For Reporting on Fukushima, a 10-Year Jail Sentence
January 6, 2014 | by Lem

Fears surrounding Fukushima’s nuclear meltdown have escalated a notch higher with Japan’s new States Secrets Act. The new stipulates that anyone who reports on the country’s worst nuclear disaster may face 10 years in jail.


Already, a Japanese professor was placed under 20-day custody, accused of showing open defiance against the incineration of Fukushima’s radioactive waste in the open air.

Since the new law’s enforcement began, Prime Minister Abe has come under public criticism. According to the Times of India, the Japanese leader’s popularity has dropped since the new enactment.

Japanese legislator Taro Yamamoto said that the law could lead to the reestablishment of a “fascist state” in Japan. Even the Asahi Shimbun newspaper said Japan’s actions are reminiscent of the country’s “conspiracy” acts prior to the Pearl Harbor attack.

Although individual reporters are now banned from sharing their stories surrounding the nuclear meltdown, members of the international media have already taken the lead in reporting almost all facets of the disaster. Also, Fukushima’s radioactive fallout has already been detected on the Alaskan coast and could slowly drift along the Mexican and Canadian coasts as well. Now, scientists’ major concerns are the radioactive materials’ long-term effects on the ocean’s ecosystem.

At this point, Japan’s new State Secrets Act may control local concerns surrounding Fukushima’s beleaguered nuclear reactors, but it seems it can no longer contain the radioactive materials that have gone beyond the country’s borders.


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  • The Smart Show – Fukushima officially hits California food & Water supply
    12/23/13 Progressive Radio Network

    Tokyo Electric announced that everything was under control, that there was a cold shutdown at the Fukushima plant about a year after the Fukushima accident. But in fact, Tokyo Electric has got the cores melted through the containment vessels, and 300 to 600 tons of radioactive groundwater going into the Pacific every day.

    Radioactive groundwater is going to accumulate and concentrate in marine life. Every cubic meter of water off the West Coast is going to have something like 10 to 20 atomic disintegrations per second from cesium in it over the next several years. Radioactive groundwater comes across the Pacific, some of radioactive groundwater is concentrated. The fish swim through radioactive groundwater and the fish feed in radioactive groundwater. It’s kind of a random process. It’s kind of a crap-shoot really.

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