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28/07/2011

Japan Passes Law To Cleanse Internet Of "Bad" Fukushima Radiation News

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N’oublions pas Fukushima

L’article. En anglais : Alexander Higgins, Jersey City Civil Rights Examiner

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Japan has passed a law that will enable the police and contractors to monitor internet activity without restriction to "cleanse" the Internet of any "bad" Fukushima radiation news.

As I previous reported, Japan has officially ordered the censorship of any reporting of the truth about the Fukushima nuclear radiation fallout by  ordering telecommunications companies and web masters to scrub any stories negative stories from the about the disaster.

Apparently the previous order was not enough to stem the flow of negative news as Japan has passed allow that will allow police unrestricted access to monitor all Internet communications to crack down on the so-called rumors. Making matters worse, Japan has issued open bids for companies to monitor blogs and social media such as tweets to crack down on the information making its way around the internet.

According to are reporton the U.K progressive, the Agency for Natural Resources and Energy, opened a call for bids (tender) regarding the “Nuclear Power Safety Regulation Publicity Project”, for contractors to monitor blogs and tweets posted about nuclear power and radiation.

Nuclear News adds in their report 'Japan about to censor Internet news on nuclear radiation?

This video included in the progressive report  page shows the type of the negative information Japan is trying to keep a lid. Even in light of the recent beef scandal were Japan allowed highly radioactive beef to be shipped all over the country and be eaten when it was widely reported that the beef was highly radioactive this man whose cows are only 14 miles from the Fukushima plant refuses to kill his cows.

Meanwhile, in this video, Nuclear Engineer Arnie Gundersen says it is time to stop trying to minimize the flow of information and start minimizing the radiation exposure people are receiving.

Famed Nuclear Physicist Chris Bubsy goes even further says the Fukushima disaster health risk is being grossly underestimated and is far worse than Chernobyl on a global level.

Instead of factual reporting, the new law will mean a news sites and blogs will become proliferated with news articles like this report from Daily Yomuri with the feel good healdine of "Fun in the sun for Fukushima families".

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26/07/2011

In Japan, nuclear bestsellers reflect new debate

Merci Yuko Hirota. L’article. En anglais :

In Japan, nuclear bestsellers reflect new debate

nucléaire.jpgBy Chico Harlan, Published: July 19

TOKYO — A Japanese nuclear researcher with a four-decade track record of activism and obscurity was walking through Kansai International Airport a few weeks ago when he spotted a display of bestsellers at a bookstore. Glancing down, he saw his latest book, “The Lie of Nuclear Power,” with his face emblazoned on a corner of the cover.

For Hiroaki Koide, the moment confirmed a shift — that of a fringe interest turning mainstream. Four months into the most severe nuclear crisis in a quarter-century, while bureaucrats and power industry chiefs tussle over nuclear energy policy, at least one industry has raced to make wholesale adjustments. Publishers are releasing books about nuclear power at the rate of more than one a day, according to bookselling Web sites, begging for content from authors who once wondered why they had so few readers.

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Those books now drive Japan’s new national debate about nuclear energy policy. They also mirror the trend in the conversation, skewing 4-to-1 against nuclear power — roughly the ratio recorded in recent opinion polls. Some of the books are dispassionate, loaded with charts. Some drip with anger. Some are rueful. But taken together, they reflect a society that has increasingly lost trust in government information.

The author list is eclectic, encompassing academics, journalists, industry experts, former insiders and renegade government officials. Eisaku Sato, a former Fukushima governor, wrote a book (“The Truth About Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant”). So did Yoichi Kikuchi, one of the engineers who helped construct Fukushima Daiichi (“The Reason Why I, Who Made Nuclear Power, Now Oppose It”). One Economy Ministry official took a crack at telling an insider’s tale — “The Collapse of Japan’s Central Administration,” he called it — but about a month after Shigeaki Koga became a best-selling author, he was asked to resign, a request he has so far resisted.

Though there is no definitive list of nuclear-related books published since the March 11 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the crisis, Amazon.com’s Japan site lists almost 100 released in the past 30 days, Minato Kawamura, a professor at Tokyo’s Hosei University, has tried to keep pace, spending more than $2,500 on 150 recently published nuclear books, including 100 re-released versions of older titles.

Kawamura’s expertise in all things nuclear developed after he had written a nuclear book of his own — a diary-style account of the emergency’s first 15 days. When Fukushima Daiichi’s reactor buildings started to melt down, he had been in the middle of writing a book about Japan’s wartime occupation of Manchuria.

“I called my editor and asked, ‘Um, can I change the subject?’ ” Kawamura said.

Nuclear experts note that Japan’s publishing industry had long followed a policy every bit as entrenched as the pro-nuclear message promulgated by Tokyo bureaucrats.

For decades, “the saying was, a book that relates to nuclear power doesn’t sell,” said Jun Tateno, a former official at the Japan Atomic Energy Research Institute who published a little-read book in 2003.

Academics and researchers in the field, particularly those who opposed the use of nuclear power, had little choice but to embrace obscurity. Koide, an assistant professor at the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute, spent his career assisting with anti-nuclear lawsuits and giving lectures to small civic groups. He also wrote several dense books, most of them compilations of his lectures, starting with the 1992 title “Going Beyond the Realities of Radioactive Contamination,” which sold 3,000 copies, Koide said.

The March 11 disaster boosted demand for Koide’s expertise. Now his lectures draw up to 1,000 people. His phone rings twice a day, on average, with interview requests. He appears on television. But he acknowledges that the transformation has caused him more regret than satisfaction.

I heard this book was selling well, but I have very mixed feelings about that,” Koide said of his new book, which has sold more than 200,000 copies. “It’s selling well because the accident happened. The last 40 years, I’ve been working in this field so accidents like this wouldn’t happen. Now something horrible happened, and my books are popular.”

In conversation and in his books, Koide talks often about responsibility. For the nuclear accident itself, he blames both the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co., the plant’s operator. He blames the collusive relationship between regulators and operators. But he also blames the bystanders — indeed, much of the nation that bought the idea that nuclear power is safe.

Those who were deceived are also responsible for having being deceived,” Koide wrote in his book.

Compared with the past, he wrote in earlier passage, more and more people are listening to him now: “People are beginning to realize that nuclear power is dangerous. I think maybe now is the time when we can make a decision to make a significant turnaround in our society.”

Special correspondents Akiko Yamamoto and Sachiko Iwata contributed to this report.

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05/07/2011

Interview : Ryuichi Hirokawa a tout vu à Fukushima - source télérama

Ryuichi Hirokawa.jpgLE MONDE BOUGE En septembre 1982, ses photos des massacres de Sabra et Chatila font le tour du monde. Le 13 mars 2011, bravant les interdits, Ryuichi Hirokawa est l'un des premiers journalistes à se rendre sur les lieux de la catastrophe nucléaire de Fukushima. Itinéraire d'un photographe pacifiste devenu reporter de guerre, en colère contre l'horreur et le mensonge lire – source télérama À lire

« Tous les voyants étaient dans le rouge. Dans la zone de Futaba, les aiguilles du compteur Geiger que j'emporte avec moi depuis l'époque de Tchernobyl indiquaient des niveaux de radioactivité que je n'avais encore jamais vus, même dans les zones les plus irradiées ! Or il y avait des tas de gens dans les rues ; des familles avec des enfants venus récupérer des vêtements, des objets ou de quoi se nourrir. C'était surréaliste. Après avoir évacué les habitants, les autorités les avaient laissés revenir, en affirmant qu'il n'y avait plus rien à craindre. Alors j'ai posé mon appareil photo et j'ai crié à tous ceux que je croisais de remonter tout de suite dans leurs voitures et de filer le plus loin possible... »….

Aujourd'hui, les télés et les quotidiens japonais ne forment plus des journalistes mais de bons et loyaux employés.”
Ryuichi Hirokawa
« Il faut montrer que la guerre est sale, les catastrophes inhumaines, et qu'au milieu de tout cela, les gens souffrent, meurent »

De cette ébullition émergent quelques titres, comme l'hebdomadaire contestataire Kinyobi, ou encore le magazine créé et dirigé par Ryuichi Hirokawa,  Days Japan. Lancé en 2004, ce mensuel est un ovni dans la presse nationale…

“Les Etats qui provoquent des atrocités ont toujours tendance à minimiser, à dissimuler. Il appartient aux journalistes de les mettre devant leurs responsabilités » « Il est impossible de faire ce métier
en restant extérieur. Même si je ne peux pas aider tous les enfants, cela vaut toujoursmieux que de rester les bras croisés »

Stéphane Jarno

Télérama n° 3207

Remerciements à Miho Matsunuma.

A voir
Le site du Days Japan, le magazine créé et dirigé par Ryuichi Hirokawa. Et aussi Bernard Laponche : “Il y a une forte probabilité d'un accident nucléaire majeur en Europe”, La radiation dans nos assiettes : mythe ou réalité?, Lien entre pollution environnementale et stérilité , Nucléaire : Ce que l'on nous cache ( Japon, France) La dictature de l'immédiateté, Pour un journalisme citoyen!

 
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