Rice From Fukushima Was Served To Japanese Government Officials, And Then Something Odd Happened

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Two days ago, supposedly in an attempt to demonstrate how "contained" the radiation fallout from Fukushima was, an event was held in Tokyo to demonstrate the safety of the rice grown in the vicinity of the evacuated area around the exploded nuclear power plant according to the source, NHK. And since officials from Fukushima Prefecture said "no radioactive materials were detected in any of the harvested rice" a whopping 540 kilograms of the non-radioactive rice would be served in a government office complex in Tokyo for 9 days from Monday. We further learned that Senior Vice Environment Minister Shinji Inoue and Parliamentary Vice Environment Minister Tomoko Ukishima tasted rice balls made of the crop on the first day. Inoue said the rice tasted good especially when he thought about the great effort that went into cultivating the crop. A farmer from Kawamata Town said he will continue to cultivate rice now that he knows that it's possible to grow a tasty product if the paddy fields are properly decontaminated. He said he travelled from his temporary home to the paddy to tend the rice as it grew.

While we will avoid commenting on the "intelligence" behind this action, designed to demonstrate just how under control the Fukushima situation is (when even Tepco admitted it no longer is), especially since it takes years if not decades for radiation-induced illnesses to appear (although we do remind readers that the leader of the Fukushima explosion response team did die from Cancer in July, or just over two years after the disaster), we will note something curious.

A quick search for the original article on NHK, which we read when it came out, reveals a surprising finding: a 404 error.

This is ironic because a cached version of the same URL still exists, all the more so since the original story was picked up and syndicated by others include RT and Voice of Russia.

Which makes one wonder: is this the first instance of the government's brand new "secrecy" bill being implemented, and if so, why, of all places, in a story which is nothing but propaganda to telegraph that all is well in Fukushima and whose downside is at most the well-being (and life) of two lowly government apparatchiks.

In the meantime, if the US is importing any rice from Japan, it may want to give it the good old Geiger Counter test or two.

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Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:41 | 4236356 666
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It's for your own good.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:43 | 4236372 StacksOnStacks
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We have to eat the rice to see what's in it.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:49 | 4236388 TheTmfreak
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Well played sir.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:51 | 4236405 unrulian
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If you want your rice; you can keep it

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:52 | 4236414 kliguy38
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"WE DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' RADIATION"..........we've got GMO.......

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:06 | 4236425 TruthInSunshine
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Fukushima Rice: The radiant rice that will make your tastebuds glow!


Get your skiis shined up
Grab a bowl of Fuk-u-Rice
The taste is gonna move ya

Move you up
Move you out
The taste is gonna move ya when you pop it in your mouth

Fuk-u-Rice- it's gonna move ya
It's got a taste that gets right through ya
Fuk-u-Rice- the taste is gonna gonna gonna move ya!!!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:11 | 4236477 Jim in MN
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Long monkey shaped Geiger counters with their hands over their eyes, ears and mouths.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:12 | 4236483 Fukushima Sam
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I'm sure the rice is just fine.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:17 | 4236497 ParkAveFlasher
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Look out Uncle Ben, this new Japanese stuff cooks itself!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:24 | 4236526 Bay of Pigs
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Moar importantly, where is fonestar this morning?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:32 | 4236564 forwardho
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Last seen rolling around in a make believe pile of B/C, softly chanting... Mine, Mine all Mine.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:39 | 4236590 Prisoners_dilemna
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he's probably fapping to this chart right as we speak.




It doubles as a graph of cancer rates from eating Japanese rice.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:40 | 4236620 Bay of Pigs
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See, I just mention his name and out they come...

Sorry, didn't mean to threadjack. Very sad to see what is going on over there.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 14:51 | 4236971 FEDbuster
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"You have to eat your radioactive rice" Obama 2013 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 18:40 | 4237508 Prisoners_dilemna
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yeah I guess we're just drawn to you the same way flies are drawn to shit.


Actually I just dont appreciate your blatant thread jacking combined with the "pre-emptive strike".

BTW did you see that BTC is gonna be over one million dollars by 2018?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 21:53 | 4238407 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Prisoners dilemmania said:

BTW did you see that BTC is gonna be over one million dollars by 2018?

And in 2018, amazingly enough, that will buy you 5 gallons of gasoline, a loaf of bread, a gallon of milk, and six eggs.



Or 100 shares of Facebook.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:41 | 4236621 knukles
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Since Fuckushittinme nothing coming in is checked for radiation, nor fishies in the seas, whatever...

Eat your radiation er peas, er whatthefuckever, peasants

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 14:26 | 4236795 El Viejo
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I have three counters and I use them.  So far no earth shattering detection, but there does seem to be a slight increase in background radiation. 

Picture if you will a large concrete cup containing 1400 fuel rods suspended on damaged girders six stories tall just meters up hill from the ocean.  Now picture a crane operator using a crane to manually (not precisely with a computer controlled crane) to remove fuel rods one at a time knowing that if two are touched together it could be curtains. Imagine if you will this going on for over a year with no incident and without another 7.0 earthquake occurring in that timeframe.  Wonder what the Las Vegas Odds are on this???

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 15:12 | 4237059 kodachrome
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Sum ting Wong
Wi tu glo
Ho li fuk(ushima)

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 15:20 | 4237095 AbbeBrel
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"Tickling the dragon's tail" actually takes you to the page "Demon core" in Wikipedia.   



Kinda gives a new meaning to "fat tailed distribution"

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 15:51 | 4237222 Whalley World
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What a farce, look up Plumegate and hatrick penry, he has the AEC doc's from freedome of info request, showing clearly that bldng 4 is gone.

Look at photo's of #4 after the first earthquake, total destruction, now heck, its all new and shiny.  We are being bombarded here on the West Coast and Plumegate is off the radar?

Obama said there was no chance of Fuku ratiation hitting N. America.  That is very uncool.



got Dandelion?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:29 | 4236552 forwardho
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The Fukushima Treat!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 14:58 | 4237012 mkkby
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These government assholes...  I hope their tiny little Jap dicks fall off. 

However, I'm quite sure this publicity stunt was fake.  They ate some other rice and gave the Fuku poison to unsuspecting sheeple.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 14:08 | 4236732 sgorem
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Runkle Ren's Radioactive Rice cures the common sphincter itch, prostate irregularities, flatulation, dandruff, excessive ear wax, nose hair, and of course, stupidity.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 16:55 | 4237470 SILVERGEDDON

" You didn't grow that rice. "

Fonestar was last seen at an Amway executive meeting, begging for moar soap.

Then, he went home to stroke himself off on a pile of The Precious Bitcoins. 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 22:51 | 4238556 TorchFire
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I will prove how holy and righteous I am by letting this poisonous viper bite me! #freakinsnakehandlers

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:13 | 4236488 Fish Gone Bad
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The Japanese newscaster who ate Fukushima food every day suddenly got unrelated cancer and died too.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:41 | 4236624 knukles
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It was unrelated cancer so it must have been unrelated to Fuckushittinme.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:35 | 4236591 Greenskeeper_Carl
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you didnt cultivate that rice, someone else made that happen

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 14:19 | 4236799 HulkHogan
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Are we printing moar rice? ...not literally.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:29 | 4238164 Flagit
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i greened, but.

i dunno, its gettin old.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:57 | 4236427 OutLookingIn
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Short rice. Long potatos.

Or, is that short long grain rice?

I' so confused!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:14 | 4236492 DeadFred
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The photo is not Japanese rice. The Fukushima region can only grow short or medium grain rice varieties, not the long grain rice shown in the bowl. The former rice breeder in me has to point this out.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:48 | 4236647 Jim in MN
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Looks like Mexican-themed ceramic (lead based paint) so that rice just has arsenic and stuff. 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 20:28 | 4238168 Flagit
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so, if the story is bullshit, why use an accurate picture...

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:09 | 4236472 debtor of last ...
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Rice & shine bitchez!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:51 | 4236406 Headbanger
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Glow in the dark Rice Krispies are finally here!!  Neato! 

Gee, I hope they come with a magic decoder ring that glows brighter and brighter the more you eat em!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:53 | 4236420 mrdenis
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Grow in the dark .....fixed it for ya' 

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:09 | 4236470 Papasmurf
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Grow in the dark. . .

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 14:25 | 4236844 Lagging Indicator
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Help me out here: Does it power its own photosynthesis, or does someone just have a speech impediment?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 15:04 | 4236934 Prisoners_dilemna
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Typical American geographic/cultural ignorance on display.  :)

"Glow" is the proper Japanese pronunciation.

"Grow" is how it's pronounced IN CHINA.


So that I don't seem too harsh on the above ignoramus' I'll admit...  they all look the same to me.



"does it power its own photosynthesis"  lol  brilliant

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:37 | 4236598 halfawake
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+1000 a better analogy could not be found. you didn't eat that.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:48 | 4236386 Pooper Popper
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Ora no!!!!!!!!!!!

sum ting wong

newa vrice maka donga glow!

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:55 | 4236671 Dr. Kenneth Noi...
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Please do not worry.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 13:57 | 4236683 JuliaS
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What's the recipe for Fukushima rice balls? No recipe. You sprinkle the rice and it gathers into perfectly shaped buckyballs all by itself.

The dish tastes best when handled with beryllium chopsticks.

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 14:34 | 4236881 msamour
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Are Bucky balls radioactive now?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:43 | 4236357 FL_Conservative
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Did they turn into Godzilla yet?

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 14:18 | 4236792 A L I E N
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As they say, science fiction usually becomes science fact..

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:40 | 4236358 NotApplicable
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I eat nothing coming out of Japan anymore (that I'm aware of).

Wed, 12/11/2013 - 12:49 | 4236390 firstdivision
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(excluding women)

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