Guest Post: Boots On The Ground In Fukushima, Japan

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Submitted by Simon Black of Sovereign Man

Boots on the Ground In Fukushima, Japan

I had to come see for myself. What does the worst radiation and natural disaster in history look like? Chaos. Devastation. Cataclysm. Right?

Actually… none of the above. Fukushima and the surrounding prefecture is as quaint and picturesque as ever. Eight months on, there are hardly any signs of a nuclear accident or major earthquake, at least on the surface.

IMG 0325b Boots on the ground in Fukushima, Japan

Smiling bunny rabbit welcomes tourists to nuclear disaster.

I was half-expecting the town to have a permanent decontamination facility… with radiation detectors as far as the eye can see, and legions of workers in biohazard suits. After all, this town of nearly 300,000 is now the world’s largest dirty bomb.

But riding through the surrounding area and walking around the streets today, Fukushima looks like any other small(ish) town. Schools, temples, shops, and restaurants… everything is normal. In fact, it’s almost eerily normal, like something out of an old Hitchcock film.

IMG 0344b Boots on the ground in Fukushima, Japan

Keep looking until you can see the gamma rays...

People here have moved on and even learned to joke about the incident with an untraditional sarcasm. At dinner this evening, my friend asked the waiter “How’s the eggplant?” to which the waiter replied with a dry smile, “Oh don’t worry, we source that from another location now…”

The really bizarre thing is that the radiation levels are still really high… yet everyone is staying put. Tepco, the group that operates the failed nuclear reactors nearby, has been publishing all sorts of propaganda saying that radiation levels are falling. Nobody believes it.

A group of politicians staged a recent media stunt, drinking water that was supposedly filled from a puddle outside Fukushima’s reactors, and dining on local produce.  Nobody seems to care.

IMG 0367b Boots on the ground in Fukushima, Japan

"Good for drinking" says my hotel bathroom sink.

The government is telling them not to worry while private studies suggest otherwise. A recent paper published by Norwegian atmospheric scientist Adreas Stohl refutes a number of claims made by the Japanese government, and it more than doubles the government’s estimate of how much radiation was released in the accident.

And yet, nearly everyone is still here. After the initial evacuation, people just came back to town and picked up where they left off. They know the government is lying to them. They know they’re in danger and that their lives and livelihoods are at risk. But they’re staying put.

Some of this is due to a lack of preparation. Most people didn’t plan for this emergency and didn’t have an action plan or bolt hole somewhere. For others, it’s just the expected thing to do– stay and suffer.

It seems crazy, but this is a familiar story.

Think about how many people are lied to on a regular basis by their politicians. They know they’re being lied to. They know their livelihood is under attack. They know the trend is bad, and it’s getting worse. But they do nothing and plan nothing, warning signs be damned.

Oh, how politicians love it when citizens are good little sheep, patiently waiting to be milked and sheared.

Look, each of us has a choice to make. Like the folks here in Fukushima, most people will simply put up with constant abuse indefinitely. Others will grab a pitchfork and join the lost souls’ convention on Wall Street. Most will pin their hopes on the next election.

Fukushima teaches us that voting with your feet is sometimes the only sensible option. After all, there are a lot of green pastures out there in the world.

It may not be a popular decision. Throughout history, societies frequently derided anyone with the foresight and fortitude to leave.

And so what? Let them complain. Our obligations are to ourselves, our families, and whomever else we choose to let into our circles. There is no natural debt to society or political servitude simply by accident of birth.

It’s time to start rejecting antiquated social expectations and think in new directions. With so much uncertainty, it makes a world of sense to have a backup plan overseas.

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kato's picture

isn't your daddy-provided trust fund running out?

Harlequin001's picture

What a complete and utter waste of 10 minutes of my life.

trav7777's picture

most of the people left must have tons of ammo and guns stockpiled and silver buried.  They never anticipated that all of that stockpiling would mean they had no choice but to stay put in a highly contaminated area.  Those who were mobile didn't have to leave everything they had behind

Eally Ucked's picture

So what did you want to tell us?

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Anyone remember the rabbits that lived around all the traps in Watership down?  Whenever I think about the people living around the plant I can't help but think about those rabbits and how they were pretty much just waiting to die.

SWRichmond's picture

Smiling bunny rabbit welcomes tourists to nuclear disaster.

It looks like Pikachu.

tmosley's picture

He wants you to possess nothing and be poor and die quickly, so you don't use any of his precious oil.

trav7777's picture

enjoy your life in contaminationville, silverbugz.

Have any of you stackers ever realistically calculated how much you could carry?

tmosley's picture

You make a lot of assumumptions and pretend they are facts.  This is par for the course for you, though.

Boxed Merlot's picture

Those who were mobile didn't have to leave everything they had behind...

M.Twain... (loosely remembered...) it doesn't matter how much money or love you made, you can always make more... justice, love mercy, walk humbly...

I am more equal than others's picture

It took you 10-minutes to read that?  Gee, a public school education isn't what it used to be?  Be thankful that there was no math or the shoes would have to come off.

Harlequin001's picture

read it twice, just to see if I'd missed anything of any meaningful worth...

No such luck...

dirtbagger's picture

It took you 10 minutes?  I'm sending you an Eveyln Wood Gift Card

Harlequin001's picture

Let me guess, check's in the post...

You sound like MF Global...

Voluntary Exchange's picture

Important hot particle scientific study cited  at Fairewinds/Gundersen:


Lots of folks will be getting cancer in Japan in  next 10 years, in the US there will be some increased cancer cases.

Reptil's picture


Would YOU do that to your children? Even when poor, and clueless about the rest of the world? It's all so strange!

Prof. Christopher Busby argues there's going to be a LOT of heart problems (heart cells die in children, but are not renewed)

well, my friends, if that's not depopulation, I'm the fucking pope.


he's not popular (obviously), but credit where credit's due; kudos to mister Simon for actually going there. Ehmm did you actually drink the tapwater?

jo6pac's picture

 US there will be some increased cancer cases.

Just mostly us left coast to start, another time I'm glad to be old.

Milestones's picture

And the rest of us can deal with the estimated 20 million tons of trash from the tsunami now near Hawaii and soon to be on the west coast.     Milestones

LongSoupLine's picture

isn't your daddy-provided trust fund running out?

Well, unless he's popping iodine like breath mints, it doesn't matter how much is left...

espirit's picture

In more ways than one.  Seals dead and dying of mysterious disease in western Alaska reminds me alot of radioactive poisioning.

Pass on that tuna fish shall we?

CPL's picture

If it makes you feel any better dolphins are still washing up in the Gulf from the continuous oil spill.


So long and thanks for all the fish.

Fish Gone Bad's picture

Now that the internet is here, I thought all the problems were solved. </humor>

peekcrackers's picture

drink the brownish water and take a bright green piss .. hows that for a magic trick.

qussl3's picture

The line between stoicism and just plain blind faith and stubbornness is a thin one.

God help us all.

hedgeless_horseman's picture



Like the folks here in Fukushima, most people will simply put up with constant abuse indefinitely.

Like the folks in Montgomery County, Texas, where the Sheriff's Office just took receipt of a Fed-Funded drone with weapons capability.

The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office in Conroe paid $300,000 in federal homeland security grant money and Friday it received the ShadowHawk unmanned helicopter made by Vanguard Defense Industries of Spring.


He said they are designed to carry weapons for local law enforcement.


"The aircraft has the capability to have a number of different systems on board. Mostly, for law enforcement, we focus on what we call less lethal systems," he said, including Tazers that can send a jolt to a criminal on the ground or a gun that fires bean bags known as a "stun baton."


"You have a stun baton where you can actually engage somebody at altitude with the aircraft. A stun baton would essentially disable a suspect," he said.


Gage said he has no immediate plans to outfit his drone with weapons, and he also ruled out using the chopper for catching speeders.


"We're not going to use it for that," he said. [Promise?]


Video after the jump:


Wouldn't you feel so much safer knowing your local law enforcement officers have this new capability?

gmrpeabody's picture

Classic..., and how fun!

fourchan's picture

lol thats what i was thinking, thats one expensive clay pidgeon.

el Gallinazo's picture

Going long on 10 gauge magnums and ultra recoil shoulder pads for Big Bird.  00 Buck?  Often wonder why the kids in the UK don't take out the street video cams with air rifles.


What a dumb ass article.  Japan is an over crowded island in a 20 year depression.  Where the fuck are these people suppose to move too?  Nevada?  Also, there is mounting evidence that the real increase in radiation in the USA is being surpressed,  Keep popping that KI.

ClassicalLib17's picture

Yea, boy,  that blowed up real good!

Carlyle Groupie's picture

It should be easy to clone his frequency and turn it around to zap old Rosco P. Coltrane.

MsCreant's picture

Do I need a 50 cal for that or will an AR or AK get the job done. A girl must be prepared.

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

My guess is that an AK or AR will do unless it is flying really high.

chindit13's picture


I just got a spam from Best Buy in Bani Walid, Libya and they're having an Eid Special on SA-7s.  Limit ten per customer.  Free delivery and end user certificate from Viktor Bout.  Be the first on your block....

MsCreant's picture

Now I know who the real experts are and I will fear no more. I need to get a really good pick up truck and I will be in business:

Recycle, reuse. What's not to like?

Jena's picture

Ah.  Back on the MF Global thread, someone wanted a photo of the Corzine rectal suppository.  That would be photo # 1.  (Be sure to stock up on plenty of KY.)

Uchtdorf's picture

Must be a coordinated effort with balaclava installed. Look down cameras and all that, you know.

Strider52's picture

My new camera- and FLIR- seeking missile should take care of that.

Nascent_Variable's picture

Some teenager will hack it within weeks.

LongSoupLine's picture

Some teenager from China/Iran will hack it within a week.


fixed it.

hedgeless_horseman's picture

[Napolitano and Murphy have watched Blue Thunder perform a selective firepower demonstration]

JANET NAPOLITANO: Well, look at that, all the red dummies are blown to hell.
FRANK MURPHY: And a few white ones!
JANET NAPOLITANO: One civilian dead for every ten terrorists. That's an acceptable ratio. 
FRANK MURPHY: Unless you're one of the civilians!

High Plains Drifter's picture

mongomery county texas.   ah, my, in a time of rebellion and internal conflict, the life span of such a thing will be very short...........

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

Hmmm....$300K that can be taken down w/a rifle or shotgun costing one thousandth as much?  Sounds like good ole govt cost/benefit accounting.  Well, it aint the county's money, is it?  And Im sure the trough-feeding-pigs at Vanguard Industries are happy too.

New World Chaos's picture

It's wasteful now but if this tech follows Moore's Law, by the end of next decade the pigs will have robotic killer bees that cost $100 (in current value).  Their sensitive antennae will enable them to home in on any reefer plume or any wireless connection to Zero Hedge.  Infrared cameras and sophisticated AI will guide them in for the kill.  Protests won't even happen because thinkcrime will be eliminated almost as it happens.  The drones will also be able to sting with tranquilizers when the pigs need to collect someone for interrogation or relocate them to a FEMA camp to work off their unpaid debts.

LongSoupLine's picture


That's the new Bernankcopter!!  It's designed after Greenspans nose.  The Square black box between the skids is a high velocity fiat printer.  To the front of that is a direct feed, ink-cooled reciprocating fiat cannon. High tech shit.

ricocyb13's picture

oh... is this the new tool to shoot the OWS protesters?

check for the drone-virus first, otherwise it might hit some Goldman Sachs banksta.