Major Japan Paper: “We still regret not having been able to predict that radioactive contamination would spread to the extent that it has”

Published: October 21st, 2011 at 11:42 am ET
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In part two of a six-part series on its coverage of the Fukushima meltdowns, The Mainichi Daily News has the headline Journalists strived to get truth about nuclear fallout to public.

The story by Taku Nishikawa ends, “We still regret not having been able to predict that radioactive contamination would spread to the extent that it has. We keep asking ourselves if there was any way we could’ve sounded a more precise alarm when large volumes of radioactive materials were released on March 14 and March 15, as we continue working toward protecting the public from unnecessary exposure.”

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19 comments to Major Japan Paper: “We still regret not having been able to predict that radioactive contamination would spread to the extent that it has”

  • lam335 lam335

    I still want to know if members of the press actually saw that TEPCO report about the release of plutonium. The people of Japan should be demanding to know what they knew, when they knew it, and why they withheld the information from the people (if in fact they received that information).


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  • stock stock@hawaii.rr.com

    Heck, I predicted this spread of radiation. It was simple reading between the lines, or perhaps, reading between the lies. And some knowledge of nukes and radiation, ramped up with a few hundred hours of research…but in reality it took about 5 hours on March 16th of research on available information to determine “this is really bad” and announce an evacuation order for my family in Tokyo.

    And it could get far worse.


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  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Minimization….”released Mar 14 and 15″. As if there hasn’t and still continues to be massive releases.

    The press is just as vulnerable to normalcy bias as the public, and are more vulnerable to financial pressures that lead to command decisions to minimize and cover-up this crisis.

    Pathetic.


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  • Japanese media: “We keep asking ourselves if there was any way we could’ve sounded a more precise alarm when large volumes of radioactive materials were released… as we continue working toward protecting the public from unnecessary exposure.”
    Any way they could have sounded the alarm? I have several ways that they could have done better.
    They could have (and still could do better now, by the way)
    1. Listened to the numerous experts who warned that the releases were happening and that official actions were inadequate.
    2. Used the available information to reach obvious conclusions. For example, if hydrogen gas is being generated in massive amounts that means that fuel rods are melting! If Tepco claims that fuel is NOT melting while hydrogen gas builds up, that means that TEPCO is lying. These conclusions were very clear to any educated observer very early in the crisis.
    3. Checked the “facts” coming out of the nuclear industry “family” instead of simply taking nearly everything said by TEPCO, NISA, METI, and all the rest of them as truth. That means if one TEPCO spokesman says everything is just fine, you check that info… and not just by asking another nuclear cheerleader who gets grant money, and/or a paycheck, to bite the hand that feeds them.
    4. Try hiring reporters who have an education in more than “communication” or whatever a degree in gossiping is called. Try getting a backbone. Try acting like a human being instead of a robot with no conscience. Try not to insult our intelligence with your transparent lack institutional knowledge. Try getting some journalistic integrity.

    Those would be a good place to start.


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    • westcoastgirl westcoastgirl

      Great post! I totally agree, Andrew Spagnoli…

      I hate the way they make it sound like they are truly regretful, as if they cared in the first place. Total B.S…


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  • hanaloa hanaloa

    What a bad joke:

    “We keep asking ourselves if there was any way we could’ve sounded a more precise alarm…”

    a “more precise alarm”….my God! as if they sounded ANY alarm, let alone a precise one!!
    What a sham. Well, many on this site and others not only sounded the alarms from 3/11 on, but also predicted these lame attempts by the media to explain their previous silence. These news agencies are culpable in the ongoing coverup and should be prosecuted along with the obvious players in the industry and government (Japan, US, IAEA). I hope all financial links and any relevant communications between media and industry/government will be exposed and used as evidence.


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  • Bleifrei Bleifrei

    like a plant germinating in the light penetrates into the light the truth!
    we must cherish it and also spread

    more agree more pressure
    for transparency and self-determination


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  • Misitu

    It would be nice to see any official bodies, including the news organs, making any sort of effort to measure the contamination.


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  • StillJill StillJill

    Yeah,…newspaper man, woman,…save your sorry-ass’d speech for the widows and orphans,….I’m not buying it a tal! :-(


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  • Nevadan

    I haven’t posted in a long time but I want to let all of you regulars know that I read almost every day. Seems like most of the shills have been long silenced and let me tell you…it takes a firm mind and courage to stand up to that kind of thing.

    Thank you ENE News and faithful posters.


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  • StillJill StillJill

    Best Line EVER from Nevadan-”All I want to do anymore is say Fuck and drink beer”! I missed you Brother–good to know you weren’t gone. Somehow I’m not surprised–just HAPPY!

    Stay safe brother!


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  • arclight arclight

    firstly blame the government, then use their figures anyway….

    don’t interview Chris Busby or any anti nuclear professor (fair and balanced) only use the bbc stable physics professors spouting the exact same rubbish even after you prove they are lying in one of your articles (potassium iodide given out! Really??) and

    “………how much radiation one would be exposed to if they stayed outdoors all day, and that radiation levels…..

    in general were trending downwards.” huh?

    “We also added commentary from multiple experts that the radiation levels……..

    posed no health risks for people “stepping out to shop” for groceries,…” huh?
    “…and published the information in the March 23 morning issue of the Mainichi’s Japanese edition.

    Following publication, we received inquiries from various municipal governments in Fukushima Prefecture, and were criticized by ….

    some readers for “causing panic among Fukushima city residents.”… Some readers?


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    • arclight arclight

      Who is this guy??

      Taku Nishikawa (no nuclear expert)but has a line on bad brain stuff (sounds a bit familiar that??)

      “According to an article [ja] published by Mainichi Shinbun on August 19th, the government is promoting this research, which will cost over 1.7 billion yen, in response to the problematic increase in hikikomori [引きこもり] (i.e. individuals who isolate from the family and the rest of the world shutting themselves in their room for months or years) and “enraged youngsters” [kireru wakamono/キレる若者].

      Among bloggers who commented on the article by journalist Taku Nishikawa [西川拓], many (e.g. Shigeru Kurokawa [黒川滋] in his blog Kyō mo aruku [きょうも歩く] [ja]) expressed a feeling of disappointment about the Japanese government’s resolution, which seems paradoxical…….”.

      http://globalvoicesonline.org/2008/08/28/japan-ministry-study-on-biological-roots-of-withdrawal-and-rage/

      couldn’t find the actual article to find out his slant on it error 404….hmmmm! twas slim pickings on the googlies :(


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  • Kevin Kevin

    Precautionary Principle.


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  • They KNEW ! This was a planned execution of their agenda, not for the people lives or safety !


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