Fukushima Cover Up Unravels: “The Government Can No Longer Pull the Wool Over the Public’s Eyes”

Too Much Radiation to Cover Up

As I’ve pointed out since day one, the Japanese government and Tepco have covered up the extent of the radiation released by Fukushima and its health effects on the Japanese and others. See this and this.

The New York Times notes:

The government inspectors declared Onami’s rice safe for consumption after testing just two of its 154 rice farms.

Then … more than a dozen [farmers] found unsafe levels of cesium. An ensuing panic forced the Japanese government to intervene, with promises to test more than 25,000 rice farms in eastern Fukushima Prefecture, where the plant is located.

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The repeated failures have done more than raise concerns that some Japanese may have been exposed to unsafe levels of radiation in their food, as regrettable as that is. They have also had a corrosive effect on public confidence in the food-monitoring efforts, with a growing segment of the public and even many experts coming to believe that officials have understated or even covered up the true extent of the public health risk in order to limit both the economic damage and the size of potential compensation payments.

Critics say … the government can no longer pull the wool over the public’s eyes, as they contend it has done routinely in the past.

“Since the accident, the government has tried to continue its business-as-usual approach of understating the severity of the accident and insisting that it knows best,” said Mitsuhiro Fukao, an economics professor at Keio University in Tokyo who has written about the loss of trust in government. “But the people are learning from the blogs, Twitter and Facebook that the government’s food-monitoring system is simply not credible.”

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“No one trusts the national government’s safety standards,” said Ichio Muto, 59, who farms organic mushrooms in Nihonmatsu, 25 miles northwest of the Fukushima Daiichi plant.

The Japan Times reports:

The government buried a worst-case scenario for the Fukushima nuclear crisis that was drafted last March and kept it under wraps until the end of last year, sources in the administration said Saturday.

After the document was shown to a small, select group of senior government officials at the prime minister’s office in late March, the administration of then Prime Minister Naoto Kan decided to quietly bury it, the sources said.

“When the document was presented (in March), a discussion ensued about keeping its existence secret,” a government source said.

In order to deny its existence, the government treated it as a personal document of Japan Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Shunsuke Kondo, who authored it, until the end of December, the sources said.

It was only then that it was actually recognized as an official government document, they said.

“The content was so shocking that we decided to treat it as if it didn’t exist,” a senior government official said.

Major Japanese broadcaster NHK purportedly stopped a reporter in mid-sentence on March 12th as he was discussing the exposure of the nuclear fuel rods above the cooling pool, telling him:

They say you mustn’t read this draft.

Finally, the Economist and Boing Boing note that a Canadian journalist was grilled about who he spoke with at Fukushima, and:

Held, threatened, and shaken down for bribes before being detained without counsel or a phone call. He says he was eventually deported, though not before being ordered to sign a falsified confession and being threatened by an official at gunpoint.

(Many journalists and nuclear experts are alleged to have been monitored, harassed or blocked by the Japanese government.)

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  • teri

    I assume your website does not look like this on purpose (with only titles showing, reader can only click on one at a time, read it and then use back arrow to look at the list again to pick the next one he wants to read, “sharing” methods jumping around at the bottom of each article). Have you been hacked?

    • Rose

      Teri – when this happens refresh your page. Happens frequently on the word press blogs. Hope this helps.

  • joe

    DHS is using the private company General Dynamics to monitor political dissent in the U. S.

    As the result of EPIC v. DHS, a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, EPIC has obtained nearly thee hundred pages of documents detailing a Department of Homeland Security’s surveillance program. The documents include contracts and statements of work with General Dynamics for 24/7 media and social network monitoring and periodic reports to DHS. The documents reveal that the agency is tracking media stories that “reflect adversely” on DHS or the U.S. government. One tracking report — “Residents Voice Opposition Over Possible Plan to Bring Guantanamo Detainees to Local Prison-Standish MI” — summarizes dissent on blogs and social networking cites, quoting commenters. EPIC sent a request for these documents in April 2004 and filed suit against the agency in December.

    DHS documents:
    http://epic.org/foia/epic-v-dhs-media-monitoring/EPIC-FOIA-DHS-Media-Monitoring-12-2012.pdf

  • eternalu

    A couple of weeks after Fukushima, we attended a Japanese “cultural night” in the capital city of a province of Canada. There was no mention of radiation, but free samples of Japanese cuisine. I later emailed personally every member of the committee who organized the event, urging them to research the cover-up by Tepco and the Japanese government. We had been present to videotape the event for a local TV station, so there is no question they knew who we were and that we were professional journalists. Not one person, after even repeated emails, replied to us. It later occurred to us that a lot of these ‘cultural groups’ are government-funded.

  • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd

    It has got to be obvious squared for the government not to be able to pull the wool over the public’s eye. At least in those nations whose wool is made in America.

  • CaptD

    People in the Western World, need to reexamine the “way” they view Japan and that includes not only how that Country is governed but what actual “say” the Japanese people have in their Governments process!

    It has taken almost a year to realize that Japan is actually being “run” by its Powerful Utility Companies and this “business” relationship extends in a “Control Continuum” that extends at one end, from actual Utility direct financial support of the highest Government Leaders in the Country, to the widely known use of organized gangs to keep citizens in line at the other!

    The idea that individual Japanese people actually have a say in how they are governed, much less the way their Energy is generated, is just a well publicized fantasy that the Utilities uses to put a nuclear “smily face” on the grim reality that ever facet of Japanese life is less important than what is good for these Utilities! These Powerful Utilities ARE Japan, and the Japanese people are only “forced” customers of these Utilities since they have no other choice of providers when it come to basic needs like electricity, at lest until now! Solar panels have allowed many to get the electricity they need and this is a huge threat to these Utilities, that must be “crushed” ASAP if they are to maintain their complete control over the Japanese people!

    Ever since 3/11, the rest of the World’s attention has been focused on the Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster at Fukushima and Japan’s response to their triple melt down. What we have learned is that the Government has allowed TEPCO to not only remain in Control of this debacle but they have actually enabled the Utility to place huge numbers of Japanese citizens at risk rather than demand that the Utility think first of human health instead of Corp. shareholder profits. The fact that radioactive pollution has now spread Globally and is affecting the rest of the Planet is hardly mentioned in MSM which points to an even greater problem for the rest of mankind; we are helpless and as yet unable to demand any “better” treatment from Japan because our own Leaders are for the most part are in full support of the those Utility backed Leaders in Japan.

    Kudos to Germany and many other Countries for pointing the finger at Nuclear Power and the Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster RISK every nuclear complex now represents! People globally now are becoming informed and starting to demand answers to basic questions and once people start asking questions perhaps change will occur, even if not for the Japanese themselves… one thing is for certain, the Japanese people will be affected by their Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster for much longer than the estimated 40 to 100 years that it will take to “tidy up” after Fukushima…

  • http://blogdredd.blogspot.com/ Dredd

    CaptD,

    The idea that individual Japanese people actually have a say in how they are governed, much less the way their Energy is generated, is just a well publicized fantasy that the Utilities uses to put a nuclear “smily face” on the grim reality that ever facet of Japanese life is less important than what is good for these Utilities!

    And how is that is different from the USA?

  • Rose
  • http://shankystechblog.blogspot.com shanky

    Great case study on government propaganda and control that we can see from the outside – now to look in the mirror. Thanks GW, another classic. We can’t let this one die the way they want it to.

  • Yulek

    The worst thing is, that Japanese government was burning radioactive debris in ordinary incinerators.
    This has only spread the contamination.

    I can only agree with Mochizuki of Fukushima Diary, that it would be best if politicians would just build themselves a spaceship and left, but I’m afraid they will do so only after they will destroy this planet.

  • dann rivera

    CHINA SYNDROME, the movie was a “PREDICTIVE CONDTIONING/PROGRAMMING” for what “THEY’RE” going to do. FUKUSHIMA NUCLEAR DISASTER is it’s REALITY!

    That’s how “THEY” do things. First “THEY” tell you what “THEY’RE” going to and then “THEY” do it!

  • GEORGE ZACHYSTAL (scientist)

    If you are rocket scientist you know how Hydrogen in liquid form is highly unstable that at minor impact of container or flask which is being kept will set of reaction at specific low frequency will trigger fission reaction and in 14.5 minutes say good by to city block or your lab.
    Constant input of radiation in to Northern hemisphere in years to come will set in motion forces in relation to the specific gravity of Earth, magnetic fields, cosmic particles activating inertia brake down, therefore release of other energy, inter related or inter triggered.
    The nuclear magnetic moment effecting fields directions, therefore interactive energies parallel as well anti parallel spins; for example: electrons and nucleus in relation to hyperfine structures. Cascade build up will become eminent of what will become un stoppable effect at not necessary critical amounts build up of accumulated radiation descending world wide as there are other unexpected factors involved (I call drug or injection of energy an anticipated overload) .
    > Planet Northern Hemisphere will then become un livable for the next 10 000 years.<

    People construction workers world wide which have already cancer can be used as workers at Fukishima plants to halt the process while given to them huge monetary compensation from the United nation fund to either prolong their life in treatments or so they may give that to their family members after they are gone.

 

 

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