Fukushima Newspaper Editor: We don’t report on health risks from radiation — People might worry

Published: October 5th, 2012 at 2:36 pm ET
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(Subscription Only) Title: Most Japan newspapers oppose nuclear power, some critical of disaster coverage
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: Oct 3, 2012

“With 160,000 evacuees having moved within the prefecture or outside it, divisions have developed,” said Jun Sakuma, the city news editor at Fukushima Minpo. [...]

Sakuma said the paper has decided to aggressively print residents’ opinions and highlight problems for the central and prefectural governments. He said it had also run articles about the need to test all bags of rice produced in Fukushima for radioactivity.

But regarding the effects of radiation, Sakuma said, “I get the feeling that Tokyo-based national newspapers are focusing on the risks, so I think reporting that may lead to excessive worries could be inappropriate.”

See also from today: Mainichi: Gov't "choreographed" event on Fukushima health effects

Published: October 5th, 2012 at 2:36 pm ET
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19 comments to Fukushima Newspaper Editor: We don’t report on health risks from radiation — People might worry

  • JustmeAlso

    Journalism should not be whorenalism!


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    • Anthony Anthony

      I'm kinda stuck on Presstitutes!!!!! Oddly appropriate!


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      • Anthony Anthony

        The ProNuke Propaganda Machine is on HIGH!!!!! But I do LOVE the first comment on this article.

        Don't be confused, this is NOT MY ARTICLE but thought it was relevant and to be countered by our best minds.
        Friday, 05 October 2012 09:15
        Ignorance Deadlier Than Radiation in Japan
        Written by Rebecca Terrell

        **"These people died in a chaotic scramble to escape presumably deadly radiation," opines Lawrence Solomon, executive director of Energy Probe, in his recent Financial Post editorial. Solomon highlights details of one hospital evacuation during which eight patients died from the stress and exertion of a 12-hour bus ride to an evacuation center where, in the following three weeks, 32 more suffered the same fate from fatigue and lack of proper medical care.

        Would their lot have been worse had they remained in close proximity to the leaking power plant? Dr. Jane M. Orient, executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, answered that question a few days after workers had contained the leaks and stabilized the reactors. "If you stood at the gate of the plant for 10 hours at the highest dose-rate, you'd get as much radiation as from a full-body spiral CT scan." **
        http://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/energy/item/13117-ignorance-deadlier-than-radiation-in-japan


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      • We have a "for profit" media.


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  • WindorSolarPlease

    Quote: We don’t report on health risks from radiation — People might worry

    That's a poor excuse for not being honest


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  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    "…
    Sakuma [Jun Sakuma, the city news editor at Fukushima Minpo] said the paper has decided to aggressively print residents' opinions and highlight problems for the central and prefectural governments. He said it had also run articles about the need to test all bags of rice produced in Fukushima for radioactivity.

    But regarding the effects of radiation, Sakuma said, "I get the feeling that Tokyo-based national newspapers are focusing on the risks, so I think reporting that may lead to excessive worries could be inappropriate."
    …"

    Which is exactly why your newspaper has become irrelevant, Mr. Sakuma. Reality *IS* scary. Nothing concerning the health of a child is ever inappropriate.

    What journalistic principle ever compels you to alter or omit the truth to nuclear radiation victims to keep them from worrying? What journalistic principle says to ignore the fact that the government and industry is actively distorting and censoring the information they feed you? What part of journalism says spin the news to support immoral acts by the government and only report news promoting social harmony?

    Sorry, the people have already chosen: the collective approximation of 'truth' offered by the internet is far superior to your newspaper's useless (but safe) version.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    We have the internet, and no longer need mainstream media (for anything).


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    • aigeezer aigeezer

      Absolutely, TBP, but the people who control the media do not want a free Net. We are assaulted on many fronts.

      Eternal vigilance….


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    • Anthony Anthony

      We should maximize and take advantage of that while it is still available I think. I know how to HARVEST unlimited and targeted emails from the internet if someone wants to put together some content….. We could literally focus on Japan citizens to wake them up. I have never tried for Asian emails specifically but IO believe the concept still accomplishes what I suggest.

      :)

      Don't think I wouldn't do it either!!


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      • Maggie123

        Anthony … am thinking … these could be brief, could alert the Japanese to let them know we're paying attention, the result might be that they'd feel more confidence? Does anyone know how much international chatter is underway that is responsive to Japanese wishes (those who are awake). What do they say they need in terms of getting the word out? Is Japan's internet activity open to the world? Are they asking for us to do X or Y or Z? (??)


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  • dka

    It does lead to a lot of worries, it is true, it lead to worries among the authorities and TEPCO investors who have to loose the remaining trust voters put on them.


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  • CBuck CBuck

    Oh, well let's not have anyone worry. Do they think people aren't already worried? Is their "God" complex really that high that they think they can control what the population worries about?
    They are disgusting.


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    • Maggie123

      CBuck: Agreed! I find "we don't report risks because people may worry" offensive in the extreme. It's patronizing, condescending, and elitist. It's what people say when they want to retain control.

      It's true – I suppose – that an ignorant population can panic when they learn the predicament they've been "guided to". But "our managers" are probably more fearful that a public not kept in ignorance will erupt in anger!

      What's more – *they* created the ignorance! IF they'd been telling the truth all along, we'd already know a lot more than we're having to dig out now for ourselves! Ah well – this forces us to learn what we need to know – both the science, and the political/economic manipulations!


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      • CBuck CBuck

        Agreed Maggie.
        I just find it disgusting and disheartening that "human beings" can think in this manner. You're right…it is very insulting.
        Time's past for we thinkers to show them reality.


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  • TheBowRiver TheBowRiver

    Hey ENENews friends. I have been watching daily as always. It would be great to know if the Japanese anti-nuclear movement are part of our ENENews community

    This editors comments are very close to those of Dr. Shunichi Yamashita. Don't worry keep smiling and radiation will not affect you. He goes on to say that this has been proven in animal testing. Hmmmmm smiling white mice??

    Other than being a nuclear prostitute, Dr. Shunichi Yamashita is extremely dangerous as he is using his position to silence the truth.

    So Jun Sakuma, how heavy are those 30 pieces of silver?


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  • TheBowRiver TheBowRiver

    Oh sorry, a quick apology as I have a lot of respect for working people be they prostitutes, ditch diggers, nurses and most doctors, etc.

    I however have zero respect for the actions of people in positions of authority who are hurting their own people.


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  • dka

    Or better that news report only focus on gossip, this way no one will worry about anything.


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