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Jun 25, 2012

It is completely too late to give banner headlines. (Takashi Uesugi)


* Information from Mr. Takeshita posted on his blog – June 22, 2012

It is completely too late to give banner headlines. (Takashi Uesugi


English translation of a Japanese web article : News-log June 22, 2012

It is completely too late to give banner headlines.
Front-page report of Asahi Shimbun: “Information from U.S. Not Used”

“Asahi Shimbun is still shameless as it was.”

I don’t mention the contents of the article.  The article is right.  The problem is that the front-page news was a known fact one year ago and it is completely too late to give banner headlines to it.

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U.S. Map Made by Actual Radiation Measurement Ignored by Japanese government  And Not Used for Evacuation Plan of Nuclear Accident (Asahi Shimbun)

Between March 17 and 19 last year immediately after the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant accident, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) conducted aerial radiation monitoring and provided a detailed “contamination map” to the Japanese government.  However, it has been found that the government neither publicized this data nor used it for evacuation of the residents.  (The rest is omitted.) <Morning edition of Asahi Shimbun June 18, 2012>
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This much was the known one year ago.  And yet some Asahi Shimbun reporters must have known about it because the actual reporters asked questions in a press conference of the TEPCO.

Things are going on as I predicted one year ago.  In case they give a decisively false report, the Japan National Press Club media is supposed to play for time to skillfully modify the report around the time when the excitement is over, and evade responsibility by giving a report of “the known.”  This is always pointed out.  They have followed the book this time, too.

As I expected, each newspaper followed the lead of Asahi Shimbun and finally carried an article this morning.


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The Great East Japan Earthquake: The Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant accident    U.S. Radiation Information Not Used Though Got by the Nuclear Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) and the Education, Science and Technology Ministry

Though the Japanese government received the results of aerial radiation monitoring offered by the DOE in March last year immediately after the Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant accident, the NISA, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Ministry and the Education, Science and Technology Ministry hadn’t shared the data within the government or hadn’t used it to evacuate the residents.  It was found on June 18, 2012.  A poor initial response by the government due to the vertically-segmented administrative system (the red tape) was highlighted anew as also seen in the case of the System for Prediction of Environment Emergency Dose Information (SPEEDI).

The NISA transferred the data on e-mail to the Radiation Team, Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters within the Cabinet Office but the data was not shared by the whole headquarters.  Furthermore they did not send it to the prime minister’s office in charge of evacuation of the residents.

<Morning edition of the Mainichi Shimbun Newspaper, Tokyo June 19, 2012>

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I’m sick and tired of it.  I wonder when the correspondent club media will stop such deceit.  This is not the first time.  They have been deceiving us for many years.

As soon as I read the article of Asahi Shimbun, I conjured up an image of a happily-married couple of Mako-san and Ken-san.

On Monday when I read the article in Asahi Shimbun, I thought they must have been angry and then made a call to them to comfort them.

“What?  It is too late to give a report of the known.  I saw some Asahi Shimbun reporters I know in the press conference last year.”

Before March 11, 2011, I had admitted the existence of the club’s system.  However, I have contemplated destroying it since I found that the club was also a “perpetrator.”  Now you can understand why I have made a face-about on my stance.

As long as this corrupt system exists, Japan will have no space for free speech.

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