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Fukushima town protests Abe's global promise on crippled plant

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Surely the nearly 290,000 of the adjacent article feel everything is so under control...more like deadlocked.

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Abe is a snake oil salesman.

Is there any legal process called a "recall" in Japanese political system, so that voters can remove him from PM post?

I am curious to know. Thanks.

11 ( +11 / -0 )

Good to see the media actually starting to give the citizens some voice. Abe will resign soon and hopefully this time he will stay away.

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Honestly I dont believe Abe anymore. He says its under control then he switches his tune. These people deserve to get some answers since most lost everything.

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Let's hope the best that people get new homes soon, they can't live forever with the benefits of TEPCO and Unemployment Insurance all trier life's. They need trier lives back.

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Is there any legal process called a "recall" in Japanese political system, so that voters can remove him from PM post?

The people didn't vote directly for the prime minister in the first place, so no, there is no recall process.

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The people of Namie have heard from the Blue Fairy and are telling Abe that "A lie keeps growing and growing until it's as plain as the nose on your face." Or in his case, the ache in his belly.

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Bye bye Abe.

Never mind, maybe you'll get a third chance.

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Feel sorry for the people of Namie who are desperately struggling to maintain the identity of the town despite the thoughtless words of the PM.

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get real Japanese people, the 20 km zone will not be habitable for the next 1000 years. Move on.

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mikihouseSep. 22, 2013 - 08:29AM JST

I do not blame them as nobody were telling them the truth.

Actually the government should designate at least 50 km from Fukushima Daiichi as a non habitable zone forever.

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"Bordering on the dishonest"--diplomatic language meaning that Abe is a screaming liar. Abe's tenure as PM will be judged primarily on one thing. How he handled the Fukushima crisis. So far he has achieved a perfect score of failure. When will even the dirty old LDP get tired of him?

8 ( +8 / -0 )

Abe's gloss on the disaster is bordering on the dishonest

to put it "mildly"...

6 ( +7 / -1 )

Unfortunately, voters have short memories, and are mainly influenced by politicians that promise a financially rosy future, regrdless of the politicians' stance on the welfare of the citizens or foreign policy.

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Liar Liar

Pants on fire.

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Around 300 tons of mildly contaminated groundwater is entering the ocean every day having passed under the reactors, TEPCO says.

Yikes, I think they mean more than 300 tons a day, and it's not mildly contaminated. Everything is a prevarication on reality unless independently confirmed.

Who is doing the independent analysis? Failure after failure it is clear that they are incompetent to be trusted with any important task

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spudman: "Good to see the media actually starting to give the citizens some voice. Abe will resign soon and hopefully this time he will stay away."

Sadly, he'd probably do interviews in hotspring resorts saying how he wished he could have done it different, then decide he wants to try again for a third time, then even worse is he'd likely win and continue to push his nationalist movement. He has ignored and at the same time used people like those in this town for money and for games, and it's high time the truth be told. You'll never see Namie get the same stage as Abe had for his 'under control' speech, but hopefully the world is watching and listening.

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His foot in mouth disease could prove to fatal.

5 ( +7 / -2 )

abe should step down.

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Why is anyone surprised? Just as the gov't (predictably) sat on info in the weeks after 3/11 as to how bad it was, they are now slowly admitting how screwed up Dai-ichi is now that the Olympics are secured.

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I wonder when they will finally admit that those areas ill be unlivable for the foreseeable future and start getting the people from those areas some homes and jobs so they can get on with their life. Why are those people being kept in this expensive limbo? The only reason that I can see is that to would prove that what both TEPCO and the Government have been knowingly lying from day one of this disaster. I think this replay will not last long. JT does not like calling a spade a spade.

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Abe is a serial liar. He wanted the Olympics so that he and his buddies had free reign to give huge amounts of tax money to his friends in right-wing construction companies in Tokyo. He doesn't give a toss about the people in Fukushima, and lying is business as usual in Japan. His so-called economic policies are only ways of redirecting tax money from regular people to his friends in business. Last time he was PM he was proved to be a lying, clueless, extremist moron, who couldn't even control his own bowels. Leopards don't change their spots, but this time Abe is popular with the people (probably because the controlled media insists he is a genius and the DPJ was staggeringly amateur) so Abe will be in power for a few more years yet I'm afraid.

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The opposition should call for a snap election when the Diet reconvenes next month!

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Let's hope the best that people get new homes soon, they can't live forever with the benefits of TEPCO and Unemployment Insurance all trier life's. They need trier lives back.

To the best of my knowledge, unemployment insurance pays for six months, tops, after you lose a job.

Welfare may be available for some of the people, but even that can be hard to collect if there is any chance that someone else (family members, typically) could offer financial support instead. There are often difficult conditions, such as ownership of a car invalidating eligibility for welfare (but if anyone thinks it's easy living out in rural Japan with no car, I invite them to try it for a month or two), or paying rent over a certain amount being seen as too extravagant for welfare qualification.

There are certainly exceptions and I would hope that they are being made for the many people still living in temporary housing. Most of what I read and hear does not make me very sanguine, though.

TEPCO seems to have been dragging its feet in every way possible including making the paperwork for compensation extremely hard to deal with, at least initially until they were called on it; I don't know how much easier it has become, but I hear that it's still a real PITA, and they're certainly not falling over themselves in haste to help the people they have displaced and whose livelihoods they have wrecked.

The people do indeed need their lives back. Those whose lives centered around homes or businesses in the exclusion zone aren't going to get them back in their or their children's lifetimes, but at least they deserve the best that the government and TEPCO can do, not the least, which is what they seem to be getting now.

Neither the technical nor the social situation is under control by any honest, rational individual's definition.

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Its good to see people getting pissed off!

But overall Japan/Japanese are getting EXACTLY what they voted for, admittedly the choices are poor but to knowing put the ldp back in...........reap what ya sow!

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Would this situation possibly affect Yokota Air Force Base? Not sure of the distance and if their source of drinking water is separate.

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Bernice Roach BenbowSep. 22, 2013 - 12:48PM JST

Would this situation possibly affect Yokota Air Force Base? Not sure of the distance and if their source of drinking water is separate.

You may want to check with the post commander of Yokota Air Base. Or check with the US Consulate in Japan.

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He is not a liar! He is the 'supreme advisor' and will do and say anything to keep his job. The truth is irrelevant in Japanese politics. One is not bound by the law if one is the law!

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Japan/LDP is likely to celebrate New Year (the year of horse 2014) with a New Prime Minister !

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Abenomics looks vulnerable and unworkable if this problem which affect over 200,000 pple is not worked out from every angles first. looks like there is only tepco and the government working on this. if the government have a special team working on this, then what are they been doing until now. and who are the members of the team, don't tell me that they are MPs themselves.

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GWSep. 22, 2013 - 12:35PM JST

Its good to see people getting pissed off!

But overall Japan/Japanese are getting EXACTLY what they voted for, admittedly the choices are poor but to knowing put the ldp back in...........reap what ya sow!

Yep. The blame goes back to Japanese voters. It is very sad to see a huge political apathy among Japanese voters. No action, no petition, no nothing....just sad. People talks to me about their hard daily life whenever I visit Japan. They want a world pressure to Japanese politics and Fukushima but the truth is that Japanese people want to change.

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I wonder what political motivation lies behind this. Is there a local politician jockeying for power?

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I am curious how many of them voted for Abe's party...I hope none. (or voted at all)

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life is always uncertain ig you over bet on technology is the truth vindicated here. so do not do anything which you cannot properly control is the moral of the story

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In BA, Inose and Abe both said Tokyo is safe before IOC decision. Did they say Olympics will be iheld in Fukushima?

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There will never be a solution to Fukushima's radiation,,,,study science, biology, chemistry,,,,and you will realize how radiation is the most evil of all contaminates.

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Could Fukushima be the 5th denied industrial illness of Japan?

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300 tons of daily discharged toxic nuclear water into Pacific over 2 years, 5 months means about 260,000 tons already in ocean and counting. What will happen to marine life? 260,000 tons and more!

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This statement of protest has already gone through the shredder, not to say flushed through the drain. The arrogant Tokyo is fed up with these whining Fukushima people.

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When this incident happened I wanted to tell the people that they needed leave due to the radiation. I actually waited 24hrs until the national/university radiation meters were detecting and solidly publishing before i said anything. When I did say people at the very minimum need to be taking iodine (food or med) -I remember getting slammed on JT. I also said that people should be contacting relatives/friends about the situation and make preparations (especially if you have kids) =People did not understand radiation -specifically very low half-life high emitters like iodine- and had no idea how to easily protect themselves.

Over 2yrs later and I would assume that at least 50% of the population understands radioactive iodine, but the politicians still refuse to accept the reality of the situation. It will be interesting to see how the low emitter (high half life) particles embedded in biologic tissue will make changes to life. --> By accepting this and innovating Japan can use this technology for the benefit of all. Depleted uranium (NATO ammunitions) is very similar (high half-life low emitter metals).

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For the people of Fukushima, sulfur can protect and repair the damage of radiation exposure, the people, the land, the Ocean, even the fish, Yellow dirt on the land organic sulfur into all people not just those in Fukushima. Once sulfated nuclear radiation is no longer harmful to the cells of man. NIH. Don' t wait for the government it is your life, your home, which need not die to radiation, look at Chernobyl. Look to the land from whence we all come, the 24 minerals of life. Got sulfur?

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I you are going to try sulfur for human use I would recommend MSM (methyl-Sulfonyl--methane = a DMSO derivative). Organic sulfur (yellow stuff) will add acidity (lower ph) to your soil which is great if your soil is volcanic (high ph).

These slow-emitter radioactive particles sort of lodge in the tissue and form a immune reaction creating cysts etc. Difficult for the body to remove them once lodged in.

Organic foods high in sulfur are probably the best option (onions etc).

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Sept 19 Reuter reported Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe ordered the scrapping of two Fukushima nuclear reactors that survived the 2011 tsunami, a write-off that threatens to complicate a turnaround plan the operator has presented to creditors. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,'' We have to know what is going. That speeches by Inose and Abe before IOC decided to award Olympic to Tokyo are old. Now he is talking about Fukushima, not Tokyo.

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The noises are starting to get louder and that's a good thing. Why it is taking so long for the Japanese people to make that noise is hard for me to understand.

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This protest must be done after Tokyo Olympic promotion speeh. Reuter has dofferent Abe's speech. Read my previous comment to check latest comment by Abe.

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Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane (MSM): Will promote hair growth = you don't always want that (women). Doubtful help with baldness.

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Good for you, Namie!! Good for you!!

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