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Atmospheric Warfare: Japan Warns Its Citizens To Hide From China's Toxic Smog

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In addition to currency, trade, and disputed islands, Japan can add one more form of covert warfare it is now engaged in with China: atmospheric. We first wrote about the relentless exports of Beijing's toxic smog, which has been migrating in an eastern direction, over the East China Asia, and parking right over downtown Tokyo, nearly a month ago,  but only now has Japan formally responded to what can only be classified as Chinese atmospheric sabotage. According to Japan Times, "Authorities will urge residents to stay indoors if the level of toxic
smog spreading to Japan from China is expected to exceed twice the maximum limit set by the central government, officials said." And with Chinese smog overnight already literally off the charts virtually every day, as seen most recently here...


... one wonders just what is this great economic reflationary miracle Japan intends on conducting, with everyone ordered to stay indoors or better yet, not breathe? The good news, is that as explained previously, China's inbound toxic air should promptly fix Japan's untenable "top-heavy" demographic situation.

From Japan Times:

The Environment Ministry guidelines say prefectural governments will recommend that people, especially those with heart or lung diseases, the elderly and children, refrain from going outside or ventilating their homes if the average amount per day of the air pollutant PM2.5 (particulate matter 2.5 microns in diameter) is projected to top 70 micrograms per cubic meter.


The ministry has set a limit of less than 35 micrograms for the pollutant found in toxic smog. The alert will be issued if the level exceeds 85 micrograms in an hour in the early morning, since the average amount per day would then be expected to surpass 70 micrograms, based on past monitoring data analysis.


The alerts will be not legally binding, according to the ministry, which set the guidelines based on findings on health hazards caused by PM 2.5 and standards in the United States.


The hazardous particulate matter PM2.5 can be absorbed by the lungs and cause heart and lung disease.

One can't help but be amused by the hypocrisy of a government suddenly concerned about the health of its citizens, and imposing limits and such, when in the aftermath of Fukushima, the government would arbitrarily set maximum radiation dosage exposure limits, only to double them the next day when they were thoroughly trounced.


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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:08 | 3285227 Stoploss
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Radiation good..


Smog bad..


That is all..

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:11 | 3285235 GetZeeGold
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As always......find someone else to blame....problem solved.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:15 | 3285245 Sudden Debt
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WHY DID YOU CAUSE ALL THAT SMOG YOU Socialist... kapitalistic....



Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:23 | 3285265 AssFire
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China releasing smog...

USSA releasing illegals...

Both are efforts in extortion:

China wants islands USSA wants more taxes.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:36 | 3285307 Sudden Debt
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yeah.... but those illegals clean pools... what does smog do?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:45 | 3285349 krispkritter
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Dirties the pools so the illegals remain employed...?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:16 | 3285440 Sudden Debt
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this sounds all to Krugman to me... I can't follow anymore....

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:12 | 3285685 Bicycle Repairman
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LOL.  This is from the Onion, right?  Japanese citizens, it's Chinese smog that caused your baby to have 3 eyes.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 13:44 | 3286410 whotookmyalias
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In other news, the sickness from toxic smog is very similar but different than radiation sickness. Trust us, we are the government and we know these things.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 13:58 | 3286487 blu
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Radiation releases? Go to work please, take the train, enjoy some sushi at the outdoor eatery. It's fine. Trust us.

Cloud of particulates from China? Oh teh noes hide your childrens the airs are diseases hair melting oh the humanity.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:09 | 3285422 Urban Roman
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Communist China: Sniff our smog! 

Capitalist Japan: I'll see your PAH and raise you an I-131. 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:30 | 3285766 tango
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My wife's best friend is Chinese and a legal translator.  She just returned and said the city (forgot name - Quangjow - sorry, they all sound alike)  she worked was the most toxic place she'd ever been.  "Unlivable"/ lights on at noon to break the smog/gas masks/a gooey "film" on her clothes and in her hair.   If China was trying to find a more self-destructive pathway she could not have picked a better plan. 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:13 | 3285242 Sudden Debt
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dude... don't downplay it....


Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:41 | 3285536 gmrpeabody
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Damn it SD..., you owe me a another keyboard...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:40 | 3285325 rogeliokh
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Who needs Solar? Right? Nodoby, burn coal is good and clean.

Keep "Smoking".

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:46 | 3285351 Azannoth
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Coal contains trace radioactive isotopes, when you burn Billions of tons of it, it add up fast, all the coal plants in the world release way more radiation than all the nuclear plants

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:21 | 3285450 yabyum
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Why worry about thr Orient, The wasatch front of Utah has the worst air in North America...this shit kills people.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:41 | 3285546 Sofa King Confused
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I dont know if it the worst in the US but the inversions there are pretty bad.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:08 | 3285228 bugs_
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Smog vs Radiation

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:12 | 3285238 Sudden Debt
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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:24 | 3285277 BandGap
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Godzilla did beat the smog monster, I have it on tape.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:43 | 3285341 Sudden Debt
Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:10 | 3285231 buzzsaw99
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made in china bitchez

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:13 | 3285430 Mad Max
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Population control asian-style.  Of course, Japan and China both have terrible demographic balances.  Maybe this is intended to even those out a bit.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:12 | 3285236 Sudden Debt
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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:28 | 3285286 booboo
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"I fart in your general direction"

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:43 | 3285326 Sudden Debt
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Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:13 | 3285239 Super Broccoli
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Grrrr BAD CHINESES that didn't want to sign our magnificient Kyoto bullshit agreement !

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:13 | 3285241 francis_sawyer
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Duck & Cover

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:29 | 3285287 booboo
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Peking Duck and Cover

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:39 | 3285319 francis_sawyer
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Duck Sauce & Cover

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:07 | 3285415 Teamtc321
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Duck Soup & Cover

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:14 | 3285437 Sudden Debt
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Don't Dip Sing Jung about it man...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:14 | 3285243 WallStreetClass...'s picture

Why worry about air or water pollution? Eliminate EPA!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:18 | 3285259 GetZeeGold
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Once we get the death panels rolling.....we won't need the EPA so much.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:25 | 3285278 semperfi
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death panels won't be necessary thanks to Fukushima

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:14 | 3285244 Its_the_economy...
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Welcome to the industrial party.

Brought to you by TPTB.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:31 | 3285291 Its_the_economy...
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Why do i think i know when AnAnonymous is voting the board?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 12:35 | 3286071 prains
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His friends know him as the masked AnAnalogousAnus, he's a real sniffer

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 00:59 | 3289148 prains
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That's all you got clip on just your anonymous -1 junk to a truthyism, no pigeon english retort, no chinese colloquial euphemism you could reply with to illustrate the grandeur of your communist culture over the round eye. you disappoint at every turn but you already knew that.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:15 | 3285246 suteibu
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All of that money spent on reducing carbon in Japan wasted.  Didn't anyone realize that the wind blows from West to East.  But, at least the radioactive ocean between Japan and Hawaii has clean air (with statistically insignificant less CO2) hovering over it.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:15 | 3285247 AnAnonymous
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Ah, 'americans', you cant make them up.

If that helps saving some lives from being exposed to radiation...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:39 | 3285318 TheFourthStooge-ing
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What's the point of this text?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 13:46 | 3286417 whotookmyalias
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Did that make sense in your head when you typed it?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:12 | 3286862 akak
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What you just read was the conflatuation of two opposing and polluted streams of ananonymystical 'chinese' citizenism consciousness, resulting in the mutual and total annhilation of all pre-existing (if highly attenuated) quanta of rationality, with the subsequently produced highly charged particles of insanitation and hypocritizenism being emitted in an unfocused and incoherent beam of non-mattering radiation at a wavelength of 412 ms (megashites).

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 17:04 | 3287564 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Alas, alas, the positive square root of nine alas, Chinese citizenism conflatulence can only lead to a praecoxology of dementia. Previous offuscatory psycholotron experimentation resulted in the insanitationary particles reaching a state of hypocriticality, whereupon the incoherent beam began to exhibit properties of AnAnonymoronic waves.

Such tinkering with the laws of eternal nature creates the risk of disoriental catastrophe, because when a Chinese citizenism citizen is forced to admit one's own nature, it usually smells bad.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 17:25 | 3287628 akak
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Much of crusty truthness is bitten off in your throating of the mind regarding the supercritical and hyperhypocritical eternal nature of AnAnonymystical 'chinese' citizenism.

Making as so, recent experimentationalizings in the new Shangdong Superconflatuating Supercollider have conclusively demonstratized that the 0.9999999c collisionings between the insanitational boson and the roadside crapton result in the production of highly energetic but unstable anti-selfindictons, which spontaneously decompose into a chaotic mixture of "uncharm" quarks, parangons, anti-logicons, and brownbabyMaons.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 18:04 | 3287816 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Firmly dangdang monkey paw grabbing vine with advancing graspment scientifical complexion research your descriptitude this.

Fri, 03/01/2013 - 04:45 | 3289336 ForTheWorld
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Have you been watching Rutland Weekend Television?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:15 | 3285248 yrbmegr
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Imagine what it's like to live in a city where you can't tell if a building is on fire by looking at it.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 18:19 | 3287868 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Low roadside visibility makes each step hazardous.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:16 | 3285252 Sudden Debt
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... in the meanwhile... in Washington... where nuclear waste has been leaking for years....

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 13:02 | 3286223 Matt
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But you cannot SEE radiation, which is the important thing. Being environmentally friendly and socially conscientious is all about getting rid of the visible problems, not actually making things better.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:16 | 3285254 MrNude
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''expected to exceed twice the maximum limit set by the central government''


Nature: 1

Statists: 0

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:22 | 3285267 GetZeeGold
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If we can just save one spotted owl....the economic carnage will be worth it. China can't get rid of those damn things.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:23 | 3285271 Ghordius
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perhaps because they have no bees left?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:35 | 3285304 GetZeeGold
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Pollen tax credits should fix it.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:37 | 3285313 Sudden Debt
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if it happened in Europe, our Central planning non democratic government would say:


as long as you don't have free elections...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:42 | 3285333 Ghordius
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SD, don't hint about unfree elections, spill your beans: where? when?

last time I checked you have plenty of parliaments in Belgium - and sometimes a lack of government

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:14 | 3285433 Sudden Debt
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We elected a political party... and those who won't didn't got to participate in the new government...

and those who lost.... are now ruling the country...


but if it helps... the ruling party doesn't do shit so it's not all that bad...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:18 | 3285712 Ghordius
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tut, tut, Sudden Debt, NONE of the parties had more than 19% of the vote - I would not call that "winning" and sure not "undemocratic" - after all, all the others together got 80% of the electoral support...

Nevertheless you are on the brink of winning... an independent nation

I'd say this is more important. Don't you?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:19 | 3285260 francis_sawyer
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Oh boy! ~ Another excuse besides 'THE WEATHER' to blame the earnings disappointments on...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:24 | 3285272 suteibu
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Coming to an American west coast near you soon.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:40 | 3285328 francis_sawyer
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So if the poles shift & the world flips upside down, does it head back to China?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:50 | 3285364 suteibu
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Only after passing back over Japan. 

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:53 | 3285375 francis_sawyer
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There are butterflies furiously flapping their wings as we speak to help make this a reality...

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:28 | 3285285 rwe2late
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How much smog does Tokyo produce itself?

Hasn't Tokyo air had pollution since at least 1964?




Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:29 | 3285288 Unstable Condition
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...and we're worried about CO2, pfft.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 13:10 | 3286271 Matt
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AGW covers all kinds of manmade emmissions; different gases have different Global Warming Potential values. One ton of Nitrous Oxide is worth nearly 300 tons of CO2.


Thu, 02/28/2013 - 13:50 | 3286432 blu
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Research is showing that the black carbon in soot significantly accelerates ice melt once it settles on the ice, by decreasing ice albedo and absorbing sunlight. This is turning out to actually prove a greater influence on melt rates than atmospheric heating because the heat created by the black soot is applied directly and immediately to the ice.

We're getting hit from all sides. There's no escape.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 09:31 | 3285293 Getting Old Sucks
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Thanks ABE for the morning chuckle!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:00 | 3285394 lolmao500
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Don't worry, China is ``monitoring the situation``...

China says it placed buoys near islands disputed with Japan to monitor ocean conditions

Chinese buoys placed near islands claimed by Beijing but controlled by Japan are intended to monitor ocean conditions and should not be “played up,” a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said Tuesday following questions from Tokyo.

Japan had asked China to explain the purpose of the buoys, which were placed just outside Japanese waters near uninhabited East China Sea islands called Senkaku by Japan and Diaoyu by China. Some in Japan had speculated that the buoys were intended to detect the movement of submarines.

And deploying missiles to fight pollution...

United States intelligence agencies recently detected China’s military shifting road-mobile ballistic missiles closer to its southern coast near the disputed Senkaku Islands amid growing tensions between Beijing and Japan over the islands dispute

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:11 | 3285424 YHC-FTSE
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Poor bastards. None of the sheep anywhere/anywhen can catch a break.

My own experiences growing up in London, it was acid rain strong enough to bleach brollies, ignored when it came from our chimneys then outraged when it blew in from the continental US or Europe. Same with Chernobyl. Outraged until the milk board told everyone irradiated milk from cows eating grass laden with hot particles was perfectly safe. I'm sure we all have similar tales to tell of hypocrisy and being sacrificed on the altar of business/government/tptb, pushed and prodded to hate the "auslander" to feed the next war machine.

Funny old world.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:39 | 3285538 toady
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Those poor Japanese bastards just can't catch a break. They are the poster child for environmental destruction. The Pacific washes away ALOT of the toxic shit. I'm surprised the maritime environment hasn't dissipated the smog.

Just keep your eyes on Japan. They are leading the way in the 'environmental destruction' category, much like Detroit leads in the 'post-industrial economic collapse' category.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:47 | 3285576 Zero-risk bias
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You can hide but you can't run?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 13:51 | 3286440 blu
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If you can run while wearing a gas mask, it's all good.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:49 | 3285582 straightlinelogic
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A toxic fog from China reaches Wall Street: a belief that a state-directed economy, zero political rights or democratic participation in government, an insolvent banking system with mountains of bad debt, lethal pollution, and one of the world's most corrupt governments has produced an economic "miracle" that will keep the rest of the global economy afloat.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:52 | 3285592 slackrabbit
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Channelling Krugman: Japan imports smog and exports radiation, therefore these cancel each other out. What are they complaining about?

This is downright Bullish!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 10:56 | 3285605 NoWayJose
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Really funny to see the Japanese government set limits on the amount of Chinese smog it will allow to enter the country. I suppose this is a bit like US immigration laws, so the next step will be to offer the smog a green card and pathway to citizenship?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:12 | 3285689 toady
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They need to build a wall first. When they control illegal entry they can start talking about amnesty.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:14 | 3285698 Gimp
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It's clean radiation unlike that dirty chinese smog....

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:16 | 3285704 rsnoble
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Japan, another shithole thanks to the elite.  Is there a pattern here?

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:41 | 3285805 matrix2012
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It looks like a Chinese-style thank you note for the Fuck-u-shima's gift... a gift that keeps on giving!

Abe-san, you now should have enough cigarette, its smoke now fills up the entire air, giving you a brandnew inexplicable sensation :)

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:53 | 3285849 cooperbry
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Citizens of Japan:

Please ignore the deadly radiation levels, but, avoid the smog at all costs!

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 13:55 | 3286462 blu
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Oh and don't forget to blame the Chinese later when your lungs unaccountably turn into ground beef. Radiation cannot possibly be blamed for lung cancers, no sir. Not while we have evil Chinese particulates.

Thu, 02/28/2013 - 11:54 | 3285852 Soph
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The Chinese are only conducting research, there is no actual smog.

This is much like the Japanese research in other natural areas.


Thu, 02/28/2013 - 15:38 | 3287078 Totentänzerlied
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"China's inbound toxic air should promptly fix Japan's untenable "top-heavy" demographic situation"

Au contraire, it takes years of exposure for one to develop serious illness. The elderly can go about their business as usual knowing that they will be long dead from something else. It is the young, particularly infants, who pay the highest price.

Same with radioactive fallout really (excepting direct exposure to massive gamma radiation), aside from treatable thyroid problems, it takes years for serious illness to develop. That's why you send old people to clean up radioactive sites; they will be dead before it gives them any problems.

Now go ahead and be good sheep and tell me I just hate the elderly and I'm in the pay of the "pollution industry".

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