Fukushima? What Fukushima? There Is No Fukushima!

Until Fukushima blew, Japan had few secrets worth protecting. Now Japan is using the full force of the law to prevent its people, and our people, from finding out just how bad the radioactive leak is and what. The Japanese people and media should keep an eye on the One Percenters in Japan. They will will know well before the 99%. Once you see them relocating to San Francisco, Honolulu or Hong Kong you will know the sun is setting.

RALPH NADER

Last month, the ruling Japanese coalition parties quickly rammed through Parliament a state secrets law. We Americans better take notice.

Under its provisions the government alone decides what are state secrets and any civil servants who divulge any “secrets” can be jailed for up to 10 years. Journalists caught in the web of this vaguely defined law can be jailed for up to 5 years.

Government officials have been upset at the constant disclosures of their laxity by regulatory officials before and after the Fukushima nuclear power disaster in 2011, operated by Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO).

Week after week, reports appear in the press revealing the seriousness of the contaminated water flow, the inaccessible radioactive material deep inside these reactors and the need to stop these leaking sites from further poisoning the land, food and ocean. Officials now estimate that it could take up to 40 years to clean up and decommission the reactors.

Other factors are also feeding this sure sign of a democratic setback. Militarism is raising its democracy-menacing head, prompted by friction with China over the South China Sea. Dismayingly, U.S. militarists are pushing for a larger Japanese military budget. China is the latest national security justification for our “pivot to East Asia” provoked in part by our military-industrial complex.

Draconian secrecy in government and fast-tracking bills through legislative bodies are bad omens for freedom of the Japanese press and freedom to dissent by the Japanese people. Freedom of information and robust debate (the latter cut off sharply by Japan’s parliament in December 5, 2013) are the currencies of democracy.

There is good reason why the New York Times continues to cover the deteriorating conditions in the desolate, evacuated Fukushima area. Our country has licensed many reactors here with the same designs and many of the same inadequate safety and inspection standards. Some reactors here are near earthquake faults with surrounding populations which cannot be safely evacuated in case of serious damage to the electric plant. The two Indian Point aging reactors that are 30 miles north of New York City are a case in point.

The less we are able to know about the past and present conditions of Fukushima, the less we will learn about atomic reactors in our own country.

Fortunately many of Japan’s most famous scientists, including Nobel laureates, Toshihide Maskawa and Hideki Shirakawa, have led the opposition against this new state secrecy legislation with 3,000 academics signing a public letter of protest. These scientists and academics declared the government’s secrecy law a threat to “the pacifist principles and fundamental human rights established by the constitution and should be rejected immediately.”

Following this statement, the Japan Scientists’ Association, Japan’s mass media companies, citizens associations, lawyers’ organizations and some regional legislatures opposed the legislation. Polls show the public also opposes this attack on democracy. The present ruling parties remain adamant. They cite as reasons for state secrecy “national security and fighting terrorism.” Sound familiar?

History is always present in the minds of many Japanese people. They know what happened in Japan when the unchallenged slide toward militarization of Japanese society led to the intimidating tyranny that drove the invasion of China, Korea and Southeast Asia before and after Pearl Harbor. By 1945, Japan was in ruins, ending with Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The American people have to be alert to our government’s needless military and political provocations of China, which is worried about encirclement by surrounding U.S.-allied nations and U.S. air and sea power. Washington might better turn immediate attention to U.S. trade policies that have facilitated U.S. companies shipping American jobs and whole industries to China.

The Obama administration must become more alert to authoritarian trends in Japan that its policies have been either encouraging or knowingly ignoring – often behind the curtains of our own chronic secrecy.

The lessons of history beckon.

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One response to “Fukushima? What Fukushima? There Is No Fukushima!

  1. It’s a shame that both the Japanese Government and TEPCO continue to blow smoke without taking the proper actions to help the people of Japan and the people in other countries including the USA and Canada from the radiation they continue to pump into the Pacific Ocean by the MILLIONS of gallons each and every day only to contaminate the Pacific Ocean and the fish and sea life that lived in it! When the USA based company Zeolite Dot Com offered through the Japanese conciliate in Washington DC both the Japanese Government and TEPCO a 100 percent FREE full shipping container of ingestable zeolite to help thousands and thousands of Japanese people remove the radiation from their bodies, both parties refused the free zeolite! To our knowledge none of these people have been offered any other zeolite from any other resource to remove radiation from their bodies to this day! Its a dark secret why both the Japanese Government and TEPCO have no desire of obligation to help the people that have been radiated with only a bleak future to look forward to! Anyone in Japan or on the west coast and inland of the United States and Canada that is concerned about being radiated from eating Pacific Ocean fish or seafood should do a simple search for zeolite to learn how it can help remove radiation and heavy metals from their bodies!

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