Professor: “It’s true that about 70% of Japan’s territory is polluted” by Fukushima radioactive material; Tokyo contaminated with highly toxic radiation — “Experts worry about catastrophic impacts on health”

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Korea Times, Dec. 2, 2013: More than two and a half years have passed since the “meltdown” at Fukushima nuclear power plant but the exact extent of the damage remains uncertain. Worse, it has been left unrepaired. Thus, experts and citizens worry about the catastrophic impacts on health and safety. [...] Kim Ik-joong, a biology professor from Dongguk University, said that radiation at Fukushima nuclear power plant was at least seven times as much as that at Chernobyl [...]

More from microbiology Professor Kim Ik-joong: As the tainted water is spread over the ocean, we cannot rule out radioactive materials in fish from outside the eight prefectures, especially those from Hokkaido and Tokyo [...] It is true that about 70 percent of Japan’s territory is polluted [...] According to PNAS, a scientific journal published by Japanese scholars, about 20 percent of Japanese land, including Tokyo, is contaminated with highly toxic radiation. It is obvious that agricultural products are also contaminated as the land is polluted with radioactive materials. The contamination on land will last approximately 300 years.

See also: Kyoto Professor: 20,000 square kilometers would be evacuated if Japan followed law on "illegal" radioactive waste -- 20 times larger than no-go zone (VIDEO)

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  • Sickputer

    300 years won't be enough to restore Japan's ecosphere…maybe 3 million years. Man will be long gone when the earth recovers from our wasteful, toxic activities.

    Sayonara Japan. Sayonara man's reign on earth.


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    • Bones Bones

      We can't really destroy the Earth(…yet), but we can destroy what supports us on Earth. The planet doesn't care if we are here or not, but we are 100% killing ourselves and the other creatures on our little spaceship. 300 years touches what? The half-life of maybe 70% of the fission products? That is just a half-life as well not the elimination of the actual radionuclides completely. It will be other eyes that see Japan clean again. The entire Earth for that matter is basically polluted. It won't ever be the same unless some really amazing technology comes along. A collapse in society is not cool with nuke reactors. I wonder how the SU went through that? Not like Japan, Inc. is doing anything much anyways though. Society and state are not synonymous. The one thing that can't happen is Fukushima being ignored or downplayed. TMI stopped new reactors from being built to this day. Why hasn't Fukushima completely neutered the industry? Dumb question since it's not an industry, but a state institution.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Hey Joe, Hows that sushi?
    I bet your entourage is checkin the rads…
    How about a trip up north, you know, to see such a great country contaminated…

    Joe says, "I will reaffirm the strength of our alliance commitments and emphasize the importance of avoiding actions that could undermine peace, security and prosperity in the region,"

    http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/rest-of-world/Biden-in-Tokyo-amid-dangerous-China-tensions/articleshow/26776605.cms

    Atta boy, Joe, show the American way, Capitalism at it's finest…


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    • Sickputer

      He's having dinner with PM Abe. Who is known to serve only Fukushima rice in his government building.

      Yes…serving diplomats rice grown 30 miles from Ground Zero Fukushima Daiichi.

      http://www.japantoday.com/smartphone/view/national/imperial-palace-receives-fukushima-rice-at-emperors-request

      If you believe that rice is actually from there or that it is consumed by the Japanese and American top politicians…then I have a good deal for you on smart pills ( actually rabbit turds, but you will wise up very fast).


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    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      Biden, puppet written all over his face, strings operate the limbs. Obama gets trips to Australia, Costa Rica, and Sweden, while Biden keeps the military industrial machine humming in Japan, even as his son Beau Biden is treated for stroke/cancer. Make no mistake, they know how precarious their house of cards is


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      • Bones Bones

        I talk directly to a person in Japan, why I was going to visit, and the silence is deafening. They must have some pretty heavy propaganda considering I can almost not talk about it. On facetime, they clearly get upset talking about it. In a more guilty way, like I'm probably doing something wrong. Which they aren't, but I can't even bring it up anymore. Nervous laughs and looking away and silence till one of us brings something else up. Seriously. So I can only imagine how people who were born and live there feel and act. He's not stupid either and knows all the real problems since we grew up in the shadow of a melted down reactor. I just don't think he wants to talk about them since he is stuck. A normal human would flee, without constraints or the state owning them. That means you should probably leave! lol Not everyone is legally allowed to leave. It's pretty obvious what group that is considering that they don't talk about Fukushima much, and how our government has left them to die or become incredibly sick in Japan. Can't pick where you are stationed completely either. So people are still being shipped to Japan of which they have no choice.


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        • A recent visitor to Fukushima town said it felt REALLY creepy, everyone there in DEEEEEEEEPPPPP Denial.

          Of course, it makes sense, although very sad. If you are being boiled alive, it makes sense that you can bear it more easily if everyone in there with you pretends it is just a wonderful free sauna.


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    • HoTaters HoTaters

      China is the new world Superpower; whether the U.S., Japan, and Korea like it, or not. Look for the Yuan to become the new leading world currency soon, or to gain much influence.


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    • hogy

      Joe isn't the only government official pretending that this is the best of all worlds and don't worry be happy. They ALL do it.


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    Tokyo is Belarus, multiplied. Anne recently points out many nuclear reactors besides Daichi are damaged. In view of this unprecedented cataclysm, the insane actions of elite/corporate/governmental powers…the powers in control, leave little doubt that even a last ditch effort to end their deadly deceit and ways is not going to happen. It would be too little too late. Its not nuclear vs coal vs solar. It was never a question of Fukushima alone. Man has irreparably polluted the earth. Civilizations' unsustainable path will come to a close, preceded by upheaval and tears


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    • Sickputer

      CS typed these pixels of wisdom: " It was never a question of Fukushima alone."

      SP: So true. And Big Brother is so damn mad that this story just won't lay down and die. 90% of the world's naked apes probably never even heard of a nuclear disaster in Japan. 30% may not even know there is a country named Japan. BB is counting on those odds to do wherever they please. Money and power always trumps human health.


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    • James Tekton James Tekton

      "Tokyo is Belarus, multiplied. Anne recently points out many nuclear reactors besides Daichi are damaged. In view of this unprecedented cataclysm, the insane actions of elite/corporate/governmental powers…the powers in control, leave little doubt that even a last ditch effort to end their deadly deceit and ways is not going to happen. It would be too little too late. Its not nuclear vs coal vs solar. It was never a question Tokyo is Belarus, multiplied. Anne recently points out many nuclear reactors besides Daichi are damaged. In view of this unprecedented cataclysm, the insane actions of elite/corporate/governmental powers…the powers in control, leave little doubt that even a last ditch effort to end their deadly deceit and ways is not going to happen. It would be too little too late. Its not nuclear vs coal vs solar. It was never a question of Fukushima alone. Man has irreparably polluted the earth. Civilizations' unsustainable path will come to a close, preceded by upheaval and tearsof Fukushima alone. Man has irreparably polluted the earth. Civilizations' unsustainable path will come to a close, preceded by upheaval and tears."

      Whoa!

      True that!!!

      We told them two and a half years ago the same thing. Now, and sadly, that truth still rings free.

      Pray for japan. They will suffer the hardest first in the population reduction plan. America next in the plume.


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      • Bones Bones

        The sum of these disasters is quite appalling. In one of the previous pages, I was describing the naked hills from zinc mining, town on a burning coal vein, TMI, coal mines every f'ing place you look, mercury poisoning of our streams and rivers as well as constant releases from old shitty reactors, fishing guides that only allow one fish to be eaten a year in certain areas. You can see the damage of not just nuclear, but within an hour drive any direction, I could point you to one type of disaster after another. Each accident taken by itself looks manageable, but the sheer amount of pollutants and accidents is monumental.


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  • andagi andagi

    Dear Admin,
    They must be reading ENENews!! Welcome Japan!
    Folks, keep reading sharing and posting on ENEnews -generating change worldwide 24/7 :)
    Aloha.


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  • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

    China, India, Taiwan, Russia, Hong Kong, the U.S. and the EU immediately took actions such as banning imports of food from Japan after the disaster and conducting radiation tests.

    Even though Korea had banned 26 agricultural products from 13 prefectures, Prime Minister Chung Hong-won said he would direct severe punishment at people who spread unfounded, radiation-related rumors.


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  • Mack Mack

    Ironic that these countries know that a nuclear-meltdown can decimate a country's food supply, yet they still promote nuclear energy:

    * Korea – ban on 26 agricultural products from 13 Japanese prefectures

    * China – ban on imports of food products from 10 Japan prefectures

    * Hong Kong – ban on food imports from 5 Japan prefectures

    * Taiwan – ban on food imports from 5 Japan prefectures

    * Singapore – ban on Fukushima fish; requiring certification by the Japanese government that no radioactive materials were found in fish caught around Tochigi, Gunma, Iberaki, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama prefectures

    * Russia – ban on imports from 242 fish processing companies in 8 prefectures

    * U.S. – Ban on 50 fish products from 8 prefectures w/ radiation limit of 1,200 Bq/kg. FDA ban on imports of Japanese dairy products, veggies and fruits from 2011

    * EU – Ban on all food products from Fukushima. Ban on fish from 8 prefectures with radiation limit of 500 Bq/kg. Advised 27 member countries to test all Japanese food and feed.

    http://koreajoongangdaily.joins.com/news/article/article.aspx?aid=2977639


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Just reinforces the insanity of our Nuclear World and it is now spreading like a black plague.. :(


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  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    The radiation at the plant is skyrocketing, watch this

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tarB_LqjCY8


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  • Bleifrei Bleifrei

    the People here , on this side ,
    now it from the first time , the big Nuke-roll over. it is on the way
    and the way down is sure for a very Long time …
    and no one knows the variety and quantities of Nuke Products resulting
    the country loses clearly to a population, human and non-human
    ( more than 1million/y, where are there gone ?)
    all japan belongs in a concrete coffin …………..


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    • nedlifromvermont

      @Bleifrei: unfortunately true …. leider die Wahrheit …

      and now for a super-fantastic sports extravaganza distraction …

      … fat people, crying, live, on TV!!! …. brought to you by GE!! … Purveyor of Brilliant Machines!!! So f***ing brilliant, that humans are not required, anymore, to inhabit this ruined Orb …

      peace, 'newsers, "sleep in honored rest; your truth and valor wearing … the bravest are the tenderest, the loving are the daring …"

      from Bayord Taylor: "Song of the Camp"


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  • razzz razzz

    I believe the US depends on Japan's own readings of radioactive contaminated products 'deemed' within limits before being exported to the US. The US accepts these products with no questions asked (no testing for confirmation). Plus US limits for food contaminated with radiation are higher than Japan's own limits for consumption. Diluting any radioactive edible products with non-radioactive products of the same food type, doesn't prevent radioisotopes like strontium from accumulating in a body over time. Who cares? Daiichi is in cold shutdown, right?


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    The US is a gambling house nothing more and nothing less, the country is/has been lost. :(


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  • razzz razzz

    "The transuranium elements (also known as transuranic elements) are the chemical elements with atomic numbers greater than 92 (the atomic number of uranium). All of these elements are unstable and decay radioactively into other elements…"
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Transuranium_element


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    G O N E . . .

    Lose your country (( forever )) from one nuclear accident.

    Beyond insane, is what this is.


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Japan has hauled heavily contaminated soil and plant material for incineration throughout the nation.
    The Japanese government has allowed the dumping of contaminated sludge on the shores of Tokyo Bay. Japan has encouraged the people to "Support By Eating" vile contaminated farm produce from Fukushima.
    Not even the farmers there will eat what they grow.
    The Japanese government has cleaned up the area around official radiation testing sites, and rigged test equipment by calibrating the equipment to under-report radiation.
    The damage to the people is not only from Fukushima fallout, it is from the bio-accumulation of radiation in food and in the environment.
    Radiation affects girls more than boys, and children more than adults.
    The entire map should be red.
    So sad about Japan.
    (But it could have been any nuclear power nation.)
    No Nukes!
    Peace.


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    • deaddolphins simonhhh

      Phillip Up North agreed…the Japanese govt cover-up is mind boggling…to think that it will lead complete evacuation of Japanese territories and massive population die off [cancers etal], which ever comes first…the Olympic routine fake media distraction and a joke…


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "Toride City, a suburb of Tokyo was declared in need of decontamination after 70% of the city was found to potentially be contaminated above allowable levels. Surveys are being conducted to determine what homes require decontamination. Hot spots were found around Chiba, also considered to be a suburban part of Tokyo, requiring response from the government to do clean up there.

    "PM Abe and other government officials have insisted Tokyo is not contaminated at all and totally safe as they promoted the Olympic bid.
    “It has never done and will never do any damage to Tokyo,” Abe said. “It poses no problem whatsoever. … There are no health-related problems until now, nor will there be in the future. I make the statement to you in the most emphatic and unequivocal way.”

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=11883

    You, PM Abe, and all who live in Tokyo, have been poisoned by Fukushima.
    Arnie Gundersen brought samples from Tokyo back to the US for testing, Abe.
    So we know the truth about the contamination of Tokyo.
    And we know your words to be lies.
    It is as likely as not that you, too, will die from the Fukushima poison.
    It is likely that all of your lies are for naught.


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  • pkjn

    Fukushima Radiation Exceeds Chernobyl Evacuation Levels Across Japan
    December 2nd, 2013 SimplyInfo
    The map represents the mandatory and voluntary evacuation zone radiation level from Chernobyl, applied to the fallout across Japan from Fukushima.

    Some areas far from the actual evacuation zone have levels as high as the mandatory evacuation zone in Chernobyl. Pockets of high radiation were found in even Tokyo. The voluntary zone takes up a considerable amount of the eastern mainland of Japan. After Chernobyl Soviet Union compensated anyone in a voluntary zone if they decided to leave. Meanwhile Japan is trying to repopulate areas of the evacuation zone near the plant.

    250km from Fukushima Daiichi had levels as high as Chernobyl’s evacuation zones.
    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=11871


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  • mungo mungo

    Govt. panel urges additional wastewater measures

    A government panel has drafted a report on additional measures to control the radioactive wastewater accumulating at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

    The panel in September announced drastic measures, such as freezing the soil around the reactor buildings to prevent groundwater from getting in.

    On Tuesday, the panel called for the rapid implementation of 5 backup measures, including building large storage tanks with double outer walls, and sealing cracks and piping holes with concrete.

    It says a plan to pave the ground with asphalt to prevent rainwater from seeping in will be effective, while a measure to surround the wall of frozen soil with another wall was put off for later discussion.

    The panel also said the handling of wastewater containing radioactive tritium should be studied by a team of experts to be set up by the government this month.

    The measures will be implemented with reference to proposals by experts and engineers in Japan and abroad.
    Dec. 3, 2013 – Updated 10:28 UTC
    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/news/20131203_41.html


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  • mungo mungo

    By the end of next March, Tokyo Electric Power Co. expects 1,700 workers will have taken voluntary retirement since the 2011 start of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant calamity, amid uncertain business prospects and pay cuts, according to Tepco documents.

    Employees from the business strategy division at Tepco’s head office as well as nuclear engineers account for around 40 percent of the retirees, raising fears that the loss of personnel could affect the utility’s
    core activities.http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2013/12/03/business/tepco-expects-1700-to-quit-by-march/#.Up3WbsRdX54


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Let's see..70% of Japan..with the majority of the nuclear material having entered the Pacific..headed our way.
    Perhaps the starfish are just fainting…(SARCASM!)


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  • Socrates

    Just figure out how to do naked shorts on Japanese real estate and food and water futures. Think like Wall Street. Just hedge!

    None of us were going to be immortal anyway. This is the American past time and we at Enenews have insider information.

    That way, you can at least afford clean water and food. The markets will react shortly. I know that many are already buying up water rights and eyeing the food basket of Ukraine which will be better than California when the strontium arrives and they frack California. The cesium twins and iodine 131 were nothing compared to what is coming after the 1000 days.

    Nestles is buying up water rights. Agricultural land in Africa and South America is being bought up for cleaner food.

    Studies have proved that microorganisms communicate through electrical signals in the oceans and to some extent on the land. The big change is coming. Only humans are unaware since they created it.


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  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    And they are going to host the Olympics? Really? What world class athlete would risk the obvious contamination. I can't believe countries would allow their talented citizens to participate. Time will tell but the IOC should get busy and pick another country. IMHO


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  • Lady M

    Bo, great website and quote! Socrates, how ironic — Who would have thought in 1986 that 27 years later we'd be looking to the Ukraine for uncontaminated food?


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    "The number of single people has reached a record high. A survey in 2011 found that 61% of unmarried men and 49% of women aged 18-34 were not in any kind of romantic relationship, a rise of almost 10% from five years earlier. Another study found that a third of people under 30 had never dated at all. (There are no figures for same-sex relationships.) Although there has long been a pragmatic separation of love and sex in Japan – a country mostly free of religious morals – sex fares no better. A survey earlier this year by the Japan Family Planning Association (JFPA) found that 45% of women aged 16-24 "were not interested in or despised sexual contact". More than a quarter of men felt the same way."
    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/20/young-people-japan-stopped-having-sex

    PhilipUpNorth: At some level, human beings know that it is no longer safe to have a family. So, they take steps to avoid starting relationships. There have been reports of a big increase in abortions since 3/11/2011. Watch for a big decline in the Japanese birth rate in the coming years. Of course, this will also signal a big decline in the Japanese economy.


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    • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

      " “Zero nuclear plants.” With this recent call, Japan’s very popular former prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi, is again in the limelight. His bold new stance challenges his protégé, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose policies would restart as many nuclear power plants as possible (now all shut down), and even promote the export of nuclear reactors. Mr. Koizumi deems the pursuit of nuclear power “aimless” and “irresponsible.” "

      "According to opinion polls, the majority of Japanese oppose nuclear power, even among supporters of the Abe government. A poll last week found that 76 percent of those surveyed said they did not think the Fukushima plant was “under control.” The government reckons the earthquake and tsunami that struck Fukushima is a once-in-a-thousand-year occurrence. Yet it also estimates that there is a 60 percent to 70 percent probability of a major earthquake and tsunami hitting the most densely populated coastline within the next 30 years. That coastline, dotted with nuclear power plants, reaches from Tokyo to the southern island of Kyushu."
      http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/15/opinion/fukushima-politics.html?_r=1&

      Zero Nuclear Plants! Many thanks, and a tip of the ol' hat to ZetaTalk, for turning me on to these two articles.
      http://www.zetatalk5.com/newsletr/issue374.htm


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  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    He is a very wise man! :)

    Mr. Koizumi deems the pursuit of nuclear power “aimless” and “irresponsible.”


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  • ftlt

    This is why it has been clear, they will dump what they can into the ocean..

    This not explain the stupid burning of debris from the EQ and tsunami… I was surprised they didn't dump that into the ocean then

    100 million are trapped on some relatively small islands with no where to go…

    I'm not saying this is the right recourse… But, it might be Japan's only recourse now from their point of view..

    What would you do??? It could have and yet might happen in a location near you soon??? What would you do???


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  • Lady M

    Re PhillipUpNorth's item above:

    "The <Japanese> government reckons the earthquake and tsunami that struck Fukushima is a once-in-a-thousand-year occurrence."

    Yikes! Is the Japanese government really using those odds as support for restarting, and increasing the number of, Japan's reactors?

    I can't see anyone feeling that one Fukushima every 1000 years is acceptable! LOL (or, actually, COL — Cry Out Loud).


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  • Nick

    When will we start testing products from Japan? Or do they hope to spread their radiation worldwide?

    The smart phone in your hand may have little bits of decaying atoms zapping your brain.

    The tea you drink, a dose of alpha emitters.

    The seaweed, spiced with gamma rays.

    If Japan has 70% contamination then 70% of their exports are dicey.

    No problem, just hide the true origins, say it's from whathefukuistan.


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    • Bones Bones

      I doubt ever. Not until people get into the executive with brains and balls, and the same with congress at least in big numbers.


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    • Bones Bones

      I won't buy vehicles new or anything knowingly from Japan. I'd say we can't escape it in some form or another due to the amount of Japanese people in Japan, they would die off or be forced off their land or told to stay and nothing leaves the border, their industries are too universal. I won't buy a new vehicle from Japan. It sucks because I love motorcycles too and the Japs make awesome bikes. There are alternatives though, but even they like Husky, KTM, and others come from European countries that have been contaminated in some way by Chernobyl, if not their own plants. Not like Japan obviously, though. Best of what's out there I guess. I realllly literally am in love with my Kawasaki's and Honda's and Subie, but I wouldn't buy them new without at least a geiger counter for ambient dose.


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      • Bones Bones

        I think all of us have some reason for loving Japan. It offers everyone something and usually something new and different. I had so many memories on my bikes, growing up with Japanese video games, the culture export. All stuff young people love. Why do we have to ruin amazing places like that with nuclear reactors again?


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..bad copy.
    20 Bitter Voices…add mine.


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