Japan’s First Astronaut: Gov’t lies about Fukushima disaster — Vital info on radiation risks kept from public to “maintain law and order”

Published: August 3rd, 2013 at 10:34 pm ET
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Title: Cautionary tales from one not afraid to risk all
Source: The Japan Times
Author: TOMOKO OTAKE
Date: August 3, 2013

[Former TBS reporter and Japan’s first-ever astronaut Toyohiro Akiyama's] home was only 32 km from [Fukushima Daiichi] [...] On March 12, he packed a few valuables, hung a portable radiation detector around his neck and drove his truck to the city of Koriyama [...]

As a former newsman, Akiyama was well aware not only of official reactions to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and other nuclear accidents in the past, but also of the workings of Japan’s “nuclear village” [...] Consequently, he knew that the Tokyo government would withhold vital information on radiation risks to “maintain law and order,” he says.

[...] I had reported on the fifth anniversary of the 1986 Chernobyl disaster and the Three Mile Island accident, so I knew all too well what the governments of the U.S. and Russia had done.

I had read books on how the Japanese government has dealt with nuclear accidents in the past. When there’s an emergency, what the authorities try to do is to maintain “law and order.” What is order? It’s protecting the system presiding at the time. [...]

The government was bound to lie. [...]

See also: Japan's 'Neil Armstrong': 1st man in space loses everything after abandoning Fukushima farm -- I can't trust gov't radiation claims -- "As though a robber has taken everything from me"

Published: August 3rd, 2013 at 10:34 pm ET
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48 comments to Japan’s First Astronaut: Gov’t lies about Fukushima disaster — Vital info on radiation risks kept from public to “maintain law and order”

  • Flapdoodle Flapdoodle

    I see. Keep the radiation risk quiet, to protest the REAL criminals in order to maintain law and order.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Does he mean "Law and Order" or a Police State?

    One is based on "voluntary compliance" and the other is not…


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  • Ourself Ourself

    How can anyone call this 'maintaining law and order'?

    This is the beginning of the nuclear holocaust. Our government is doing it, too. Obama is saying we're safe from it, meanwhile the EPA quietly raises the 'safety limit' of radiation to dangerous levels. When the public finally realizes what's going on, and sees that our government has not only done NOTHING about it, but also kept them completely in the dark, there will be massive riots, the likes of which this country has never seen.


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    • We Not They Finally

      Riots? If there are FOOD shortages, maybe. But that would be because of multiple hits on the food supply: wipe-out of bees; drought; UV-B rays (skyrocketing due to depletion of the ozone layer) is also a killer of plant life. It probably won't be because of irradiated food. Irradiated food is being sold daily as we speak.

      It just takes a while for that to cause a mass HEALTH crisis from radiation-caused epidemics. But then the monster called mass media control will just call that "a mystery." And an ill population is a population ill-equipped to fight back.

      Then there is the time-honored means of controlling people called "diversion." Some other major crisis. Or some other new "enemy."

      I hate to think what the future might bring. But people suddenly being clear-sighted may not be on the top of the list! God help us all. Nevertheless, we have to keep talking, keep educating.


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      • Ourself Ourself

        Chernobyl took about 5 years to start affecting people. It hasn't even been 2 and a half years from 3/11 yet, and I know several people who have already suddenly developed cancer. It will take awhile for the people to finally wake up, but when they do…. They will all have cancer and nothing to lose.
        Do you really think a disaster on this level is going to be covered up forever? Do you have any idea how many whistle-blowers there will be? Again, they will all have cancer and nothing to lose.
        There will be whistle-blowers. There will be food shortages. There will be a shortage of doctors. There will be martial law. There will be internet censoring. There will be a Civil War. It is not so hard to predict the future – it is simply a matter of probabilities. The probability of this is extremely high, unfortunately.


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    • moonshellblue moonshellblue

      My thoughts also, Ourself.


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    • Teddi Teddi

      The EPA and eco-left in general, that squeal every time a business tries to move a piece of dirt in this country hasn't even shown up on this eco disaster.

      Usually when they are quiet, its because whatever event is occurring doesn't fit the anti-capitalist agenda, but what could be better than to put the nuclear industry down for the count ?

      The left, EPA and every other eco group should be all over this, but they are not – bunch of hypocrites…


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    "The probability of this is extremely high, unfortunately."

    Let us hope that calmer and more enlightened people emerge as none of us want this probability.

    Yes we must.. "Nevertheless, we have to keep talking, keep educating."

    Mankind has great potential and the tide of sanity will wash upon the US shores very soon and its been heading this way for the past two years.

    Soon people will have to face their biggest fears head on…


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    • Ourself Ourself

      I couldn't agree with you more. I think Kevin Blanch sums it up best when he says 'live like you have cancer before you have cancer.' Lets face our fears now, lets come to terms with our own mortality now, and lets do whatever we can do for humanity and the planet as a whole. As difficult of a situation we're facing, it is truly a blessing to have had the opportunity to be here. I'll be spending the rest of my life giving back to the planet and her beautiful children. Keep educating, my friends.


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    • Ourself Ourself

      I'd like to add that even if it seems like you're not having much effect, even if it seems like you can't change the world – you can. Even the greatest tree was at one time a seed. Remember this.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Write it down so that others will know and share what has transpired here at this place and in this time line..


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  • Sol Man

    The invisible people will protest when they note their increased frequency of cancers among themselves.
    And, who will they be protesting to?
    That would be to the military, the police, the corporatist politicians all of which will have more cancer (and all of the other radiation-linked illnesses,) too.


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  • Cologne Cathedral Cologne Cathedral

    As I wrote before I now recommend a DVD. The Person behind this DVD is Holger Strohm, Author of "Friedlich in die Katastrophe" (Quietly into disaster) and the most honorable opposer of nuclear power in Gerrmany.

    What he told me on the phone, that the Fukushima inventory has the size of 12.000 fold that of Chernobyl he also states on this DVD "quietly into disaster". The Cost of the DVD is 20 Euro and for the US shipment is 3,50 Euro, together round about 30 bucks.

    More than 4 hours of shocking insights to the nuclear industry.
    This is a must have and a must go viral.

    http://quietly-into-disaster. com/

    I do not profit personally in any kind from this recommendation.
    I just saw that movie the first time, as these are the first days of a possible delivery at all. The truth is quiet shocking, but we must not close our eyes.

    Thank you


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    • Ourself Ourself

      Thanks. I've been waiting for this, but please don't tell me the only way to watch it is to buy the DVD. If that's the case, he is wasting his time and making the anti-nuclear movement look bad. The whole purpose of having a video like this is to share and get the word out.

      If someone didn't care about nuclear, and then they watch a truthful documentary about it, maybe they'll reconsider; but if they don't care about nuclear and have to pay for a documentary opposing it, well, why would they? They wouldn't!

      The only people interested in paying for it would be those who already know, but if they already know, why would they pay for it either?


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      • Cologne Cathedral Cologne Cathedral

        Hello Ourself,

        I disagree.

        I knew the story of Holger Strohm long before this DVD came out. He is author to 80 books, 40 of them were censored and I mean completely censored, unavailable.

        Dr. Strohm had to live for 10 years in german excile, is victim to 3 occupational bans and received his Dr.-title one or two years ago, instead of 20 or 30 years ago, when he should have received it.

        This man has something to say and it is obviously that he has costs for this DVD, as any author has, that we should reimburse him.


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        • Ourself Ourself

          I agree with you to an extent. It does takes a lot of work, a lot of research, a lot of time, everything; however, activism is about doing what is best for humanity, not about making a profit. He could just release it online and not even have to pay for the DVDs; or offer DVDs at a price, and also offer it free.

          The fact that he makes you pay for it really takes away from it. How am I supposed to share this with a large number of people? It simply isn't going to happen, and I'm not going to spend $30 on a DVD just to show a handful of people. It's a waste.


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      • Cologne Cathedral Cologne Cathedral

        You can throw out your money for the mainstream media, or invest it into knowledge. Make you choice.


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    • m a x l i

      @Cologne Cathedral, your link doesn't work like that because you misspelled it slightly. For anyone who wanted to have a look and got discouraged, here it is again in corrected form:

      http://quietly-into-disaster.com/

      Thanks for the information! Interesting disagreement going on here, by the way. Both views show some strong points and are equally valid, in my opinion.


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    • Cologne Cathedral Cologne Cathedral

      I have to apologize.

      It seems the english version does unfortunately not include the bonus material (which is part of the german edition). So the movie is just 2 hours long, not 4 hours.

      Nonetheless I can recommend this DVD.


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  • Cologne Cathedral Cologne Cathedral

    quite shocking, sorry


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  • ftlt

    Sadly, this is the case about almost all we get on the mainstream media… It has become an orchestrated mind control tool of the masses like never before..

    This is true from energy to war, from Wall Street banksterism to our toxic foods and waters… From nukes to human rights.. From pollution/environment to the protected policy of greed…

    From National Public Radio to FOX News these days, there is continuous dumbing down mind control.. They are filled with leaked half truths and out-right lies…They have replaced solid journalism with whitened teeth, makeup and hairspray..
    It is almost all NONSENSE and MIND CONTROL in the media..

    All the major news/media everywhere is now under the threat of being attacked by its so-called free national Govt. for espionage after the Manning ruling… The attacks on WikiLeaks' Assange and now Snowdon are more of the same… Out in the open attacks on the truth…

    Attacks on those who would dare shout out the truth and shout out the warnings… THE KING IS WEARING NO CLOTHING and STOP!!! DON'T DRINK THE KOOL-AID OR EAT THE JELLO!!! …

    IS this site and are those sites like it, next to go???.. Or are these just too fringe to be worried about.. I think, they are under threat and will soon be dealt with by the Border Less Globalist Fascists Forces that are running our country's Govt in such an out in the open way now…

    The man's statement, says it all…


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  • Cologne Cathedral Cologne Cathedral

    Any other crime is fading against the crime of nuclear power and the atomic bomb.

    It affects all future generations of all creatures on this planet.

    That just insane!


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    • CC has it right.

      Nuclear energy and nuclear weapons are (by far) corporate humanity's #1 crime –and #1 stupid. While more nuclear power plant catastrophes, misery, hopelessness and "nothing to lose" might lead to riots and disorganized rebellions, that would in turn only lead to martial law –perhaps permanent. The American experiment might then be at an end.

      While misery fuels revolts, what sparks them is symbolism. I worry what will happen if that great legion of gun-loving patriots in our country figures it out what happened on 9/11.

      > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSb5FARMULo

      * Unfortunately, even if most of law enforcement and the military joined in a swift and relatively bloodless revolt, we'd only end up with a "changing of the guard". Real revolution requires real leadership –from a lot of individuals with the real courage it takes to advance deep cultural and spiritual change –stuff that rocks, sufficient to capture the imagination of our sons and daughters.

      * I like to think that brilliant minds are at work, coming up with new models for civilized society –and a life worth living.


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      • Cologne Cathedral Cologne Cathedral

        Thank you Craig,

        That is quite right.

        We (the west) will face wars about ressources on the outer, and riots and rebellions on the inner side. The US could be exposed in particular to the later one, because of the gun-ownership of many citizens.

        The only way to avoid this "decivilization" is to get along with less and more renewable power.


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  • jec jec

    In the US, just hope the elections in 2014 will have candidates who are aware and willing to support protection from our nuclear mess. Its the only way to make even a little change, voting. Of course, look what happened in Japan, real mind control..until more people get sick and there is no other cause. Right now, frightened people think its mental, its something good attitude and good food/lifestyle can fix. It can't, this poison is slowly and silently doing its terrible destruction.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    7 billion people on the planet and millions of websites and this search was interesting and only 21,000 hits came up. Japan just had the largest industrial accident ever recorded on Planet Earth.

    In order to know the plight of our worldwide "human insanity" which we are all subjected too on a daily basis, one must read how the human mind/thoughts are written and presented in varied formats.

    Enjoy and it appears everyone wants to control our mind/thoughts.
    http://www.google.com/search?client=safari&rls=en&q=japanese+news&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8#q=japanese+nuclear+news&client=safari&rls=en&tbm=nws&tbas=0&source=lnt&sa=X&psj=1&ei=tor-UfvUK6z5igLan4BY&ved=0CBoQpwUoAA&bav=on.2,or.r_qf.&fp=9243de1d132e9e8f&biw=1120&bih=674&bvm=pv.xjs.s.en_US.seW1cfrvSKg.O


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  • Elections are a FARCE !!!

    They are 2 sides of the same BAD PENNY !!


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    • There have been many opportunities to state your objection to the 2-party corporate duopoly –including the last presidential election. I sure hope everyone who reads EneNews voted for Dr. Stein and her anti-nuke platform.

      If the difference between polling and "black box" voting results could be driven to outrageous proportions, TPTB might be forced to concede on a few issues –like nuclear power.


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Real time..
    I recently received what looked like a $15.00 pamphlet from the "John Wayne Cancer Institute" which was very fancy and asking for money. This booklet also touted all about the new doctors they had just hired and the dynamic new research each of them were doing. A beautiful full color spread also showing a worldwide multi-continent connection that is now pushing hard for new cancer treatments/cures! Bottom line.. send me some money…

    So, I decided to give the 800 number a call and talk to the staff representing this cancer research charity and I asked the women on the other end of the line if she know why John Wayne died from cancer?

    She had absolutely.. no clue! Asking for my money and no clue as to why?

    I proceeded to tell her the truth and that it was from direct exposure to Radiation Contamination when shooting a movie and that 1/2 of all cast members also died from cancer due to this exposure.

    So now… one more is properly educated!

    I told her that all their monetary resources would be better spent stopping nuclear/power/energy and its proliferation around the globe, than it would be to try to stop an ever changing disease called cancer, which is directly caused by Radiation Contamination Exposures!

    So maybe with the massive wealth being spent to deal with cancer we should inform all these non profit cancer organizations to instead spend their money stopping Nuclear Power in its tracks.

    They would save a great deal more lives…..


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    oops..if she "knew" why John Wayne died from cancer?


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Craig ..thanks!

    Use it and spread the news that John Wayne is dead specifically from Radiation Contamination Exposure induced cancer and many, many millions more have/will also succumb to the exact same fate. This is fact…

    Its really time to bring all these cancer charity groups/people including the entire medical community on board with bringing this Nuclear Technology to an end any/everywhere it is used.

    My phone call was very effective and forceful and it was relayed up their chain of command…

    None of us have to put up with this crap anymore and sharing the truth forcibly is the key…….


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  • SNAFUBAR

    I search and read articles daily on every subject I think of. Since I am disabled and spend my waking hours with a computer on my lap (17-19 hrs day x 7 days week) so I have time to do the studying I couldn't before my injury.
    I read the articles & browse through the comments of each though rarely bother to post. Never fails, there are always those that post to preach their agenda to the few, those that post to blindly follow the preacher, those that will post just to disagree with the preacher, those that have no idea what they've read but want to be included by posting and those like myself that read in amusement the posts on "fixing the world".

    The truth is, after many years of research and reading the posts of those commenting on any/all research, we're all headed in a direction that will not (notice not "can not") be changed.
    The "education" of a few persons reading the articles and research then commenting on it leads to nothing. Go ahead and "educate" everyone you know, it won't help.
    The spiral we've allowed has become unstoppable by "education." I glance at one suggesting "voting" and that is laughable. En mass humans vote to enhance their holdings in one form or another. The phrase "ask not what your Country can do for you" has been replaced with "what can they give me?".
    Until the people understand that nothing is free and you have to fight for your rights then we are done.
    Enjoy the spiral, since 93 I've attempted to educate. I…


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    SNAFUBAR..

    You have awakened!


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