Japan gov’t considering expansion of evacuation zone

Published: June 6th, 2011 at 6:56 pm ET


Gov’t may expand scope of evacuation order in Fukushima, Japan Today, June 7, 2011:

The government is considering expanding the scope of its evacuation order to include people from certain spots that are emitting high levels of radiation as a result of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in March, government officials said Monday. […]

Top government spokesman Yukio Edano said at a news conference there are certain spots, other than the government-designated evacuation areas, where radiation levels are high depending on atmospheric and other conditions, and the government will boost monitoring at these locations.

‘‘Based on the outcome of (radiation) monitoring, we will consider taking appropriate action,’’ the chief Cabinet secretary told a news conference, hinting at the possible evacuation of these areas.

Published: June 6th, 2011 at 6:56 pm ET


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107 comments to Japan gov’t considering expansion of evacuation zone

  • AkDave AkDave

    Looks like the fight is lost.

  • irradiated californian

    the fight has been lost for a while, they are just trying their best to save nuclear power’s and their own faces. they are failing at that also, in my opinion. they are slowly murdering their own people, and slowly killing the world, and they are making seem as if they aren’t even trying. sad, sad, days. makes me sad for my unborn baby, i really hope it doesn’t have to grow up in a horribly irradiated world…but that seems to be wishful thinking…

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    About 90 days late and a million dollars short.

  • Radiation at 400 times normal levels 60+ MILES from Fukushima… nearby ANOTHER nuclear plant
    March 13th, 2011


  • arclight arclight

    posted this on huff post too

    a worrying article from 2009….notice that nuclear workers, who have very low doses, are at risk from strokes\heart attacks…it makes you think about the fukushima workers and people\children in sorrounding areas….i thought that it was only a cancer \genetic damage issue…foord for thought…also, now that the radiation estimates are at least double what we were initially told, would it not be sensible for the norwegian NILU to restart the radiation forecasts and other agencies as well…otherwise what is the point of funding them?

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese


    Arnold Gundersen talks about evacuation zones.

  • jwfuki

    GOT TO…………..Got To……….Save Face!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(at all costs, to us, of course).

  • ocifferdave

    Tepco disinformed this soldier and his men about the dangers of reactor 1 possibly exploding. Tepco is an equal oppurtunity disinformer.


  • arclight arclight

    wonder if the iaea got the memo

    “Govt. document shows offsite center dysfunctio­nal

    An internal document from Japan’s nuclear safety agency reveals that an emergency response office was nearly dysfunctio­nal at the time of the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant on March 11th.

    NHK has obtained a document from the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency that shows how the office, called an “off-site center” failed to function properly due to a rise in radiation levels in the wake of a power outage.

    More: http://www­3.nhk.or.j­p/daily/en­glish/06_3­4.html”

  • Anthony Anthony

    Japan faces possible radioactive rubble
    Published: June 6, 2011 at 4:14 PM
    TOKYO, June 6 (UPI) — Japan’s government says it will approve incinerating and burying rubble possibly contaminated with radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant.

    Read more: http://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2011/06/06/Japan-faces-possible-radioactive-rubble/UPI-79941307391274/#ixzz1OXmxAIsp

    • More radiation up with smoke !
      Wildfires in Russia Spread Chernobyl Radiation Again
      Wildfires in Russia Spread Chernobyl Radiation Again. Art by Frank Stockton for the New … explosives, causing a rapid spread of fire. “It seems we came …


      BBC News – Russia combats wildfires in Chernobyl radiation zone
      11 Aug 2010… contaminated by Chernobyl nuclear fallout, amid concern they could spread radiation. … Fires have swept through western Russia for a week, … the air once again by wildfires and blown into other areas by the wind. …


  • Anthony Anthony

    It’s ghastly, not green
    June 07, 2011 5:41:51 AM

    Sandhya Jain

    The meltdown at Fukushima showcases the horrors of a disaster-hit nuclear plant. This can happen anywhere in the world. Do we really need nuclear power?

    The real crisis of Japan’s earthquake-tsunami-driven disaster at Fukushima concerns the disposal of radioactive, partially melted, uranium fuel rods, before the six reactors can be decommissioned. Some rods contain plutonium (one millionth of a gram, inhaled, can cause cancer; each reactor has 250 kg of plutonium). Over seven tonnes of nuclear debris (spent rods and fissile fuel inside the reactors) need a permanent storage site before the facility can be entombed under concrete, Chernobyl-style.


  • Anthony Anthony

    Fukushima Metallic Taste Reports From Tokyo Recall Chernobyl
    By Arthur Hu– June 6, 2011
    Tokyo Likely Was Hit by Unit 3 Explosion Plume

    • Novamind

      This metalic taste was common in this neck of Northwest Oregon, until just lately.

      • Dogleg Dogleg

        Here in Boise as well

        • Cindy

          I noticed it in Hawaii too, however I thought it was ‘VOG’ (volcanic smog)

          I didn’t think much of it , tasted like vog, sulfer-ish…

      • Anthony Anthony

        I agree with you. I notice it when the heavy cloud cover hangs around us. Especially the ones with the dark bottoms and also the streaky dark blue grey ones. To me the taste is of chemicals and kinda salty but I can see how others call it metallic. I have not had a heavy taste of this for the last week through which has been great. I think it is the changing winds giving us some mercy. Cant imagine living in Japan at this stage.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Radiation fears outpaced the facts after quake, USFJ commander says
    By Erik Slavin
    Stars and Stripes
    Published: June 6, 2011

    YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — As the specter of potential nuclear contamination spread throughout Japan in the week following the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, the top U.S. military commander in the country felt as uncertain as many of the Americans under his protection.

    It wasn’t until March 18 — a day after the Defense Department announced it would pay for families of servicemembers to leave Japan — that U.S. Forces Japan commander Lt. Gen. Burt Field felt personally sure that radiation emanating from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant posed no major threat to the Tokyo area, where tens of thousands of Americans live and work on U.S. military bases.


  • Anthony Anthony

    Incineration of rubble OK’d amid radiation risk
    Kyodo Tuesday, June 7, 2011

    The Environment Ministry plans to allow rubble from the March 11 disasters in coastal and central parts of Fukushima Prefecture to be incinerated or buried, raising the risk of radioactive contamination, officials said Sunday.


    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Does this article posted by Anthony said that incineration will raise the risk of radioactive contamination?
      “Incineration of rubble OK’d amid radiation risk”

      Seems really scary to me.

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Correction: “say” not “said”

      • Anthony Anthony

        Yes and I think with the VOLUMES of rubble to burn, and the unknown levels of actual contamination in play, it is another slap in the face of North American neighbors for Japan to even suggest the creation of even more airborne contamination.

        Uranium and its contaminants have to be returned to whence it came, deep underground, so to not contaminate the above ground areas. There is nowhere else it has proven to be safe to keep on the planet than underground.

        The Japanese have made many mistakes leading up to and through this crisis which has deeply and negatively affected everyone else. They have to make deep efforts now to do things right, especially by the rest of the world`s citizens.

        • tony wilson

          it’s a kill job..
          this is a report about rubble add to taht the burning of 100s of tons of sludge mud it is a disaster.
          not so much hiding under the carpet just volatilizing it around the world.
          this is a crime the fact that obama says nothing means it has official sanction.
          i met a japanese person yesterday,who seemed to think everything was under control.
          by the time the people realize they will of given the rest of us a death sentence.

        • jump-ball jump-ball

          “They have to make deep efforts now to do things right, especially by the rest of the world`s citizens.”

          A: I admire your frequent posts and links, but what exactly are the Japanese efforts to do things right?

          • Anthony Anthony

            Thats a good question. I want Japan to conduct itself especially now as a conscionable and environmentally responsible world citizen, as one of our closest neighbors. I am a *shit happens* personality so I’m way past being angry about the actual initial event; it is the moves they make today and how they see tomorrow that will be the only way for us all to get out of here somehow in one piece – together as people. By accidentally or haphazardly poisoning us, given the acute focus I think should be on the environment at the moment by all humans living on it, my only expectation for now is Japan take a better road than what brought them and us collectively here. Additional fallout of any kind is insult to injury to North America at this stage in my opinion.

            Besides, we cant help them if we get sickened ourselves.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Boy, something is going on with Japan articles at HP. Your article came up like this:
      %u201CInci­neration of rubble OK%u2019d amid radiation risk%u201D
      Never happened before.

      • Anthony Anthony

        Sorry, if I remember the Headline title was in html format (fancy stuff) so it may text-out as gibberish in a copy paste…

        • Anthony Anthony

          But more importantly, you are ruthlessly getting the info out there and that`s what counts ultimately!

  • SteveMT

    They always save the important info for the last sentence: “23.82 million tons of rubble”

    That is a lot of burning, and who knows if it contains any of the highly radiative debris from the explosions.

    “How to finish destroying Japan/Pacific ocean/world” by The Environment Ministry

  • ZombiePlanet ZombiePlanet

    Dr. Bill Deagle
    Fukushima Update

    On http://www.renseradio.com/listenlive.htm

    At 10:00 pm EDT

    Guaranteed worth the listen.

  • this is horrible, but not surprising. We should never trust officials to tell us when its safe.

    I ran into an ex-colleague recently whose 20-something (American) son is living in Sendai. He, like many people, wasn’t concerned about the radiation threat. That was probably 2 months ago. I wonder how he is feeling now? sigh

  • I just donated $20 to this site. Keep up the good work!

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Oh I wish I could. Fixed income here. Glad you did though. Nice contribution!

    • ocifferdave

      I did $40 a month ago and said I would do $40 every year (I think of it like a subscription) as long as this site keeps up on the Fukushima Nuclear Crisis…which should go on until the day I die unless some unforseen miracle happens.

  • HardLeft

    Hey, folks,

    Was just following up on Anthony’s links about the metallic taste and KR-85 gas plumes in Tokyo in March via ex-SKF, did a little sniffing around, and it led me to some truly wild data.

    I can’t get into the whole article, but check out this extract:


    I thought that the whole weather modification angle with Fuku was wild, crackpot raving… but no, no, no, turns out Hard Left was wrong. This is old, old information– scientists have worried about KR-85 modifying weather since 1975! If anyone can actually access the full article, do the math and figure out what this means, that would be great. Will check with my two scientist friends also.

    Reading this brief excerpt, it seems like the dangers of nuclear power were BETTER understood and taken more seriously over 30 years ago.

    • Novamind

      Could it be the cause of some extreme weather as of recent?

    • Godzilla

      Well, it basically says that KR85 can affect weather patterns and the formation of the ionosphere. Let’s hope it’s not by much, I think a lot of it came out the first week or so, iirc.

    • Anthony Anthony

      Holy you-know-what!

      This is why I love this site.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      16 July 1976, Volume 193, Number 4249 Science, “Meteorological Consequences of Atmospheric Krypton-85; Krypton-85 can disturb the atmospheric environment by perturbing atmospheric electrical processes,” by William L. Boeck.

      ….”In summary, if the accumulation of Kr-85 in the atmosphere is allowed to reach I percent of the (MPC)a, a measurable global change in atmospheric electrical parameters will be produced.

      “Inadvertent Weather Modification

      “The complex interactions of the real atmosphere suggest that a substantial perturbation of ionization may affect a variety of other parameters. To date, very little has been published linking Kr-85 to atmospheric phenomena. This is probably due to the small number of scientists interested in atmospheric electricity and the general lack of awareness that mankind has the ability and apparent intention to release enough Kr-85 to change the atmospheric ionization background. Information related to this topic must be searched for in articles dealing with the atmospheric effects of cosmic-ray ionization or with electrical influences on the physical processes in clouds. As a result, there is no comprehensive theory with which to evaluate the net effect of 85Kr releases on meteorological processes. There are, however, some clues indicating that the possible environmental effects deserve serious study. Although some of the material needs updating, a 1969 article (12) on electricity and weather modification is a valuable introduction. A more recent article (13) contains a section on the impact of cosmic-ray ionization on the atmosphere.

      “Several properties of Kr-85 indicate that its potential as a weather-modifying agent should be taken seriously. In contrast to most materials used for weather modification, Kr-85 will not be confined to a single area. Chemically inert Kr-85 will penetrate the entire atmosphere, so that its effects may be felt anywhere on the globe. Because of its long radioactive half-life, any effects…

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        Because of its long radioactive half-life, any effects will persist for decades. Atmospheric conductivity is coupled by Ohm’s law with the atmospheric electric field and the ionospheric electric potential. In turn, the ionospheric potential is maintained by the balance between thunderstorm charging currents and the continual discharge through the global resistor. Unless thunderstorm electrification mechanisms are independent of the ambient electric field and related electrical phenomena, an electrical feedback loop could exist coupling thunderstorms at widely separated localities.

        “On the basis of current knowledge, there appear to be several pathways by which air ionization due to 85Kr could have an environmental impact. Topics that require further investigation include the net effects of external influences on thunderstorm electrification (14); the electrically enhanced coalescence of cloud droplets to form raindrops, especially cloudbursts (15); and the formation of sulfate aerosol particles by gas-toparticle conversion mechanisms involving ions (16). Without a significant increase in research effort, it is likely that Kr-85 will accumulate in the atmosphere faster than our knowledge of related phenomena accumulates.


        “Nonradiobiological phenomena affected by 15Kr include environmental radioactivity, atmospheric electricity, and inadvertent weather modification. If release of “5Kr into the atmosphere continues unabated, global changes in the atmospheric electric circuit will occur within 50 years. Our present understanding of atmospheric processes is insufficient to determine the extent of consequent weather changes and whether they would be beneficial or harmful. Because of the 10-year half-life of Kr-85, global changes may last decades.” (pp. 196-197)

        References and Notes
        12. S. Tilson, IEEE Spectrum 6, 26 (April 1969).
        13. R. Dickinson, Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc. 56, 1241 (1975).
        14. R. Markson, Pure Appl. Geophys. 84 (part 1),…

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        14. R. Markson, Pure Appl. Geophys. 84 (part 1), 161 (1971); W. E. Cobb, Mon. Weather Rev. 95, 905 (1967); R. Reiter, Pure Appl. Geophys. 72, 259 (1969); J. D. Sartor, in Planetary Electrodynamics (Gordon & Breach, New York, 1969), vol. 2, p. 161.
        15. C. B. Moore, in Electrical Processes in Atmospheres, H. Dolezalek and R. Reiter, Eds. (Steinkopff, Darmstadt, West Germany, 1976); B. Vonnegut, C. B. Moore, A. T. Botka, J. Geophys. Res. 64, 347 (1959); K. W. Wilk, in Third Conference on Severe Local Storms, G. E. Stout, Ed. (American Meteorological Society, Boston, 1963), p. 1; L. J. Battan and J. B. Theiss, J. Atmos. Sci. 27, 293 (1970); C. B. Moore, B. Vonnegut, E. A. Vrablek, D. A. McCraig, ibid. 21, 646 (1964); G. D. Kinzer, ibid. 31, 787 (1974); A. Ziv and Z. Levin, ibid., p. 1652.
        16. V. A. Mohnen,J. Geophys. Res. 75, 1717 (1970); K. G. Vohra, in Combined Effects of Radioactive Chemical and Thermal Releases to the Environment (International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 1975), p. 209; in Physical Behavior of Radioactive Contaminants in the Atmosphere (International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 1974), pp. 109-119; P. V. N. Nair, T. S. Muraleedharan, Aerosol Sci. 3, 225 (1972).
        17. I thank B. Vonnegut, V. Mohnen, S. Shewchuk, H. Dolezalek, L. Machta, W. Kirk, and all others who commented on this manuscript.

        • Novamind

          @anne Thank You for all the info.
          Will this weather effect grow with the saturation of KR-85 in the atmosphere? Is KR-85 still emitting from Fukie? All these questions and more! Is this the Nuclear Winter?

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Isn’t it the usual politicians’ way. Posit nuclear energy as the way out of climate change? Then we find out that it is Krypton-85 coming out of nuclear reactors that is CAUSING climate change.

  • Mark

    Arclight posted this http://www­3.nhk.or.j­p/daily/en­glish/06_3­4.html” I tried the link and it has been taken off. But I believe I read article earlier today about how emergency response office (affiliated to Tepco or Jap gov not sure) nearly dysfunctional just before earthquake.

    Seems radio-active fall-out comes down in rain and I wonder if living in Vancouver basically at the foot of one of the highest mountain ranges in the world would make my position worse then people in Cali? Seems rain clouds basically drift in from Pacific and get hung up on mountain range closer to range more rain. So if I can’t afford to move inland (could be overreacting I don’t know) at least I should be in area where it rains less any ideas learned friends?

    • HardLeft

      Hey, Mark,

      Not a scientist, but my back of the envelope = yes, Vancouver would be a bit more dangerous than here (Los Angeles) and bottom of a hill or mountain range would tend to be worse. Rain definitely brings down fallout, and the jet stream tends to push to the north. In March readings on Radiation Network were a bit higher up where you are, though what you really want are three separate data sets– RadNet, Radiation Network and someone else local with a geiger counter, and even then, concentrations are likely to be very, very spotty. So hard to figure. Right now, Radiation Network says you are styling up there, Beta Count Rate is like a nine, below background. What you don’t want to see is, like, 150 for an extended period of time.

      • Mark

        Thanks Hard Left. I’m no scientist either but I don’t think you need phD to know this is bad. My other theory is how do we know radiation particles are dispersed evenly? Maybe there is a blob of radiation floating around and it misses people or hits them depending on your luck

        • I think that is precisely what happens. Rain tends to pool it into circumscribed areas or locations.

          But, otherwise, it doesn’t spread out evenly from the source. It can pool in one area and not in another.

          • I wanted to mention. Stay away from natural occurring pools of water… They are all now likely highly contaminated. As they have been collecting radiation all year.

            A gf of mine, had several nose bleeds, in respect to visiting the olympic falls…

            They were not typical nose bleeds. Stay away from places that rain water collects.

      • Hard Left

        We had days and days in April when Phoenix was above 150 beta as reported by the EPA.

        Also, if you haven’t read Chris Martenson’s interview with Gunderson you ought to because Gunderson cites researchers in Seattle who, based on their filter analyses, approximated that the average citizen of the area inhaled 10 hot particles a day during the month in April.


        I think the risk now is bio-accumulation in food. UC Berkeley found that cesium rates were increasing in strawberries, rather than decreasing.

        What I don’t get is why the radiation levels are rising so much in reactors 1 and 2. Is it the water or is there fission in those uncontained cores…?

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          When I look at Radiation Network, I see an elevated level of radiation in Arizona which I think is due to the fact that the largest complex of nuclear reactors in the US is in Arizona.

          • Maybe that is right Anne (that is, our levels may be due to the Palo Verde plant.

            However, the levels are down significantly compared to what they were.

            Also, I spoke to our state’s 2 radiological emergency point people and they said that Phoenix was hit very, very hard by Chernobyl as well.

            Apparently we get a swirl from the bottom of the jet stream that often, reportedly, misses CA but hits us after dipping into Mexico. I did see this phenomenon occur on the jet stream map…

    • Godzilla

      You know where it’s more or less rainy on the island, right? There’s probably a good-sized rain shadow.

      Make plans to bug out, but at this time there’s no need to do so. Wait and see which way the wind blows.

    • Vancouver uses an open water reserve as well.
      So the tap water you drink comes from rain…

      • Mark

        Yeah thanks Tacoma, trying to avoid tap water have to buy filter or source of spring water. Don’t want to over react but obviously don’t trust mainstream media or Can. gov. who have been deafeningly silent on Fuky disaster. Canada exports uranium and nuclear technology and Harper our Prime-minister wants to build more reactors. So its just a publicity spin they don’t want another Germany. (Canadians are a complacent lot, doubt it will happen here)Green technology is what nuclear is being marketed as but as we both know is anything but

    • Misitu

      remove the trailing quotation mark…

    • Misitu

      the quotes mark at the end needs removing

  • Steven Steven

    Ok wow…. just had a MSM news report here in Australia, ABC news; over 2 minute story on expansion of the exclusion zone, farmers leaving crops to rot…. soaring (!) radiation levels….. Iitate area almost deserted…. reporter’s gieger counter ticking away, he says the level above official safe levels… some folk sticking around for now but expect to be removed soon, not sure when they can return.

    That was about it, first time I’ve seen anything substantial since the first week or so, although they didn’t get into detail about the site status.

    Thoughts? Is this being reported elsewhere also?

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    Damn, I have to get offline but it looks like Japan regulars at HP could use some help on this thread:
    Nuclear cheerleaders out in force. Don’t know if it’s moderated.
    Night all.

  • Mark

    Another link showing jet stream at least shows Japan and North America

    http://squall.sfsu.edu/gif/jetstream_norhem_00.gif Everyone on this site has to do their own reporting cause CNN sure ain’t! Thanks to everyone for posts links and info. Peace

  • ocifferdave

    Good article about a pending probe into TEPCO.


  • Godzilla

    It would be good if someone could find a real-time wind pattern chart of Japan. I don’t think anything less than significant, dangerous amounts of fallout on Tokyo will cause the Japanese to get serious about Fukus.

    • WhatNow

      This site from Austria has a 3-day projection for fallout from Fukushima. It includes the fallout direction and magnitude.


      I’ve been checking it regularly and have noticed that the seasonal wind shift has not occurred, yet. Most of the radiation is still blowing out to sea.

  • Mark

    Probably already have had significant radiation fall-out. I liken the radiation scare to cigarette smoking. They say its dangerous but you light up when your sixteen and don’t die. Surmise they were lying. Radiation has no smell taste invisible. People have jobs homes etc. they don’t want to walk away from. Makes it compelling to believe authorities when they say its OK. If you end up in palliative care its too late just like tobacco….

  • ocifferdave

    This seems to update about three times during my Pacific Time USA “day”.


    Have you found a more updated wind pattern chart, G’Zilla?

  • James Tekton James Tekton

    Howdy all,

    Glad that maybe some of the critters have gone away and most of the serious contributors remain. Thank you all for the positive and informative updates.

    So finally, after being told to do so months ago, they are thinking of expanding the evacuation zone. A slow approach to telling all the folks in Tokyo the same thing.

    Here is the latest on reactor number one. Notice it stops on the 4th and the pattern is on a upward trend above 250 SV! Is this the reason they are enlarging the evac zone?


    • Misitu

      “Just Add Water”

      To me this is not looking good.

      Let’s see:

      (a) heat getting out of control in mess at bottom of RPV – pour water in to cool down

      (b) fission getting out of control due to moderating effect of water – stop adding water

      (c) repeat and rinse

      (d) OH! what to do with the water that poured out of the bottom into the sand (?) and into the ocean.

      sorry. I just meant to make points a and b when I started. This nuclear stuff is complicated, eh!

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FptmoVcgpqg

    Anyone notice on the tepco live feed, the chirps from the birds, seem to be more and more distant?

  • WhatNow

    Here’s a couple of interesting articles from the Asahi news service. The first one is about how the radiation levels exceed the Japanese safe radiation levels outside the current evacuation zone.


    I expect that someday in the future the Japanese officials will be saying, “Ooops, our contamination measurements outside the exclusion zone were off by a factor of 2. So, sorry.”

    And this is an excellent overview of the dire situation at the plant.


    You have to love statements like this one about containers of radioactive debris that will soon be piling up at the plant, “We don’t know where we can take the containers,” said a TEPCO spokesman.

    And best of all this one, “TEPCO planned to complete work to remove the rubble within three months, but officials now say that no end is in sight.”

    I know that statement is no surprise to regular visitors to this site, but it might wake up a few more members of the general public if it were widely publicized. Where are you CNN, ABC, CBS, PBS, and NBC? Oh yea, I forgot, you have to give your full attention to an idiot politician sending lewd pictures of himself to random females. In the great course of events that’s a MUCH more important story than this one.

    If I was rich I’d throw a big fancy black tie party in Washington, DC and invite all the oligarchs and their paid mouthpieces (Anne Coulter in particular) who claim Fukushima is nothing to be concerned about. The food would all be the finest cuisine that money could buy from Northeast Japan with an emphasis on seafood. They would all be challenged to prove their convictions by dining heartily. I wonder how many actually would.

  • Mark

    Mainstream news cherry picks their stories up here in Canada Hockey is on the front page. People in North America are over worked and time starved. They are getting used to minute sound bytes of information that passes as news. Fewer and fewer people bother with an in depth article even if its available. Sad trend and the younger people don’t even realize what is being lost. True freedom requires free information and one lesson of Fukushima for sure in my mind is that censorship is alive and well in USA and Canada

  • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

    Good morning,
    just a quick OT post so say THANKS ADMIN for ending yesterday’s 4chan nightmare and establish proper registration to this forum.
    I’m glad we can go on focusing on the subject now.
    Also, I’d like say how valuable everyone’s comments here are to me.

  • StPaulScout StPaulScout

    “we will consider taking appropriate action”

    and not

    “we will absolutely be taking appropriate action”