Japanese Senator: “The Path That Japan Is Taking Is The Recreation Of A Fascist State”

Japanese (And American) Governments Go to Extreme Lengths to Cover Up Their Mess

Japan and the U.S. are doing everything they can to cover up the danger of the Fukushima crisis.

The Daily Beast notes:

The Japanese government, which already has a long history of cover-ups and opaqueness, is on its way to becoming even less open and transparent after the lower house the Diet, Japan’s parliament, passed the Designated Secrets Bill on Tuesday. With new powers to classify nearly anything as a state secret and harsh punishments for leakers that can easily be used to intimidate whistleblowers and stifle press freedom, many in Japan worry that the if the bill becomes law it will be only the first step towards even more severe erosions of freedom in the country.

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Even politicians inside the ruling bloc are saying, “It can’t be denied that another purpose is to muzzle the press, shut up whistleblowers, and ensure that the nuclear disaster at Fukushima ceases to be an embarrassment before the Olympics.”

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The new law would enact harsher punishment to leakers and ominously would allow journalists who obtained information by “inappropriate means” and whistleblowers to be jailed for up to ten years. The law would also allow the police to raid the offices of media organizations and seize evidence at their discretion.

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The bill has even grants no longer existent agencies the power to classify secrets.

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Despite the bill’s enlargement of the state’s power over information, it contains no oversight process to act as a check on ministries and government agencies designating large amounts of information as ‘secret’ for capricious or self-interested reasons.

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Masako Mori, the Minister of Justice, has declared that nuclear related information will most likely be a designated secret. For the Abe administration this would be fantastic way to deal with the issue of tons of radiated water leaking from the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant since the triple meltdown in March of 2011. There seems to be no end to stopping the toxic waste leaks there but the new legislation would allow the administration to plug the information leaks permanently.

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Mizuho Fukushima, former leader of the Social Democratic Party, compared the bill to the pre-World War II Peace Maintenance Preservation Laws and other Secrecy laws at the time, remarking that there was a time in police-state Japan when the weather reports could be considered “secret.”

““Once you open the door to such kind of laws, the government will have the right to designate anything as a state secret and by speaking about it or mentioning it, you can be arrested and prosecuted.” Ms. Fukushima explained, “Especially during war time, it was very difficult for defendants and lawyers to fight their court cases, because they were not told what exactly what was the state secret that they had been accused of having revealed.”

Outspoken Upper House Councilor Taro Yamamoto, who is known to be a strong supporter of investigative journalism, minces no words: “The path that Japan is taking is the recreation of a fascist state. I strongly believe that this secrecy bill represents a planned coup d’état by a group of politicians and bureaucrats,” he warned.

While his statement may seem alarmist, even a senior official of the National Police Agency agrees. “I would say this is Abe’s attempt to make sure that his own shady issues aren’t brought to light, and a misuse of legislative power.

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The Japan Newspaper Publishers & Editors Association, the Civil Broadcasters Federation, and most major news organizations in Japan’s have expressed staunch opposition to the bill.

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Japan is about to take a giant step back into its oppressive past. When one also considers Prime Minister Abe’s stated ambition to restart Japan’s nuclear power plants and remove Article 9 from the constitution, the article which prevents Japan from waging war, it seems like the Empire of The Sun may be moving towards darker times.

Indeed, Ex-SKF notes that :

A citizen was forcibly removed from the balcony in the Diet where he was observing the debate of the State Secrecy Protection Law in the Lower House on November 26, 2013, as he shouted his opposition to the passage of the law. His mouth was stuffed with cloth so that he couldn’t shout any more while being removed by several guards against his will.

(From Tokyo Shinbun, 11/26/2013, via this tweet)

What’s even scarier to me than the man being forcibly removed by the guards is people sitting near him. They just sit there as if nothing is happening. They are not even looking; the one in the same row even looks away.

It’s not just Fukushima … and It’s not Just Japan

It’s not just Fukushima …

Governments have been covering up nuclear meltdowns for 50 years.

There has been a cover-up by the American government ever since the Fukushima earthquake. The American (and Canadian) authorities virtually stopped monitoring airborn radiation, and are not testing fish for radiation.

The U.S. government increased allowable radiation levels so that we could be exposed to radiation. Nuclear expert Arnie Gundersen says that high-level friends in the State Department told him that Hillary Clinton signed a pact with her counterpart in Japan agreeing that the U.S. will continue buying seafood from Japan, despite that food not being tested for radioactive materials.

The American government controls Japanese nuclear policy. And the Japanese would never have proposed such a draconian bill without U.S. backing. Indeed, the U.S. Charge d’Affairs Kurt Tong said of the Japanese bill:

It’s a positive step that would make Japan a “more effective alliance partner.”

Earlier this year, the acting EPA director signed a revised version of the EPA’s Protective Action Guide for radiological incidents, which radically relaxed the safety guidelines agencies follow in the wake of a nuclear-reactor meltdown or other unexpected release of radiation. EPA whistleblowers called it “a public health policy only Dr. Strangelove could embrace.”

Whistleblowers at American nuclear facilities (like all other types of whistleblowers) have also been mercilessly harassed.

It’s not just nuclear accidents … it’s everything.

The American government repeatedly covers up how bad things are, uses claims of national security to keep everything in the dark, and changes basic rules and definitions to allow the game to continue. See this, this, this and this.

When BP – through criminal negligence – blew out the Deepwater Horizon oil well, the government helped cover it up (and here). As just one example, the government approved the massive use of a highly-toxic dispersant to temporarily hide the oil.

The government also changed the testing standards for seafood to pretend that higher levels of toxic PAHs in our food was business-as-usual.

The government covers up the disgusting and unhealthy natureof much industrially-produced food.

The government’s response to the outbreak of mad cow disease was simple: it stopped testing for mad cow, and prevented cattle ranchers and meat processors from voluntarily testing their own cows (and see this and this)

The EPA just raised the allowable amount of a dangerous pesticide by 3,000% … pretending that it won’t have adverse health effects.

In response to new studies showing the substantial dangers of genetically modified foods, the government passed legislation more or less pushing it onto our plates.

The Centers for Disease Control – the lead agency tasked with addressing disease in America – covered up lead poisoning in children in the Washington, D.C. area.

The former head of the National Mine Health and Safety Academy says that the government whitewashed the severity of the Tennessee coal ash accident.

And after drug companies were busted for using fraudulent data for drug approval, the FDA allowed the potentially dangerous drugs to stay on the market.

Indeed, the cynical might say that the main function of government these days is to throw money at giant corporations and to cover up for them when their misdeeds are revealed.

And the American government is censoring reporters at least as much as Japan.

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  • Tonto

    “What’s even scarier to me than the man being forcibly removed by the guards is people sitting near him. They just sit there as if nothing is happening. They are not even looking; the one in the same row even looks away.”

    Yes, the one in the same row looks away. He knows what is good for him.

    Americans and others are still using FaceBook too, despite FaceBook being a CIA-funded intrusion into everyone’s privacy and security. Read, “Alger Hiss, The True Story” by John Cabot Smith, 1976, Holt, Rinehart and Winston. No one is safe about whom the government is building a dossier.

    Some are signing up for ObamaCare, despite ObamaCare being an obvious forcible and impoverishing transfer of middle class money into the hands of insurance companies and the federal government. Even the Supreme Court said ObamaCare is just another tax. And it is a huge tax that will lay waste to middle America.

    Recently a Washington Post article appeared that highlighted the views of an obscure and banal college professor who argues for repeal of 22nd Amendment to the Constitution, that amendment that sets term limits for presidents.

    In the 22nd Amendment article Sen. Claude Pepper (D-Fla.) is quoted in 1947 saying, “I think our people are to be safely trusted with their own destiny. We do not need to protect the American people with a prohibition against a president whom they do not wish to elect; and if they wanted to elect him, have we the right to deny them the power?”

    American politicians, political and social -scientists- are greasing the pragmatic skids again. All wars are pragmatical wars. That is how wars start, and how they are eventually fought and determined, pragmatically. The argument is currently, Americans, and, Americans through the Japanese, have the right to antagonize and inflame the Chinese, exactly the same as is was portrayed that Americans had the right to antagonize and inflame the Arab world.

    Right now what is going on is a scientific application of the political and social sciences, reinforced by the military sciences, all in an effort to reshape the world in grand fashion. It’s going to end up a messy pragmatic affair, that will leave negative repercussions for generations, if not until the end of time.

    If this war is destined to happen, and indeed it does seem destined to happen, then let us all hope the vast majority of humanity is destroyed, but not all. And let us hope this coming war is the war to end science. For there with that thought, is our only salvation from ourselves. Science is the bane of humanity, not as was predicted at the outset of the Enlightenment, its modern salvation.

    If a fascist state is anything, it is a pragmatical, and, scientific state. And as everyone in Asia knows, the Japanese will easily conquer all of Asia, once the scientific military machine is set into motion again. We are not going to repeat history. It’s more like, history has not finished being witnessed yet.

    The Germans have conquered Europe economically. And the Japanese are being given the green light to enslave all Asia.

    And, if you know what is good for you, then you too had better turn your head away too.

    • colinjames71

      I would only say, as a devil’s advocate, it’s the ‘misuse’ of science that is the bane of humanity. And i think we’re at a point where we’re being deliberately stuck with the destructive practices of 20th century science and tecnology when it comes to energy and transportation and agriculture, because it works so well for corporate fascist rule. What once was revolutionary is now a prison of our own making. Triuly revolutionary discoveries of our time are suppressed. Look at cold fusion for a prime example, a technology which, while not fully understood, actually works. At the same time we spend billions trying to recreate a model of the sun as a nuclear furnace, which it isn’t, and chase dark matter and gravity waves, which don’t exist. Astronomy in particular has become so dogmatic it’s like a pseudo-religion, few prople know that three Big Bang theory was actually proposed by a Belgian priest-astronomer as it meshes quite nicely with the Biblical story. The Standard Model of the Universe and the creation of our solar system are presented as settled science when nothing could be further from the truth, and as each new discovery continues to challenge those models and baffle scientists, they simply tweek the models to make the math work, inventing new fictitious objects when needed, no matter that they violate well-established rules of nuclear chemistry and other sciences. Challenge these models in the universities you won’t get a degree, challenge them post-grad you won’t get time on the telescopes. Challenge them even as an established astronomer, lose your career, as when Halton Arp (a man with onbjects in space named after him) basically disproved red-shift as a marker for an object’s distance from earth- the backbone of the Big Bang. Scandalous. All the while advances in plasma physics allow Electric Universe proponents to continue making correct predictions, explain new discoveries with elegant simplicity based on lab-testable theories, the problem being it radically alters not just current astronomical theory but also the story of man’s past, another area controlled top-down, where mainstream archaeologists deny us a deeper understanding of the world and our true history. Basically, anything that will expand our consciousness and lead us away from our current paradigms, that threatens the capitalist-consumer model, or a materialist/reductionist understanding of reality in general is hastily dispatched by TPTB.

      Well, that was quite a tangent from this story, except in a kind of general, “speak out, see what happens?” way. Of course the bastardization and commodification of science is a sore subject for me. And as our universities turn more and more to corporate funding, and as those universities more and more are filled with kids who have only been subjected to the most mind-numbing, rote learning, imagination-killing schools devoid of critical thinking, and the questioning of ANYTHING becomes verboten… it doesn’t bode well for the future. So yes, part of me thinks the NEAR deduction of humanity (without leaving the while planet a nuclear wasteland) would bee the best thing for humanity, in the long run, but only with a deep understanding of the mistakes we made so as not to repeat them. At the same time though, I’ll always hope for a future of instant, paradigm-altering worldwide awakening and a peaceful transition to a harmonious world of love, joy, freedom, sustainability, pollution-free, with lots of puppies and kumbaya to go around. Can’t help it.

  • jadan

    Speaking of playing devil’s advocate, what does a government do when its territory becomes unfit for habitation? Does it embrace the truth and watch the population head for the exits? What is to be done with the 40 millions in metro Tokyo? Sell ‘em the backlog of US foreclosures?

    The problem has no precedent. The government is in self-preservation mode. The guy who actively looks away from the truth teller is representative. The people of Japan do not want to abandon their nation. They lie to themselves. They have never been overly fond of stand-alone individuals anyway.

  • theblues77

    Yes its not the science but the application. There are so many things
    that would be good for humanity if only used purely. Unfortunately, any
    good invention is ultimately used for evil, including science.

    You can start with the internet as an example.

  • failsafe

    Unfortunately the philosophy of pragmatism as William James (e.g., 1890) intended it got all mixed up. His point was to get people to tell the difference between ideology and ideas (e.g. Menand, 2001)… this was to prevent people from constantly asserting emotional moral stances in place of ideas. He thought that ideas should just be thought of as tools that functioned to cope with problems in a given context but should never be seen as some kind of absolutely permanent single right way to do things because the world is constantly changing. His point was that ideologies are people’s moral stances about some kind of one RIGHT way to be or think that just got everyone overly emotional and encouraged war and aggression but never really functioned to fix anything. Nobody ever got that distinction so powerful authorities are constantly trotting out the “pragamatic” label for their actions but are really just using ideologies to manipulate everyone’s emotions by pretending that ideologies are ideas that will be solutions. In fact they are are just emotional smokescreens for their bottomless greed.

  • Bad Santa

    It seems that people forget that each and every country where governments act in interest of few corporations is per definition a fascist country.

    Unfortunately, the brainwash excellent job in making people believe they live in ‘democracy’ for the past 100 years.

    I guess, now the reality really sux!

  • etiennes

    The interpretation of this image is hard for people who haven’t lived in Japan: The other attendants are not acting like they don’t see the guards because they are ignorant, or accomplices of the bullies – they are simply trying to protect their health or even their life. Japan has a de-facto government-approved “Gestapo” of right-wing and underworld gangs who will do the “dirty work” of silencing the opposition with force, while the official law enforcement looks the other way.

    The myths surrounding post-war Japan have served to create a fake image of Japan having overcome its fascist and totalitarian past. But this couldn’t be further from the truth. Japan’s elite (made up of nationalists mainly) simply has given its old systems and power structures a democratic veneer in order to satisfy the Western world and make it a presentable business partner. But under that veneer, Japan has never tried to get rid of the dark elements and superiority complexes it is still possessed with.

    This veneer is now quickly fading. But it’s important that this is not a “new direction” of Japanese politics. Rather, it is the beginning of the end game of the Japanese (fascist) nationalist elite who are still mainly determined by the idea of Japan being superior to all other nations. Japan is a very dangerous country to underestimate. They are actively seeking to get green light from Washington to become a nuclear state. One that is accomplished, we will see Japan become aggressive and even less cooperative. Japan must never become a nuclear state – or we’ll see a new round of fascism and WWIII (started by Japan).

 

 

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