Suicide? Official found dead, head covered with plastic bag — Had measured radiation at Tokyo park recently in news

Published: February 24th, 2012 at 11:35 am ET


Title: City councilor to measure radiation in Mizumoto park the first was found dead
Source: Fukushima Diary
Date: Feb 24, 2012

Mr. Kabayama, a Tokyo city councilor of Liberal Democratic Party […] was measuring radiation in various areas in Tokyo and posted it on his blog.

On 6/30/2011, he measured 0.25 microSv/h in Mizumoto Park. […]

The next day, 7/1/2011 3AM, he was found dead with his head covered by a plastic bag.

Police thought it to be suicide for some reason.

[…] he sounded motivated to measure around in Tokyo. […]

Read the Japanese media report on the death here

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Published: February 24th, 2012 at 11:35 am ET


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64 comments to Suicide? Official found dead, head covered with plastic bag — Had measured radiation at Tokyo park recently in news

  • Strange that he would be bothering to measure radiation if he was suicidal. Seems to me that he would have blogged about it and left a final statement if he was upset enough to kill himself over the nuclear contamination. If he was upset enough over unrelated personal problems to kill himself that night, then why was he calmly measuring radiation just a few hours before then? It does NOT add up… it just doesn't pass the "sniff test".

  • cnsrndctzn cnsrndctzn

    This guy is a hero! The people of Japan should force the Yakuza to clean up Fukushima themselves and kill two birds with one stone. The Yakuza did this for sure. Read Barry Eisler's John Rain books for a fictional account of the Yakuza in Japan that is close to the truth.

    • cnsrndctzn cnsrndctzn

      I forgot to add above – the main character is an assassin who unknowlingly works for the Yakuza and his specialty is murders that are made to look accidental or like suicides, with the premise being the best way to cover up a hit is to make it seem like nothing untoward happened at all.

  • But then, not many "official statements" coming from Japan pass the sniff test these days. Next they'll say he was not actually dead… the instruments mustered have been faulty when they pronounced him dead. Maybe they can send high voltage down the coroner's spine to "test" him if he gives the "wrong" cause of death and blames radiation for future deaths. Just like the thermometer in reactor 2, a strong electric shock will make the doctors give a different answer, or just shut him up for good.

  • Anthony Anthony

    Sounds like he was *offed*.

    A plastic bag you say?

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  • PhilipUpNorth philipupnorth

    Permanent abandonment of Tokyo will be a very big deal, indeed. Trillions of dollars US. It must be done, or die soon. Children should have been out of Tokyo before now. This is going to get pretty ugly. More resignations from government and Tepco are coming. Can they outlaw geiger counters?

  • Bob Hardin Bob Hardin

    0.25 microsieverts is not very high. I eat more than that for breakfast in Los Angeles every day. Did this guy get higher readings elsewhere?

  • tjharleycjmp

    Looks like TEPCO is going by the official BP playbook word for word!

  • WindorSolarPlease

    How can you hold a plastic bag closed on your head as you are dying? Sounds like that would be hard to do, wouldn't you pass out first? Isn't there easier ways to off yourself?
    Hard for me to believe he did that to himself.

    • oscar419

      exactly… As soon as he lost consciousness his grip on the bag would have let go. Now if he added a few laps of duct tape to seal the deal that would be different but the story does not say how said bag was applied.

      • Anthony Anthony

        Agreed BUT someone could have put it on his head and held him until aspiration occurred. Believing or maybe spin-press-releasing they found someone who looks like a suicide…. next story. That I believe is more likely than suicide by glad bag.

        • oscar419

          meh…the entire thing smells like fish to me…

          • Laterlukemayb Laterlukemayb

            I still don't believe it, this is why water boarding was considered to be so effective. Think about the Muslim who is willing to martyr himself, but when subjected to water boarding they break down and give in. Same with attempted self inflicted asphyxiation. No matter how determined one might be to use this to commit suicide the body's defense mechanisms kick in to counter the loss of oxygen to the system. He would have instinctively torn at the plastic bag in order to get air.

          • many moons

            Maybe that's exactly what it's suppose to smell like….subtle scare tactics. Here's a fellow who used his geiger counter…now he's dead in a very suspicious way…you connected the dots.

    • Personally, I have never heard of anyone successfully using this method by itself. There is an automatic body response to start breathing fresh air again, causing a person to rip the bag open or take it off the head.

      If he also took drugs or had a gas inserted into the bag to cause him to go to sleep, that would make sense from a suicide point of view.

      But then the autopsy would discover that, or the police would see the other equipment needed to make this happen. The pieces do not fit.

      Just using a plastic bag over the head is the method preferred by cold blooded assassins, who hold your arms, while duct taping the bag to your head, or just holding the bag tightly until you expire.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    Can they outlaw geiger counters?

    'They' can do anything 'they' want, under conditions of 'national emergency.' They just are having to factor in public reaction – don't want to 'tip their hand' too blatantly and create a situation of explosive public ire that would be expensive and a bore to have to deal with…

    Sheesh! These peons – don't like being slaughtered for some reason (and on their own dime!) – what a royal pain they are…

  • DannieJ DannieJ

    I'm surprised he didn't try to rape himself and then shoot himself to death …

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      I can't wait til one of these guys who, before committing "suicide", TELL EVERYTHING THEY KNOW. He didn't kill himself, no way no how. Maybe he WAS gonna spill the beans…ummm?

      • James2

        No, this is a warning shot.

        Terrorism if you will.

        Kill one guy that openly defied the rule to keep quiet and make all the others think twice about doing the same.

      • Anthony Anthony

        I think it was his spilled beans that came back to haunt him. The ACT of spilling the beans that is.

    • Anthony Anthony

      OMG lol!!! Outrageous!

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Like the other guy who managed to "commit suicide" with a shotgun to the chest. Can't wait 'til the next guy is found face down with 17 stab wounds in his back is definitively declared a suicide with no further investigation of any sort.

    • Yea, a shotgun blast while INSIDE a car, and gun found OUTSIDE the car..

      Imagine the mental and physical gymnastics that the police had to make in order to make that one possible as a suicide..

      Yes your honor, he held the gun to his head with the window open, and then stretched both his arms out the window 4 feet, holding the shotgun with one hand and pulling the trigger with another, (he managed to dislocate one arm to make this happen) thereby blowing his brains out the other window.

      Then he dropped the gun a couple of feet away from the window of the car, as he slowly expired.

      There is no other explanation other than suicide, cause no one came in to confess to this as a murder.

      No investigation is planned. Case closed.

      Now if we treated all deaths the same way, we could just get rid of all of the murder detectives. Just call them all suicide and close the files..

      What a great idea to save money…

  • bleep_hits_blades

    There was also the case of the older man in the Fukushima area who was going around taking geiger counter readings, carried a shotgun with him, and was found dead, killed by his own gun.

    I agree this is 'a word to the wise,' Mafia-style.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    faraway and I must have posted simultaneously.

    So much information can be contained in such a small incident or event. This really tells us all we need to know about TPTB, and not just in Japan, and not just at this moment in history.

    Problem is, most of us just don't want to know it. Too devastating.

    • James2

      Exactly what I was thinking Bleep.

      What this reveals clearly is the path to fix it is not one any of us want to take.

  • hbjon hbjon

    This is the sort of spark that can cause civil unrest.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    Amongst the Japanese, I think it would take more than a spark.

  • jec jec

    EVERYONE gets to share in this radiation. The Yakuza will also. Once they start getting ill and dying..can you say a mad hornet? The assassins will not like the idea of dying painfully from the radiation they have gotten from TEPCO and Japanese mis-information. If I was involved in any coverups,which are known about, would be hiding from Yakuza when the shit hits the fan. Wonder if government or TEPCO officials will start dying due to "strange" plastic bag disease?

    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      Death by PBS. Maybe that's what the worker on the ramp in one of nuck's latest was trying to show folks as he carried a plastic bag to work. Death by PBS = Plastic Bag Syndrome. The other PBS is pretty deadening also.

  • jec jec

    Yakuza must be depending on a good economy..and when your citizens all die MONEY…Just saying it would be to the benefit to try and at least save the children who become your workforce later. Or clear out of Japan totally..wonder where the money trail will lead to when Yakuza leave Japan..India? S. Korea? Russia?

  • Chelsea_

    Sounds all too familiar. Someone here, I'm sure, remembers Matthew Simmons and BP… 🙁

  • NoNukes NoNukes

    Didn't this make all your blogging blood run cold? I think that it was supposed to. Maybe we will all be lucky to die from cancer, and not from a more immediate hit because of our addiction to blogging.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    They do not want people out there doing what the government should be doing, measuring the rad levels in various places.

    Just wanted to say, also, James2 that I do admire your intelligence, and many others here on

    I am not really a tecchie/science type, and also lack patience/discipline, and those of you who are more natural science minds – I benefit from your thoughts and analyses.

    Thanks to all here. An extraordinary group. And my 'lifeline' at present – just having you all here – witnesses to the truth, in a time of lies – and using your good brains to help us all understand, even if we can't do too much about it.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    People in high places are seriously worried about getting what they richly deserve for all of this.

  • markww markww

    God will punish these heartless people

    • lokay5 lokay5

      "God" is punishing ALL living things in Japan along with the rest of the inhabitants of Planet Earth.

      He's great, in't He?

  • bleep_hits_blades

    Ya think?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    He was probably killed.
    Maybe he bought a kit..
    It happens..suicide happens…

  • Laterlukemayb Laterlukemayb

    If this person was trying to make a statement in his death he would have chosen Seppuku as the means to do it. There wasn't a reason for him to feel ashamed about the information he wasn't trying to get out. It was an honorable thing to do, for his own family and the rest of Japan, so IF he had committed suicide he would have done it honorably.

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Perhaps he wasn't trying to make a statement..maybe he could not bear the knowledge that he had come to find…

  • Laterlukemayb Laterlukemayb

    he WAS trying to get out is what I meant to write.

  • bleep_hits_blades

    @jec, re trying to save/keep alive future work force –

    First, this is not (or not all) according to some grand plan. The world is not under total elite control. The elites do have short, middle, and long range plans; but they also are cooperating/ competing among/against each other to 'get there first' and make the most money – and the environment and the people be damned.

    That is one thing this Fuk. disaster, upon examination, has clearly proven. They have long-range plans, they do cooperate, but they also are winging it, and do compete – and do play a very reckless game. OBVIOUSLY – at this point. I mean we seem to be sitting on the cusp of a big fat extinction event – and that is pretty damn reckless, any way you cut the cake.

    And second, the elites think there are many millions too many of us 'useless eaters' on the planet and they want to thin the human herds and have been talking among themselves about this (and about how to do it) for decades.

    They do not need a big work force. Increasingly robotics, automation, and nano-technology are replacing human workers. And the elites are very rich and have plenty of wealth and now it makes more sense to get rid of some of the excess human population – will make managing the 'human herds' a lot easier and permit 're-wilding' of portions of the globe – for the elites' exclusive use and enjoyment, of course.

    I am not speculating, these are some of their long range goals. There are books and websites that discuss all of this.

    These guys truly are a cold-blooded lot… but really, looking at the horrible wars of the past century – well, there is all the proof we need of how little human life and suffering matter to the elites in control of our governments and other centers of power.

    Again I will say that their greatest defense and protection is OUR refusal to face/confront these scary facts that are staring us in the face.

    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

      Dear Bleep: Some of what you say is true. What is not true is the implication that there are good people at the top in functional or structural terms, which are not your words; but are implied when you mislead (surely unintentionally–please forgive my rant; it's not personal and is not a value judgement on you in any way–just inspired to rant a bit) to highlight the competition within the dominating power elite class against each other (actually this internecine competition is less and less as fascism worsens (dissent is not tolerated) or globalization intensifies, which is inevitable structurally when such fascism (corporatism is the core of fascism) grows proportionately greater and essentially unchallenged in any meaningful way by those of us who, aside from electronic shell games in the finance industry, generate all value–the 99.99%! What ought be emphasized rather because the masses in the U.S., at the least, have never been swift about this fact is that the billionaires ARE in absolute unity whatever quibbles, functionally and in systems terms (proportionately and in outcomes), against the remaining 99.99% as a class. We are hosts for their parasitism in nearly every sense of the term "parasitism". Is it A conspiracy? Who gives a shit! Conspiracies are NOT the point. The POINT is the FACT that we are dominated absolutely in human socioeconomic terms, so far, by increasingly densely distorted (decreasingly transparent–U.S. MSM "no-news-news" as an example during the worst human caused cataclysm EVER)hierarchical systems. The workers, are increasingly distracted in the U.S. by useless technological trinkets…unsustainably from an ecological and social justice P.O.V. Please do not contribute to minimization or misleading representations of the FACT that we do have enemies and they ARE the billionaires, the very richest. They are parasitizing everyone and we all had better wake up to this fact quick. Or, everything continually WORSENS quickly.

  • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

    People will say that suicide is more of a cultural norm when things go badly for people in charge in Japan. I do not agree in this case. My intuition tells me that this is a CIA, or Japanese equivalent, hit, snuff or murder. Expect more and probably there have been many others that have been less obvious and have slipped under the radar or probably at lower levels that appear to be less newsworthy. It's all about reinforcing the unsustainable status quos. When are we going to hold the billionaire feet to the radioactive flame? We do live, by the assent of the 7B against the few hundred thousand (wealthiest the latter), in a society that is absolutely hierarchical in human systems. Why do other species and working humans, and no the richest are not "working" in the sense I imply, have to pay for their mistakes? The answer is, "we don't" if we so choose otherwise. Wake up!

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks


    Nice rant! When will others wake up?

  • bleep_hits_blades

    Pallas, I don't really think there are 'good guys' at the top. It is very corrupt – beyond most people's ability to imagine or conceive of it.

    Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely; most 'great' men are bad men. In the words of Lord Acton.

  • The Corporate and Political Psychopath

    If you can kill millions with no feeling of remorse or conscience, what difference would putting a hit out on a lone individual make?

  • unsub unsub

    This method is usually combined with sleeping pills to suppress the bodies natural survival reactions. Does anyone know if the news mentioned pills in his system? I would assume no mention considering that, "Autopsies are performed for the most part only when police suspect foul play…around 90 percent of "unnatural deaths" are not subject to postmortem examination…in sharp contrast to other developed countries…40 percent to 50 percent of cases of unnatural death [are examined], and where coroners, who act as independent forensic examiners, decide if such scrutiny is necessary.


    [ Cool Japan ?]

  • unsub unsub

    Japan Suicide Methods for men (Percent of all suicides in country 1995-2004)

    1.3 Other poisoning
    2.5 Pesticides
    68.7 Hanging
    2.6 Drowning
    9.2 Firearms
    8.1 Falls
    16.5 Other
    99505 (n)Total suicides


    [Cool Japan ?]