Top Official: Protesting secrecy law is act of terrorism — Japan gov’t promotes idea that you’re racist if avoiding Fukushima produce — Bloomberg: “The entire process has echoes of George Orwell” — Nuclear activists to be constantly spied on?

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EXSKF, Nov. 28, 2013: The 33rd Ministry of Justice human rights essay contest for junior high school students has been won by a student in Miyagi Prefecture who wrote not buying Fukushima’s peaches because of radiation fear was the same as him being “discriminated” against by his classmate for being a Chinese national. Refusing the Fukushima produce because of radiation fear is tantamount to racial discrimination, according to the student and the Ministry of Justice who selected his essay as the best of the best this year. [...] Not buying Fukushima produce, as the government tells you to? You’re racist [...]

Japan Times, Dec. 3, 2013: With the contentious state secrets bill slated to clear the Upper House this week, citizens have been holding daily protests in front of the Diet building, denouncing the law as emblematic of the “rise of fascism.” [...] Atsuko Ikegami, 45, also decried what she viewed as the state tightening its grip on citizen access to critical information, including about nuclear crises. [...] “When those (anti-nuclear) rallies happened, I thought, ‘Well, the Japanese people finally learned to stand up and make their voice heard,’ ” Ikegami said. “But the bill could subject these activists to constant spying by the state [...]”

Bloomberg’s William Pesek, Dec. 2, 2013: The entire process has echoes of George Orwell. [...] if I grab a beer with a bureaucrat and ask the wrong question, could I end up in handcuffs? Ambiguity reigns. Last week, the No. 2 official in [Prime Minister Shinzo] Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party, Shigeru Ishiba, issued a dark warning to anyone like me who might dare to question the bill. In a Nov. 29 blog post, the LDP secretary-general likened any such challenge to “an act of terrorism.” He’s since stood by his ominous statement. [Update: Read Ishiba's apology here] [...] “How can the government respond to growing demands for transparency from a public outraged by the consequences of the Fukushima nuclear accident if it enacts a law that gives it a free hand to classify any information considered too sensitive as a ‘state secret’?” Reporters Without Borders asked in a Nov. 27 statement. Essentially, the group argued, Japan “is making investigative journalism illegal [...]

See also: Insiders: State secrets bill meant to suppress Fukushima news -- Japan public stunned as citizens could face years in prison -- Man's mouth "stuffed with cloth" after voicing opposition -- Toxic leaks into ocean seem unstoppable, gov't must plug the information instead (PHOTO)

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  • Nick

    The NSA I'm sure will lend Japan a hand.

    Can't have folks saying that 75% of Japan is contaminated.

    Can't have folks saying leukemia, diabetes, hodgkin's disease, heart failure, strokes, nose-bleeds are all symptoms of radiation poisoning.

    Can't have folks embarrassing the Secrecy Law-yers.

    Heck, why don't the folks in Japan just get with it and act even more docile?

    Numb them in to submission.

    Your silence is your country's future.

    See no evil, hear no evil, smell no evil.


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      I bought some iodine pills on eBay. I received a request to fill out a survey on the purchase. I could win 1,000 dollars for 10 minutes. Sure, I thought. So I did. Just thinking about it though, it's the only time I have ever been asked to fill out a detailed questionnaire on a seller.

      Could it be … no… surely not… the iodine. I am awake and they want some paperwork on it? Hmmmmm. Hope I win $1000, I will buy a Geiger counter. Wonder if I will get a survey?


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      • We Not They Finally

        Iodine supplementation is fairly easy andeveryone should do it. A GREAT product is Iodoral, available (non-prescription) at compounding pharmacies. Some people also use nascent iodine.

        Since (obviously) we are not being told what is new fissioning, we're never really safe from I-131 anymore, the isotope with the short half life. But there is also I-129, whose half-life is millions of years.

        We just had a close friend diagnosed with thyroid cancer. We're incredibly unhappy campers, but taking our daily iodine.


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        • Crash2Parties Crash2Parties

          From the FDA's website:

          "The three over-the-counter products are:
          Iosat Tablets (130 mg)
          ThyroSafe Tablets (65 mg)
          ThyroShield Solution (65 mg/mL"

          The tablets (for adults, who need it less), you can even buy on Amazon. Not so with the solution for children (who are far more vulnerable), it appears to be Rx only.

          But I'm sure we can trust in the Government to take care of us, right?

          "March 18, 2011 – There is no public health event requiring anyone in the U.S. to take potassium iodide (KI) because of the ongoing nuclear incident in Japan, says the Food and Drug Administration."

          "September 2013 – There is not a public health event requiring anyone in the U.S. to be taking KI because of the ongoing situation in Japan."

          Compared to:
          "Elevated airborne beta levels in Pacific/West Coast US States and trends in hypothyroidism among newborns after the Fukushima nuclear meltdown."
          Joseph J. Mangano, Janette D. Sherman
          Open Journal of Pediatrics, Vol.3 No.1,March 2013

          From the abstract:
          "The number of congenital hypothyroid cases in these five states from March 17-December 31, 2011 was 16% greater than for the same period in 2010, compared to a 3% decline in 36 other US States (p < 0.03). The greatest divergence in these two groups (+28%) occurred in the period March 17-June 30 (p < 0.04)."


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      • Sally Sally

        Oh, dear. I would never, never fill out anything like that from Ebay — or any website. The people are just phishing and I'm not about to take the bate — as in re-bate. LOL. Info you put out into the web bounces around forever. It's like RBS and NatWest bank in UK just got dinged big time and the US is not reporting it. Cash machines were shut down. Over 100 thousands of people woke up Mon morning with empty accounts.

        Is a 1 in a million chance to win $1000 worth it? IDTS


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        • unincredulous unincredulous

          Actually it was a survey from eBay. Not from some seller. It was asking things like did you get a shipping form, packing slip, shipping reasonable, etc. Seemed perfectly normal, except it is the only time it ever happened.


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    • Bones Bones

      Not like they suddenly have this capability; They've clearly had it for some time. Now, they are going to silence anyone speaking any faint voice of truth. This effects everyone. I think it's important to remember Michael Hastings, Aaron Schwartz and other journalists or world-makers have all lost their lives to the American machine in just 2013. I mean just search the net. I bet this is used in a similar disgusting fashion. Just how bad it is in the states and Japan, sadly. I'd bet they have their targets already even. It was created in response to somebody, not something. That is the state enforcing it's "vision" of how we should all live in complacent little pods paying every step for junk and deadly junk. Wait till only "weak" people become sick. A lazy pass to polluters of entire ecosystems.


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    • scottyji scottyji

      "The UN Human Rights Council has denounced Japan’s response to the disaster."

      http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=11899


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Silent unto eternity..if the people do not rise up and take control of their government.
    But then.. they'd have to kick out the US.
    Japan is toast.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Spy this!..a woman who goes about her day..in a normal manner..she attends her animals and fields.
    She is a learned woman..with great love and compassion for the people.
    She is honest with herself and those around her.

    The children and the rest of the world..need her.
    Watch?
    Watch her crying in agony..then turn away .. she too much resembles your own dying mother..
    No..look this way..WATCH.


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  • Lion76 Lion76

    I'm proud and empowered by my "activist calling" I'm sure those in Japan are, too. Nothing on this Earth more noble to die for, figuratively or literally.


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    • Lion76 Lion76

      Mahatma Gandhi — 'First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.'


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      • jump-ball jump-ball

        http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2972782/posts
        Dec 27, 2012 – The wages of Utopian fascism are about to be demanded by anti constitutional kooks like Facebook:

        Coercive censorship has already begun here in what's left of the states. The feds have strongarmed FaceBook, and unless the ban has been withdrawn, any reference to Gandhi, non-cooperation, or such will see your account summarily defaced.


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      • weeman

        Mr. Gandhi brought the British empire to its knees, through salt and got India independence.
        The Japanese must make a stand, first civil disobedience and hit them in the pocket, don't pay the electic bill, they can't disconnect you all or half the population does not pay electric and run extension cord from next door, then it is the other halfs turn to refuse to pay electric bill.
        What next no gatherings of four people or it will be deemed a threat to society?
        The people of Syria are fighting the same kind of oppressive regime, now don't let sleeping dogs lie, put them down.
        Lion76 you have my support, you and many like you are the light of the nation and many may have to sacrifice, don't let them mussel you, be pro active, not right you are guaranteed fundamental right in your constitution, this is illegal and no world court would side with the Japanese government.
        Be safe and hold your head high, you are a patriot, don't forget this point.


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        • We Not They Finally

          That's all points well taken, but the Japanese culture has no tradition of mass protest. I don't even know how they organize in these conditions. But I'd start with the mothers with sick kids. If they were prosecuted for protest, it might spark enough outrage to go further.

          I don't even know the Japanese culture well enough to know if this is a good suggestion or a feasible one. But if there is no starting point, then it is all end-point from here on in.


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      I don't consider myself an activist. I consider myself engaged in freedom of assembly. I am engaged in protected speech. I am just sharing my thoughts about some other people who just might be slowly killing the beautiful world I live in. And perhaps they might not be slow enough for my taste. I don't protest. Once I got a fresh new blank canvas and screwed it to a 1 x 2. It said absolutely nothing. I just wanted people to ask me what I was up to. One older couple did. That was after 911. I told them that I was protesting that no one was protesting. The police slowed down and looked at my sign, then drove off. I guess I am a national security threat now.


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      • Lion76 Lion76

        I never considered myself "an activist" either but thinking critically is an activity since most do not engage in it.


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      • Bones Bones

        IMO, Activism involves catching nuke security off-guard, or stopping uranium shipments, or paragliding into a plant compound, and other things along these lines. Things that directly interrupt the industry. I don't think discussing the truth is activism, although it is very important and just as important as the physical side. Opposition wouldn't exist without these truths about man-made radionuclides. (At least, telling the truth should not be activism. It's a sad day when people accept that telling the truth is akin to KILLING PEOPLE. That is terrorism and legally that is what they are saying in a way. They mean there are people telling the truth and knowing the truth means you hate Japanese people and want them to die. Pretty crazy statement, but I fear it's somewhat accurate. Fascism is the new (AGAIN!) fallback. Reminds me of, "You're either for us or against us in the beginning of Iraq." I think a big SCREW YOU ABE is in order! You little twerp. Is your brain soooooo small you are scared of people SAYING things about Japan??? Ohhh, real tough. Abe thinks Japan is sooo weak it can't take anyone telling the truth about the situation at Fukushima and with China and the list goes on. Japan…didn't sink from my last couple statements?? HUH!?!?! lol As American's are ashamed of Obama and the policy's his cabinet represent, so I'm sure are realist, intelligent Japanese. Past time of being nice Japanese. This is some crazy HUGE accident that happened in…


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        • Lion76 Lion76

          You're making posts, your life has probably changed in some ways, even subtly. Don't get caught up in being scared of labels, just embrace it. There's no shame in being active. We should support those who do so in their own ways, not separate ourselves. Civil disobedience is "active" and admirable. Jesus was civilly disobedient. We should all be so lucky to copy such courage.

          I bought a geiger and I'm broadcasting my readings on radiationnetwork on my own dime. That was an active choice, but in my own way. We need to get more active. Posting on the internet only becomes preaching to the choir after a while. Be an example that others want to follow, and don't denigrate being an "activist" the world NEEDS everyone to be an activist. It's also part of being an adult, something most have forgotten how to do.


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          • weeman

            Word are useless unless they are followed up by resolve.

            Stand up for your rights,
            You know that it is right,
            We don't want to fight,
            for you know that we are right.

            We will prevail or perish at the hands of others?


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          • Bones Bones

            I'm not saying you aren't being active, ok? I meant actually was that there are two types being played out in protest. That of the knowledge keepers trying to tell the world the truth of the scale of this MAN-MADE disaster and those who risk their lives psyically stopping the shipments of ores by train, breaching security, etc. That SHOWS the world that the data we are all searching for here, and kudos on the geiger I built a cheapo myself because I didn't quite have the money, but the truth tellers allow those with the passion and bravery to do something shocking to expose the truths laid out by this type of community. It's symbiotic relationship at it's core serves the same agenda of ending nuke plants just in different ways and one could not exist without the other, obviously.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    PS..Just let me say this.
    When my husband died..All I wanted of his friends..was to stand about with their hats in their hands.
    That is all they were capable of..and all that Mankind is capable of now.

    So stand there with your hats in your hands.
    Lower your eyes when I pass.


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  • MichaelV MichaelV

    Repost

    .." Very much, indeed, of what we call moral education is such an artificial modification and perversion of instinct; pugnacity is trained into courageous self sacrifice, and suppressed sexuality into religious emotion. And the great difference between a man and a monkey is in the larynx, he said, in the incapacity to frame delicately different sound-symbols by which thought could be sustained." ~ The Island of Dr Moreau, H.G.Wells, 1896, Barnes&Noble Pub. Inc. 2004

    Today I'm thankful the visionaries who knew we would destroy ourselves wrote their warnings in plain language.
    Like I said before…

    Chimps with nukes…and baboons with the party line.


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  • Nick

    So, not only the NSA but now the government of Japan will wish me to just vanish?

    I have embarrassed Japan, I have relayed figures that are fantasy.

    I have trashed the MIC.

    I think humans should wage peace.

    I am the enemy.

    I must be silenced.

    Or, just change my tune……..

    Japan, the land of the rising sun, place of enchantment, lovely DNA, great peaches, yummy sushi.


    I know it's hard for Japanese to admit their Island is toast. But it is. No official lie will erase that fact. Not just today, but tomorrow, and on….forever.

    Secrecy laws are possibly the most vile of human directives.


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  • mesa777

    Let's all hope that the US doesnt copy this law! I can already see this happening here in the US…..


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      I think it already passed in the us. It was called the George Bush and Dick Cheney want you to shut up bill. It was finally passed with the ironic name, "The Patriot Act."


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      • We Not They Finally

        It's even sneakier. They snuck the Patriot Act through Congress but at least it went through Congress. The likes of raising "allowable" radiation levels thousands of times over, only went through the EPA. The "redefinition of cancer" is only being pushed through the National Cancer Institute (which is part of the NIH.) They say cancer is being "overdiagnosed" and it should only be called "cancer" if it's terminal.

        The same fascism is right here. Different style than the Japanese but the same lack of protection.


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      • unincredulous unincredulous

        Now we have the "See something – shut up – say something – shut up – Just go buy something" policy. It is really getting confusing. I wonder if they had this law in place in the matrix.

        Love the matrix, when it is "just entertainment"

        .youtube.com/watch?v=Ez3OHdWc88E


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  • mesa777

    I can tell everyone now that I would NEVER visit Japan now!!! Especially now after the passing of this new law!!!


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  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Is throwing up from radiation sickness treason?


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  • HoTaters HoTaters

    http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2013/12/02/japan-ruling-party-heavyweight-compares-protesters-to-terrorists/

    Quote:

    Enter Shigeru Ishiba, a former defense minister and the ruling Liberal Democratic Party’s number-two man. In a blog he posted Friday, he compared the loud protests against the bill to acts of terrorism….

    "Outside the Diet office building, they’re screaming 'Must block Designated Secrets Bill!'’ at full blast. I don’t know where they’re coming from, but regardless of their political leaning, merely shouting their slogan and disturbing people’s peace and calm will never gain the public’s sympathy," the LDP secretary-general wrote.

    "In order to advance your ideas and principles, what you need is to increase sympathizers through democratic means and spread your support base. A simple screaming strategy is fundamentally not much different from terrorist acts.”

    Over the weekend, Mr. Ishiba, while apologizing for the lack of clarity in his post, pondered in a speech about whether it’s democratically sound to attack something “at a volume that may frighten people.”

    Then the redaction of, "fundamentally not much different from terrorist acts."

    Better grab that duct tape, people of Japan, and make sure it's securely placed over your mouths. You wouldn't want to frighten anyone.


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    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Shigeru Ishiba is basically saying citizens should be seen, not heard.

      I bet he would make a great father.

      I can see him now waterboarding his children and screaming, "Which one of you was screaming?!!"

      But daddy, I have to pee!

      Daddy puts pillow over child's face and says "Shut up. Shut up. Shut up. You are just imagining it. Just be happy. Just … you little f*kr


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  • vicky13 vicky13

    BOYCOTT anything you can from japan.

    FRACK YOU japanese government!!!

    I refuse to give you any $$$$$ to kill me and the living beings I hold DEAR TO MY HEART!!!

    I HATE YOUR GUTTZZZZ!!!


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    • nedlifromvermont

      Hey vicky13? I hear your anger at Japan.

      What about your warm and fuzzy feelings about General Electric Company?

      This company was warned that its reactors were flimsy and prone to catastrophic failure.

      This company most involved in pushing through Price-Anderson liability caps for their flimsy reactors?

      This company which designed the Daichi Nuclear Park, and which oversaw the excavation of the seaside bluff?

      This company which sold reactors with no chapter in the owner's manual on emergency procedures in the event of a meltdown, which, they insisted, could never happen because of "defense in depth?"

      This company involved with management of the truth about this disaster, and which has paid for the widespread cover up?

      This company which claimed in a 1970's era annual report that their nuclear intentions were "not entirely altruistic" because they could book six times the profits from selling a nuke plant versus a conventional coal or oil fired thermal plant?

      Do you need more?

      Go to a ventriloquist show, and try getting angry at the puppet, the sock or whatever, and take no notice that somebody else is holding the talking doll and in fact speaking its words for it.

      Japan is the puppet, GE is the ventriloquist, and US Congress is the addled Alzheimers patient on life support, that has already signed over a Power of Attorney to its dark force masters inside the GE board room.

      A once great company which went over to the Dark Side.

      peace…


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      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        :) Yes, the Dark Side..says she!


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      • vicky13 vicky13

        Hiya nedlifromvermon

        I boycotted GE long ago. They are a bunch of stuffed suits.

        I agree with ya!!!


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      • Cisco Cisco

        NFV…an interesting and thoughtful analogy.

        "Go to a ventriloquist show, and try getting angry at the puppet, the sock or whatever, and take no notice that somebody else is holding the talking doll and in fact speaking its words for it.

        Japan is the puppet, GE is the ventriloquist, and US Congress is the addled Alzheimers patient on life support, that has already signed over a Power of Attorney to its dark force masters inside the GE board room."

        Excellent!


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      • Cisco Cisco

        The MOU have gained majority control of the government, banking, oil & gas, energy, water, insurance, healthcare, the news media, our institutions, NGO's, et al…virtually all of these industries being oligopolies.

        Oligopolies exact the highest prices and least value for requisite goods and services we purchase. They have mastered their control and have financially enslaved their customers while destroying our institutions and the biosphere.

        But, they collectively and intellectually fuc#ked up. They permitted, looked the other way, at one of their member's new businesses…GE Nuclear. They bought the "so cheap to meter", and "can't blowup or meltdown", hook line and sinker.

        It was their own arrogant willful ignorance, believing in their own hyperbole that opened to door to their ultimate destruction. This time, they have lost control and the consequences are disease and premature death that is indiscriminate in selecting its host.

        They can run; but this time, there is no place to hide. This monstrosity they have allowed to live and thrive will be their end, too.


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    • invisible ELEphant in the room

      "FRACK YOU japanese government!!!"

      Don't give them any ideas. I can see the headline now: "TEPCO turns to fracking…"


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  • We Not They Finally

    When the mother of a ten-year-old child wants to know, why is my child dying of leukemia, will she be arrested as a terrorist?

    And the United State SUPPORTS this law? Japan's gone — both physically and morally. Will we have nothing left here either?


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  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    Did anyone else notice there was no mention of Fukushima facts being withheld from the public on Pesek's article?

    Also, the USA has been flying over restricted China Airspace recently, so the Japanese focus is on what that means….the world is crumbling and the US is a big player in representing ways to silence criticism.

    @unincredulous is right….we had this law long before Japan.

    The Patriot Act ushered in fascism to the US.

    Does anyone remember Building 7 in free-fall on 9/11?

    Japan is only following in our footsteps.


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    • rakingmuck

      I agree. My thinking is that the protest has to be at our own government. Thy have vetted everything Japan is doing including the secrecy laws. The Japanese will be crushed if they decent. Do not forget WW11. They can and will be ruthless. I am sure people are being tortured that we do not know about. There is an election cycle coming up. As much as I loathe the GOP this has happened under Obama as well. To save the Japanese people further hardship it might be a worthy sacrifice to threaten the Democratic party. The first target is Ron Wyden. He chairs the Energy Committee.You better believe he understands every thing going on. He went to Fukushima and came back screaming we had to do something and has been silent ever since.


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      • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

        @rakingmuck- Your are correct, and Japan is an occupied country, brought to you by the USA—-the same folks who committed genocide of millions of native peoples in North America…who is now bringing horrors for years with spent uranium fuel in the Middle East.

        Each time Japan has tried to throw out the US bases, it has failed. What choice has Japan ever had in this mess….my guess is none.

        How weird that in 2010 Japan had offered to enrich uranium for Iran…..
        http://www.thenewamerican.com/world-news/asia/item/10221-japan-offers-to-enrich-uranium-for-iran

        Peace-


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      • nedlifromvermont

        @rakingmuck: this … and Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) US Senator … is still pro-nuke?

        Shows you have to be unusually hard-headed (bone-headed) to be a US Senator.

        Mr. Wyden: your constituents are being dosed with unhealthy trans-uranics. Get a grip. Sue somebody or fire yourself, and make room in the Senate for somebody else than a pro-nuclear toadie!!!

        There. Now I feel better. Time for some more iodine supplements …

        peace to all the 'newsers!


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  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    If a government feels it necessary to enact laws to suppress protest, then the people need to throw out the government, and change it in ways that meet the demands of the protesters.

    Pick a finger, TEP.gov. ;)


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  • Nick

    Now I am certain that that Fukushima is curtains for Japan.

    The secrecy law should convince all truth seekers that it is time to leave Japan.

    Go. Flee.

    Our DNA cannot adapt fast enough to ward off the horrors of radioactive toxins.

    Cesium, plutonium, uranium, and whateverthefukinium in your food, your air, and your water.

    Don;t for one moment, doubt what your instinct tells you. Leave Japan.

    Okay, Japan, now censor enenews. The truth is just not okay anymore.


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  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    BTW- I am sure every ENENEWS poster is on the NSA list as being a suspected dissident. The worst crime you can commit in the USA is being an environmentalist. Child rapists do not get as long of sentences as "ecoterrorists"

    Nun faces up to 30 years in prison for protesting at nuclear weapons facility. District judge denies appeal of Sister Megan Rice, 83, and two other activists, citing their intent to 'disarm' Oak Ridge

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/04/nun-protesting-nuclear-weapons-denied-appeal

    22 years for burning a gmo crop
    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2009/mar/24/marie-mason-speaks-from-jail

    Canada’s new counter-terrorism strategy lists environmentalism next to white supremacy as an “issue-based” terrorist threat.
    http://www.vancouverobserver.com/sustainability/government-labels-environmentalists-terrorist-threat-new-report

    Environmentalists Classified as Terrorists, Get Stiff Sentences.
    May 25, 2007
    http://abcnews.go.com/US/Technology/story?id=3204939

    If things start getting ugly with Radiation in the USA- they will want to shut up the people who know the most. i.e. all of us.

    I don't care anymore because all lifeforms and the future of Earth is on the line. The stakes are bigger than they have ever been. Heads up everyone.

    Peace-


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      • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

        Yes….perfect song for how I am feeling….thank you. :-{


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        • unincredulous unincredulous

          A lot of people seem to relate to it. The last line was actually changed to say "enlarging your world." Fans had got it wrong. Originally, a band member sung out helargian world or something like that. Helargian world was an imagined world that was pretty messed up or something. I guess the band just went with it. Only time I ever heard of that happening.

          I read alot about it. I "got into it." I could relate, too. Don't listen to it too much, it'll get you down. I stopped listening to it and then one day I realized that the Smallville series I was watching to get over depression used that theme, and I had been hearing it over and over and over. It was an apt theme for the series, though.

          Maybe Helargian world could be Fukushima and the island you can't leave, especially if you are poor. I can't imagine a worse place to be right now.


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  • jk641

    Wow, if the Japanese govt has to resort to fascism, it must be <i>really</i> bad there.


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    • Time Is Short Time Is Short

      The sad part of the cobalt theft in Mexico is that even if someone did build a 'dirty bomb' with it and set it off, it wouldn't be a fraction of the Fukushima radiation that is already in the area, even in the Southern Hemisphere.

      It's all kind of moot now.


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  • ftlt

    The jack boots and stiffy arms types love Globalism..

    Have a jet fly over and never forget honor those uniformed flag waving first responders…

    Forget the other workers who die on the job everyday – They are trouble makers – if not terrorist..

    Golly ghee, how I love a good Fascist parades… They give me teary eyes and goose bumps all over… Especially, when they talk about protecting our freedom along with it..


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  • visio (uk)

    This is how I see it….

    a) Country has big nuclear disaster
    b) Fallout observed around the world
    c) Emissions not decreasing (after 2.5 years)
    d) Country makes it illegal to speak bad things

    The silence is loud, The silence is telling, The silence is admission, The silence will be the end.


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  • visio (uk)

    ……….And the end will be silence………. listen……. nothing…….. shhhhhhh


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  • WE ARE BEING SILENT ABOUT THE SECOND MOST IMPORTANT NEWS STORY AFTER FUKUSHIMA.

    Ant that story is how we the people have renounced to our right to demand effective action from our elected authorities.

    We have meekly submitted to being indefinitely irradiated as a result of Japan's policies of incompetence and unaccountability.

    Millions of our patriots have sacrificed their lives to defend our democratic rights, but now their progeny surrender to increased tyranny and abuse, reserving only the right to grumble.

    ~~~~~~~~

    OUR SCIENTISTS BEAR MUCH OF THE BLAME for their denial or overly cautious downplaying of the Fukushima situation, among many other threats to our health.

    Even when scientists spell out the dangers, they measure their words so very carefully, lest they be ostracized by the corrupt scientific establishment of which they are part, and on which they depend for their livelihood.

    Unable to count on our scientists, we are left our own. But in these three years there has not been any significant attempt at organizing. None. Zilch.

    Any existing organization centered on the Fukushima catastrophe exists mostly to discuss it and to measure the damage. Their efforts are appreciated but they don't change anything as long as we the sheep continue to submit.

    OUR SILENCE ABOUT OUR OWN FAILURE may be in hope that future generations won't notice it and blame us.

    ~~~~~

    http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/


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  • pkjn

    Radiation levels in the groundwater under the "Fukushima" peaked since the accident
    Dec 04, 2013 AllVoices

    Concentration of radioactive substances rose today to the highest level since the accident.
    The level of radiation in water samples taken from the maintenance shaft, located east of the second unit, was 1.3 million becquerels per liter.
    Marginal rate of fluid drain into the ocean – 60 thousand becquerels.
    The water comes from a strong beta radiation, indicating that the content in it strontium-90 and tritium.

    http://www.allvoices.com/contributed-news/16088701-radiation-levels-in-the-groundwater-under-the-fukushima-peaked-since-the-accident
    http://mainichi.jp/shimen/news/m20131204dde007040072000c.html


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  • rakingmuck

    Call me an alarmist but I fear for Iori. He is shortly to be without a Visa due to a mix up. He has tough choice to make. If he goes back to Japan he is a dead man and knows it. To travel without a visa is very dangerous. If you have a spare 10 dollars donate. he needs a great lawyer advising every move he makes.


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    • Bones Bones

      Can't we use the system here? Can't we establish corporations to bring refugees here under a pretense of work? At least, it could be ONE way to help out. Apply not for refugee type status, but professional, student, etc.


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  • davidh7426 davidh7426

    I'm thinking of tweeting the following, thoughts please !!!
    "
    Japanese Democracy has died. Mourning to be viewed as terrorist act. Government to flush corpse down nearest toilet. http://enenews.com/top-official-its-an-act-of-terrorism-to-protest-secrecy-law-japan-govt-promotes-idea-that-youre-a-racist-if-not-buying-fukushima-produce-bloomberg-the-entire-process-has-echoes-of
    "

    The link is to this page.


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  • homeenergyexpert homeenergyexpert

    It might as well be 1939 Japan~"Military Martial Law" with the new "5-year Prison Sentences" for anyone telling the truth on anything they want to call secret! It reminds me of the British Official Secrets Act, only much, much, worse.

    Prime Minister Abe's War on Fukushima!! Block the "Radiation Protection Protocol" (*Health Pages at: http://www.radiationhealthnews.com)

    Kill & Imprison the Reporters!

    He won't spend $3-5 Trillion USD's to bring in 100,000-200,000 Russian & Ukrainian Regulators to really try and fix it, like they did Chernobyl in 6-months, or let the "Retired Worker's for Fukushima" do the necessary fatal work to attempt to shore up #3 Reactor before it totally collapses, taking the fuel pool with it.

    No, they just don't even allow anyone to talk about #3 Fuel pool! Even Arnie Gunderson of Fairewinds.org, whose company decommissions Nuclear Reactors, & does complete fuel operations, said "After the Nuclear Detonation it is structurally one small Earthquake away from a Catastrophic Event!" Yes, #4 has sunk and listed, but #3 took major Nuclear Detonation structural damage, and has had no one volunteering to accept a lethal dose to fix it, except the "Retired Worker's for Fukushima!" There is no profit in them working, Hitachi, and the Yakuza won't get their piece of the action!

    Who's at the switch?

    Emperor Abe & the Grim Reaper!
    Bonzai!


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  • enoughalready45 enoughalready45

    I was just reading “The Origins of the Russell-Einstein Manifesto” about how it came to be that some of the greatest scientists/thinkers had the balls to say to the governments of the world that nuclear weapons must not be used. Where are today’s scientist’s strong, bold statements against nuclear power? Cowards!
    http://www.pugwash.org/publication/phs/history9.pdf


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  • babbo dorian babbo dorian

    Well folks…..

    It's time to speak loud and clear….. maybe it has allways been….

    At least for honorable people…..

    Good luck….


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  • WHO ARE THE TERRORISTS?

    I know this has been posted here already, but it's good to remind ourselves that it was the US government that helped Japan to set up their reactors so that they could harvest plutonium to manufacture their own nuclear WMDs.

    ~~~~~

    "United States Circumvented Laws To Help Japan Accumulate Tons of Plutonium" – By Joseph Trento

    "The United States deliberately allowed Japan access to the United States’ most secret nuclear weapons facilities while it transferred tens of billions of dollars worth of American tax paid research that has allowed Japan to amass 70 tons of weapons grade plutonium since the 1980s, a National Security News Service investigation reveals. These activities repeatedly violated U.S. laws."

    http://www.dcbureau.org/201204097128/national-security-news-service/united-states-circumvented-laws-to-help-japan-accumulate-tons-of-plutonium.html

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    It is rather ironic that the result of that US government decision is now the radioactive poisoning of America and our oceans.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The story of course does not end there. Now the White House is trying to circumvent laws to allow Iran to enrich uranium.

    http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/2013/12/white-house-exploring-ways-of-helping.html


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  • vicky13 vicky13

    From SimplyInfo,,

    Japan Govt. Declared Evacuation Too Expensive, IAEA Promotes More Sea Dumping

    >>>

    A government trip to research how the response to the Chernobyl disaster was conducted but the report was never made public. The officials looked at what was done after Chernobyl and declared it to be too expensive and complicated for the Japanese government so they suggested it be ignored. They declared there was little benefit to evacuating people but it was admitted the report ignored more critical evidence of the actual damage done to the public by their exposures. This report was the basis for pushing for far more lax standards in Japan. Chernobyl’s evacuation levels were 5 mSv/year and 1 mSv/year for mandatory and voluntary evacuations. Japan’s current standard being used is around 20 mSv/year and has been widely criticized as being unsafe. Mainichi cited this report as an example of things that would become a state secret under the new law being proposed in Japan. The UN Human Rights Council has denounced Japan’s response to the disaster.
    >>>

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=11899


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  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    I'm reposting this in case anyone missed it:

    From the December 2,2013 Sports Illustrated:

    "Brian Cazeneuve, reporter: What are your thoughts about the two journalists from Norway who were recently detained near Sochi while reporting about the Games?

    Thomas Bach, IOC President: I do not feel comfortable at all about this because freedom of the press is one of the values the Olympic movement promotes."

    Yet not a word from Herr Bach about the Japanese assault on their freedom of the press, specifically eliminating any information on the Fukushima disaster from being released, other than the 'official' line of denial.

    A German willing to send the best athletes from around the world, along with the hundreds of thousands of fans that come to watch, to nuclear death. Too busy making money . . .

    Reporter Cazeneuve: "The 59-year-old Bach, a lawyer from Wurzburg, Germany, inherits an organization from his predecessor, Dr. Jacques Rogge, that has never been healthier, raking in record revenue and attracting unprecedented television ratings worldwide."

    Thomas Bach, IOC President
    Château de Vidy
    Case postale 356
    1001 Lausanne
    Switzerland
    Phone +41 21 621 61 11

    If one is so inclined to voice their displeasure.

    While a massively high percentage of the children of Greater Tokyo now have low white blood cell counts, officially known as (untreatable) radiogenic leukopenia, or as we affectionately call it – RAIDS.

    It kills the young first.


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  • razzz razzz

    Forcing everyone to put their heads in the sand will make things all better.


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  • Shaker1

    Non-cooperation is the only real alternative, but it needs to reach well beyond nuclear. Let me offer a quote from Neil Postman:

    What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy…

    And Orwell? Not taking anything from the man, he is the echo of all past and present tyranny. Choose any culture you wish.

    It's not fun feeling irrelevant, is it?


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    • ftlt

      Millions ought to go to affluent communities (you know the one near you and dump their waste their.. Betcha that would get their attention…

      Just imagine used crankecase oil covering you local posh neighborhoods…

      At least the very least, they would then have to build gates and walls around themselves and their enclaves – the pretense of freedom for all would be over for them..


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    • nedlifromvermont

      @Shaker1: Great review of two of England's finest. Now about the Hinkley point FRAUD …

      and @ftlt: I can smell the used oil now …


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    The world is watching this nuclear disaster unfold "through our own channels", as mainstream media is no longer relevant.

    It's no longer relevant.


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  • Something Wicked This Way Comes: The story of Plume-Gate, the world’s largest, provable cover-up
    By Hatrick ‘Hattie’ Penry
    http://hatrickpenryunbound.com/


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  • Kashiko Kashiko

    It's like the 1920/30s again. The rise of the Nazis and in Japan the Kempeitai. Will it ever stop?


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  • jec jec

    Wonder if the Secret Law is because of all the exposed workers as well as the public getting sick and starting to complain to management/government and going to hospitals. Bet TEPCO would like to keep them very very quiet..otherwise no one will work at the contaminated nuclear site(s). Bet Japanese government would like to keep them very very quiet..to protect the Olympics and the economy. In that order.


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  • Grampybone Grampybone

    The new war on terror. War on activists. Marshal Law passes in Japan. The government can't cover up the fact that it's complicit in the contamination of it's population. If your already lying than just keep trying because the public eventually catches on.


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  • wetpwcas1 wetpwcas1

    Hiding the truth is the game corporation engage in. So do governments as they fail to up hold the Oath they took. It just like cancer cures, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGyWqz7aLfu, this is a old video & I went to the links to look up Dichoroacetate or DCA & found trials have been done in Flordia but shows no results, why? If big pharma cant make huge profits off it, they push cheap proven cures into that huge box of secrets like the gov, bankers, oil companies & nuclear bunch do.

    What puzzles me is how all these corporations can break contracts by walking away leaving toxic spills, water & land & oceans causing sickness & death. Then it is we who are stuck with the bills be it clean ups, medical bills & no where on the planet to depose of this waste. Do they some secret place besides making SU weapons to fire on battle fields around the world spreading more radiation.

    This not the 20's or 30's, this is almost 2014 & what is happening will make those days seem like a good day of fishing. Those running the world know this & will hide the truth for many reasons, but which one would trump them all? Loss of a huge income streams? Maybe multi-trillions of reason, but none that passes the LAWS OF NATURE!


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  • newsblackoutUSA newsblackoutUSA

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTeYPH2fAOY

    A commentary from a Japanese citizen on this issue.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Spy this! The earnest working of the people.
    Help them!

    Man who saw the future in nuclear energy converts to solar power
    Dec 4 2013

    http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201312040072

    This isn't terrorism..
    This is a motion toward a better future.

    Hope..we often discuss it here.
    It's said Hope springs eternal.
    Their hope..is to visit their homeland.

    Can't someone please..be honest.. and tell them.. there is no going home.
    Unless..one wants to die…and join their ancestors..for some..I'm sure an option.


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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Tanaka:"You cannot keep storing the water forever. We have to make choice comparing all risks involved.”

    But can he answer this one?
    Then if the water can't be stored forever..and he knew about it..
    It might prove interesting to ask him..
    WHY they stored it in the first damn place?


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  • ftlt

    Look for a crash Japanese military building and enlargement program as a knee jerk reaction to all of this… A 19th century mindset in a 21st century world… They have the USA as their mentor never forget.


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  • paschn

    "Also, the USA has been flying over restricted China Airspace recently, so the Japanese focus is on what that means….the world is crumbling and the US is a big player in representing ways to silence criticism."

    Very good observation. Along that vein, the good 'ole EPA has increased the "safe" PPM of roundup in our food by a bunch…

    http://rt.com/usa/monsanto-glyphosate-roundup-epa-483/

    you're welcome Monsanto

    There is, however, one plus for the corporate "citizens" in this dying republic;

    "The men the American people admire most extravagantly are the greatest liars; the men they detest most violently are those who try to tell them the truth."

    - H.L. Mencken

    government sanctioned corruption is like a cancer, if you are too afraid to speak out and crush it, it WILL crush you.


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  • Tung Jen Tung Jen

    Maki, my husband was born in Yokohama. He is a ceramic artist who worked on Cai Quo Quiang, Iwaki Team from Japan. We have friends and family back in Japan. I was teaching for 28 years in Tokyo…. long story short to Belize. Hard to hear people's anger for the Japanese. My husband's father was a Kamikaze trainer during the war.

    My students were deeply isolated and sought out convenience as a goal in life. The convenience of having everything laid out without giving anything much thought. Yet, meet a Japanese outside the group and they are so easy to be around. Beautiful People! My husband is a gentle man who can drive me to bursts of rage when he responds to the stresses of life as' Karma. The "I ching", has always be my guide, therefore the name, Tung Jen. So many back in Japan, colleagues who never could acknowledge that I might be seeing something coming… everyone voiding the issue of what is happening to the planet, especially working and living in Tokyo.
    Canada, West Coast my birth place seems incredibly spoilt…. and Harper@#&%

    Take strength from, Doris Lessing RIP "Briefing for a decent into Hell", Robert Anton Wilson… watched recently "Borders", him and Michio Kaku. The Maya Calendar, here amongst the pyramids… nature is still thriving.


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  • @ Heart of the Rose
    December 4, 2013 at 9:47 pm
    There! You have struck the underbelly of modern civilization.
    A series of specializations getting entangled with one another in time and space until you can no longer extricate from from suicide.
    Weinberg saw this in the 1940s and was fired from the cold war effort. They proceeded ahead as if the n-waste problem is no big deal! Look at the way a normal design would go ahead as a civilization
    http://modernandnormal.blogspot.com
    For that we should await another 4.5 billion years or more.
    ECRR 2010 has also identified this problem encountered by the nuclear industry's favorite safety manual: ICRP 2007 and all that crap.


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