Japan Times: People “fed up with the shroud of secrecy” in Fukushima — Starting to smuggle in journalists — Must rely on media for help

Published: November 8th, 2011 at 12:02 pm ET


Fukushima health concerns, Japan Times Editorial, Nov. 8, 2011:

“Increasingly [those forced from their homes as a result of the disaster] are fed up with the shroud of secrecy thrown over the Fukushima plant and the abandoned towns and villages where families had lived for centuries.”

“The less media coverage there is, the more they worry that their plight will be forgotten—and the less pressure there will be on Tepco to cough up proper compensation. That appears to be one reason some are starting to take the law into their own hands and smuggling journalists into the forbidden zone.”

Published: November 8th, 2011 at 12:02 pm ET


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34 comments to Japan Times: People “fed up with the shroud of secrecy” in Fukushima — Starting to smuggle in journalists — Must rely on media for help

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Another minimization and distractions piece. Radiation “released” implying no more. Focusing on compensation and possible long term cancer risks, more minimization. etc etc etc. Meanwhile, at Fuku….


    • Ya … still, Fukushima citizens smuggling journalists in to report under the msm/Tepco blackout radar … this is SUPER good news!

      • ocifferdave

        About time…maybe those journalists they are smuggling in will then help them smuggle out their children!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • arclight arclight

        should be some interesting material coming out of that guerilla journalism…. i am amazed that any journalist would go into these zones…. so i pay my deepest respects to those trend setting news reporters…. this is the only way the truth will get out….citizen action and a caring media…thats the way it should be…these people need our support….they are risking everything…thinking yakusatepco here!!

        thats my take!!

        dave did you see the video of the 10,000 signatures i posted at the end of last weeks discussion thread (posted this morning/night/evening??? time zone) the japanese ambassador was crying with the submitees of the pettition … tottaly non plussed me!! warch all way through….we will get those kids safe yet bro!!

  • pure water

    Please, sign the AVAAZ`s petition to save Fukushima children! Spread the information! Till now most of the signing people are from Japan. Let`s help and show them they are not alone!

  • Centaur Centaur

    Hi guys,

    a friend of mine just sent me this link: http://www.economic-undertow.com/2011/11/07/non-battle-of-fukushima/

    I’m not sure yet, if everything is without inner contradictions, but as far as i checked the content (and as far as i understand the matter), it seems to be absolutely straightforward and thoroughly researched.

    I’m sure, it will raise some healthy discussion, if spread further.

    Greetings from Germany,

    • StPaulScout StPaulScout

      Very interesting read. +100

      • ocifferdave

        I’ll see your +100 and raise it another +100

        I LOVE a refreshingly straight forward and thoughtful “what is going on” article. Here’s some excerpts (if you are like me you don’t always have the time to do more than read the name of the link or the title of the article before carying on with things):

        – There have been far too many self-serving assumptions made by operator about the conditions within the four reactors. The assumption is the cores are all sub-critical as designed and installed by the utility. The detection of short-lived fission daughters indicates the assumptions are wrong and that core(s) are critical.

        – If the cores material is spread out over a wide area or inside the reactor buildings the cores would likely be sub-critical and unable to produce fission products.

        – That fission products are being detected indicates the core beneath reactor 2 is in a concentrated mass. What matters is whether the cores can or will become super-critical causing an explosion.

        – Cold shutdown is an abstract (advertising) concept unrelated to conditions in the destroyed reactors at Fukushima.

        – This is typical of the ‘modern’ approach that insists that problems of physics are subject to public relations.

    • Bobby1

      A very good article indeed.

      • Sickputer

        Yes…it’s what we needed to see the possibilities…for the death of Japan or for the salvation of Japan. But the clock is ticking…I will have to revisit my posts on the ground soil to see what the depths are estimated to bedrock…scary stuff. Liked this part:

        “Horizontal drilling equipment MUST be used to drill under reactors. Bore holes can then be filled with boron. Liquid nitrogen can also be flooded under the cores, to freeze the ground beneath the cores and provide neutron absorption.

        – Spent fuel in all the reactors, on the site and cores at Dai-ichi plants 5 and 6 must be removed off site by any means necessary and at whatever cost as rapidly as possible.”

        SP: Bruce and me are ready to rumble…

        • Sickputer

          What is ironic is that Japan needs all of the best frackers in Texas, Wyoming, and Oklahoma headed to Fukushima posthaste and with all their gear. This requires a Project Manhattan in reverse, but god knows if any of the superpowers have the guts to undertake it before it’s too late.

          They may have already written off the island of Japan and will explain it as a fluke when Honshu is destroyed by the massive fallout of the China Syndromes.

          Any guesses on which one of the melt-out units is going to be the initial igniter of the holocaust? Here are the stats to help you guess: (Each Mark I Fuel Assembly contain 63 12-foot fuel rods)

          Unit 1 400 Reactor Fuel Assemblies, 100 New Fuel Assemblies, and 292 Spent Fuel assemblies. March blowout, extensive building damage

          Unit 2 548 Reactor Fuel Assemblies, 28 New Fuel Assemblies, and 587 Spent Fuel assemblies. March blowout, minor exterior building damage

          Unit 3 548 Reactor Fuel Assemblies, 52 New Fuel Assemblies, and 514 Spent Fuel assemblies. March blowout, tremendous building damage and the MOX factor.

          credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fukushima_Daiichi_nuclear_disaster#Spent_fuel_pool

          SP: I am betting on Number 1 even though Number 2 has been freaky lately. The extra fresh fuel at Unit 1 could be the edge to sink faster to the bedrock and then the big boom! If it is the lead melt-out then the fission cycles have left a fairly detailed graph on the “defective meter” and a real scientist (if they could get one to Fukushima) might be able to see how much time is left before China Syndrome.

          • Steven Steven

            If the bottom falls out of the SFP at R4, or the whole building collapses, would that count as the initial igniter? (considering that they would then have to abandon the site, which would in turn cut everything loose).

            • Sickputer

              Yes it would in that it would provide more obstacles to any type of last ditch containment efforts for the other more cohesive nuclear masses that are progressing slowly to the bedrock.

              • Steven Steven

                Sounds like you aren’t fully aware of the problem with SFP 4 SP… in addition to the usual spent fuel rods it’s currently holding a full ‘hot’ load, only 7 months on the clock. If that lot gets mixed together in a collapse…

          • arclight arclight

            “hey sick

            “What is ironic is that Japan needs all of the best frackers in Texas, Wyoming, and Oklahoma headed to Fukushima posthaste and with all their gear.”

            thats a really good idea….it would be great if they STOPPED fracking america, uk etc and did something useful with that equipment instead of causing earthquakes with it?
            oh that might not be such a good idea after all?

            its true though… if the corium are on the move they need to underpin it….hope they have already begun this?

            “Although Japan suffered under this internationally imposed disadvantage, it lacked the political and diplomatic power necessary to resist, and thus was unable to avoid a decline in the value of its currency, deepening inflation and increasing social and economic confusion. Peasant riots throughout Japan were frequent, creating conditions under which the nation risked losing its sovereign power. Unable to resist international pressure, Japan was forced to cope with the imposed unequal exchange and the outflow of gold by industrializing and, particularly, by developing its ore- and coal-mines.

            The effort took two forms. The first was the Japanese Mining Law, which the new government promulgated in the fifth year of Meiji (1872). The law precluded foreigners from developing underground resources. Among the government’s foreign advisers were some engineers who urged the introduction of highly skilled but cheap Chinese labourers and foreign capital to accelerate development. Due to the great importance the government attached to them, however, it decided their maintenance and active development would best be left to the government alone. More important, Japan still lacked the ability to manage any diplomatic problems that might have arisen had foreign capital and labour been introduced, and the intention was to avoid such a situation in advance….”


  • marks

    Another minimization and distractions piece. Radiation “released” implying no more. Focusing on compensation and possible long term cancer risks, more minimization. etc etc etc. Meanwhile, at Fuku….


  • marks

    Another minimization and distractions piece. Radiation “released” implying no more. Focusing on compensation and possible long term cancer risks, more minimization. etc etc etc. Meanwhile, at Fuku….

  • Dr. McCoy

    Rather than smuggling people in, the doctor would concentrate on smuggling people out.

    Save the babies and children of Japan. Is it too late?

  • stock stock@hawaii.rr.com

    Good analysis, HOWEVER, a few weeks back I used the exact same NRC link to extract data and to re-analyze the basic presumptions of the “natural radiation” baseline. The bottom line is that the natural radiation baseline as it is set, is a complete and utter joke, a travesty, a deception of humanity.

    The baseline is at least 6 times higher than it needs to be from ACTUAL background radiation that you can’t avoid.

    You need to scroll down 2 or 3 pages on my link here to the story I wrote,


    Here is an Excerpt
    Exposing one of the “Big Lies”

    In some areas, Radon is not completely avoidable. Mostly it seeps into basements. Radon ventilation systems are very effective, they can reduce this amount at least 50% and maybe 80%, just depends how much air you want to move. So instead of a 37% of your exposure if you reduce that 80% it is 7.5%, plus 5% cosmic, and 3% soil, that is 15%. So by “so called ‘natural sources” like med procedures, nuke medicine, those items are jacking up your doe like 400% from where is could be “naturally”. the whole natural radiation lie, unravels as a complete joke… about half of us will contract cancer in our lives, and yet you can’t prove that any one source caused it. Therefore by the “Scientific Method” radiation cannot be proven to be unsafe, therefore the PNPs Pro Nuke Pimps will state that “natural radiation” is proven to be safe, and therefore a little extra disaster radiation is OK too. Check the chart closely, the PNP lies immediately emerge.

  • americancommntr

    When Jesus is completely off topic in any discussion where life and death are involved, then its sort of like the German Nazis fighting the Russian Communists, whoever won, they all went to Hades if they didn’t have Jesus.

  • Secrecy is built into Japan, from way way back in the emperor days.. The emperor was seen as being the same as God.

    When God spoke, everyone followed their orders to the letter. There was no debate, no freedom, no discussions, NOTHING. Anyone who disagreed was summarily executed by the Samuri soldiers.

    When the emperor was taken out by WWII, the secret society of Japanese mafia and corporations took over the position that the emperor had before them. They control what happens, what is said, what is reported, and what is kept secret.

    To change that will probably take the equivalent of a huge populist uprising, much like the Occupy movement here in the US, which is taking on the same exact control and domination by corporations here in the US.

    Either that, or a huge disaster that will wipe out a whole country; a la China Syndrome.

    The ingredients for both the positive and the negative are in place. Which will happen first?

    Anyone want to flip a coin?

  • Then there is also the Japanese culture of ‘politeness’ with an emphasis on not rocking the boat, not saying anything to offend anyone.

    Combine that with the above, and it is a wonder that there is anyone protesting at all in Japan.

    I heard one demonstration had thousands of people protesting against nuclear power in Tokyo. Those used to be dozens of people, then hundreds, now there are thousands of protestors.. Maybe that is enough… we will see.

  • Bleifrei Bleifrei

    message with every bad here my heart bleeds more,
    disappointment and incomprehension, the money is worth more than life! creepy
    I always had respect for the culture and the iron’s sake from those people. UNFORTUNATELY, it turns into the opposite, the lost face, and I am sure, they feel every day more global civil, like the same
    shame YOU! TEPCO and JPgov.-. Someone from japan, best one lawyer, one would in Geneva, Belgium, the international court of Human justice, complain and switch
    by genocide and failure to render assistance !!!

  • Clocka

    Soon there will be checkpoints near the F-shima border, manned by armed yakuzas and north korean commandos, which will turn back all media with a stern warning that they are on their own past the checkpoint.

  • ExposeEvil OriginalSinRising

    Japan with great adversity has this, an opportunity to unite and change the world – The destiny of humanity is softly resting poised precariously with breathless hope on fleeting mercy in the hands of the solemn, somber quiet Japanese people.

    – The citizens of Japan must awaken their true mind – uniting spirit with presence, awakening as the mythical dragon rising out of ashen embers.

    This calling unites us all – yet the island archipelago nation of Japan personifies and encapsulates the human condition in our material manifestation offering us a vision to the fate of the world as a whole within the dynamic collective microcosm.

    If Japan falls – we will all surely suffer a fate becoming any who carelessly practice silence in the face of evil.