions management and propaganda mechanism in place.

these folks really need unplug form the matrix

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 17:14 | 3214375 Matt
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Dyn-O-Mat is only testing, they are not actively disrupting hurricanes. I wonder what the side effect of dropping what is essentially ground up maxi-pads into hurricanes could be.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 19:14 | 3214717 NotApplicable
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Puffer fish of all shapes and sizes?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:29 | 3214253 1000yrdstare
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Where is AL GORE?????

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:42 | 3214288 azzhatter
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I was thinking this is just a massive fart from Algore. He is really becoming a disgusting fatass

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:29 | 3214594 syntaxterror
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I believe he can still be reached in his 767 since it has wi-fi.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 18:34 | 3214604 SDShack
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He invented the internet

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:30 | 3214254 LawsofPhysics
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Don't worry sheeple, health care is free in a labor camp.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:36 | 3214265 hooligan2009
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unfortunately, that smog is on the way to the west coast of the US.

remember this?

the UK had been polluting Norway on the same basis for quite some time (with smaller "free" christmas trees for trafalgar square!

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:37 | 3214269 VonManstein
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I think ZH readership were the only ones who actually thought that China would declare war on Japan over a few little bits of rock.. Come on. Grow up people.

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:41 | 3214285 hooligan2009
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i think zh readership would have been the only ones to think that some stipid fat ass prince might start a world war...or a lame duck britsh government to commandeer a merchant fleet to convery troops to some shit hole in the south atlantic. where are you from?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:44 | 3214295 VonManstein
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A sinful place. Whyd you ask?

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 16:54 | 3214330 hooligan2009
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there are few countries that have no stones to throw at others.  thailand?belgium?colombia?chicken ranch?

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