Film shows ‘enraged Japanese public about to explode at its leaders’ — In the News: Residents block radioactive debris delivery — Only 2 towns support restart of Oi nuke plant, ‘acceptance’ has failed — Actor says help from outside country is needed (VIDEO & PHOTO)

Published: May 22nd, 2012 at 11:08 pm ET


Subscription Only: German-made film takes hard look at Japan’s nuclear future
Asahi AJW
May 22, 2012

[…] A German editor and journalist, [Ralph T.] Niemeyer is also the director behind “Hibakusha–From Hiroshima to Fukushima, Nuclear Capitalism Tries to Rebound,” an English-language film made in cooperation with Dorothee Menzner, a member of the German parliament.


[Actor Taro] Yamamoto, regularly marching at the front ranks of Japan’s anti-nuke demonstrations, meanwhile, says the Japanese won’t be able to change the system themselves–outside pressure is needed.

The picture of an enraged Japanese public about to explode at its leaders that the film draws is at odds with the real facts: The movement seems more likely to fragment before the government does, judging by the diminished numbers at demonstrations a year after the accident […]


Only 2 towns support restart of Oi nuclear plant in Fukui
May 22, 2012

Only two of the 11 municipalities within a 30-kilometer radius of Kansai Electric Power Co.’s Oi nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture are supporting the restart of it, according to a recent Kyodo News poll.

While Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is expected to make a final decision soon to restart two nuclear reactors at the Oi plant, the poll indicates that relevant local governments’ acceptance as a precondition for the restart has failed to make progress. […]

May 22 report in Oita Press translated by EXSKF

Residents who oppose the acceptance of disaster debris to Kitakyushu City blocked the trucks that carry the debris from Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture to the Waste Collection Depot in the city.

SOURCE: @asat8

According to a report in Yomiuri translated by EXSKF

20 of the 22 trucks carrying 80 tonnes of disaster debris got inside, after 8-hour delays. The debris will be burned on May 23.

Radiation 10 times higher around truck carrying debris via EXSKF

Portirland blog has the screen shots of the survey meter, with the highest radiation level at 0.612 microsievert/hour. The embedded video shows the measurement was done after the truck left the site. The survey meter went from 0.06 microsievert/hour or so to 0.612 microsievert/hour in about 2 and a half minutes.

IWJ video (h/t Fukushima Diary)

Published: May 22nd, 2012 at 11:08 pm ET


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24 comments to Film shows ‘enraged Japanese public about to explode at its leaders’ — In the News: Residents block radioactive debris delivery — Only 2 towns support restart of Oi nuke plant, ‘acceptance’ has failed — Actor says help from outside country is needed (VIDEO & PHOTO)

  • richard richard

    I watched this via ex-skf last night, live.

    Fantastic level of protest by the Japanese people – it shows me what to do when the uranium trucks start coming to Sydney.

    Given the opportunity, I will do no less then what these brave and caring citizens have done. They have lead by example

    We have to stop this madness. Stop uranium mining, stop NPPs, stop the toxic waste.

    Stop the

    • arclight arclight

      "…Under heavy pressure from the nuclear industry and Japan Inc. to get nuclear power back into the mix, the government has tried to overcome opposition with reactor “stress tests” and other shenanigans. And it has approved the restart of reactors number 3 and 4 of the nuclear plant in the city of Oi, Fukui Prefecture; they’d passed the “stress test” with flying colors.

      But the people failed to bite. Osaka Mayor Toru Hashimoto, a popular youngish politician, along with Fukui Governor Issei Nishikawa, Oi Mayor Shinobu Tokioka, and a number of other municipal officials came out against restarting the reactors. And Hashimoto pronounced in the national media what so many had already lamented, that the central government had no way of guaranteeing the safety of the reactors; and he called for the creation of a nuclear regulatory agency that would be truly independent of government and industry alike…."


      gissa job!! 🙂

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Inspiring! Pictures like these could not be imagined a year ago….Great to see the protestors gaining confidence and loosing the fear to "behave silly and alienate from the flock" in the eyes of others.


    • Sickputer

      In the old days the police would use water cannons on Tokyo protesters. The joke was a year ago that the water cannons were all in use cooling nuclear fires at Fukashambles. But the protestors better not underestimate the power of the regime. In America an accident like Fukushima would have led to millions evacuating. People are more mobile in America and more willing to move especially when disaster strikes. Katrina proved that. But Japan is different, very homogenous culture. 6,000 years of a feudal society is hard to reconcile with the dangers of a regional disaster that is beyond the pale. They have no previous point of reference to guide them into making society-altering life style changes. The survivors who adapt and emigrate will continue thd Japanese bloodline and culture. Like the rice farmer in Australia.

      • arclight arclight

        well said sickputer and if i might add..

        in the recent local press "report/sales brochure"

        on of the "reporters/cut and paste and lick corporate butt persons"

        said that girls were afraid to have children..

        this is because of entrenched regional discrimination..

        if those girls lived in australia, such a discrimination wouldnt exsist..
        they could have children and recieve support and advise IF the child had disabilities.. disabilities are a normal part of our existance. a disability viewed bu one person may be an advantage to another..

        ie adhd (reported to caused or exagerated by ionising radiation)

        we have looked at severe disability here but have discussed the benefits of the autistic spectrum etc here..

        wht i say this? because i dont want the same thing tp happen in japan that has happened in kazhkstan.. GENETIC PASSPORT PROFILING

        a slippery slope with oncologists and the like deciding what is viable or not..

        100 years ago european men liked thier women on the large side
        now they like auschwitz look a likes

        whos right? what is the right shape?
        i give this as a simple example of the road we might be treading down!
        do we trust the scientists and corporations that much?

      • Plan Nine

        Americans will do whatever TPTB tell them to do, including queuing up and waiting for help that never arrives. They have already forgotten about the lady whose pants caught fire last week while carrying around beach rocks from San Onofre, and have never demanded proof that the rocks were NOT radioactive. Try googling this event, and note the amazing number of obscure web sites that picked the story up, and the even more amazing comments from some of the "readers" (i.e., govt mindbenders).

      • Daruma

        "6000 year of feudal society is hard to reconcile…"
        The use of the term "feudal" can't be applied. Feudality means a society constitued of semi-autonomous states, interdependent to each other and ruled by a privileged military class. This kind of policy didn't truly exist in Japan until the 14th century and it lasted up until the end of 16th century with the beginning of the unification and so the start of a Japan as a unity. Moreover Japan as we know it is a pretty young "nation" since it truly began with Meiji period at the end of 19th century. Therefore "6000 years" is kind of arbitrary number to determine japanese society.. Japan is in fact a puzzle of multiple cultures and beliefs the Meiji period (the so-called "enlighted" and "modern" period) had unified to create a new state, enough powerful for legitimizing itself in front of western nations…

        • Sickputer

          Daruma typed these pixels of light:

          "6000 year of feudal society is hard to reconcile…"
          The use of the term "feudal" can't be applied."

          SP: Perhaps…even historians can't agree on the modern meaning of the word. Your understanding of the usage as for ancient Japan differs from mine. But there's always room for multiple opinions. And my expertise is not in ancient Japanese history.

          There is an interesting definition of feudal society on this page that sounds pertinent to at least some of Japan's past:


          "Feudal society is the type of civilisation, generally associated with predominantly small-scale agricultural production, based on traditional patterns of land-ownership and territory, in which the rights and duties of every member of society is defined by traditional inheritance and kinship relations.

          Feudal society differs from tribal society in being a class society, in which quite different and unequal rights and duties are enjoyed by different families, according to land rights, wealth and social status inherited from previous generations.

          Feudal society differs from slave society in that every class in feudal society has rights and is regarded as human, however lowly, whereas slaves have no rights at all and are treated as property rather than people.

          This is not to say that slavery could not exist in feudal society, but it cannot be the principal mode of production."

          • Daruma

            oooh well that's a way much deeper definition feudal's meaning than what i roughly resumed. I took the definition from an interesting read about the subject, William Wayne Farris from Hawaii University and Francine Hérail, who is a french professor from Ecole pratique des Etudes Supérieures (High Study's School). Both of them are really worth to read about society of Old Japan who get all received ideas out for a clearer comprehension of the Japanese History. I am Off-topic but i think it's a practicle advice for anyone who want to take a look.

  • Here's another truck with a high reading on a freeway in St. Louis, MO July 2011 .320 mR/hr (gamma rays)


    This is a test.
    Which of these 2 numbers is more hazardous?

    A. 0.612 μSv/hr. – microsievert (video above)
    B. 0.320 mR/hr. – millirem (potrblog video)

    Seriously, your life could depend on knowing this without hesitation.


  • Ganxet Ganxet

    INCREDIBLE! Free frozen crab balls given with my fresh fish purchase!!!
    this crab was caught in FAO area 61, this is china sea near fukushima, in 9/11 .
    I live in Barcelona " CATALUNYA".
    Why is it given free?
    Is it safe?

    Shut them all!!!

  • Ganxet Ganxet

    no. we've already eaten it.
    My wife purchased it, and when i was told it was a gift "for free" I read product info, and realised Fao zone 61 is in pacific sea.
    My wife tells me every thursday this kind of gifts are given.
    next day I will go with all that info and share it with all customers.

    Shit i've already eaten it. also my son.

    • mungo mungo

      oh 🙁
      i am sure that most of us have unknowingly ingested some of this fallout, as you know, "there is no immediate danger to health"….

    • arclight arclight

      oops ganxwt! looks like an apple juice and vitamin diet for a while 🙁

      i did the same thing with new zealand anchor butter last year reading 0.02 mcSv/h above background.. half eaten 🙁 yuk!

      and because of the iodine 131 and 124 releases in europe.. i have larggely given up on dairy…

      the fish over here are soaked with
      sellafield etc dumpings
      dounray glitter
      the dribblings of john cameron
      and infestation of wild salmon by a huge escape of farmed salmon in norway last year!!

      i havent been able to look a prawn in the face because of damage done to the seabed catching them

      i hope europeans start "getting it" like the japanese are starting to "get it"!

      avacado anyone? 😉 err from peru!

      • SnorkY2K

        Are you sure about the apple juice? (don't the buds concentrate cesium)? Canadians may disregard this comment to comply with anti-radiation food comments legislation.

        • arclight arclight

          hi snork

          definitely better than english lamb though huh? and it is a self cleaning bio accumulation/unbio accumulation drink surely? 🙂

  • Ganxet Ganxet

    I'll try to find more gov. info.

  • isogoodhumans

    British Columbia govt rushing through legislation to prohibit discussion of diseased animals (for human consumption). Up to 2yr and $75k fine. Includes diseased fish farm fish. Independent tests showed 44 of 45 farmed salmon in stores were diseased.

    B.C.'s Liberal government is poised to further choke off the flow of public information, this time with respect to disease outbreaks. The Animal Health Act, expected to be passed into law by month's end, expressly over-rides B.C.'s Freedom of Information Act, duct-taping shut the mouths of any citizens – or journalists – who would publicly identify the location of an outbreak of agriculture-related disease such as the deadly bird flu.

    New Norwegian virus in supermarket farm salmon

  • isogoodhumans

    On another note, these protestors gave me the idea that trans shipping Canadian uranium through Vancouver must be stopped.