Asahi: Top Japan radiation expert instructed by gov’t not to go to Fukushima — “Do not take any unauthorized action”

Published: December 31st, 2011 at 9:59 am ET


The Prometheus Trap / The Researcher’s Resignation, AJW by The Asahi Shimbun, Takaaki Yorimitsu and Kentaro Uechi, December 31, 2011:

Shinzo Kimura, 44, a researcher and an expert in radiation hygiene at the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health involved in studies on the radiation exposure of physicians and nurses, and on-site investigations of the Chernobyl accident

[…] The next day, March 12, was a Saturday. He was able to see his family and went shopping with his 3-year-old son in the afternoon. When he returned home, his wife told him, “There’s been an explosion at the nuclear power plant.” Kimura flew into action. He changed into a suit and told his son, “Daddy will be gone for a while.” […] 

While hurriedly getting ready, Kimura sent e-mails to the four researchers he most trusted, Tetsuji Imanaka and Hiroaki Koide, both at Kyoto University; Toshihiro Takatsuji at Nagasaki University; and Satoru Endo at Hiroshima University. […]

Kimura […] received a mass e-mail on his cellphone from the institute, which is an independent administrative institution under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare. The message stated, “Although there are many actions that can be taken, such as measuring radioactivity and other substances, please abide by the instructions given by this ministry and the institute. Do not take any unauthorized action.”

Kimura was the only expert on radioactivity at the [National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health]. He was sure the e-mail was meant for him. He understood that it was sent out to stop him from going to the site.

Published: December 31st, 2011 at 9:59 am ET


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33 comments to Asahi: Top Japan radiation expert instructed by gov’t not to go to Fukushima — “Do not take any unauthorized action”

  • Whoopie Whoopie


  • aigeezer aigeezer

    “He was sure the e-mail was meant for him. He understood that it was sent out to stop him from going to the site.”

    He received a mass e-mail and was sure it was meant for him. Maybe it’s a translation thing, maybe it’s a cultural thing, but if this were Hollywood (it’s not)…

    Would Harrison Ford let a mass e-mail stop him?

  • goathead goathead

    My Dude! This is reads like an exciting novel!

    I wonder if anyone will be around to read it when it’s finished??

  • Kevin Kevin

    I thiink, in part, we in the west have little if any understanding of Japanese culture. There are no “Harrison Ford archetypes in Japan.” Pressure like this from peers in a highly organized society is near impossible to overcome.

    • or-well

      It makes those who DO speak up all the more remarkable IMO. They KNOW what happens to squeeky wheels and nails that stick up.

      • aigeezer aigeezer

        “nails that stick up” Yikes, or-well – I recognize that Japanese aphorism, but at the same time I don’t think it is a uniquely Japanese phenomenon.

        • or-well

          “Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth.” Einstein

          Maybe thats more appropriate here.

          I remember seeing Sen. McCarthy on TV as a kid. Oblivious to all context, I still knew I didn’t like him. I knew he was bad. Little kids are smart. Maybe smarter than grownups sometimes.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter


  • arclight arclight

    ” Do not take any unauthorized action.”

    unauthoised….. sums up the “alternative” media nicely!!

    and explains why there are no independent charities or organisations!

    and explains the censorship in japan!

    and explains the greed orientated response to this disasteer!

    and explains the censorship everywhere else?



  • truthseek truthseek

    Why would we / should we be surprised ?
    This is one massive and stinky onion.

    This is so much deeper, as an .act. .of. .war.

    • truthseek truthseek

      I had to read this 3 times to consider the viability…
      absolute plausibility of this… Something beyond the
      norm .must. be at play.

      Why is everyone paralyzed. Why the lockdown,
      far beyond any reasonable measure???

      • Toadmac

        “Something beyond the norm must be at play”
        My choices are as follows:

        #1: The consequence’s of this disaster are so extreme to the planet and its inhabitants we are all F#$ked anyway. It would then be pointless to let the masses know until the elite have there operations and plans in place for there best chance for survival?
        #2 The consequence’s of this disaster are so extreme to Japan, its inhabitants and marine life the world economy will collapse.It would then be pointless to let the masses know until the elite have there operations and plans in place for there best chance at filling there pockets before this fact becomes apparent?
        #3 World depopulation by an unknown group(s) that has technology to combat radiation poisoning. This means they have a lot more control over our day to day lives and existence than any of us could have ever believed?

        Feel free to add the many other possibility’s you have thought up? What could possibly explain this huge cover up/control we are witnessing?

        • truthseek truthseek

          – – ditto – – I concern.

          Will add that the ruling elite
          MUST already have
          a cure for cancer.

          And that aliens have
          been dispatched to
          Clean this up…

  • truthseek truthseek

    Uranium enrichment in Fuku 1 for Israel
    in Fuku 1 reactor (covertly) and THAT one
    is the (1rst?) one to be taken down with

    This sounds planned and staged
    like a set-up, while horrific…

    Hell yes they want honest EXPERTS
    no where near an international
    crime scene, WWW III ?

        • Toadmac

          Interesting read, thanks. This scenario was put to me 7 or 8 months back. Back then I laughed my head off and carried on my research in a different direction, not even giving it a second thought until recently. I now find it has a lot of credibility and very easy to believe. You may ask why I have done a U turn from thinking “f#$k off you conspiracy crack pots” to finding it very believable and plausible? Answer: The witnessing of the very obvious lies and complete cover up of the worlds worst man made disaster by a long way (IMO). It has made me very wary of any news or topics coming from an MSM. I will never go back to sourcing news from any MSM!!! Ever!!!

      • truthseek truthseek

        @anne, I read (and greatly respect) your comments here. I appreciate them greatly, thank you. My comment is honestly based in concern and NOT meant as inflammatory or in any way(s) to appear as arrant and irresponsible. I am genuinely concern by the prospect (and elements) in the story to support the many holes in this MOST UNBELIEVABLE STORY. It is all nearly unreal in proportions… Nothing surprises me…

        I hope to bring light to this and invite volley among many very keen people hear.
        May not belong on this exact thread.

  • truthseek truthseek

    Sorry everybody – I am panicked
    and have been holding back
    while here. (respectfully)

  • CaptD CaptD

    Maybe this is WHY!

    TEPCO and the Nuclear Mafia
    “TEPCO’s involvemen­t with anti-socia­l forces and their inability to filter them out of the work-place is a national security issue. It is one reason that increasing­ly in the Diet we are talking de facto nationaliz­ation of the company. Nuclear energy shouldn’t be in the hands of the yakuza. They’re gamblers and an intelligen­t person doesn’t want them to have atomic dice to play with.”

    HOW can the Japanese GOVERNMENT allow their yakuza access to nuclear materials when the World threatens other ROGUE groups that seek nuclear materials!

    Who is keeping tract of every GRAM of nuclear materials in Japan, how much is being stolen and or sold to other groups or Countries?

    This is an IMPORTANT issue that has not been addressed in MSM:


  • James Tekton James Tekton


    May you all have the best one ever.

  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    I wish I didn’t have to see these ‘put down the messenger’ (above) posts. ‘Why isn’t he more like Harrison Ford?’ ‘Why doesn’t Arnie say more, tell us more?’

    All I can say is: Be grateful for the daring messengers who are trying to tell us as much as they can.

    Is there anyone here who can truly say he/she has not been made more aware by the revelations from these messengers? They deserve our thanks and encouragement, not our criticism. If anything, I think the former would lead them into more disclosure. Criticism tends to shut people down.

    Sorry to put this after James Tekton’s Happy New Year Message.

    So I’ll say it again: HAPPY NEW YEAR!
    It looks like we are off to a good start with more and more truth coming out.

    • aigeezer aigeezer

      Good point, dharmasyd. I’m usually grateful for any and all scraps of real data. I probably underestimated the cultural challenge of even hinting at the truth.

      In that spirit… let’s all remember to be grateful for whatever scraps Arnie gives us also.

      It is unimaginably hard to be a whistle-blower. Think how often we self-censor our posts even in a friendly environment like Enenews.

      Thanks again, dharmasyd – good insight!

    • Agreed, I don’t think Arnie has any ulterior motive. He is obviously very weary from this activism.

  • CaptD CaptD

    Happy New Year (HNY)

    The next 2 months will tell the tale in Japan IMO.

    TEPCO will either be nationaliz­ed and the Country begin to change,
    … How it does NUCLEAR business; moving like Germany to Solar…
    TEPCO will not only remain but become stronger, as many Japanese
    … are “Written Off” by their Government­, as part of the cost of doing Business!