July, 2011, Japan passes law to cleanse “bad” Fukushima news from internet



Japan has passed a new law to cleanse the internet of “bad” Fukushima news. In fact, Japan in this You Tube video tells citizens they have no right to live a radiation free life. (see previous post for video).

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The following is a quote from “Fukushima Residents Seek Answers Amid Mixed Signals From Media, TEPCO and Government. Report from the Radiation Exclusion Zone (Updated May 16) Makiko SEGAWA in Fukushima, published byh Asia-Pacific Journal, Japan Focus.

“Now the Japanese government has moved to crack down on independent reportage and criticism of the government’s policies in the wake of the disaster by deciding what citizens may or may not talk about in public. A new project team has been created by the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communication, the National Police Agency, and METI to combat “rumors” deemed harmful to Japanese security in the wake of the Fukushima disaster.
The government charges that the damage caused by earthquakes and by the nuclear accident are being magnified by irresponsible rumors, and the government must take action for the sake of the public good. The project team has begun to send “letters of request” to such organizations as telephone companies, internet providers, cable television stations, and others, demanding that they “take adequate measures based on the guidelines in response to illegal information. ”The measures include erasing any information from internet sites that the authorities deem harmful to public order and morality.” Japan Focus.

About Japan Focus


The coordinators chart the day to day operations of the journal, and, in consultation with the associates, shape its longterm editorial direction. The coordinators are

Andrew DeWit Rikkyo University, Tokyo, dewit@rikkyo.ne.jp
Geoffrey Gunn Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, nag-gunn@net.nagasaki-u.ac.jp
Laura Hein Northwestern University, Chicago, l-hein@northwestern.edu
Gavan McCormack Australian National University, Canberra, gavan@coombs.anu.edu.au
John McGlynn, Independent Political and Economic Analyst, Tokyo, jmcgl@gol.com
David McNeill Sophia University, Tokyo, davidaamcneill@hotmail.com
R.Taggart Murphy Tsukuba University, Tokyo, murphy@mbaib.gsbs.tsukuba.ac.jp
Matthew Penney Concordia University, Montreal, penneym@hotmail.com
Norimatsu Satoko, Peace Philosophy Center, Vancouver, satoko@peacephilosophy.com
Mark Selden Cornell University, Ithaca, mark.selden@cornell.edu
Yuki Tanaka Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima, tanaka-t@peace.hiroshima-cu.ac.jp

The Asia-Pacific Journal is made possible by the contributions of associates on four continents who recommend material to publish and translate, review manuscripts, provide translations, and contribute their own writing. The associates are

Nobuko Adachi, Yonson Ahn, Matthew Allen, Andrea Arai, Cemil Aydin, Tim Beal, Herbert Bix, Vivian Blaxell, Heather Bowen-Struyk, John Breen, Mark Caprio, Zeljko Cipris, Bruce Cumings, John de Boer, John Dower, Aya Ezawa, John Feffer, Norma Field, Ruediger Frank, Sabine Fruhstuck, Aaron Gerow, Andrew Gordon, Nanyan Guo, Kimie Hara, Peter Hayes, Julie Higashi, Linda Hoaglund, Jean Inglis, Sheila Miyoshi Jager, Rebecca Jennison, Paul Jobin, David Johnson, Eric Johnston, John Junkerman, Jeff Kingston, Victor Koschmann, Heonik Kwon, Adam Lebowitz, Douglas Lummis, Richard Minear, Jon Mitchell, Mark Morris, Tessa Morris-Suzuki, Chris Nelson, Yoshiko Nozaki, James Orr, Emanuel Pastreich, Michael Penn, Roger Pulvers, Steve Rabson, Lawrence Repeta, Sonia Ryang, Rumi Sakamoto, Peter Dale Scott, Philip Seaton, Kyoko Selden, Aaron Skabelund, David Slater, Gregory Smits, David Adam Stott, Jae-Jung Suh, Akiko Takenaka, Mariko Tamanoi, Miyume Tanji, Richard Tanter, William Underwood, Andre Vltchek, Vanessa Ward.

AS I wrote at the time, the government of Japan is more than welcome to correct my typos.

See video 2 posts back for an example of public expression which upset the feelings of the authorities present.

The upset felt by parents was due to the response of authorities to the reasonable requests of Japanese people.

And these requests threatened the very core of World Nuclear Authorities as this and many other similar videos flashed around the world.

At the core of the anger and upset felt by many many people in Japan is NOT the reality of the nuclear accident, but rather the official response to it. The suppression, denials and lies. The inability to obtain rudimentary testing. The rapidly growing archive of corporate and governmental neglect, cruelty, ineffectiveness. The sheer bloody minded arrogant blanket false assurances and blanket diagnosis by authorities of an entire population as being “weak minded radio phobes” because they want blood and urine testing.

The officials are so afflicted by voter-phobia that they abuse their actually limited power.

The threat to Japanese security and democracy did not and does not come from the people of Japan. It came and comes from officialdom, both corporate and governmental. The denial of a blood or urine test is a threat to the security of the individual who requests it. The Japanese public did not walk out, the authorities did. The people are entitled to more than literal absence of leadership. They are more than merely entitled to discuss the lies and falsehoods published by Government. The people are actually obligated to in fact discuss such things. In relation to Fukushima and everything else. It is their duty to do so as citizens and residents of Japan. From March until May 2011 nuclear authorities in Japan maintained that no reactor in Japan had suffered meltdown. Anyone who stated other wise was, according to Japanese nuclear authorities, spreading harmful rumors.

In May 2011 authorities admitted at last, that indeed the alleged rumors were in fact the truth. For that period of time, the Japanese authorities had retrospectively broken the July 2011 internet control law. Their lies were harmful to the security of the Japanese people. Particularly those who had been deliberately misled by authorities. People who were told that they were safe, and who lived for a month in an unsafe area. People who were denied crucial data held by government and who evacuated to a high fallout zone which they believed to be safe. Evacuees who unknowingly travelled the same path as that traversed by the Fukushima emissions clouds. People who were re evacuated only after NGO monitoring revealed the lie and which caused belated international agency intervention. The IAEA only intervened because it had been sprung in public.

There is a reasonable case for concluding that the July 2011 internet control law was an attempt to prevent authorities from being found out again.

The authorities may well claim to be on of path nuclear reduction in Japan. Are they on a path to nuclear openness and honesty in reporting? Will they be honest in their health surveys? Will they consider evacuating children from immediate fallout zones?

Probably not. imo.

3 Responses to “July, 2011, Japan passes law to cleanse “bad” Fukushima news from internet”

  1. CaptD Says:

    This describes why the Japanese date of 2030 is just so much Nuclear Baloney* (NB) and the Japanese people know it!

    Bye Bye PM Noda at the next election!

    Japanese People, almost all your Leaders are in Nuclear Denial* and unless they keep your reactors shut down you may have ONE OR MORE Trillion Dollar Eco-DisasterFukushima’s because Fukushima proved that Nature can destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

    A year and a half exactly after Fukushima’s Trillion Dollar Eco-Disaster Japan is the poster “boy” for Control by the Nuclear Industry and Utility Gangs:

    The Nuclear Mafia Derails Democracy In Japan

    This is one of the most well written articles on this Debacle…
    BTW It contains a great number of links to back up all points…

    * http://is.gd/XPjMd0

    The illogical belief that Nature cannot destroy any land based nuclear reactor, any place anytime 24/7/365!

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