Nukers say “Fukushima minor”. Reality in Dec 2012: 150,000 still nuclear Refugees unable to return home.

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/7.30/content/2012/s3654234.htm

ABC Australia 7.30 Report, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast: 13/12/2012
Reporter: Mark Willacy

Salient extract from transcript: Quote: “CHRIS UHLMANN, PRESENTER: Power might be about to change hands in Japan if the opinion polls reflect the national mood. That would mean a return of the country’s conservative forces led by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a man known as a hardline nationalist. It could see Japan take a more assertive stance with China and a restart of the nuclear reactors abandoned after the meltdowns at Fukushima. North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy reports from Tokyo.”….

“MARK WILLACY: In recent times there have been protests even closer to home with tens of thousands regularly hitting the streets to call for an end to nuclear power, especially with 150,000 Fukushima evacuees still unable to return home.

Tomoe Unuma is one of them. She now lives here in this old high school north of Tokyo, blocked from returning to her home near the nuclear plant, and for her, this election is a waste of time.

TOMOE UNUMA, FUKUSHIMA EVACUEE (voiceover translation): I have no hope. By rights I should vote for a candidate who understands the hard life of an evacuee, who will help change our lives, but there are no such candidates.

MARK WILLACY: In just three years the ruling centre-left Democratic Party has self-immolated, the victim of undeliverable promises, not to mention its decision to double the consumption tax and its muddled response to the nuclear meltdowns.

And the return of Shinzo Abe is likely to mean a return to atomic energy, with his conservative Liberal Democratic Party almost certain to switch Japan’s idle nuclear plants back on.

JEFF KINGSTON: They are the party that built all of Japan’s nuclear reactors, many of them on active faultlines. They are the party in a sense that many people should be holding responsible for the nuclear disaster because the lax oversight and cosy collusive relationships between industry and regulators all happened on LDP watch.

MARK WILLACY: So for many Japanese, this election is nothing to clap about. Once again their prayers are unlikely to bring political progress or stability.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Mark Willacy reporting. end quote.

Full Transcript:

Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast: 13/12/2012
Reporter: Mark Willacy
Shinzo Abe favourite to become Prime Minister as tens-of-millions of Japanese voters go to the polls on Saturday to elect a new government.

Transcript
CHRIS UHLMANN, PRESENTER: Power might be about to change hands in Japan if the opinion polls reflect the national mood. That would mean a return of the country’s conservative forces led by former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, a man known as a hardline nationalist. It could see Japan take a more assertive stance with China and a restart of the nuclear reactors abandoned after the meltdowns at Fukushima. North Asia correspondent Mark Willacy reports from Tokyo.

MARK WILLACY, REPORTER: It’s the annual Korinowichi (phonetic spelling) Festival in Tokyo when people come to pray for good fortune. But on the political front the Japanese people have had little luck, with seven prime ministers in six years. So this year, with an election in the wind, some are hoping the gods will deliver them someone with some sticking power.

VOX POP (voiceover translation): Once, a Japanese prime minister would stay in their post for a long time. These days they change so fast that if you ask people who the leader is, they don’t know.

VOX POP II (voiceover translation): I think we need a leader who has a strong will, who has in their heart the Japanese spirit.

MARK WILLACY: And this election, Japanese voters could be about to shake things up, electing what could be a coalition of right-wing conservatives and ultranationalists.

And this is the man who is expected to become Japan’s eighth prime minister in nearly seven years and it’ll be his second shot at the job. Liberal Democratic Party leader Shinzo Abe was forced to quit the top job five years ago after suffering a stress-induced bowel illness. And doubts still linger about his policies and his sticking power.

JEFF KINGSTON, TEMPLE UNIVERSITY, TOKYO: Abe is a liability. He is remembered as a mediocrity by the Japanese public. He left office in shameful circumstances back in 2007. He was basically pushed out of power by the party elders because he had discredited the party and now he’s back.

MARK WILLACY: But if a rejuvenated Shinzo Abe is to it take power, he may have to rely on this man. Depending on who you talk to, former Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara is a refreshing straight shooter or a dangerous ultranationalist.

Shintaro Ishihara has offended, well, just about everybody. He said that what Japan needs was a dictator and also what the Chinese were were ignorant. He’s also said that foreigners are responsible for most of the serious crime here. And last year he said that the earthquake and tsunami that killed almost 19,000 people was divine punishment for Japan’s greed.

KOICHI NAKANO, POLITICAL ANALYST: I mean, the media find him very convenient because he’s unconventional and he breaks the taboo. I mean, he uses foul language, he really fires the Chinese and he’s a colourful politician who speaks his mind, which is not all that common in Japan.

MARK WILLACY: Shintaro Ishihara helped spark the worst dispute with China in decades when he moved to buy some disputed islands in the East China Sea inhabited by nothing or no-one except a few goats.

JEFF KINGSTON: Well, Ishihara is a loose cannon. I mean, this whole crisis is his own goal. He provoked it back in April when he said, “I’m going to buy these disputed islands.” And so there’s been a huge eruption of tensions and Japanese businesses have suffered enormously at a time when the Japanese economy can’t really afford to shoot itself on the foot in exports to China, Ishihara has cost them enormously.

MARK WILLACY: The nationalisation of Senkaku Islands sparked anti-Japan protests across China. They were bad, but some fear that if Shintaro Ishihara plays a role in the next Japanese Government, there could be worse to come.

KOICHI NAKANO: Scary scenario, I would say. More tension in the region and really reactionary policies pursued in Japan that could really seriously undermine parliamentary democracy as we know it.

MARK WILLACY: In recent times there have been protests even closer to home with tens of thousands regularly hitting the streets to call for an end to nuclear power, especially with 150,000 Fukushima evacuees still unable to return home.

Tomoe Unuma is one of them. She now lives here in this old high school north of Tokyo, blocked from returning to her home near the nuclear plant, and for her, this election is a waste of time.

TOMOE UNUMA, FUKUSHIMA EVACUEE (voiceover translation): I have no hope. By rights I should vote for a candidate who understands the hard life of an evacuee, who will help change our lives, but there are no such candidates.

MARK WILLACY: In just three years the ruling centre-left Democratic Party has self-immolated, the victim of undeliverable promises, not to mention its decision to double the consumption tax and its muddled response to the nuclear meltdowns.

And the return of Shinzo Abe is likely to mean a return to atomic energy, with his conservative Liberal Democratic Party almost certain to switch Japan’s idle nuclear plants back on.

JEFF KINGSTON: They are the party that built all of Japan’s nuclear reactors, many of them on active faultlines. They are the party in a sense that many people should be holding responsible for the nuclear disaster because the lax oversight and cosy collusive relationships between industry and regulators all happened on LDP watch.

MARK WILLACY: So for many Japanese, this election is nothing to clap about. Once again their prayers are unlikely to bring political progress or stability.

CHRIS UHLMANN: Mark Willacy reporting.

end quote.

The road to war is paved by the deliberate forgetting of history.

No doubt the Fukushima nuclear power complex will be replaced. The most congruent and poetic place to build the replacement is Ōkunoshima Island. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ōkunoshima

Unit 731 may have had a more honest approach to the effects of its activities than nuclear authorities have had in the wake of the multiple and predicted triple nuclear technology break down and disaster of March 2011. See Lapp, New York Times, 1974.

Foresight appropriate to the undertaking is mandatory under common law. And the events of March 2011 had long been warned of. Those Japanese scientists who did the warning were, effectively, “banished to the academic basement” while those who claimed a health benefit and recommended plutonium and cesium as a dietary supplement were paid high wages and given promotions in the corrupt university and scientific establishment which has more in common with the Vatican of the 13th century than reality in the modern world. IMO.

I can give examples.

Of course the sub text of the phony claim that the Fukushima nuclear disaster will create no casualties (though 150,000 are not allowed or able to return home and remain nuclear refugees), is this: that nuclear pollution is supposedly safe (a false claim) and therefore a nuclear war is, if the lie be accepted by the dumb and blind, would allow the use of nuclear weapons as viable tools of war. That nuclear war is winnable. This false sub text lies at the heart of the Fukushima propaganda. Those in Adelaide who claimed all would be well may have been attempting to shore up the uranium share price at the time. But they were also, like puppets, encouraging nuclear proliferation on the premise, as stated by the uranium companies and DOE agents here, that “radiation is like a vitamin”.

Cesium and plutonium and strontium and Iodine 131 etc are not bananas. The banana concept applies to the advocates who suggest that plutonium and cesium and strontium in food is a harmless and beneficial condiment.

It is not. Rather than mutate a human super race, a full nuclear war would wipe out vast proportions of the population. The consequences of Fukushima have yet to be fully reported or realised.

The attempt at “normalising” nuclear pollution throughout the Cold War nuclear test era failed among those populations who suffered and who were denied justice. It is against the nuclear interest to admit to victims. As it was in 1953 so it is in 2012.

2 Responses to “Nukers say “Fukushima minor”. Reality in Dec 2012: 150,000 still nuclear Refugees unable to return home.”

  1. CaptD Says:

    Great Article!
    Salute

    Seems the Japanese people are powerless to stop their Utility Gangs from controlling both their energy source and their Gov’t.

    I wonder if even another Nuclear accident will change anything in Japan….

  2. CaptD Says:

    Seen this story by a gutsy author:
    How the Yakuza and Japan’s Nuclear Industry Learned to Love Each Other http://www.theatlanticwire.com/global/2012/05/how-yakuza-and-japans-nuclear-industry-learned-love-each-other/52779/

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