Asahi: Fukushima Daiichi a Theme Park? Tourists ‘treated’ to re-enactment of explosions — Beeping geiger counters, people crying out… more

Published: November 7th, 2012 at 6:11 am ET


(Subscription Only) Title: In praise of ‘extreme’ and ‘outrageous’ opinions
Author: Genichiro Takahashi
Date: November 07, 2012

Philosopher and writer Hiroki Azuma made a seemingly flippant and irreverent comment in the Sept. 4 online issue of the weekly Shukan Playboy magazine by suggesting that the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant be turned into a tourist attraction: a theme park, no less.

He must have shocked and outraged many readers.

Yet, I felt that Azuma made an excellent point and must have given his proposal a great deal of thought.

He envisioned iPhone-toting tourists being treated to a realistic re-enactment of the explosions that occurred at the nuclear power plant in March last year. Dense smoke roils and billows, and the ground on which the visitors stand rumbles and shakes. A geiger counter beeps incessantly as radiation levels keep rising, and young people cry out in alarm.

Azuma was surely aware that his proposal would upset a lot of people. But he went ahead and voiced it anyway–because he understood all too well that the last thing Japan needs is to forget the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear crisis it spawned. […]

Published: November 7th, 2012 at 6:11 am ET


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28 comments to Asahi: Fukushima Daiichi a Theme Park? Tourists ‘treated’ to re-enactment of explosions — Beeping geiger counters, people crying out… more

  • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

    LOL, admin this made me laugh.
    Only Japanese can come up with something like this :O
    Genius or insane? Fineline, init!!
    I want to get rid of my genes πŸ™

  • dosdos dosdos

    Hey, Chernobyl is a tourist spot, with available weekend plans for visiting. Why not Fukushima? Let people who don't see a problem in a few thousand bequerels get exposed. Just send the government there to host it.

    • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

      Without any sound effects…
      "re-enactment of explosions β€” Beeping geiger counters, people crying out" lol

  • Sickputer

    They may need some willing hands to wrap fresh duct tape on the leaky plastic pipes cooling the deathtrap. Pretty soon they will have used up all the yakuza junkies and need somd fresh meat to appease the atomic gods belching down in the corium tunnels.

    They could rename the complex to just plain Hell. Catchy name for an amusement park.

    Hey Yamashita! You want to go to Hell with me? I'm buying!

    • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

      SIckputer don't forget you free souviner, the lead covered dosimeters πŸ™‚

      • Sickputer

        Oh no need for those dosimeters! Everybody knows radiation is good for you. Bernard Cohen wouldn't lie to us!

        Visitors to the new park at Daiichi will have lots of attractions:

        Bobbing in recirculated water barrels for cesium apples.
        Eating deep-fried greenling and lake trout.
        Experience the wheels of death rollercoaster ride deep into the bowels of Unit 3.
        Five thousand yen keychains with a spinner MOX pellet.
        Get your photo made with Dopey, Grumpy, Sneezy, or Doc Yamashita.
        Ride a motorcycle in the reactor vessel at Unit 1 (Exoskelton optional)
        Have a romantic open air dinner on top of Unit 4's new deck diner.
        Throw coins in the huge wishing well (aka the Common Spent Fuel Pond).
        Swim or surf in the Daiichi lagoon (fishing has been poor lately).
        Take a ride on the giant crane in a bucket deep into Blobzilla Tunnel.

        All this and just for the low, low fee of your membership in the Tepco hospital supplemental health plan.

        • PavewayIII PavewayIII

          "…Five thousand yen keychains with a spinner MOX pellet…"

          +100 I would buy one! How about we all pitch in and by them for each of the NRC commissioners?

          How about the Fuel Pellet Scavenger Hunt? Bonus for MOX pellets (easy upsell to the keychains).

          Discover new life forms in the Drywell Snorkeling Adventure
          Relax and enjoy our Lake Turbine Building Paddle Boats
          A must-see: Insane Remote-controlled Robot Death Match
          Delight your children with tritium-filled Mushroom Cloud Balloons
          Can you spot the corium? Reactor #3 Pressure Vessel Bungee Jump
          Win a prize in our Neutron Ray Shootin' Gallery
          Always a crowd-pleaser: Mini-Torus Donuts – deep-fried right in the coolant. Try them with a I-131 Purple Milkshake
          Get your funny t-shirt: "I toured Daiichi and all I got was this stupid t-shirt"! (It has an extra sleeve for a third arm)
          Need a nice gift? Souvenir Atomic Terrariums include black substance fungi, irradiated mushrooms and a variety of mutated plants. NIST-approved leaded glass.
          Feeling crazy? Pick up our TEPCO Drinking Cap – it has can holders on each side marked "SPF Coolant" and mini Keflex straws. Built-in alarm sounds when your 'coolant' is below 2"

          And only a photo op with Doc Yamashita? No way. There's big bucks to be made from Mengele-san U's "Improbable Medical Horrors of the Future" ride. Sorry, but Doc won't drop any hints about what terrible conditions will be on exhibit. "Even I don't know and I'll be dead by then."

          • or-well

            PavewayIII and Sickputer predict the future –
            Tepco theme park inspired by black humor!
            Admittance half-price for those with a tumor!
            IAEA funding so far only a rumor!

          • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

            I think Disney might be interested in investing in this too.

            Personally, "the wheels of death rollercoaster ride deep into the bowels of Unit 3" would be a killer attraction πŸ˜€

          • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

            This sounds just too real….I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
            Both, maybe πŸ™ / πŸ™‚

            Thanks you two

          • "Get your funny t-shirt: "I toured Daiichi and all I got was this stupid t-shirt"! (It has an extra sleeve for a third arm)"

            Seriously, I would buy a T-shirt like this and wear it as a conversation starter. I own a bookstore/coffeehouse. It would be perfect!

  • or-well

    Azuma's idea, small part of an interesting article, would, if realistic, help counter all the exiting nuke theme parks – err – "museums", "visitor centers" & "exhibitions" – that promote nuclear as clean, safe, cheap & efficient, nothing to fear, necessary and good for moms and kids.

    IOW, it would bring a shovel to the s**t.
    Won't happen.

    The last thing TepJ-gov-Co and the Nuketilities want is for the people to KNOW, let alone remember the truth of Fukushima.

    • or-well

      Fukushima Prefecture Proudly Unveils
      A treat for Japanese boys and girls –


      Watch the Tunopus glow in the dark!
      How many beaks has the 3-eyed Squark?
      Look out for the Jellycrabs' poison darts!
      Make a picure with ink from the Octoclam!
      Catch all the fun on our undersea cams!

      Seafood lunch for children on School Tour Plans

      The Fuku Fishermans' Association
      acknowledges TepGovCo cooperation
      in obtaining funding for job creation.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Don't forget the free iodine anti radiation pills, that the medical and nukes tried to get people to NOT take.

    Thyroid Medication Prescriptions Rise From 54 – 104 Million in 4 Years – WHY?; via A Green Road

  • Atomfritz Atomfritz

    Great idea!

    It would be much more authentic than the theme park at the former German 300MW fast breeder site:

  • RADS

    That's a fantastic idea, no need for a gift shop! What you get by visiting will last you a lifetime, Bring you children they will love the thyroid cancer.. Just have to smile while they are getting it, Or you maybe breaking the law.

  • JustmeAlso

    What about selling pieces of the molten core as souvenirs?

  • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

    I think Azuma is mentally ill.
    In this video, he says he's interested in murder (@2'10~).
    He's not interested in quick murder like the one happened in Hiroshima & Nagasaki. He's more interested in murder that takes time where people die randomly over time. :O

    Read his words about the plan and comments of others below.

    feel free to tweet to Azuma ( @hazuma )

  • richard richard

    Fukushima operator warns clean-up 'may cost $125 bn'

    on Wednesday, as it presented a new management plan, TEPCO said it was looking at a bill of up to 10 trillion yen ($125 billion) — equal to around two percent of Japan's gross domestic product or 11 percent of the country's annual budget.
    The company said it would need more government help to meet the colossal figure.
    TEPCO also said it had already set aside one trillion yen of its own capital to decommission the plant's broken reactors, which is in addition to the clean-up and compensation bill, but it was possible this may also rise.
    "We are awaiting the government's instructions and are aware the total cost, including of removing fuel debris and final disposal, could be considerably larger than we have previously allowed for," it said in a statement.

  • Sickputer

    I find the fiscal estimates from the Fatherland economists to be more believable:

    "The cost of a worst-case nuclear accident at a plant in Germany, for example, has been estimated to total as much as €7.6 trillion ($11 trillion), while the mandatory reactor insurance is only €2.5 billion."

    SP: That is for a single meltdown of one reactor. Did you know the 104 US commercial nuclear reactors are found at 65 nuclear plants? Yes, just 65 plants and many have two large reactors.

    A multiple reactor meltdown (especially one that is out of containment and uncontrolled like Japan) is a recipe for national bankruptcy. It's just a matter of time for the Japanese to experience the ensuing financial meltdown. They are nuclear as well as financial toast. We see the handwriting on the wall here at, but the Diet in Japan avert their eyes and wish it will go away. It will never go away. Ask any Ukrainian or Belarusian.

    • richard richard

      Oh, I'm with you SP. It's tepco that thinks $125billion is needed. But that's only for the first two years πŸ˜‰

      11% of Japan's annual budget. To 'compensate' for fukukuku.

  • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

    Fukushima Crisis Total Cost Up To $10 TRILLION Dollars; via A Green Road

  • Sickputer

    I wasn't picking on your viewpoint, just adding the German estimates for comparison. 10 trillion dollars or 10 trillion yen… Doesn't matter. The problem is the resolve of an affected country to attempt containment and cleanup. Japan's leaders are so cheap, and so arrogant, that they won't be able to close Pandora's box.

    Being an island presents a different wrinkle for post-nuclear meltdown efforts. There is not any massive pressure from other countries because of the isolation of Japan. They made their own shithole at Fukushima Daiichi and so far nobody outside Japan is going to send in huge numbers of workers. Japan is destined for much worse news before it gets better (in about 1,000 years if anyone is still slive).