Photographer back from Fukushima Forbidden Zone: Enormous spiders seemed to take advantage of the radioactivity and evacuation to spread rapidly -Report

Published: January 16th, 2012 at 2:07 pm ET


Title: The Buddha of Fukushima’s Forbidden Zone: A Photo Essay
Source: Japan Subculture Research Center
Author: Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
Date: January 15, 2012

Tomioka, Fukushima Prefecture (SOURCE: Japan Subculture Research Center)

[…] Back in June 2011, according to a photographer who entered the forbidden zone to visit Matsmura: “Around his newly built house on the top of a hill in Tomioka, enormous spider nets invaded the vegetation, like everywhere else in the ghost town. Enormous spiders seemed to take advantage of the radioactivity and the evacuation of the zone in order to pullulate”. […]

Read the report here

Too bad there are no photos. Not sure what to make of the above statement, though keep this in mind: [intlink id=”tokyo-professor-spiders-bio-concentrated-radioactive-silver-at-1000-times-level-in-soil-ag-110m-at-1400-bqkg” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]

More from the report by the Japan Subculture Research Center: [intlink id=”you-are-a-champion-of-radiation-doctors-tell-man-in-evacuation-zone-tomioka-contamination-is-superior-to-chernobyl-admits-govt” type=”post”]{{empty}}[/intlink]

Published: January 16th, 2012 at 2:07 pm ET


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18 comments to Photographer back from Fukushima Forbidden Zone: Enormous spiders seemed to take advantage of the radioactivity and evacuation to spread rapidly -Report

  • Bobby1

    Giant spiders. Sounds like it’s out of a ’50s giant bug movie.

  • Trigger warning … some SAD stuff in there …

  • arclight arclight

    the silver spider surfer!! this is getting nuts! wondered why the uk is stepping up its watch on japanese goods? bally big spiders!!

    “I am writing to inform you that at a meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH) on 24 March 2011, a Commission proposal to impose special conditions on the import of feed and food originating or consigned from Japan was endorsed by Member States.

    The proposal, in the form of a draft Commission Implementing Regulation, was presented in response to the accident at the Fukushima nuclear power station in Japan.

    A press statement issued by the Commission regarding the reinforcement of controls on imports from Japan to the EU can be found as an attachment to the email accompanying this letter.

    The Regulation is expected to be published in the Official Journal on Saturday 26 March 2011 and enter into force on Sunday 27 March 2011.

    Under the Regulation, it is expected that:

    •the entry control points for all feed and food products originating or consigned from Japan will be BIPs for products of animal origin and DPEs (as designated under Regulation 669/2009) for products of non-animal origin;

    •Certain measures will apply specifically to imports of feed and food from the following prefectures in Japan (hereafter referred to in this letter as ‘listed prefectures’):

    Fukushima, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Miyagi, Yamagata, Niigata, Nagano, Yamanashi, Saitama, Tokyo and Chibathe.

    In addition feed and food imports from all other prefectures in Japan will be required to be randomly tested upon arrival at the BIP or DPE;

    •Feed and food products leaving Japan before 28 March 2011 as well as products which had been harvested and/or processed before 11 March 2011 will be excluded from the scope of the Regulation.”

    giant super silver spiders invade europe link on above link.. honest!! 🙂

  • midwestern midwestern

    Another clear and brutal example of the way that the nuclear industry cleans up its uncontrollable messes:

    “…In spring 2011, he heard that the veterinary services of the Fukushima prefecture were going to launch a campaign to kill the surviving cattle and other animals. Metallic wire fences had been prepared all over the forbidden zone in order to trap them in order to inject disinfectant in their veins, not poison, which would cause them to die a painful death. Matsumura was angry: “This massacre made no sense at all. They are living beings. I want to tell the whole world that they are not only going to kill the cattle, all the animals in the forbidden zone will be killed in secret!” In May 2011, there were about 2000 living cows. Three moths ago, there were 400 of them. As for the cats and dogs, we are not really sure about the numbers anymore…”

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    GO GET ‘EM TIGERS!! Or not.
    Fukushima diary – “donate to me” button
    enenews – “donate to me” button
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    Caldicott – “donate to me” button
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    See the trend? Antinukes want YOUR money. They are not sustained by donations, they are using this as a racket
    ANS – donate to Japan
    see the difference­? See who REALLY cares about Japan
    Donate to antinukes to make them wealthy

    • Enenews Admin

      hopefully the others are getting donations Whoopie… one here in the last two months tells me they are probably not though
      also if anyone knows of organizations to donate to where the money goes to help Fukushima survivors/evacuees instead being spent on future projects please reply to this comment

      • Whoopie Whoopie

        I hope they are too. And believe me, if I could, I’d donate to Enenews. Maybe after I get my taxes back this year!

      • arclight arclight

        please donnate to these wonderful people…

        they want to protect the children of japan!!

        donate button and information on page!!

      • arclight arclight

        please donate to these hard working volunteers! they need equipment to do the testing that needs to be done to move the children.. see above.. to uncontaminated land and they need to test the food for the children too!!!

        donate button and information on the page

        • Whoopie Whoopie

          Thanks Arc. I posted COMMENT ABOVE and LEFT for a few.

          • Whoopie Whoopie

            EDIT: I posted YOUR LINK and will continue to. TY

            • arclight arclight

              oh whoopie!!

              activism in japan.. the mothers of fukushima need your support!! drop an email to green action! let them know you support them…. oh and while your on the site, you could donate a couple a coppers!! 🙂

              thanks again tbt… great timing!! as usual!

              “This video clip is part of the protest to TEPCO’s Headquarters by people including about 40 women from Fukushima, on December 28, 2011, the last working day for the year for TEPCO’s Headquarters and government offices in Japan.

              Though the women had made an appointment with TEPCO to submit their letters of requests, TEPCO refused to let them inside their premises.

              This is only the first half of the original video. The latter half with the English subtitles may…or may not be coming soon.”

              give tokyobrowntabby a bit of encouragement to finish the video by watching this trailer!!

    • Alice Alice

      Nuclear companies don’t need donations because they’re heavily subsidized by (tada!) taxpayers. Ha!

      I know of JEARS and greenaction and would like to know more about the crazy Buddha of Fukushima. He may be crazy but a good kind of crazy.

  • arclight arclight

    Ogilvy & Mather Japan
    By Chris Betros
    Executive Impact Jan. 09, 2012
    Overseeing operations in Japan is Kent Wertime. here’s what he had to say!!
    err emphasis added 🙂

    “How has the media landscape for ads changed?

    “……… But the Internet has gone up by 20 percentage points. …….. Marketers follow a very simple approach.

    They go where the people go………… That hasn’t changed and never will.”

    How would you describe your management style?

    How about the use of celebrities in ads in Japan?

    Celebrities are used! ……… It’s much more about if the star creates recognition and the right type of implications for the product that make it believable………..””

    more here… :0

    • arclight arclight

      “err taliking of creepy crawlies ” should he on the header and the management style question.. well.. YAWN!… you know how it is!.. so were back on topic with an interview with a large insect from japan!! 🙂 🙂

  • pacific

    I like to imagine that photo IS of the spiders, giant, mutant, BEEFY spiders 🙂

    “You are a champion of beefy mutant spiders!”

    Mad, mad, mad world.

  • jdotg

    I thoroughly enjoy this website, but giant spider tales really detract from what the goal is here.

    A Photographer, reporting a story, without photos. C’mon, Really? You can see where questions will arise…

    For instance, if these spiders, took advantage and managed to “pullulate”….they must be everywhere, photographic opportunities abound.