Boing Boing: Journalist reports being threatened in Japan by official at gunpoint, ordered to sign falsified confession — “Implies that this is related to his coverage of Fukushima”

Published: January 22nd, 2012 at 8:58 pm ET


Boing Boing is the second major site (see to publish details of Johnson’s story, though it is the first to highlight the gunpoint threat, falsified confession, and link to Fukushima

Title: Foreign journalist claims corruption, brutality, death threats from Japanese airport officials
Source: Boing Boing
Author: Cory Doctorow
Date: 12:16 pm, Jan 22, 2012

Christopher Johnson, a Canadian journalist residing (until recently) in Japan published a ghastly account of his return to Tokyo after a short pre-Christmas trip. He was flagged at the border (he implies that this is related to his coverage of Fukushima), held, threatened, and shaken down for bribes before being detained without counsel or a phone call. He says he was eventually deported, though not before being ordered to sign a falsified confession and being threatened by an official at gunpoint […]

Japan’s outsourced airport detentions operation is the subject of its own Amnesty International report.

Read the report here. Check out the comment section too.

The story first appeared on the Economist website here

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Published: January 22nd, 2012 at 8:58 pm ET


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35 comments to Boing Boing: Journalist reports being threatened in Japan by official at gunpoint, ordered to sign falsified confession — “Implies that this is related to his coverage of Fukushima”

    • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

      Repost of what, this article?
      I must admit that I do not “live” on this web sight (being there are larger “deadly” global issues in our face) but I have never seen this story before.

      At “gun point!” Just shows that the international banking cartel means business and you better “suck-up and shut-up.” Or else!

      Better prepare for whats at the door step. Hint, It’s bigger than Fukushima by a long shot.

    • HoTaters HoTaters

      TC, this is a slightly different story … I’m pretty sure. There was recently a similar account, but it was the one about the fellow who was detained and interrogated at the airport. At lease that’s what I’m remembering.

  • norbu norbu

    I would say shoot me I am going to report the truth.

  • HoTaters HoTaters

    This lends creedence to suspicions the one city council member thought to have committed suicide recently was actually murdered, after all.

    • jonjon

      Without a doubt, you don’t shoot yourself in the chest while driving let alone with a shotgun that you then throw outside your car. It is even less likely for an activist on a mission, with a will to live and to change things for the better. Suicide is committed by people who have no purpose left in life, who suffer from depression, who wants nothing, and who’d rather be dead than suffer from their own sense of worthlessness and apathy.

      I would even go as far as to say this so called suicide was a way to make an example, and to deter other activists and journalists from going too far… You want to go in the forbidden zone and find out what’s really going on near those reactors? Then be prepared to die not from radiation exposure, but from a gunshot.

      • jonjon

        Come to think of it, I do wonder if this city council member and activist, who was found dead in the no entry zone, had gone investigating the hospital where rumors abound is full with dying Tepco workers. Had he been leaving the no entry zone with proofs and documentation, it wouldn’t be hard to imagine he would have to meet his fate earlier than he hoped for.
        If you watch Death on the Silk Road documentary, though it’s about China and its nuclear test health effects, you can see how risky investigating can become.. a matter of life and death.

  • StillJill StillJill

    The Japanese mafia MUST be the reason for the ‘citizenry silence’ as well. Perhaps they are already likened to a ‘battered woman’,…at some point, she is trapped,….by fear.

  • Anthony Anthony

    This is really not a good revelation in events at all.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    This is what we seem to find everywhere behind the false fronts of rectitude and honest public service – in big government, big banking, big business – in Japan, the USA, China, Russia, Europe – everywhere we ‘scratch the surface’. Those in power are not ‘like’ organized crime – they ARE organized crime, and they work WITH organized crime – the Mafia, Yakuza, etc.

    It is what more people need to know, because until we blow the cover of these ‘gangstas in pinstripe suits’, nothing is going to change for the better. Things will just keep getting worse.

    This is actually a pivotal moment in history, a very important moment.

    Most people don’t want to know this and are ‘in denial’ – but truly, they are either part of the solution, or part of the problem.

    We do owe it to our children and grandchildren to confront the situation rather than hide from it in denial.

    • many moons

      Bleep, denial is so much easier…in the present. If I deny what you are saying and call you a a follower of conspiracy theroies, a paraniod nut, then i won’t have to do anything against the bad guys. My job is done. I just have to shut you up and everything can go back to “normal”. But what are you saying, this could effect my kids? my grand kids? It will just get worse? Why? Cause more people will want more power and they will do anything to get it…and people will suffer for that? Who will lead us if it’s not these corrupt citizens who at least know what they want and how to get it. Just what are you suggesting?

      • aigeezer aigeezer

        “Who will lead us if it’s not these corrupt citizens who at least know what they want and how to get it.”

        Interesting question. I’m one old man who concluded years ago that anyone who wanted to “lead” me was not someone I wanted to be “led” by – what they wanted was seldom what I wanted, even when they put on their best rhetoric. “Chicken in every pot”, “great society”, “deficits don’t matter”, “a world free for democracy”, “mission accomplished” – meh, it’s nonsense – and of course what the “leaders” actually do has nothing much to do with their slogans in any case.

        My own answer to your rhetorical “who will lead us” question is “nobody, I hope.” Specifically, I hope that the Net will evolve into some kind of crowd-sourced consensual influence-proof decision-making entity in much the same way that Wikipedia is evolving into a crowd-sourced consensual influence-proof knowledge repository, or Bitcoin is evolving into a crowd-sourced… financial system. These are early days, of course, but if we don’t find some new way to manage our affairs, the game will end sooner rather than later.

        People have predicted doom in various forms for a long time, but we have always muddled through. This time it really is different.


  • On January 22, 2012 we had a “Wake Up Call”

    It didn’t turn out to be too serious. Picture the sun being 93,000,000 miles away and firing a shotgun blast the size of the earth, towards the earth. Well it is not likely to be a direct hit. Apart from some Satellite disruption, and a few pieces of “space junk” falling out of the sky (indeed the atmosphere changes and causes drag on space junk which then falls out of the sky), some really neat northern lights, and some detectable electric currents in Norway, well it wasn’t too bad.

    But it could be bad. In 1989 a mini-Carrington burnt up some industrial size transformers, and shut down the grid for 6 million people. Serious enough stuff.

    Just think what would happen if it wasn’t just one power company and a few big transformers, what if it was 400 power companies, 5000 transformers, and 400 nuke plants melting down? We have been set up for this, we are living on borrowed time.

    Troll Jousting Fodder here, check it out.

      • I agree stock.

        You also failed to note the 11 year solar storm pattern. Known as the ‘solar minimum’ (Which already took place) and ‘solar maximum’.

        For those of you that are unaware of this pattern:

        “History shows that big sunspot cycles ‘ramp up’ faster than small ones,” he says. “I expect to see the first sunspots of the next cycle appear in late 2006 or 2007—and Solar Max to be underway by 2010 or 2011.”

        `Coronal mass ejections have been quite minimal this cycle, which could very well ramp up this coming march. ~
        We just received the first ‘large flare’ this year. On January 19th. So far there has been a notable rise in seismic activity for 2012… Although the events are minimal due to the small scale of the ejections. (class m solar flares). Come march the x class full halo coronal mass ejections are likely to reoccur.

        Readers should be advised that pressure is currently building under the japanese fault lines. Much like it had in January 2011. This can be proven by the recent earthquake (today In hawaii). Which typically coincides with plate activity in Japan as well.

        So in my opinion we should very well suspect that in march an even larger scale seismic event (9.0 or more), is quite possible; And in my opinion is actually quite likely.

        If you had paid any attention at all to the seismic activity of 2011, you would likely have noticed that the plate activity is very sizable in comparison to the last several years. This all points to a higher rate of tension which will likely lead to a massive earthquake in march of 2012 (this year)…

        • That cycle is huge, it affect financial markets, no joke.

          And not just a solar minimum, it was a massive multi century minimum

          • The reason I said that you failed to note it is you mentioned 1989.

            1989 + 11 = 2000

            2000 + 11 = 2011

            Storms typically start on the eleventh year and end on the 12th or 13th. (I.e. 2012 – 2013).

            also 1989 – 11 = 1978.

            1979 was another year for severe solar / grid failure. (I believe earthquakes as well)

    • jonjon

      I’ve been thinking about that ever since 311 and unable till a few months ago to find anyone linking the 2: meltdowns and Carrington effects.
      I’m surprised that Michio Kaku never bothered asking the question, what if… when he did it in 2008, he never mention the effects it could have on nuclear power plants. Now he knows better and his silence actually says a lot.

    • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

      Recently NASA, (a space agency with no space program) announced that within the next few years they “expect” that a solar flare could (would) take down the electrical grid of the united states.

      Oops !

      An overall study of the history of solar phenomenon does not support such a claim… being that, there are no “extreme” abnormal solar “Time Frames” to base or, “support” such a claim upon. According to scientifically based data.

      Point being, is this a “pre-announcement” cover-story for the “purposeful” crash of the grid to serve as a (we told you so) story for when the PTB desire full control and domination?

      Better think twice.

      Evil does… as evil is.

      • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

        If you stop and think about it…

        NASA is nothing more than the “Official” scientific “mouth piece” for the controllers of the termed “new (old) world order.”

        The modern day high priest of Babylon, of the “old (new) world” order. Bought and paid for to keep you deceived.

        With billions of dollars, they can’t even get a mouse on the moon.


      • TerraHertz TerraHertz

        Although I accept that a very severe CME could damage the electrical grids, I consider it much more likely that we’re being conditioned to blame a CME for a deliberately induced general grid failure.


        Summary: a plan is afoot to deliberately destroy the entire US generating and distribution grid, as a part of the Elite’s global population cull and de-industrialization program.

        The method involves splitting the grid into phase-independent subunits, then while the power phases are opposed, suddenly closing the isolating switchgear. Resulting in colossal fault currents, welding shut of breakers, vaporization of transmission lines, and total destruction of most generating capacity.
        As the first article notes, even the preparations for this ‘test’ can only be considered an act of war, by enemies within the State.

        It would seem that here we are seeing the beginnings of a cover story, intended to make people think the resulting massive, long term outage was due to natural causes.

  • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

    My big worry has always been the Carrington effect. Not caused by the sun but by some dumb ass rocket scientist playing with fires.

    Let us be kind, one to another, for we are each of us together in our pain!

  • There are lots of PNP’s (pro nuke pimps) out there talking complete garbage such as Solar PV costs 70 cents per kWH.

    The Real Cost to Implement PV Solar Electric has dropped to 2.94 Cents per KWH !!!

    The world has changed underneath their feet, they don’t want to have to learn a new livelihood even they are killing us slowly and sometimes more quickly. More quickly if you unfortunate enough to have inhaled some of the plutonium hot particles that were launched in the jet stream when reactor 3 blew sky-high. Information on that is here:

    In link below, here is the proof, an real life cost proposal, savings chart properly de-rated, and a long term savings chart.

    Solar Electric is now 2.94 Cents per KWH.

  • tony wilson

    japan has been a criminal state for years..
    yakuza’s been killing nuke workers since the 70s making threats to family members.
    why for the last 30 years have the yanks needed so many bases probably the biggest concentration of separate entity us bases in the world.
    it is all about elite criminal gangs.
    a kind of international trillion dollar mobster version of west side story.

    just look at olympus massive director and chairman fraud 600 million and the person that gets fired is an english exec who blew the whistle.
    all this noise about saddam hussein,gadaffi,kim jong family run rackets and the big daddy criminals are in japan,uk,usa and israel and france.

  • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

    These are the problems! This is where we keep focused!

    Argentina 2, Armenia 1, Belgium 7, Brazil 2, Bulgaria 2, Canada 18, China 16, Taiwan 6, Czech Republic 6, Finland 4, France 58, Germany 9, Hungary 4, India 20, Iran 1, Japan 50, Korea S. 21, Mexico 2, Netherlands 1, Pakistan 3, Romania 2, Russian Federation 33, Slovakian Republic 4, Slovenia 1, South Africa 2, Spain 8, Sweden 10, Switzerland 5, Ukraine 15, United Kingdom 19, United States 104.

    Let us be kind, one to another, for we are each of us together in our pain!

    Above numbers are close, trying to show the enormity of this.

    • TerraHertz TerraHertz

      That is beautiful. Also very interesting. I did did not know that the upper boundary of the Mesosphere (~85Km) glows uniformly, enough to be visible to a low light camera on the night side.
      Compared to the thickness of the Troposphere (~20Km) which is visible as ‘the atmosphere’ on the day side, the Mesosphere looks huge.

      I electrical universe terms, I guess the current flows of the aurora (ions from the Sun) distribute their charge evenly across the outside of this giant air-insulated Leyden Jar via the ionized upper boundary of the mesosphere – and that’s what we see glowing.

      Ha ha ha… I’d love to see some idiot try to stick a conductive ‘space elevator’ cable down through that insulating air layer. From a distant viewpoint like this video, the result would be very pretty.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    many moons,

    I wish I had some good answers to your questions re what we should do. If there were good answers, easy answers, we wouldn’t be where we are now.

    Yes people choose denial as easier than facing reality.

    I am a notorious pessimist. And yet ‘It ain’t over ’til it’s over’ and ‘In some causes it is noble even to fail.’

    We must keep trying, keep on keepin’ on.

    Talk to people, continue to educate ourselves, experiment with different ways of introducing the info to people. You may not be the one to cause the ‘light to go on’ for another person – but you might be part of what led up to it.

    Actually the internet has facilitated a big explosion of awareness. And I do think that the info is spreading at – what is it called – the geometric rate of progression (exponental growth). Like algae in a pond… growth curve for a long time looks pretty flat, gradual – but then suddenly it spikes, takes off (kind of like the national debt, with a fiat currency of no intrinsic value…).

    I’ve been studying all of this for a long time. It IS fascinating, and I do not think there is any more important endeavor on the planet at this time.

  • markww markww

    One of these days the BAD will be swiped clean from the earth from the heavens above. Truth and honesty win in the end. The evil doers of the planet will burn in hell. So go ahead Japan point your guns threaten all the people your day is coming to sit in a cold empty jail cell and found guilty of your crimes.

  • Tumrgrwer Tumrgrwer

    There is no end.

    Let us be kind, one to another, for we are each of us together in our pain!