Newspaper: Japanese evacuating country because of radiation — “Passport issuance growing sharply” — “Increase is attracting attention”

Published: November 21st, 2012 at 8:33 am ET


Title: Quake, nuke, economy fears chase Japanese overseas
Source: The Australian
Author: Rick Wallace
Date: Nov 21, 2012
h/t Anonymous tip

New figures reveal the number of Japanese leaving their homeland for a life abroad has more than tripled in the wake of last year’s earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident. […]

Next year the number is likely to climb further, as travel industry research indicates passport issuance is growing sharply.

Worries about radiation, predictions of another devastating quake and diminishing opportunities in Japan’s economically depressed and rapidly ageing society are driving young families and singles and wealthy retirees abroad.

In insular and conservative Japan, this increase is attracting attention. […]

Foreigners tended to assume Japan had bounced back from the triple disaster, and in some areas that was true. But many Japanese now had, for the first time, a deep distrust of their government. […]

An anonymous Japanese woman wants to leave because of the danger of radiation from the Fukushima disaster and the prospect of another quake

  • She declined to give her name, citing the risk of discrimination among her peer group about her “abandoning” her home country
  • “I can’t talk about my desire to move because rumours will just spread around so easily”
  • “And we can’t openly talk about the nuclear disaster – just among close friends really”
  • “But I have started taking action and if it goes smoothly we will be leaving”

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Published: November 21st, 2012 at 8:33 am ET


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40 comments to Newspaper: Japanese evacuating country because of radiation — “Passport issuance growing sharply” — “Increase is attracting attention”

  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    Her government has abandoned her.I would image most have left, or are in a bunker somewhere. I only hope there are humanitarian organizations trying to help evacuate those who want to leave before it's too late. I would donate to that cause for sure.

  • Time and Distance = Dose

    "The farther away people are from a radiation source, the less their exposure."

    "As a rule, if you double the distance, you reduce the exposure by a factor of four. Halving the distance, increases the exposure by a factor of four."

    from EPA Protection Basics:

    TIME since initial exposure: 621 Days
    (continuous with no end in site)

    DISTANCE is wherever YOU are.

    DOSE (from Fukushima) = Not Zero!

    • dosdos dosdos

      (time X emission)/distance squared = exposure from a single point source

    • JHewes76 JHewes76

      I've come to believe that when we developed nuclear fusion we set in motion events that will ultimately end with our own extinction. This is a key point in humankind's history, is it not? Stop now, and we have a chance. Keep going, and eventually it will kill us.

    • alasanon

      Thank you for underscoring that distance and exposure are key. That formula IS the fundamental tenet, or biblical core, if you will, of Radiology–the head of our state radiology lab confirmed this to me!..

      "DOSE (from Fukushima) = Not Zero!" —and that's about all that we can rely on and confirm these days!!! Facts are good!…plus, never stop using your common sense, bolstered with hard Science.

    • Weeping Lulu Weeping Lulu

      But did you calculate that Hillary Clinton just killed us in the USA again?! I like this twitt to tell us where the hell that food from fukushima went and where in our country is it being distributed?!

  • jump-ball jump-ball

    Hard to imagine that "most have left"?

    Japan's finances are already threatened by the world's worst demographic age imbalance; any ongoing, Increasing evacuation by the younger population, while good for those escaping the Nukushima debacle, will be financially fatal as well for those remaining in Japan.

    • Its Curtains

      Are you suggesting that they stay!?

      • jump-ball jump-ball

        Never thought my comment could have been read that way: Japan faces a fatal end, either by a currency collapse after 24 years of unsustainable fiat/credit money contamination, or by 20 months of untreated, uncontained nuclear contamination, or both.

        The suggestion is that they should all leave.

        • JHewes76 JHewes76

          My wife and I are relocating in Feb., but if they could get visa's we would welcome a Japanese family into our home.

  • many moons

    I think we can learn that the time to leave a nuclear enviroment is before the accident. I wonder how goverments would feel about sheeple choosing residence in countries or areas of countries that provide a clean, safe enviroment for the benefit of a healthy family.

  • weeman

    The rich are fling, the very people who are responsible for the situation, unfortunately the poor and middle class can not leave they have not the means or money.

  • or-well

    To successfully emigrate takes a country willing to accept you as an immigrant.
    Being wealthy is no guarantee of acceptance, especially if you're old.
    A second language is important even if young and skilled.
    Most who leave will need to find jobs. Not so easy.
    While the numbers leaving may be historically significant, or represent a demographic segment Japan needs to keep, I don't think the overall numbers will impact Japan's population much.
    Why? Jobs, language, cultural attachments, and –
    what country is officially willing to accept "nuclear refugees"?

    There may be positives in this report.
    More Japanese are realising the scope of the disaster, in all it's aspects.
    Families may be preparing to send Japanese mothers and children abroad, to communities of the Japanese diaspora, even if only for extended "vacations".
    There may be more pressure on foreign (our) governments to accept nuclear disaster refugees.
    People in foreign communities, seeing new Japanese residents, may be more alerted to the crisis facing us all.

    For those who may not know, Iori Mochizuki, who runs the blog Fukushima Diary, has documented his experience of leaving Japan.
    I recommend reading his columns, going back to the beginning.
    They are instructive and moving.

  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    A have a friend who is a U.S. citizen living in Japan who married a Japanese person and is raising a family there. I wish they would leave and they could easily come to the U.S. but it is not that easy to start a new career, leave elderly relatives behind, or convince them to come with. Up root children who have only known the Japanese school system. It would be easier for them to leave Japan than others because of my friend’s U.S. citizenship. I think the main issues are money and a belief that if they are careful about what they eat the impact of radiation will not be significant enough to justify leaving. Personally I think they should leave because the Japanese government has mishandled the whole problem. Who could trust their monitoring of food, air and their policy of spreading the radiation around the country by incinerating tsunami debris?

    • many moons

      Yes changing countries is difficult but living the rest of your life surrounded by radiation and dealing with it's effects must be far more difficult.

  • rambojim

    After a year and a half of high radiation,I highly doubt that leaving the country now would do any good to increase one's life expectancy very much if at all….

  • bwoodfield bwoodfield

    Another 5.0 just happened off the coast of Ishinomaki (Nov 21, 17:42 UCT). The entire area is continually shaking and the reactors are already badly damaged. When they were in peak form they could easily withstand this type of earthquake, but with the current structural condition that these facilities are in can they withstand this? In the last 30 days Japan has had 27 earthquakes greater than 2.5 and 5 greater than 5.0. It's not going to take another 9.2 earthquake to cause another meltdown, it's going to be a 5 or 6 that pushes one of these facilities over the edge.

  • It is a very good new that the japanese are self evacuating. their authorities had been warned since the very beginning of the impossibitly of cleanup and decontamination, and the only option of evacuating people from the heavily contaminated area, but they chose to stay dumb. The population has no reason to beleave in such a "Japan". Better leave and stay away.

  • soern

    since one and a half years i watch enenews and read comments.
    After all i think Japan is an Aunt State
    All for the Community
    Aunts leave Areas after they have destroyed it.
    And Aunts would kill every group of their own race who'd
    dare to destroy their own homeland.
    Sad, but there is no Future left for Japan as a Country.
    Some will leave and most will suffer to dead.
    That's the end of Japan.
    Who's next?
    Who stops Nukleocrats?
    Who stops Monsantos, Unilever, Aspartam Traders?
    There are some few rich people who gamble with mankind but forget:
    They will also die as well as their idled children.

    And Aunts will tell their children what a stupid race mankind had been before they extincted themselves and many other species as well.

    Aunts don't need cars and fridges.


    • JHewes76 JHewes76

      Welcome soern πŸ™‚

      I agree … Japan will be a wasteland in a couple of years, and I would imagine hundreds of thousands of lives wil eventually be lost to this disaster – but yet they want to restart another reactor. Go Figure.

      • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

        Japan could already be a nuclear wasteland….people don't want to admit it πŸ™

        "They will also die as well as their idled children."
        But for them, it doesn't matter as long as they cash in now :O
        See how 'You only live once' kind of belief helps to create throwaway society. Live now and forget about consequences.
        Those that believe our souls go on think twice about it because of karma etc and act more responsibly thinking beyond this physical plane.

  • soern

    i don't know wether they really want.
    Maybe they keep urged by USA to do so?

    The Qestion remains, how to stop it!

    I've no answer too yet.


    Powerfull Instruments?

    • JHewes76 JHewes76

      That's the big question… Even the experts aren't sure what to do. I personally, am praying. I don't know what else to do. Mankind is determined to anniliate itself; one way or another.

  • soern

    Hi Glow In The dark!
    Last year i had a conversation with a "High Level Spiritual" regarding this and she told me, she knew about that souls of irradiated died people vanish completely with a very rare chance to rebuild.
    But as i'm no "High Level Spiritual" (Smoker and no "Vegan")
    though i regret all that poor souls.
    Cash we can't eat as Mr. Sitting Bull some years ago said πŸ™‚

    • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

      hi soern,
      It's alright whatever your level is. After all if someone said to you, be an olympic swimmer by tomorrow, no one can. We are at a speed that is alright for individual so fear not. I am no vegan either though I eat vegan food and rawfood eater (particularly raw chocolate πŸ˜€ )
      Yeah I realised, no matter how many buildings and gold ingots one might own, you can't take them with you. I am 100% sure of that.

  • soern

    Hi JHewes76
    Mankind TENDS to do so because men are children who MUST do whatever they just have learned (from a monkey).
    Therefore there HAVE TO BE SOME who stop it!
    Praying is good for your own soul and for feeling resolved of unresolvable topics.
    I'd prefer a combination of:

    What a revolution πŸ™‚

    In Germany we have an old writer called Goethe who called this behaviour of men "Zauberlehrling" what means as much as you call ghost which you can't stop doing what you thought you could order them to do. Surprisingly and unexpected they do do exactly what you wanted them to do but you can't stop it after you see the consquences. The Book is called "Faust" and Pupils read it at high school – without consequences for scientists work πŸ™‚

  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    I like the way you think soern πŸ™‚ You seem well grounded, and thougtful. I'm glad you've decided to join the conversation πŸ˜‰

  • patb2009

    They need to make a broad call to move critical populations out.

  • asuperdry asuperdry

    I evacuated my family from Japan (living there +10 years), no other option. We even spent most of 2011's summer traveling all over western Japan (west of Osaka) looking for somewhere safer than where we were living (Tokyo suburbs). Yea, west of Osaka is safe but then there is the matter of food. It is not really possible to eat only imported foods. The safety regulations they have on foods now are completely ridiculous as well as irresponsible and dangerous. There was also the fact that they were starting to ship and burn radioactive debris in several locations in west Japan.
    Easiest decision we ever made was to leave. Hell, the radiation level in my backyard is twice what the Soviets used for their "mandatory evacuation" during the Chernobyl event. I wont even mention the soil analysis I had done, but those of you who have been on this site from the start should recognize my screen name as well as have seen my you tube videos on here and a couple of different soil reports.

    • GlowInTheDark GlowInTheDark

      hi asuperdry,
      I am so relieved that somebody made the right decision. Please spread your experience story because I'm getting the impression that westerners are completely unaware and sending children to Japan!! Unless someone is a enenews reader or following the Fukunuke dsaster from day one, people are blinded from it. Thanks for your contributions. Know that somebody, somewhere will be saved because of you.

  • JHewes76 JHewes76

    I'm glad you and your family are in a safer place. My heart goes out to those who are frightened and want to leave, but can't. Victims of corporate greed and/or corruption. Be Well.

  • stopnp stopnp

    Good! Good for you! Gtfo of there while you still have some health

  • CaptD CaptD

    Japan is just setting itself up for yet another Fukushima, which will be the end of fiscal life as the Japanese know it…

    Face it, the Japanese Gov't. RUNS the Country and the Utility Gang's RUN the Government, so Japanese citizens have ZERO say in what is best for their Country!

    Many are starting to relocate from Tokyo and Japan, expect the numbers to skyrocket, especially for the rich that can afford to live in a safe nuclear RISK-FREE Country….