“A crisis on the scale of the Second World War for Japan” if Tokyo evacuated

Published: June 13th, 2012 at 2:15 pm ET


Diary: In Fukushima
London Review of Books, Vol. 34 No. 9, pages 35-37
Rebecca Solnit
May 10, 2012


Around the time of the anniversary it emerged that, early on, the prime minister had looked at the possibility of evacuating Tokyo. But you cannot evacuate a city of 35 million densely packed people. Where would they go? It would have been a crisis on the scale of the Second World War for Japan and a huge blow to the international economy. A couple of weeks after the anniversary it was revealed that the most damaged Fukushima reactor had nothing like the water-cooling levels it was thought to have and was now hotter than it had been at the time of the accident. This is the worst disaster the country has faced since the end of the war, and it occasioned the first public speech by a Japanese emperor since Hirohito announced defeat on 15 August 1945, less than a week after the second American nuclear bomb exploded over Nagasaki.


Published: June 13th, 2012 at 2:15 pm ET


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49 comments to “A crisis on the scale of the Second World War for Japan” if Tokyo evacuated


    "…and a huge blow to the international economy." Which basically, says it all. They were obviously more worried about the Cayman Island accounts than the citizenry. Nothing new. Then you discover "A couple of weeks after the anniversary it was revealed that the . . . Fukushima reactor had nothing like the water-cooling levels it was thought to have . . . was now hotter than it had been at the time of the accident." Now, they've not only lost the island of Japan, but also the very people who are its most valuable commodity! Such myopic idiots are at the top…

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      “A crisis on the scale of the Second World War for Japan” if Tokyo evacuated – is total fear-mongering.

      For example: compare evacuation to the scale of the crisis if Tokyo is not evacuated?

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    What was wrong in WWII, and what is wrong now, is the man-developed nuclear hideousness. As for governments, it would have been nice if they suggested that people stay in doors. But the governments went out of their way to announce to all citizens, that everything is ok. And safe. That is what they did. And this will be forever known. And never forgotten.

  • Why NPP's are just wrong.

    Reason #29 – If it is impossible to safely evacuate large numbers of PEOPLE, then don't build the NPP in the first place.

    Especially, …building them side by side on an earthquake fault in a known tsunami zone, etc…!

    Nobody could be that stupid. hmmm…?
    (Uh oh… a Public Service Announcement :30 sec)

  • Hmm, roll out the FEMA trailers.

    I imagine the Emperor himself is in grave and immediate danger from all the burning, even if you don't add in three meltdowns, black rain, hot particles, buckyballs and contaminated rice.

    If we have to evacuate parts of Japan and the North American west coast, maybe Florida – well, let's get to it.

    The huge movements of people would provide a living wake-up call to those currently sitting on the fence, those who support nuclear power, are thinking of starting reactors or who are not aware of what is really going on.

  • Discordian

    It isn't a problem that will go away, and it may be about to get much worse. Anyone see this yet? http://theextinctionprotocol.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/omen-waters-near-osaka-bay-japan-turn-pale-yellow/#comments

    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      I'll tell you what's about to get worse. Phytoplankton in the world's oceans is responsible for over 50% of the planet's oxygen.

      "Since 1950 alone, phytoplankton concentrations in surface waters were reported to have decreased by about 40%, possibly in response to ocean warming"


      Phytoplankton is the first to disappear from the increased radiation levels in our oceans. Couple this with the 40% decrease since 1950, and we're looking at running out of oxygen to breathe on this planet.

      The MSM is full of stories about all of the government and private organizations still screaming about 'Global Warming'. I think lack of oxygen would be high on their list, yet NONE of them have anything to say about Fukushima.

      I have to conclude ALL of the 'Global Warming' officials are under the thumb of Big Nuke. They apparently don't care about anything other than their funding channels. Sound familiar?

      • Discordian

        Wow. There is just no end to the destruction and the coverup. After that revelation, you could change your name to Time Is Shorter. At what point does the straw break the camel's back? I've heard 5-10 years to total extinction, but a lack of oxygen would certainly impact that estimate …

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          Back of the napkin calculation –

          40 years before the world runs out of children that can reproduce, due to genetic deformation, lack of oxygen and radiation contaminated food, water and air.

          Remember, now that the governments have all accepted this, there is no reason to maintain control over all other NPP operators. They can now do whatever they please, because the government agencies responsible for oversight are not now testing emissions anymore. Notice how quick public owners of geiger counters are discredited and silenced when high amounts of radiation are detected, anywhere in the world?

          It's simple. The horse is out of the barn, the barn's on fire, the owners are broke, so f%$k it, let the rest of the horses run wild. You didn't think they cared, did you?

          • Discordian

            Thank you for the input.

            Never thought they cared – I'm only surprised that nuke industry officials and the government officials who support them haven't been taken to task for this by millions of angry people who realize that their lives have most likely been cut drastically short by some elite pig's greed and psychopathy. I cannot get ANYONE to take the threat of this seriously. My wife and I argue about the final results of Fuku -ELE or otherwise- but she doesn't really want to think of the worst case scenario. She dismisses it with the idea that somewhere, good forces are using something like Tesla technology to reduce the threat to the planet raised by these meltdowns. Like Fox Mulder, I WANT to believe …

            Which is the greater tragedy: that humanity may be in its last days in existence, or the fact that most of humanity has no clue that they are in the last days of their existence?

    • A comment on that site mentions data disappearing from USGS, so keep that in mind.


  • kiwirj

    i personally believe an evacuation is either under way in smaller areas or soon will be, but will start off on the quiet side.

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    "This is the worst disaster the country has faced since the end of the war, and it occasioned the first public speech by a Japanese emperor since Hirohito announced defeat on 15 August 1945…"

    This is the worst disaster any country has ever faced, in the history of the world.

    And wasn't most of the Royal Family sick after Fuku blew? I haven't read where any of them are healed, no rejoicing that "their health has been restored". Any other of the world's royal families would be under intense media scrutiny. Where's the Japanese press on this?

    And during the last Royal speech, after WWII, I don't think they censored any of his remarks, like they did this time, when he mentioned Fukushima:


    Can you imaging this happening to the British Royal Family? Never.

    • Princess Mako to study at British university. NHK

      [excerpt] "Princess Mako, the eldest daughter of Prince and Princess Akishino, will study fine arts at a British university starting in September.

      The Princess is in her junior year at International Christian University, or ICU, in Tokyo. She is a member of the university's ski team."

      MAJIA HERE: She is leaving her junior year. She is a student athlete, a skier, and she is going to Britain. Very strange.

      • kintaman kintaman

        It is entirely common for royalty to study abroad.

      • It might be worth pointing out, there are not many ski resorts in Britian although she could jet over to France between classes.

        • Time Is Short Time Is Short

          The 9-year-old daughter of the crown prince and princess was hospitalized for a few days for mycoplasma pneumonia (NHK News 11/5/2011). The empress has been ill with aches and pains in the arms and legs (Sankei Shinbun 10/12/2011). Now the emperor himself is being hospitalized for bronchitis (Mainichi Shinbun 11/6/2011).

          The areas surrounding the imperial household in the center of Tokyo in Chiyoda-ku has elevated radiation levels. The foodstuff that is used in the imperial household – vegetables, milk, egg, beef – comes from the imperial farm in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture (Imperial Household Agency, announcement on 7/21/2011) where the radiation is even more elevated and where the meat cow nearby was found with high level of radioactive cesium. (This link goes to my English blog post.)

          The daughter of the crown prince and princess spent her summer vacation in Nasu. The Kan administration sent the emperor and empress in April and May to cheer up the quake/tsunami victims in Chiba, Ibaraki, Miyagi, Fukushima, Iwate, 7 weeks in a row. They ate food in Fukushima, and bring some home for their sons’ families.

          • Which indicates: an Oxford education must be supplemented with an enenews.com education [or, wherever you can get accurate info] to sift out what is really going on.

            Put another way, even the elites don't realize the extent of it (include Obama in there).

            Just another Chernobyl to them, so nothing much to get excited about.

            • Time Is Short Time Is Short

              Oh, they get it.

              Bill Clinton went to Oxford. He repealed Glass-Steagall (with Congressional support) which gave us the economic crisis we're in now.

              They all get it. It's every global banker/genocidal psychopath for themselves now. They're just hoping to be gone before the militarys all dissolve.

              We'll go through 'The Road' long before we get to 'On The Beach'.

  • Looks like nuclear weapons are now being used on us in ways we never expected and that, in fact, The Third World War is already here:

    Fukushima Daiichi: From Nuclear Power Plant to Nuclear Weapon

    by Prof. Anthony Hall

    Global Research, June 13, 2012

    "Everyone knows that radiation at high dose is harmful, but the Hiroshima studies reassure that risk diminishes as dose diminishes until it becomes negligible. This is a necessary belief if the nuclear industry is to exist, because reactors release radioactive emissions not only in accidents, but in their routine, day-to-day operations and in the waste they produce. If low-dose radiation is not negligible, workers in the industry are at risk, as are people who live in the vicinity of reactors or accidents—as is all life on this planet .

    The waste produced by reactors does not “dilute and disperse” and disappear, as industry advocates would have us believe, but is blown by the winds, carried by the tides, seeps into earth and groundwater, and makes its way into the food chain and into us, adding to the sum total of cancers and birth defects throughout the world. Its legacy is for longer than civilization has existed; plutonium, with its half life of 24,000 years, is, in human terms, forever."

    • The lies of Hiroshima are the lies of today
      6 August 2008
      [John Pilger]


      "In the immediate aftermath of the bomb, the allied occupation authorities banned all mention of radiation poisoning and insisted that people had been killed or injured only by the bomb's blast.

      It was the first big lie. "No radioactivity in Hiroshima ruin" said the front page of the New York Times, a classic of disinformation and journalistic abdication, which the Australian reporter Wilfred Burchett put right with his scoop of the century.

      "I write this as a warning to the world," reported Burchett in the Daily Express, having reached Hiroshima after a perilous journey, the first correspondent to dare.

      He described hospital wards filled with people with no visible injuries but who were dying from what he called "an atomic plague". For telling this truth, his press accreditation was withdrawn, he was pilloried and smeared – and vindicated."

    • many moons

      Hi PU239,
      "Looks like nuclear weapons are now being used on us in ways we never expected and that, in fact, The Third World War is already here "
      Sometimes my imagination runs wild and I think about well perhaps those big reactors are really not for energy, maybe they are gigantic population controllers and one day all of them will start spewing out some chosen radioisotope with a half life just long enough to kill everyone who isn't hiding in those bunkers under the ground… then like Noahs ark, the chosen ones will imerge and find earth the way they always dreamed it could be…sort of like hitler with his demonic ideas

      • The first archeological expedition in 4 billion A.D. will probably see, from their spaceships high above, a huge sign etched into the earth's crust:

        "Abandon hope all ye who enter here."

        Similar to those stone markers in Japan warning of tsunamis.


        ""High dwellings are the peace and harmony of our descendants," the stone slab reads. "Remember the calamity of the great tsunamis. Do not build any homes below this point."

        It was advice the dozen or so households of Aneyoshi heeded, and their homes emerged unscathed from a disaster that flattened low-lying communities elsewhere and killed thousands along Japan's northeastern shore.

        Hundreds of such markers dot the coastline, some more than 600 years old"

    • Insight

      It is advancing rapidly into World War III. The war will begin when the capital of Syria, Damascus, is destroyed. Russia will advance with all its military strength to Syrias defense. Russia and its newly formed "friends", the Shanghai Cooperation Organization -China, Palestine, Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan,and others will attack the US & Israel. Israel is not going to make a first strike against Iran based on their nuclear threat as many people fear. It is Russia that will make the move to attack first and thus gain the first strike advantage.
      Russia considers the “eastward expansion of NATO,” a threat.
      Russia is offering China a military alliance. Considering the American plan to beef up US military power in the Asia-Pacific region to counter Chinas demand for control of international waters. Joint exercises between Russian and Chinese naval vessels emphasize the growing alliance.

      • Sickputer

        Insight typed these prediction pixels of light:

        "Russia and its newly formed "friends", the Shanghai Cooperation Organization -China, Palestine, Iran, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Afghanistan,and others will attack the US & Israel."

        SP: Sounds like a blockbuster movie, but I am betting Putin and the Chinese will defer on the side of their own survival. No bets on how the Iranians will behave though if they can get a weapon and a reliable delivery system. The two go hand-in-hand as the North Koreans have discovered.

        • Insight

          China has sold weapons to North Korea recently as you imply Puter.
          Israel’s navy has taken delivery of its fourth Dolphin class submarine from Germany. Now they have the most powerful submarine fleet in the Middle East. The advanced Dolphins are equipped to carry Israel-built cruise missiles with a range of some 940 miles, and nuclear warheads. This enhances Israel’s second-strike capability, to respond to a nuclear attack with its own nuclear arsenal.
          Iran recently has begun development of its own nuclear-powered submarines.

          Russian General Staff chief Nikolai Makarov said nations that house NATO and U.S. missile shield infrastructure on their territory could face a pre-emptive Russian attack. "A decision on pre-emptive use of the attack weapons available will be made when the situation worsens," the general warned.
          Medvedev last month cautioned against military actions that run counter to a nation's sovereignty. Such moves "can end with a full-fledged regional war, or even, and I don't want to scare anybody," the use of nuclear weapons," he said.
          The militaristic rhetoric was followed by a highly touted successful launch of a new Russian ICBM that is understood to be designed to outmaneuver developing NATO ballistic missile defenses in Europe.

          • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

            One theory I heard is that all the major powers are really all cooperating and that the rhetoric is to fool everyone. It's someone's theory that we are just being scared so we will accept the New World Order of one dictatorship starting with lumping Mexico and Canada together with the US. (Started with NAFTA.) And that there will be one currency for all three of these countries.

            • Insight

              What I see as frightening is the huge amount of earthquakes happening. Yesterday both the US & Taiwan had quakes near volcanoes and nuclear plants. In Turkey,a huge amount of quakes lately, many having their epicenters near volcanos. I counted 110 earthquakes in Turkey the other day. I think a major plate tectonic, world shaking action is going to occur soon. The Arabian plate's pressure on Turkey has generated two San Andreas-like faults. They start from a common point west of Lake Van, then part ways. The Northern Anatolia Fault runs west along the length of northern Turkey and has been responsible for some of the countrys' most violent quakes. The other, the Eastern Anatolian Fault, heads southeast from the common starting point and ends at the Mediterranean Sea northeast of Cyprus.
              The Santorini Volcano, a supervolcano in the Mediterranean, has had 4 earthquakes this month.
              Italy has been experiencing big quakes. Greece has had quakes also. That "wedge" in Turkey is preparing for a pangean type split towards the Mediterranean.

            • You might be right anne.

              Those who think the major powers are NOT cooperating would do well to observe the coordination involved in the global news and data blackout – currently in effect.

    • norbu norbu

      silent nuclear war.

  • TomSmall

    Here's a story about Japanese troops training in Tokyo, which is something they don't normally do.


    • Just a training exercise, nothing to worry about. Or is it?:

      "It is necessary that the troops get acquainted with the urban environment, partly in order for them to prepare for disaster missions," a GSDF officer said.

      Some within the GSDF have criticized the move, questioning whether guns would be necessary at the scene of a disaster."

      Certainly, the troops will have a part to play, as in this movie (from Margaret Atwood's book):

      A Handmaid's Tale (1990) (German subtitles)

      You'll be one of those in the holding pens, at the end of those rifle butts.

      • We know how hostile downtown Tokyo can get don't we:

        "The rangers are guerrilla warfare troops who have received special training for missions such as reconnaissance and ambushes. They are capable of carrying out duties in an extremely hostile environment, according to the GSDF."


        • Max1 Max1

          "guerrilla warfare troops who have received special training for missions such as reconnaissance and ambushes."

          Sounds like America's fight in their Global War of Terror…
          … Except now, America has advanced the mission to a Sony Playstation expertise.

  • many moons

    Special training in a lot of places like Indiana for example…were they testing their gear in the pressence of radiation….what were the helicopters and troops doing at the same time there was high radiation???

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      I'm wondering if the "nuclear training exercise" was just reported to cover up a nuclear disaster at one or more nuclear energy plants.

  • CB CB

    The picture I have painted includes the entire Nortern Hemisphere, not just Tokyo. Im not soon to forget or take light the significance of the possible 14 reactors in peril.

  • They Want to Build More Bombs

    As I (and Arnie) said before, Obama needs new advisors:


    "US frustration with India’s domestic nuclear liability laws is well known. America has been long-faced about India’s legislation, which it contends is tough on suppliers of reactors.

    American nuclear power firms have been unwilling to shoulder the kind of liabilities that India was insisting on under its domestic legislation, the US government — including President Barack Obama — had taken up their problems at the highest level in New Delhi. Diplomats from Washington have been in talks with their counterparts in New Delhi over how liability is determined in an accident."

    • Transl: Obama is trying to talk India into losing its strict rules so the U.S. can sell them nuclear reactors and technology.

  • mem mem

    And the beat goes on….

    "A joint venture between Jordan Energy Resources Incorporated and French nuclear giant Areva said on Tuesday it has discovered more than 20,000 tonnes of uranium in the Middle East kingdom."


    "A consortium formed by Areva and Japan's Mitsubishi is competing with Russia's Atomstroyexport to build Jordan's first nuclear plant."

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    OT: For those who missed the biggest Fuku publicity event since 3/11, below is the synopsis of the national radio event last Sat. that went to 550 plus u.s. stations and 20-some million listeners: kudos to John B. Wells, the C2C producers who allowed it, and to the 4 guests who stood up nationwide to express their awareness and concerns over the Fuku debacle, while all national leaders and nuclear authorities stand idly by, attempting to hide in plain sight, saying and doing nothing:


  • RichardPerry

    But how bad will it be in future, it may be a 100 times as bad with heart and cancer ect, how bad will it be in 100 years, Chernobyl will be at its peak at 2086, Fukushima in 2111.