Japan Radiation Expert after 3/11: Don’t just leave Tokyo, leave the country if possible — Journalist: “I’m losing my words” (VIDEO)

Published: March 4th, 2013 at 10:46 am ET


Title: (3.11から2年) March 11, 2011 DISASTER: looking back two years later
Source: Ian Thomas Ash
Date Published: Mar 3, 2013

As the two-year anniversary of the March 11, 2011, disaster approaches, this is a look back at the first few days after the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown.

At 5:00 in

March 17, 2011

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Questioner: Well-off foreigners have been taking their families out of Tokyo. Do you think that that is justified, that if you had a family in Tokyo would you want to take them out if you were a foreigner?

Radiation Health Expert: I believe so.

Questioner: So that’s a yes?

Expert: Or maybe even better, we should leave Japan

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Ian Thomas Ash, filmmaker: So here is an expert on the effects of radiation on the human body telling us that basically…

Journalist: To best protect yourself it’s the best to leave.

Ash: To leave, but she’s saying not just to leave Tokyo, but if she could, leave Japan.

Journalist: Yes, I’m losing my words.

Watch the video here

Published: March 4th, 2013 at 10:46 am ET


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25 comments to Japan Radiation Expert after 3/11: Don’t just leave Tokyo, leave the country if possible — Journalist: “I’m losing my words” (VIDEO)

  • harengus_acidophilus

    2nd anniversary of the BEGINNING,
    with no end in sight.

    But the MSM are "celebrating history".


    • m a x l i

      And that cannot be repeated often enough.

    • We Not They Finally

      In the end leaving Japan wont be enough. Leaving this Earth is the only answer.And is there time to get it together to leave in mass??That seems to call for a science fiction ending.Im sure if anyone gets to leave it will be the so called elite. So they can bring their murderous greed to some un expecting planet out there somewhere.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Very touching. The Government should have evacuated Japan utterly, right after 3/11, leaving only nuclear workers to decommission all nukes. There should now be only a few thousand people still in Japan.

    60 Minutes had a piece last night about millions of brand new, unoccupied high rise apartments built throughout China, sold to the new middle class and held as investment property. China and Japan have a bitter past, which both peoples would have to overcome. But if millions of Japanese had begun to arrive by large and small boats, China would certainly have welcomed them. Empty new malls and storefronts, and new office blocks, would have come alive with Japanese culture as refugees poured in, and became established in their new homeland.

    As it is, there will soon be a ruinous burst of the real estate bubble in China, bringing a deep recession there.

    Meanwhile, Japan will slowly sicken and die, and turn into a third-world nation of old people. I am with the young man in the video. Too sad for words. Just too sad.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    "I losing my words"..I know exactly how that feels..and why.
    Still we must persevere for the sake of the innocent..
    We have to find the words..

    • andagi andagi

      Dear Heart of the Rose,
      Caring about the innocent and the future requires great courage. Awesome point!
      Folks, keep reading, sharing, posting on ENENews -generating change worldwide, 24/7!

  • Jay


    The empty Chinese cities were made to help relocate after a nuclear WW3 , they are not for sale .

    Remembering the atrocities commited by the Japanese during WW2 in China and Philippines I don't think the Japanese would want to relocate there , the memories are still too fresh .

    Decimated by radiation if they stay , or assimilated by the rest of the world if they leave , the Japanese race is on its way to extinction : Darwin's Selection at work , well done , text book !

    • We Not They Finally

      Use perspective and intelligence and understand we are all facing the same fate.Thats why I back bucket lists…Live as if there may not soon be life on this planet.Means if you are a scientist work for a solution to deal with this radiation disaster…If you are aware of all the technologies that are now available look for solutions there.If you are on the DNA work and transformation try to make DNA compatible to deadly radiation..We must find a way.

  • wfs wfs

    It is with great sadness that I observe the ravages of profit motivated madness and greed overwhelming our planet. I look at my children directly in the path of Fukushima fallout here in the lovely fracked hills and valleys of South Western Pennsylvania and think to myself; Is there really anywhere to run to? If there is, what would we do when we get there? Solastalgia is the term that encapsulates all of this for me. An overwhelming sadness about Fukushima and Fracking everyday as I maintain my water filter and remove my car cabin filter while wearing a mask. I collect the teeth of my children to send them in to a lab to determine the level of their exposure and I stare out the window at the rain. The rain we all avoid. I also think of the Pacific ocean where I have taken my family. No more Hawaii for us, no more dreams of moving to LA to start up a foodie business. The list goes on and on. When I think about it too long though I am a grown man, I feel the tears well up in my eyes and my chest get all cakey feeling. The fascist greedy pigs are winning the right to rape the planet, kill at will, imprison torture and lie lie lie all the day long. Democrats and Republicans are both arms of the same party of corporate servitude. I am sick at heart. I spread my knowledge and talk to people I know. So many people are lied to and held in a state of fear. Do not mistake my sadness for fear. My sadness is for a love I lost to mans greed.


    • We Not They Finally

      The world lost to mans greed.Where are the very very wealthy going to live in the future?5 miles under?? Will they visit the surface of earth with spacesuits and oxygen masks…Will they teach their children part human and part robot that they destroyed the earth cause of their greed?

    • We Not They Finally

      WFS..I share your sadness and despondency. Please look at the charts of projected movement of the contaminated Pacific ocean and understand probably within 10 yrs the whole basin from Japan to The west coast of the uSA will be contaminated with nuclear contamination ..Then rains will truly spread radiation all over north America to the pt where life will no longer be supported.After that the oceans will continue to die until 70& of our oxygen will be gone.Eventually the earths surface will resemble the atmosphere of mars devoid of oxygen

      • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

        "Visit the surface".. subterranean life..like the moles that eat the lawn.
        Well equipped grovelling..
        I'm fortunate ..I won't see the day.

    • I have this affliction also.

      My office floor is scattered with scientific studies of genomic instabilities produced by exposures to toxic elements.

      I read recently that radioactive waste is going to be mixed in with road construction materials, guaranteeing radioisotopes are going to end up unleashed in the biosphere


      To the topic at hand: I was able to preview Ian's new film, A2 (signifying a positive thyroid tumor identification).

      A2 will be a must-see documentary when released.

      His work is amazing. It very simply dramatizes the terrible injustice occurring in Fukushima prefecture.

      I don't know exactly when or where, but will post when i get the info.


        excellent flag, majia, on the rad-waste being mixed-in with road surfacing materials. I'm not sure how dangerous this particular effort would be. Even if it isn't as great a threat as some might suspect, allowing such solution to waste disposal is precedent setting and opens the door to far worse programs. This is the same kind of thinking that wants to mix in 'low-level' metallic contaminants with consumer grade products. These people are nothing less than vile…

    • Sickputer

      In the 1960s Alvin Toffler gave us a roadmap of environmental stress in modern societies with his classic book Future Shock.

      Toffler: "We may define future shock as the distress, both physical and psychological, that arises from an over-load of the human organism's physical adaptive systems and its decision-making processes."

      Great blog piece by James Polk in Mississippi about Toffler and Future Shock:



      "The green movement is a modern-day manifestation of what Toffler was talking about. Advancements in green technologies just keep coming.
      Today, technology has improved to the point where the cost of clean renewable energy, when scaled up to serve everyone, is at par with pollution-based energies (not even accounting the value of clean air).

      Non-toxic finishes are beginning to compete with traditional toxic-emitting materials, and zero energy buildings are now outperforming the lifetime cost of cheaper construction.

      Yet, the acceptance of green technologies is causing quite a stir in our national debate.

      Toffler suggested a cure. "To survive, to avert what we've termed future shock, the individual must become infinitely more adaptable and capable than ever before."

      SP: And Polk's closing words I find hopeful:

      "It is inevitable that the green economy will overtake the dirty economy at some point in the future."

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      "Solastalgia is a neologism coined by the Australian philosopher Glenn Albrecht in 2003 with the first article published on this concept in 2005.[1] It describes a form of psychic or existential distress caused by environmental change, such as mining or climate change"

      From the wiki link above.

      Why on EARTH would this be considered a 'distress'?
      Why because it can no longer imagined?
      The reality of the pristine can no longer be imagined?
      What about those of us..that not only can imagine..but can remember?
      Not nostalgia..a mental illness?

      To watch..the destruction of the planet and not try to do anything about it…is mental illness.

      To worry about the conditions future generations will live in..is not mental illness.

      My mind and heart are free to dreams of clear waters.

  • Thad

    Majia / Aftershock
    similar has happened before—



      fantastic story, Thad. I remember this, when it went down back in the eighties. I'm noticing from the wiki-report, no one actually went to jail. Equally interesting, the parent company only reimbursed the government costs about ten-percent, for the incineration. I would have been using pitchforks to heave all the guilty parties into that incinerator…

  • kintaman kintaman

    Does anyone know who the radiation expert was in the video?