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Eddie Hobbs – TV3 – The Euro Collapse

Here’re the key points, in case you have trouble with that lovely Irish lilt.

  1. “At the moment, economics is being run by politicians”. Since when hasn’t it?
  2. “a global financial event which will dwarf what happened after Lehman Brothers”
  3. “If Italy fails, we’re looking at economic Krakatoa”.
  4. “What is shows us is that the the whole Keynesian model … has been an utter failure.”

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Japan nuke holdout resolved to stay –

Update: YouTube video of interview with the man added. 2011.09.03.

Amazingly, there is still one man living in the nuclear no-go area in Fukushima.

Nearly six months after Japan’s catastrophic earthquake and tsunami, the 53-year-old believes he is the only inhabitant left in this town sandwiched between the doomed Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station to the north and another sprawling nuclear plant to the south…

Matsumura is an anomaly in a country where defiance of the government is rare and social consensus counts above everything else. Yet, Matsumura’s quiet civil disobedience speaks loudly of the dilemma facing the more than 100,000 silent “nuclear refugees” who were displaced by the March 11 disaster.

I admire his courage, or is it stubbornness? And his decision to stay seems to be based on moral principles. However, when it comes down to it, he’s living on handouts, on tax-payers’ generosity. He cannot make a living by selling his crops and is unlikely to in the future. He doesn’t seem to have thought of that: “As a heavy rain began to fall, he walked down an overgrown mountain path to his rice paddy. He pulled up a plant by its roots, twisted it between his fingers then tossed it into an irrigation ditch with a resigned sigh. There will be no cash crop this year. Or maybe ever again.”

On the other hand, it speaks well of the Japanese police (and society generally) that he hasn’t been forcibly abducted by heavily armed SWAT teams, or bombed by a drone for his failure to capitulate to the authorities:

Officers are sent into Tomioka each day to search for burglars or violators of the keep-out order. By law, anyone caught inside the zone can be detained and fined.

But authorities mostly turn a blind eye to Matsumura, though he says he has been confronted by the police a few times. If there are other holdouts, they have escaped detection…

via Japan nuke holdout resolved to stay –

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Fukushima rice tests show no contamination | The Japan Times Online

I wonder what percentage of consumers this will convince? I suspect fewer than a year ago, and fewer than even a couple of months ago.

FUKUSHIMA — No radioactive substances were found in newly harvested rice in Fukushima Prefecture, prefectural officials said Thursday.

Rice growers in the prefecture, which hosts the leaking Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, and surrounding areas are highly concerned about potential contamination. Rice from this year’s harvest is set to hit the market in the coming months amid heightened public concerns over food safety.

Samples from about 2 kg of brown rice harvested in the town of Aizubange on Monday and Tuesday were taken to a prefectural farming facility in Koriyama on Thursday morning for testing.

The prefectural government allows shipments of brown rice as long as the grain does not exceed 500 becquerels per kg of radioactive cesium.

via Fukushima rice tests show no contamination | The Japan Times Online.

This video was posted below an excerpt from the above article on Newson Japan, but it does not inspire confidence, “Well, nobody’s actually come to actually check this rice field behind me… I have 2 young children so… I hope that everything’s OK…!”

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Yakuza link undoes TV’s Shimada | The Japan Times Online

During the news conference announcing his retirement, Shimada said he hadn’t considered Watanabe a gangster and continued exchanges with him via phone and email.

Although that doesn’t violate any laws and Shimada didn’t have any business relationship with the gangster, he offered to immediately retire to take responsibility, the agency said.

“I did not feel that I was doing something wrong. To me (the relationship) was ‘safe,’ but I learned the day before yesterday that it was ‘out,’ ” Shimada said, using baseball terminology.

The agency issued a statement saying “this kind of act is not allowed for any reason for a person who appears in mass media such as TV, which has a strong influence on society.”

via Yakuza link undoes TV’s Shimada | The Japan Times Online.

A Japanese expression “ashi wo hipparu” comes to mind. In Japanese, it doesn’t mean “I’m joking”.

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Ludwig von Mises wrote in 1956 about what has since been called the politics of envy:

If a man’s station in life iss conditioned by factors other than his inherent excellence, those who remain at the bottom of the ladder can acquiesce in this out-come and, knowing their own worth, still preserve their dignity and self-respect. But it is different if merit alone decides. Then the unsuccessful feel themselves insulted and humiliated. Hate and enmity against all those who superseded them must result.*

(* Möser, No Promotion According to Merit, first published 1772. (Justus Möser’s Sämmtliche Werke, ed. B. R. Abeken, Berlin, 1842, Vol. II, pp. 187–191. Quote by Mises in chapter 1, section 4, of The Anti-Capitalist Mentality, available free online on the website and also as a free PDF download here.)

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A tale of two Japanese teenagers

Exhibit A:

As the 20-year-old belts out the lyrics, “emancipate yourself from mental slavery”, he scans the gathering of 20 or so Japanese hipsters to be sure they’re getting the point. “There is no future in Japan for people like me,” Fukuda says. “Our leaders are useless, our economy is bad, there’s nuclear stuff in my food. There is nothing out there for my generation.”

via Japan’s redemption ‘emancipation from mental slavery’ – Columnists | IOL Business |

Exhibit B:

At age 19, Sato last month won her first “Auto Race” contest, where riders speed around an asphalt circuit, sparks flying off their steel-capped boots, at up to 150 kilometres per hour on bikes without brakes.

… Sato – the first woman to join the sport in 44 years – the bright new hope for revitalising Japan’s version of speedway racing, where audiences place bets and riders compete for prize money.

Racing is in Sato’s blood – she first rode a moto-cross bike at age six.

When Auto Race, or Oto Resu, opened its doors to women a few years ago for the first time since the 1960s, she quit school and joined a riders’ boot camp that is so selective it takes only about one in every 50 applicants.

Which one is stuck in “mental slavery”? One is whining about the lemons dealt him, while another plants her own lemon orchard.

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In Rare Tape, Fukushima Daiichi Chief Apologizes – Japan Real Time – WSJ

Twitter alerted me to JapanRealTime:

Scenes from inside Fukushima Daiichi exist but are rare enough. But scenes from within the ravaged Tepco plant featuring its general manager, Masao Yoshida, making a direct apology for the consequences of the March 11 disasters, along with several bows, are even rarer.

Non-existent until now, in fact. While TV cameras have caught up with Mr. Yoshida before, his public appearances have been extremely rare, and the video released by Tepco Wednesday featuring Mr. Yoshida’s direct, on-camera apology–a matter of considerable sensitivity in Japan–is his first such comment within the context of an official company document.

“We sincerely apologize to all local residents, the people of Fukushima prefecture, and the general public for the anxiety and inconvenience caused by the accident,” says Mr. Yoshida.

via In Rare Tape, Fukushima Daiichi Chief Apologizes – Japan Real Time – WSJ.

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“We sincerely apologize to all local residents, the people of Fukushima prefecture, and the general public for the anxiety and inconvenience caused by the accident,” says Mr. Yoshida.

“the general public” is someone’s translation of Yoshida’s “zen-koku no mina-san” or “everyone living in Japan”. In other words, Yoshida’s apology stops short at Japan’s borders. Unfortunately, the radiation emitted by his plant did not. He owes an apology to a lot more than just the Japanese. Tho I have heard good reports about Yoshida’s quick thinking and actions – he has been inside the plant since March 11 – his apology seems to reveal a typical Japanese parochialism.


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“Please take this urine with you!”

A pingback led to this blog posting the video below. I’ve just watched it once and need more time to digest it and watch it again. Because the blogger Super Crazy Video World and all the commenters on YouTube (at least the ones I glanced at) seem to be taking the residents’ side against the nasty Tokyo bureaucrats, my initial reaction is to side with the bureaucrats. At one point, it seems as if the residents are asking that the government act like the totalitarian Soviets!And the bureaucrat who says “You are free to evacuate”  seems nonplussed that he has to point this out. I’m going out on a limb here but my guess is that people skills are not his forte, eh?

What do you think? (I’ll have more to say after I’ve watched it again.)

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Radioactive Rice to Come? Rice Growing in a Rice Paddy with 35,000 Becquerels/kg of Radioactive Cesium? | EX-SKF

The transfer factor from the soil to rice is considered to be about 0.1. 35,000 becquerels/kg in soil may result in 3,500 becquerels/kg of harvested rice, 7 times the provisional safety limit which is already far too loose for the staple like rice.

I’ve found the video clip for this part. It’s the rice paddy in Fukushima City. Fukushima City was OUTSIDE the evacuation zone of any kind, so the soil was apparently never tested by the prefectural government. The reporter asks the question in English, with a Japanese interpreter.

Japanese people who watched the video or knew about it from Kino’s tweets are thanking ZDF for having shown up and asked questions at the press conference. It’s been a very long time any foreign media showed any interest in these conferences given by TEPCO/government on Fukushima I Nuke Plant and radiation contamination.

I hope more foreign media (not their Japanese bureaus) will come and ask hard questions.

35,000 becquerels/kg of cesium in soil would translate into 2,275,000 becquerels/square meter (35,000 x 65), which is way above the forced evacuation criterion in the Chernobyl accident (1,480,000 becquerels/square meter).

via #Radioactive Rice to Come? Rice Growing in a Rice Paddy with 35,000 Becquerels/kg of Radioactive Cesium? | EX-SKF.

When the Japanese reporters start asking tough questions, that will be a trend-marker.

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Japan to sack top officials over nuclear disaster – Yahoo! News

Will this do any real good? Or is it just whitewash, to try and recover lost public trust? Will it work to do even that, I wonder?

TOKYO Reuters – Japan will replace three senior bureaucrats in charge of nuclear power policy, the minister overseeing energy policy said on Thursday, five months after the world’s worst atomic crisis in 25 years erupted at Fukushima.

The move comes as Prime Minister Naoto Kan calls for enhanced nuclear safety accountability and an overhaul of Japan’s energy policy, with the aim of gradually weaning it off its dependence on nuclear power as public safety concerns mount.

It also follows a series of scandals in which government officials in charge of safeguarding the operations of nuclear power plants tried to influence public opinion on atomic energy.

Trade Minister Banri Kaieda, who played a key role in handling the Fukushima crisis, vowed to carry out major changes in the ministry’s personnel, including the three top officials. Kaieda has also said he intends to eventually step down to take responsibility for missteps.

“I’m planning to breathe fresh air into the ministry with a large-scale reshuffle,” Kaieda told a news conference. “I’ll have new people rebuild the ministry.”

via Japan to sack top officials over nuclear disaster – Yahoo! News.

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Video with English Caption: Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University Tells the Politicians: “What Are You Doing?” | EX-SKF

From EX-SKF. I make a brief comment below the videos.

(If you don’t see the caption, click on the “cc” on the player menu bar to turn on the caption.)

Please share the videos with your non-Japanese-speaking friends.

Original written posts are here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Captioned Video Part 1 of 2

via Video with English Caption: Professor Tatsuhiko Kodama of Tokyo University Tells the Politicians: “What Are You Doing?” | EX-SKF.

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