Japanese media blackout of words: MOX, plutonium, and meltdown

Published: June 15th, 2011 at 7:51 am ET


David McNeill: Who’s telling the truth on the Fukushima meltdown?, CNN Go By David McNeill, June 15, 2011:

One of the more striking aspects of the local media coverage of Fukushima was the missing word — “meltdown.” It seemed reasonable to speculate, from March 11-15, that this is precisely what happened. One reason was the repeated news of cesium dispersed in the atmosphere on March 12. […]

“There was a blackout in the media of the word,” he says in an interview this month with the Foreign Correspondents’ Club magazine, “No.1 Shimbun.” In April the head of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan, Takashi Sawada, also said that fuel rods in reactors 1 and 3 had melted. Yet, it took over two months for newspapers and TV here to begin using the word. […]

We might also cite the example of MOX fuel and plutonium, a substance so toxic “that a teaspoon-sized cube of it would suffice to kill 10 million people,” in Reactor 3 at Fukushima.

Newspaper and TV reports in Japan essentially banished the words from their reports.

Published: June 15th, 2011 at 7:51 am ET


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43 comments to Japanese media blackout of words: MOX, plutonium, and meltdown

  • Rosie

    Tony Wilson: Hi! Took your advice and just called the BBC and made an official complaint about coverage. Apparently, they “understand my concern”……right, what else can we all do?

    • tony wilson

      bbc trust have a consultation period.
      chris patton has just become head of the trust.


      now not sure if patton is bilderburg/rothchild stooge?

      but alas david attenborough has provided a massive heap silence to show where his priorities lie.

      the silence really does mean that nature was just a fucking job for him.
      i mean at his age can he really be scared of the dr david kelly mi6 bogeymen killers knocking on his door late at night.

    • glenn

      Hi Rosie
      Complaining to news media about the lack of coverage is equivalent to banging your head aqainst a wall. I complained to the ABC here in Oz on the 24th April, and apart from an automatically generated ‘reciept’ on the 27th I have not recieved a response. It’s pretty obvious the media are under higher orders to downplay the severity of what’s happening at Fukushima. It was made obvious by the fact that reporting in all media across the globe ended simultaneously about a week after the event, despite an intense interest in the nuclear situation for the first week. It’s simply too difficult to belief that all MSM suddenly, simultaneously, and independantly decided it was no longer interesting news, despite none of the issues initially presented being resolved. One of the priorities for getting the world back on track is to find out which people have such enormous media control powers as we have seen exercised here, and hold them acccountable.

  • kx kx

    sad and primitive attitude, not very democratic

    • Rosie

      It’s desperately sad. Where the hell is David Attenborough when you need him? I’m getting more and more uptight because there’s no-one I can talk to apart from people on this site. Everyone else has forgotten it or thinks it’s too far away or “are you now a nuclear physicist seeing as you think you know so much about it”. I’m having to shut up because any minute now I’m going to get a reputation for weirdness. Probably have already. Gawd.

      • jwfuki

        I was speaking with someone the other day and their reply was ” I thuoght they got that all cleaned up already”.


      • Fall out man!

        Attenborough knows where his pay comes from. He started his career as a paid propagandist for the state religion of evolutionism, and it won’t worry him one bit to push global warming and nuke power. He is part of the global elite. He sold out to the big boys and works as a propagandist. In essence, he’s made a pact with the Devil and wants to take as many as he can to hell with him.

        Other than that, he might be alright.

    • extra knight

      such empty-headed, vacant, neanderthal logic. in a word pointless.

  • Darth

    Fukusall – is another word that is missing.

    • Ariana

      Nice. You actually made me laugh out loud…even though this situation has pretty much killed my sense of humor.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Well, we knew this. It’s beyond anything ever imagined. Japan and Gulf ‘Dead Zone’ This Year Predicted To Be Largest In History just popped up on front page at HP. We kill the oceans – we’re all dead.

  • maaa

    Terminator movie suddenly comes into my mind. We live in a nuclear waste land dominated by robots.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    AND they won’t say URANIUM
    It’s plutonium and uranium..
    ..the green warm and fuzzy.
    All that nuclear material and NO weapon production?….

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      The only reason TPTB promote nuclear power is so that they can produce nuclear weapons as by-products. Nuclear energy is extremely expensive and non-efficient.

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Can they use the word Melt Through since that they are beyond a Meltdown at this juncture.

    • radegan

      It’s needs rebranding – call it a “Meltie” – sounds kinda Aussie that way. “I’m afraid it’s gone meltie, mate”

      • CaliMom

        Cracking up here!! 🙂

      • jwfuki

        I think the “fukushima Fox” on the TEPCO live feed may be missing due to over ingestion of super glue and hot particles I saw him licking from his paws a few days ago.

        That was the last time I saw the poor little feller……

      • Rosie

        That is the FUNNIEST thing I’ve read on this site! Brilliant.

  • pizzaguy

    some suggest:

    plutonium –> plutochan
    mox –> senpai mox
    curium –> curiukun


  • SteveMT

    ‘Evacuation’ is the ultimate missing word from their Newspeak vocabulary.

  • SteveMT

    Not only a word coverup: “Plastic” sarcophagus construction begins at Fukushima. Doesn’t plastic melt?

    TEPCO begins covering work for reactors
    Wednesday, June 15, 2011 19:35 +0900 (JST)

    The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has begun constructing giant frames to hold plastic sheets for covering the plant’s damaged reactor buildings in an effort to prevent the spread of radiation.

    The buildings of the No. 1, 3, and 4 reactors were severely damaged by explosions after an earthquake and tsunami hit the plant on March 11th. Radiation is still being released into the atmosphere.


  • fireguyjeff fireguyjeff

    For the younger (under 50) folks here, a MUST SEE is the movie classic “On The Beach” with Gregory Peck and Ava Gardner.

    It is all about exactly what we are dealing with on this Fukushima mess.
    The parallels are beyond shocking.

    And the ending is very NOT Hollywood.

  • 1984

    i’m happy you just dittoed what the other 1984 of us who have surmised this situation.

    • Rosie

      Hi. I think I’m in a parallel universe at the moment. Maybe we’re some kind of weird enlightened beings ;)because how can we think one thing and everybody else think there’s nothing to worry about? Wish I was in the group that thinks there’s nothing to worry about! Loved the “it’s gone meltie mate” comment though…..that is the funniest thing. 🙂

  • arclight arclight

    just in case the censors missed this bit of news
    issues sorrounding testing on the comments

  • arclight arclight

    just when i thought making nuclear waste was bad enough…now their talking about the waste…hmmmmm!!
    and this old post…. kinda thought provoking with above link

  • Downwind

    My posts on japantoday.com were removed –
    the reason:

    “Moderator: Sorry, but Chernobyl is not relevant to this discussion. Please repost without the references to Chernobyl.”