Former head of Japan’s #1 newspaper worked with CIA to promote nuclear power

Published: May 31st, 2012 at 10:11 pm ET


Japan’s Nuclear Industry: The CIA Link
Wall St. Journal – Japan Real Time
By Eleanor Warnock
June 1, 2012, 10:18 AM JST


Rewind almost 60 years and the government had a similar problem: how to persuade the public to support its ambition to become a nuclear nation only nine years after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki?

According to one Japanese university professor, that ambition was achieved with help from an unlikely source: the CIA.

Tetsuo Arima, a researcher at Waseda University in Tokyo, told JRT he discovered in the U.S. National Archives a trove of declassified CIA files that showed how one man, Matsutaro Shoriki, was instrumental in jumpstarting Japan’s nascent nuclear industry.

Mr. Shoriki was many things: a Class A war criminal, the head of the Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan’s biggest-selling and most influential newspaper) and the founder of both the country’s first commercial broadcaster and the Tokyo Giants baseball team. Less well known, according to Mr. Arima, was that the media mogul worked with the CIA to promote nuclear power.


Mr. Shoriki, backed by the CIA, used his influence to publish articles in the Yomiuri that extolled the virtues of nuclear power, according to the documents found by Mr. Arima. Keen on remilitarizing Japan, Mr. Shoriki endorsed nuclear power in hopes its development would one day arm the country with the ability to make its own nuclear weapons, according to Mr. Arima. Mr. Shoriki’s behind-the-scenes push created a chain reaction in other media that eventually changed public opinion.


Published: May 31st, 2012 at 10:11 pm ET


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46 comments to Former head of Japan’s #1 newspaper worked with CIA to promote nuclear power

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    OMFG! CIA!! Should have been looking THERE ALL ALONG!!
    Explosive News!!

  • Terranigma1 Terranigma1

    After more nuclear power plants? Drone attacks coming to your neighborhood!

    • andii

      They know it's coming. That's why the preparation of the F..EMa Camp, N DEEAA including giant plastic coffins are in place already.

    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      A US law authorizing drone use above your house in the USA was just passed. US citizens have been 'rendered' or flown to foreign secret prisons to be tortured. Torture is still legal and on the books in the USA. At least one US citizen has been assassinated by CIA drones. Also, a law was just passed that US citizens can be held indefinitely without charges in places like Guantanamo.

      Drones: Secret War, Expanded Violation Of Sovereign Nations, Citizen's Constitutional Rights

      Still feel like protesting? The next step is 'disappearing' people, like the Soviets did.

  • richard richard

    Reaffirms my belief that it the people versus

    We are up against the worst of the worst. This won't be easy bringing them undone.

  • What-About-The-Kids

    Uh, so does this mean Japan actually did make nuclear bombs after all?

    (WATK feigns ignorance.)

    Anyone here care to enlighten us?

  • sherryrazor sherryrazor

    An in-depth article Dr. Anthony James Hall, "From Hiroshima to Fukushima 1945-2011", March 2011, two weeks after Fukushima started to melt down:

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      A quotation from this article, "The severity of this congestion of dangerous functions at nuclear power stations in the United States was aggravated when President Obama put the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste facility on hold as an expedient to assuage aroused Nevada voters."

      The project wasn't put on hold to assuage Nevada voters. It was cancelled because the whole project was based on deliberately erroneous geological studies that hid the fact that the site is totally inappropriate to hold nuclear waste. The nuclear industry has downplayed and lied about the dangers of nuclear energy over and over again.

      • truthseek truthseek

        I have wondered if Yucca mountain was built under the auspices of one thing,
        but intended for yet another, like a hiding place for the elite???

  • What-About-The-Kids

    I'll repost here my General Discussion thread comments in response to this article as posted there by PU239:

    Interesting find, PU239. Funny how the more things change, the more they seem to stay the same:


    "Mr. Shoriki, backed by the CIA, used his influence to publish articles in the Yomiuri that extolled the virtues of nuclear power, according to the documents found by Mr. Arima. Keen on remilitarizing Japan, Mr. Shoriki endorsed nuclear power in hopes its development would one day arm the country with the ability to make its own nuclear weapons, according to Mr. Arima. Mr. Shoriki’s behind-the-scenes push created a chain reaction in other media that eventually changed public opinion."


    WATK: The head of an influential newspaper and a powerful business mogel with sharp salesmenship and charm uses his newspaper to publish pro-Nuke industry articles??? Nooo…..say it isn't so! (WATK feigns shock)…


    • sherryrazor sherryrazor

      @What-About-The-Kids: How about this, from Tony's article. I just sat there, aghast, re-reading this last March: "Nippon TV was not planned as a medium for entertainment or for commercialism. It was planned as a medium for propaganda and military communications. Building NTV was a cover of CIA operation to build anti-communist military and propaganda network. It was not Shoriki but the U.S. who made the plan. The U.S. did not help Shoriki build the network; the U.S. used Shoriki to build it. NTV was meant to be a part of a world-wide telecommunication network in the overall scheme of U.S. anti-communist policy."

      General Electric Theater, anyone?

      • What-About-The-Kids

        SherryRazor, a million thanks for the link to Dr. Hall's incredibly in-depth, well-researched, knowledgeable and intelligently written article as it appeared in Veteran's Today!

        An amazingly comprehensive overview of the ugly history behind the nuclear mess we find ourselves in today.

        Well worth taking the time to read it all the way through. A sad and disturbing history lesson which unfortunately most have never learned.

        Thanks again!

  • sherryrazor sherryrazor

    What I learned on 3/27/11 after reading Dr. Hall's article ^. I read this over and over that night, finally understanding the REAL purpose of NPPs: "The Mark I prototype took shape at a military laboratory in Idaho in the early 1950s, where the world’s initial nuclear power plant was assembled, tested and modified in an artificial lake and in the hull of a submarine designed especially for this top secret project. Hyman G. Rickover led the team of technological innovators commissioned by the US Armed Forces and the Atomic Energy Commission. As the project went from success to success this naval officer and electrical engineer was promoted up the ranks to become an admiral. Admiral Rickover was to play a major role in pioneering all design, manufacturing and training facets of the use of nuclear power for the generation of electricity not only on military vessels but in land-based power plants as well.

    The Mark I design began to take shape when Rickover accepted the Westinghouse Company’s proposal for a boiling water reactor run by the heat generated from nuclear fission. The core operations of the Mark I turn electricity-producing turbines through the medium of steam. The patents emerging from Westinghouse’s successful bid for the lucrative Navy contract were later purchased and developed by General Electric, the manufacturer of three of the ailing reactors at Fukushima #1 and the designer of all of them."

  • What-About-The-Kids

    "The nature of humanity’s shared dilemma is highlighted by the propensity of our mass media of disinformation to point our attention away from those most responsible for the creating the conditions behind the Fukushima crisis—behind the massive breakdown of technology, ecology, public health, and political economy embodied by this disaster. "

    Kudos to you, Dr. Anthony Hall. Your eloquence so beautifully captures this ongoing dilemna we face as citizens, being subjected to constant lies and disinfo in an attempt to "control" the Message.

    Who exactly is in charge of creating this all-important Message in today's world? I sure would like to know, as I'd like to give them a piece of my mind, as the saying goes. Who are they, to have the AUDACITY to deem themselves as a god, telling the world what they should think?

    As Dr. Hall states in his article, hopefully there will be a reckoning, a time for Justice in which we will look FAR UP the chain of command, so that ALL responsible parties in this catastrophe will be held responsible in a court of law.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    May more "light bearers" bring forth the truth for all to see.

    A very clever design some have begun to unravel.

    How many of you or friends and family now have cancer or some other strange disease ripping your and or their bodies apart?

    How many trillions have been spent on this folly by US taxpayers since the start of the Manhatten Project?

    What are you paying for your Health Insurance coverage?

    Also hidden nicely behind the scenes for many many years as a received benefit.

    The truth brought forth by the "light bearers" "will" be very painful!

  • It's way more than the CIA, nuclear power and one paper. Government propaganda rules ALL MEDIA with 'blood money' scumbags. Many stated what was going to happen with nuclear power, but people want to believe the 'pretty' lies instead of the ugly truth. Even now, there are many in Japan being slowly murdered that will believe the lie up until the day they die.

    It's Bilderberg (a conglomeration of nations and the 'elites' from governments to the conglomerate 'corporations' and it's world wide.

    Proofs of a Conspiracy against all Nations/Religions – Published in 1793 as the zionist cults were forming here in US.

    How powerful are they? EVERY THING YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW… LOOK AGAIN. Proven 9-11 Nukes = US Government Involvement

    As long as there are 3 nuclear reactions spewing, the radiation levels are going to continue to build, not decline, just like the cancers and deaths. It's physics and half life's don't change. Cancer rates and death aren't even close to where they will be in 6 to 7 years – the peak period for deaths to show up after exposure.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    CIA Spaceship does pass over Fukushima
    March 31st, 2011

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    This is controversial subject…Stuxnet.
    I don't want to debate what is said in the article.
    Keeping me opinions to me self on this one.
    Still…some consider this important to the equation.

    This Is Insane: Former CIA Chief Lauds (Praises) Stuxnet Virus Use Against Iran! (And What About Fukushima?)

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    I wish we could concentrate on the fact that Fukushima was one of the most dangerous nuclear power plants in the world. And the safety tests failed over and over again. And the results were hidden and lied about over and over again. Apart from conspiracy theories, there were many warnings about the disaster which was inevitable from the flaws at Fukushima Daiichi (and other nuclear power plants worldwide) and the lies of the nuclear industry.

    Do you think that Fort Calhoun was caused by a conspiracy? How about TMI? How about Chernobyl? The list of nuclear accidents and catastrophes is endless. How about the MOX facility in Savannah? How about the Manhattan Project?

    TPTB dream up and spread conspiracy theories themselves. How about alien invasions? Anything to draw attention away from their own failures. Anything to give themselves more power and money. Anything to justify more expenditures on the military and more money into their pockets. Anything to justify military rule in the US and elsewhere. Anything to keep people mesmerized on TV listening to all the subliminal messages because reality is so awful.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Have the comment removed by admin.. Anne…I dont give a flying…

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      I have no interest in reporting you to Admin. Please don't attack me. Please keep the level of discourse on the ideas alone.

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        I have no idea how someone saying ..they don't give a flying is an attack..
        Au contrare…

  • demo demo

    The reality of utility corporate myopic greed and its revolving door into government is dire enough without bringing spaceships and "zionist cults" into the discussion (which discredits us imo.)

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      The satellite orbit is documented.
      I just said that ..I wasnt going to debate the content.
      I was hoping that the content of the article..the ex CIA director..thinks that cyber warfare is hunky dory for Iran..and the extended speculation about Fukushima.
      Some believe there was manmade involvement in the Fuku disaster
      Such as..Leuren Mouret…for example.
      Forget it..when admin wakes up he can remove the post.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        I think the accident was unplanned except that that at least one Russian has claimed credit for whatever motive. There are reports that the spaceship is used for fracking or dissipating ionizing radiation or weather control.

        It has also been conjectured that a Russian attack on Japan is also an attack on the US as the resultant radiation is surely killing off the US.

        It has also been conjectured that Katrina was a Russian attack on the US.

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          It has also been conjectured that the US lost the Cold War and that the Soviets have superior knowledge and technology of star wars games.

          In the case of radiation, all people in the world are the losers.

  • andii

    Think about who did 911, not al-caida.
    Mo..sad, See i A
    They do it themselves and blame others.
    The game is getting a bit repetitive now. 911 311

  • @andii
    And 411
    The doublet of great quakes, 2 hrs apart at Andaman Sumatra Bay on 4 11 2012. We do not know what consequences this had on the Kudankulam reactor and the stored fuel rods and the structures there(and at Kalpakkam). The Croatians with their NDT assignment there were furiously looking at
    for clues to damages they may have discovered when the RPV was opened at Kudan.
    Secrecy! Secrecy! Secrecy!
    Since there is no independent agency for NRC job in India, it is anybody's game is it not?
    Between Kudankulam and Kalpakkam hope the witch's brew does not result in Nuclear winter on the hallowed subcontinent: One morning I woke up and found out that it was evening!
    I am really out of my wits end?
    Can you tell me Steve whether all the fish in all the oceans are 'sufficiently' contaminated, thanks to Fuku I so that we all can wash our hands off nuclears? I still cant believe what I have read today regarding Japanese NUke History and before I am through, I see that all is completely blacked out about all nuclears in India… Black out black out and in Soma it is black, be very careful…

    • CaptD CaptD

      Check this site out, it is one of my favorites:

      The Vulnerability of Reactor Fuel Rod Pellets to Earthquake

    • Terranigma1 Terranigma1

      "FUKUSHIMA: Pacific Ocean Will Not Dilute Dumped Radioactive Water According to Previously-Secret 1955 Government Report:"

      by Washington's Blog

      • many moons

        I never could understand how one dilutes radioactive particles…it's not like the water can dissolve them…water is not a solvent for radioactive material…also if they are dispersed it just means the particles are able to contaminate more, for they contaminate everything in their proximity….if a tiny amount of plutonium can kill you, water won't change that fact….if you get into the water or drink the water or eat a fish that was contaminated by the radioactivity in the water…there is no way to dilute radioactiity…

        • CaptD CaptD

          RE: dilutes radioactive particles…

          I believe that refers to spreading the particle over a wider area or volume of water not "melting" them…

          Think less per volume of water…

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Murder, Inc: Official Obama Policy
    Pressuring the Japanese media…all in a day's work.


    Some good meat on this bone…

    From Hiroshima to Fukushima, 1945-2011: A Nuclear Narrative of Hubris and Tragedy (28 March, 2011, Version 2, Running Draft)


    "There could, of course, be no truth to this…" but it's sure to please…

    Breaking – Exclusive: Japan Attack, German Terror-Intel Group Complicit (By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor and Michael Shrimpton, UK VT-Bureau – Wednesday, May 30th, 2012)

    "Japan’s top secret Plutonium production and storage facility facing attack, a radiation catastrophe for North America planned. Based on multiple confirmations from official sources, plans are afoot to use a Russian nuclear device to destroy the secret Japanese weapons grade facility at Rokkasho Mura in the Aomori Prefecture."

    • CaptD CaptD

      That would be a knock out blow for sure!

      Maybe that is one of the reasons for moving the US Fleet away from Tokyo…