Fukushima Film: Stores were looted on 3/11, everything stolen — Media reported everyone standing in line, gov’t said only beautiful things (VIDEO)

Published: January 5th, 2013 at 8:58 pm ET


Film: Women of Fukushima
Director: Paul Johannessen
Co-Director: Jeffrey Jousan
Director of Photography: Ivan Kovac
Women of Fukushima on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Women-of-Fukushima/421693721210035

Setsuko Kida: The convenience stores were looted.

The media reported that Japanese people were well mannered didn’t they? Everyone standing in line at convenience stores, no one cutting in line not for trains… that’s what they said.

The Japanese government says only beautiful things, but the looting happened even on the night of the disaster.

When we went to our home for a temporary visit, the local convenience store was gutted.

I knew the owner of the store quite well. It was trashed, everything was stolen.

 Watch the video here

Published: January 5th, 2013 at 8:58 pm ET


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6 comments to Fukushima Film: Stores were looted on 3/11, everything stolen — Media reported everyone standing in line, gov’t said only beautiful things (VIDEO)

  • RealityControl-1984

    Hope people will watch the whole video. It seems like the least we can do.

    Interesting point in the video @1:25: a son of one of the women works at a company affiliated with the Dai'Ni plant and said high radiation alarms went off BEFORE the tsunami hit.

    …Interesting because we don't hear much about Dai'Ni

    …Interesting because pro-nukers still try to lay all the blame on the tsunami and none on the earthquake.

  • RealityControl-1984

    Don't know if the "Women of Fukushima" have seen this abstract, since their media is so censored, or if it will be any help to them:

    "Journal of Environmental Radioactivity"
    "Food safety regulations: what we learned from the Fukushima nuclear accident"


  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    I'm sorry to hear her being worried about the lootings. But I still think the Japanese in general were incredibly well-behaved after 3/11 (be it because of their more community-sensed upbringing or being paralyzed while "waiting for orders what to do", I don't know).
    I don't want to imagine a disaster like that happening in Europe or the US or any MeMeMeMoreMoreMore society. "Food fight" would be given a whole new meaning.

    • DUDe DisasterInterpretationDissorder

      Agreed B.B , everywhere we look , there are only very thin lines to walk on this… interconnected disaster…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Loot or starve..that's how it is.
    In these type of situations..it is probably better not to judge.
    Anyone… will do what it takes to survive.

  • ForwardAssist ForwardAssist

    Looting an unprotected store in that situation is quite excusable. If the owner or an agent of the owner is on the property actively defending it, that's another matter and I wouldn't approve. That way I see it, the coastal regions of the USA would look like an episode of Road Warrior if even the slightest disaster disrupted our fragile supply chain. The majority of people in those regions are very far removed from being able to sustain themselves with their own food or water.

    People talk about gold as a fall back economy, but the real currency would be food, medical supplies, water, and ammunition.