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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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Wed, 11/02/2011 - 13:59 | 1837676 kato
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isn't your daddy-provided trust fund running out?

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:18 | 1837769 Harlequin001
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What a complete and utter waste of 10 minutes of my life.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:36 | 1837914 trav7777
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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

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:40 | 1837937 Eally Ucked
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So what did you want to tell us?

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:56 | 1838035 Fish Gone Bad
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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.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:34 | 1838236 SWRichmond
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Smiling bunny rabbit welcomes tourists to nuclear disaster.

It looks like Pikachu.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:05 | 1838090 tmosley
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He wants you to possess nothing and be poor and die quickly, so you don't use any of his precious oil.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:41 | 1838263 trav7777
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enjoy your life in contaminationville, silverbugz.

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

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 17:58 | 1838857 tmosley
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You make a lot of assumumptions and pretend they are facts.  This is par for the course for you, though.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 21:09 | 1839473 Scarticia
Thu, 11/03/2011 - 00:09 | 1839865 Boxed Merlot
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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...

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:02 | 1838072 I am more equal...
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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.

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 00:08 | 1839864 Harlequin001
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read it twice, just to see if I'd missed anything of any meaningful worth...

No such luck...

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 18:57 | 1839063 dirtbagger
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It took you 10 minutes?  I'm sending you an Eveyln Wood Gift Card

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 00:06 | 1839860 Harlequin001
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Let me guess, check's in the post...

You sound like MF Global...

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:40 | 1837942 Voluntary Exchange
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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.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 16:54 | 1838604 Reptil
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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?

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 19:58 | 1839239 jo6pac
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 US there will be some increased cancer cases.

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

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 22:10 | 1839623 Milestones
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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

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:29 | 1838210 LongSoupLine
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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...

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 13:59 | 1837677 Fukushima Sam
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Fucked, bitchez.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:22 | 1837797 espirit
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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?

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:39 | 1837934 CPL
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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.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:58 | 1838053 Fish Gone Bad
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Now that the internet is here, I thought all the problems were solved. </humor>

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 16:01 | 1838339 peekcrackers
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drink the brownish water and take a bright green piss .. hows that for a magic trick.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:01 | 1837681 qussl3
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The line between stoicism and just plain blind faith and stubbornness is a thin one.

God help us all.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:23 | 1837709 hedgeless_horseman
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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?

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:24 | 1837817 pods
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Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:29 | 1837857 gmrpeabody
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Classic..., and how fun!

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:31 | 1837873 fourchan
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lol thats what i was thinking, thats one expensive clay pidgeon.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:50 | 1837923 el Gallinazo
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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.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:35 | 1838240 ClassicalLib17
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Yea, boy,  that blowed up real good!

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:35 | 1837910 Carlyle Groupie
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It should be easy to clone his frequency and turn it around to zap old Rosco P. Coltrane.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:46 | 1837977 MsCreant
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Do I need a 50 cal for that or will an AR or AK get the job done. A girl must be prepared.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:03 | 1838078 DoChenRollingBearing
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My guess is that an AK or AR will do unless it is flying really high.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 23:01 | 1839655 chindit13
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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....

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 00:59 | 1839914 MsCreant
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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?

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 15:00 | 1842697 Jena
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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.)

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:53 | 1838017 Uchtdorf
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Must be a coordinated effort with balaclava installed. Look down cameras and all that, you know.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:58 | 1838357 Strider52
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My new camera- and FLIR- seeking missile should take care of that.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:44 | 1837930 Nascent_Variable
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Some teenager will hack it within weeks.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:36 | 1838242 LongSoupLine
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Some teenager from China/Iran will hack it within a week.


fixed it.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:48 | 1837957 hedgeless_horseman
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[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!

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:49 | 1837998 High Plains Drifter
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mongomery county texas.   ah, my, in a time of rebellion and internal conflict, the life span of such a thing will be very short...........

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:14 | 1838136 Withdrawn Sanction
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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.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 22:31 | 1839666 New World Chaos
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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.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:26 | 1838185 LongSoupLine
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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.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:52 | 1838314 ricocyb13
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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.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:49 | 1838315 trav7777
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what the fuck use could a sheriff's office POSSIBLY have for such a thing.

911 changed this nation into a nation of fucking idiots

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 19:35 | 1839178 disabledvet
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does it come with a "Hellfire missile"? "That'll teach ya' to speed phucker!"

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:48 | 1837990 Eally Ucked
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This place is really densly populated, you can see it from his photos.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:02 | 1837683 BigMike
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Check it out guys:

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:02 | 1837684 cdub
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Occupy Fukushima is labeled an astounding success!

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:03 | 1837685 Inspector Bird
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They were all irradiated years ago, so they are immune.  Why bother leaving?

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:03 | 1837687 hannah
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if the government says dont worry then STFU and DONT WORRY...BE HAPPY...SOAK IN THE SIEVERTS.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:04 | 1837693 High Plains Drifter
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this boy sure gets around. who is supporting his ass?  

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:13 | 1837735 Tao 4 the Show
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Those who get suckered into his articles and subscribe to his newsletter.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:21 | 1837785 Harlequin001
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what people subscribe to that???

fuckin stupid...

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:05 | 1837695 Deadpool
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um, gamma rays are like invisible, right? so, what good are pictures? where are the two headed babies and poison milk cows and dead fish? this is another lame TinTin goes on internet and does phoney travel log...

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:30 | 1838216 Fukushima Sam
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Here's a picture!

Only a cat for now; shorter gestation period for cats than humans.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:05 | 1837698 DoChenRollingBearing
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My backup is Peru.  And we have a little start there.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:05 | 1837701 maxw3st
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Personally, I will move to Australia or England as soon as I can afford the move and finish school. Forex trading regs are far more favorable to the small investor outside of the US.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:36 | 1837919 Abitdodgie
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You don't want to move to England it's a shit hole .

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 22:36 | 1839705 New World Chaos
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Thanks to it being the NWO's guinea pig. 

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:06 | 1837702 lolmao500
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The Japanese are good at denying stuff... denying their crimes in WW2... denying radiation, things like that... they are almost as good as those Germans that lived near the concentration camps during WW2 and ``never knew they were there``...

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 19:38 | 1839188 disabledvet
Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:06 | 1837703 Carlyle Groupie
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I'm long cancer care centers in Japan.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:36 | 1837921 marsdefIAnCe
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you'll be short a pretty penny when the cure gets revealed

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:07 | 1838045 Carlyle Groupie
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A cure? You're funny. Do some research on what happens to the birth/death model when cures are introduced.

It's more likely that a Japanese think tank has engineered a nucleotide that it will release into the population. The nucleotide will bind with the DNA of the host and cause even more advanced cancers. Cancers that prolong your life while big pharma and Dr.Cohen(cancer specialist) drains your life savings and charges your socialist healthcare millions for treatment.

They'll blame it on Fukushima. Flu shots for everyone!

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 19:25 | 1839142 BigInJapan
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The words "Japanese" and "Think tank" just don't belong in the same sentence.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:42 | 1837956 CPL
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Notice when it started and yes go long cancer treatment/cancer pharma

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:07 | 1838096 Fish Gone Bad
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I spoke with Wm. Saito, the founder of IO Systems, a few years ago.  His company did a lot of work with 3 letter government agencies.  Anyway, I thought that some of the medical technology was worth investing in.  His comment was that no one wants to pay for someone else's healthcare.  Governments will buy weapons and weapons systems much more willingly than pay for someones' cancer treatment.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 17:08 | 1838664 CPL
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Truth to that sadly...

Thu, 11/03/2011 - 00:25 | 1839881 delacroix
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now cancer is a weapon

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:07 | 1837706 mayhem_korner
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Seen any earless rabbits hopping around?

BTW, if you start combing out a few more locks of hair than normal, it's too late.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:37 | 1837708 Cluelesscitizen
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the solidarity of the Japanese sheeple is what's toxic here

p.s. be careful there, we don't wanna lose the Tyler

scratch that> brain lapse> missed the name of the author, thought it was you> all good

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:09 | 1837714 Aunty Christ
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I usually enjoy your articles from around the world, but I'm kind of questioning your sanity at the moment

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:39 | 1837936 defencev
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You need to ask a simple question: whom is he kidding? Sure, Japanese are familiar with Geiger counter. Does he presume that people in Fukushima are not capable of using this device? Or even simpler: Do you believe for a moment that such a narcissistic

character as Simon Black would ever go to Fukushima if there was a slightest danger to his precious health? The truth is that the whole incident in Fukushima was non-event from global viewpoint and it was indicated by experts  from the day one that contamination will not spread beyond 50 miles zone around the plant in the worst case scenario. By now the whole area is pretty safe. Those who are stating otherwise (including this website) are either ignorant or have something against nuclear energy industry. One should take into consideration that the plant survived devastating earthquake and the damage was due to gigantic tsunami wave (pretty rare event) only. Even under this drastic circumstances the damage was manageable.

 This Simon Black's propaganda is so primitive and untruthful that one should ask yourself what kind of people he is trying to entice

in his web of lies and useless "products" he offers...

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 16:57 | 1838620 NotApplicable
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Who are you kidding? It takes quite a troll to hop on the Simon-bashing bandwagon and use it to lie about Fukushima. For example, it's been well established now that the plant was taken out by the quake, long before the tsunami made it there.


Wed, 11/02/2011 - 19:33 | 1839168 BigInJapan
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Plenty of sushi to be had 50 miles down the coast from Fukushima.
Are you going to eat it?
Hell, even I won't eat sushi or vegetables that isn't imported after that March debacle.
The Japanese are long sand for sticking one's head into.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:09 | 1837715 Dr. Engali
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The Japanese people have been successfully lobotomized.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:25 | 1837828 Freddie
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At least the Japanese did not vote for a african Muslim to destroy and loot their country.  The Jap politicians and Yajuza did the job.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:35 | 1837912 topcallingtroll
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Yakuza dumbass.

But I still love you.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:57 | 1838041 JamesBond
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I think he's trying to spell jacuzzi

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:10 | 1838118 tmosley
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"j" is next to "k", and the spellcheck is disabled by default now.  What a pain in the ass.  It even overrides my system spellcheck.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:57 | 1838343 Inspector Bird
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I thought he was making an religious/ethnic statement by engaging wordplay on the word "Jew" with regard to who got Obama elected.


Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:11 | 1837719 Deadpool
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so his point is everyone in Japan should move? where?? Black's BioDome Chile? or just the under 18 year old girls for future repopulation.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:01 | 1838066 Uchtdorf
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Did you know that from 1992 to 2007 the number of 18-year olds in Japan decreased by 40%? That place will be a Chicom colony before long. Okinawa fall back position is the base getting built on Guam.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:12 | 1838123 Deadpool
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very useful information, thank you so much.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 19:44 | 1839201 Vlad Tepid
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They've been talking about a buildup on Guam for years, but almost nothing's been done and now Congress is balking at the cost.  If it gets done it will truly be as a fallback - either the Japanese kick the Navy/Corps out or the nuclear situation becomes recognized as being worse than is reported.  So far the only thing "going up" on Guam are the real estate prices as locals speculate where the extra 15,000 Marines will want to live.  But no one's moving in yet.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:11 | 1837723 UTICA CLUB XX PURE

YES! With so much uncertainty, I'm walking out of my bank and into my coin dealers!!!

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:11 | 1837725 Yen Cross
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 They need a dose of Obama care. Thank you for the update, and the great commentary! Unfortunately, it's very difficult for people to " BUG " out.   I wish them all the best.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:14 | 1837742 Sovereign Slackass
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Imagine you invented a machine that revolutionized travel. You know your invention could cut local and long distance travel time substantially and vastly improve the ability for business to deliver freight efficiently. The invention would add trillions to global GDP. If released, your invention would no doubt be universally used and admired. However, based on the initial safety assessments, analysts predict that if used widely your invention would cause the deaths of 300,000 Americans per year and countless more around the globe. Would you still release it?

If not, imagine a world without cars.

It turns out that car accidents are among the leading causes of death in the US, and yet few of us would give up the luxury, convenience, and autonomy of owning an automobile. We've decided the benefits are worth the risk.

Now, the bigger question: why isn't this same measure used when judging nuclear energy?

Oh yeah, I almost forgot to mention - we're all gonna die.  No, really.


Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:25 | 1837822 Harlequin001
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'...if used widely your invention would cause the deaths of 300,000 Americans per year and countless more around the globe. Would you still release it?'

Course I would, I'm not an American...

Bring me the money, die fuckers...

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:41 | 1837950 Abitdodgie
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When a solar flare produces a EMP and disables the power grid, we can watch all our nuclear power stations melt down when the generators run out of deisel after 3 days . Where do you live?

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 20:07 | 1839270 jo6pac
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 Where do you live

Doesn't matter a few yrs later it will all look the same.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 20:02 | 1839258 smiler03
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Your figure of 300,000 American deaths per year by car is WAY out.

The 2009 figure is 30,797

BTW You have a great name to use on the Sovereign Man's blog ;O)



Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:17 | 1837760 High Plains Drifter
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yes japanese go on with their lives and play the game of pretend. heck , i can't see anything so everything must be ok right.. and they go right along and raise their crops and raise their cattle and then sell their products on the open market to other japanese to eat and everybody is just moving right along and ignoring fukushima.  i saw a report that the japanese are allowing green tea grown in the affected areas to be sold to the world as good. japanese holistic medicine my friends is now a thing of the past. i would not under any circumstances buy anything made or sold in japan.......let us not forget the japanese love of fish and how they continually dump radioactive water in the pacific......oh how nice of them to help out the world like this......fools they are , and fools they will always be.............

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:18 | 1837767 Enceladus
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good little sheep, patiently waiting to be milked and sheared.

I have found Simon's problem he thinks sheep can be milked. Those aren't udders Simon!! Uh huh, oh ok carry on.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:55 | 1838030 MsCreant
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The sheep HATE that. It's so annoying when he tries to milk them.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:09 | 1838109 blunderdog
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You can milk the ewes, sure. 

You a city-boy?

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 16:02 | 1838370 el Gallinazo
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Simon is milking the rams.  He's a country boy.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:18 | 1838148 Use of Weapons
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Hmm. And there I thought Roquefort might be famous enough for rubes to have eaten it.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:19 | 1837773 CapitalistRock
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The yen is worthless. Debt is so far out of control it will never be paid back, yet people keep buying government debt. A small tic up in rates and they are hosed.

So it does appear they are very good at putting their heads in the sand. Then again, Chernobyl was the same. People just didn't believe what they could not see.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:21 | 1837784 Captain Nukem
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What are the radiation levels in Fukushima currently?


Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:21 | 1837789 dexter_morgan
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Wasn't Ron Paul castigated recently by some guy on Fox for suggesting this same thing about leaving?

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:24 | 1837813 Piranhanoia
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The koolaid was spiked, he drank it, and darned if he didn't put aside several hundred gallons to refresh himself as needed.  Hunter Thompson, no.

Next year you can write the poor little people's story called;  "My pet Tumor"  I have heard that the former president will read books like these if he can understand the connection you make between the pictures and the big print. Maybe he has someone read him your work?   Aaaa,  you've found your audience again,  that dutiful but dumb, #1 per sense.


Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:24 | 1837815 rosiescenario
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"The Hills Have Eyes II" in the making....

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:48 | 1837992 CPL
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Night of the Earless Lepus is going to be popular.


Giant 40 foot earless rabbits attacking the local population for cabbage.



Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:26 | 1837831 VyseLegendaire
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Yea.  Those Japanese should all move to Sudan where the prospects are bountiful. Brought to you by Simon Black – sovereign asshat extraordinaire. 

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:32 | 1838228 topcallingtroll
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South Sudan.

The place to make a fortune if you are brave and have an eye for opportunity.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:28 | 1837848 Vergeltung
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saw the title of this post and thought "oh cool, it says boots on the ground, must mean someone's there taking some current radiation readings, getting some real intel on the situation"


wait. what? nothing? some platitudes about a sideways joke in a restaurant? as with most (all?) posts from SB; useless.


Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:31 | 1837876 LFMayor
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Simon, I highly recommend the back-alley vendor puffer fish shashimi.  Even if it's cut correct it will still kill your ass.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:47 | 1837985 earnulf
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This is a switch.  Usually the MSM is way behind ZH, but the utter futility of this post in the realm of useful information actually makes MSM look like they are trying to stay on top.    (Yahoo had something this morning about Fukishima xenon, lame report in total, but at least they tried)

Perhaps Simon's point was that the Japanese are fully prepared to die to preserve thier Illusion of Security.    All the public stunts of drinking water do not overcome the fact that radioactivity is present and probably causing harm.    But like the Bugblatter beast of Troth, if you cover your head with your towel you are safe.    It assumes that if you can't see it, it can't see you.

Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy.   In this case, a much more informative source to have.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:48 | 1837986 earnulf
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double post

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 14:55 | 1837993 oldman
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Dear Simon,

I never know what the hell it is that you are trying to say. Is there anyway that you can be more direct in your pieces.

Like many others have stated before me, I always read your none-opinion-opinions with a scepticism born from the confusion of your text.

Could you simply say what it is that you want to say?

Thanks for posting here            om

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:09 | 1838112 Deadpool
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do you really think Simon Black will read your post here? He won't.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:14 | 1838137 tmosley
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He's saying "be ready, be prepared, and don't be bound to a single country.

Of course, the soulless, witless bastard could never express that in less than 3000 words.

But I still subscribe (to the free newsletter, thanks).

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:02 | 1838070 falun bong
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National Academy of Sciences did THE comprehensive report on Chernobyl, first translation of many docs plus a comprehensive look at the health effects. For the first three years doctors were prohibited from diagnosing any illness as "radiation-related" to avoid alarming people. Tons of thyroid cancers, babies with no arms etc etc. Estimated that Chernobyl affected >150 million people with 60 different radioactive isotopes, most of which have NO acceptable exposure levels. They were shooting wild boars in Germany that literally glowed in the dark from eating so many radioactive mushrooms.

To mitigate the disaster they needed guys to shovel sand into the hole, problem was they could only be in there 2 minutes before receiving their lifetime dose. So they went to 18-year-old conscripts, told them they could do two years in the army or 2 minutes shovelling sand in the hole. How many took it? An estimated 800,000. Where is Japan going to come up with 800,000 willing fools?

Chernobyl was one reactor, Fukushima is 3. This story is not over yet.


Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:04 | 1838082 blunderdog
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Well Simon, you convinced me with that post.  I'm going to give you lots of money now so you can tell me how to move to another country.  Well done.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:10 | 1838084 ziggy59
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Fukishima is on river Da Nile

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:05 | 1838087 DogSlime
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@Sovreign Man

That advice about having backup overseas... hmmm... doesn't sound easy or cheap.  Even if everyone could afford it (most can't), if even 30% of people tried to do it, the natives in their new host country would probably start getting pissed off - that's if there is any host country that can be guaranteed invulnerable from the economic and social problems that plague so many countries.

The option of "running to sunnier climes" is reserved for those who have money and connections.

I do not have the resources to act on your advice - like most people, I think.

Your advice is useless except to people with money and connections.  You must know this.

So what's the point in your articles?  What audience are you trying to reach?

...or is this just an amateur journal about your exotic holidays with a bit of gloating that you have enough resources to shit your pants and run as soon as trouble starts?

How about sticking around and trying to be part of the solution?

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:17 | 1838142 tmosley
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Keep thinking that.  It'll keep the expatriot population from getting so big that they start blocking new immigrants from coming in.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 16:13 | 1838407 el Gallinazo
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"So what's the point in your articles? What audience are you trying to reach?"


Like when Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he replied, "That's where the money is."  Same deal for our Sovereign Man.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:12 | 1838130 reader2010
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They didn't want to relocate to those empty cities in China?

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:20 | 1838158 btdt
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Going to Fukushima City, 60 kilometers from the nuke plant, to look for chaos and devastation from nuclear disaster. You gotta be kidding me, Simon.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:22 | 1838164 Pool Shark
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For the first time, Simon visits a place that ISN'T better than where you are right now...

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:26 | 1838190 eurogold
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Now I can finally afford my own Mc Mansion in a nice gated community called Fukushima.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:29 | 1838207 Van Halen
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One of the amazing things about Fukishima is that after getting crushed, the people aren't laying around wailing and crying for handouts and screaming about the 'unfairness of it all' like in some certain *cough* OWS *cough* places you see today.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:41 | 1838262 LFMayor
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oh man,  you've gone and run over the sacred cow now!

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 15:33 | 1838234 mainuh1
Wed, 11/02/2011 - 16:50 | 1838373 Jim in MN
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I appreciate Simon's effort to go someplace relevant and actually look around and take some pictures.  I've been pounding the table here on ZH that Fukushima City is THE untold scandalous story within the Fukushima disaster tale.  A city of over a quarter million reaches evacuation level radiation and is not evacuated!  The city government, getting next to no help from Tokyo, announces a plan to WASH 100,000 HOMES as a radiation countermeasure!  'Hey, we hosed you down, sorry that's all we have for you, best of luck with the exposure/cancer statistics'.  Standard dose-response science suggests thousands will die here.

Just consider that for a moment. 

Well, that and the scale of the radiation releases.  This morning I bothered to catch up to the recent studies showing how much radiation was released, focusing on cesium.  One study was on atmospheric releases and the other on ocean releases.  Together they have Fukushima putting out 90% of the Chernobyl disaster, which as you know continues to have off-limits territory and international impacts to this day.  Neither study considers what is still in the wastewater on site--the wastewater that exists in such vast and highly irradiated amounts that it's filling up every conceivable place they can think of to put it. 

So the estimated off-site release is 90% of Chernobyl, and what's on site is clearly many times that.  If anyone remembers, back in April I worked up an estimate that said Fukushima could be emitting one Chernobyl's worth of cesium every ten days.  It's been nearly eight months since the disaster; if the cesium in the fuel is leaking at a rate such that 20% of it will come out over 50 years, the on-site water now contains something like 10-20 Chernobyls, minus the continuing small air and ocean releases.  Remember, the damaged units' cores and storage pools originally contained over 100 Chernobyl releases worth of cesium as they were keeping all the waste pools full and irradiating fuel longer to economize on storage.  Lots would come out in 'burst release' as it heated up--high end estimate 30%--with another 20% subject to longer release pretty much regardless of temperature.  Since we don't know what percentage of fuel rods got hot enough for burst release, we don't know the overall cesium release rate still ongoing under status quo conditions at the accident site.  But that's the ballpark.

The recent lack of press coverage keeps the international public from realizing that this is, in fact, the worst nuclear accident in history by a wide margin.  Unless you only count air releases--then Chernobyl still gets the soiled crown.  Maybe.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 17:23 | 1838715 Carlyle Groupie
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I appreciate all your contributions since the beginning. Nice information. Thx.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 16:04 | 1838375 Rynak
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I think Dees has illustrated the fukushima situation quite well:

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 16:54 | 1838606 Precious
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SM. If they leave Fukushima they will be quite unwelcome elsewhere.  For one, in schools outside Fukushima, their children will be teased and bullied in school as radioactive zombies. 

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 17:06 | 1838654 NotApplicable
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Same thing happened after Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Entire populations turned into "untouchables" overnight.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 19:41 | 1839198 BigInJapan
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This is already quite a serious problem for some who have evacuated their children.
Solidarity, my ass.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 17:00 | 1838637 chinaboy
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For a while, I thought you were talking about US equity market post financial crisis.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 17:00 | 1838638 chinaboy
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For a while, I thought you were talking about US equity market post financial crisis.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 17:09 | 1838668 silverserfer
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This just goes to show how people are attached to their worldly physical possesions. Theyre not just going to walk away from it. even if it kills them. Slowly. A lot of devalued property over there that nobody is going to buy unless its $.01 on the $1

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 18:08 | 1838881 fajensen
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The japanese thinking on disease and accidents is very much like it was in the 12'th century's Europe.

The people from the radiation zones can't go anywhere in Japan. They are now officially lepers, shunned, hated and despised by everyone. Nobody will let them stay because they might bring either the radiation disease or at the very least Bad Luck with them.

There was surprisingly enough a two-page spread in the Sunday newspaper ( about it. According to that, they even found Plutonium 40 km away - there will be a biblical amount of rococco cancers, wierd immune system diseases, deformed animals and children, heart disease and childhood leuchemia. This disaster will top Chernobyl by a magnitude or more. Old Testament-style punishment for seven generations.

Thanks to globalisation, people would be wise to screen all foodstuff for radiation. The japanese will deny there is any problem and dump the contaminated produce into the least regulated markets they can find to erase the "Made In Japan"-stigma. Once there it will join the regular flows of "stuff" and end up "Here". Yummy. 

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 22:19 | 1839648 Vlad Tepid
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I have been keeping my ear very close to the ground on this one in the English and vernacular press and have seen almost nothing about the ailments you describe.  Care to link it?

Japan exports almost none of its food.  Even seafood is freighted in and domestic production is used for domestic consumption except for some specialty foods that make it out to other East Asian high-end markets.

So stop with the ill-informed scare mongering already.  There's enough to worry about here without maligning the Japanese people as medical primitives.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 17:47 | 1838814 Lapri
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Maybe Mr. Simon is confusing Fukushima City with Fukushima Prefecture.

"this town of nearly 300,000 is now the world’s largest dirty bomb"?

I don't think so. The towns of Okuma and Futaba on the Pacific coast, 60 kilometers east of Fukushima City, are that, because Fukushima I Nuke Plant is located in these two towns, but not in Fukushima City.

"After the initial evacuation, people just came back to town and picked up where they left off" ??

What initial evacuation? People from the coastal area evacuated TO Fukushima City but people in Fukushima City never evacuated. In those coastal areas, people still cannot just come back and pick up where they left off, as there are evacuation zones still in place.

Wed, 11/02/2011 - 22:24 | 1839664 Vlad Tepid
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This was a tip-off to me that maybe he wasn't actually there.  His dialogue was too general and vague to convey any real important details.

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