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MotoGP champion Lorenzo avoids showering due to radiation fear

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Next time he should consider traveling by ship so as to minimize the amount of radiation he is exposed to during his flight over.

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And where does the bottled water come from, for that matter?

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"Honda star dani Pedrosa said he was considering leaving all his clothes in Japan"

I guess he'd have to buy a sheet at the airport to wrap around himself before he gets on the plane where he can buy a blanket.

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ignorance knows no bounds hehehehe but hey they forgot to bring gas masks...

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So they are OK with driving 300 km/h in two wheels but not taking a shower in Japan? Priceless.

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beangry

Denying these facts shows this is not an Associated Press but AFP article, probably written by another journalist who supports the j govt. That's not neutrality.

So the author disagrees with you that "OMG we must flee Japan" so they are not neutral? They are shills for the government?

I hate to break it to you but most people are not so paranoid about life in Japan outside of 80km from Fukushima Daiichi. That's a fact. Independent readings show the radiation levels in the air and water are pretty much at or below where they were before 3/11. The ongoing concern with Fukushima Daiihci is for the people who are displaced, their health and homes and futures. Those of us in Tokyo, Aomori, Osaka, Kumamoto, Kanazawa - we have little directly related to the crisis to worry about.

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These people crack me up, they're afraid of poisoning themselves by taking showers with tap water, but they'll eat sausages.

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Sounds like you're just a japanophile who has to attack everything I say.

No, only when you are irrationally paranoid, which just seems like it's everything you say. Especially when you say stuff like:

The govt claims radiation doesnt harm people.

NOBODY says this. YOU say the government and TEPCO say this. Nobody says this at all.

Lastly your stats are wrong: "Independent readings show the radiation levels in the air and water are pretty much at or below where they were before 3/11." Really? What data do you read? Greenpeace doesnt say that, nor the scientists who published.

Really, outside the 80km zone? BS. And note that I specifically mentioned the 80km zone in my first post before you get your blood pressure up and start calling me a government shill or TEPCO apologist.

That's not irrational fear, it's based on scientific tests and the fact the J-system sells radioactive food without labels.

You must not be able to read Japanese because all the food in my local supermarket has the prefecture and city of origin. Steer clear of contaminated areas and you are way more likely to catch e.coli or listeria or some other non-radiation related bug than you are to get radiation-tainted food.

If you are THAT worried about the lack of labeling, and the lies, and the possibility of further contamination, and you kids' health, why the heck would you be living anywhere in Japan near Fukushima?

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beangry, apparently you can't read Japanese as that map has radiation levels from over 6months ago! We all know there was radiation then. What dos that have to do with now?

I read Japanese just fine. I said the labels do not say the level of radiation, and they don't.

Yep, they don't as it would be pretty pointless. Not all food is going to be tested, it is physically impossible and prohibitively expensive to test ALL food. You can only test a representative sampling. So why have a meaningless label on a package?

As to paranoia those are just meaningless insults from someone who has no objectivity and attacks all I say.

Sorry? Where is my lack of objectivity? I've looked at the facts, talked with experts and read experts' opinions and I base my opinions based on those facts. Not because activist groups tell me something and I neither know enough or am incapable of thinking critically for myself that I accept what people tell me (like Dr Kaku!) blindly. I suspect you are using the term "objective" to mean "doesn't agree with me and my hysteria".

I stated before, and it was published in the NYTIMES, Japan Times, and even Japan Today - that food was sold in all prefectures which had radiation. I know for a fact - and can verify it - that several supermarkets I shop at sold that beef, some of which was not labelled Fukushima.

Yeah, and supermarkets by me sold contaminated gyoza from China a few years back - people got really sick from that. What's your point?

Bottom, the race car driver has EVERY right to avoid Japanese food if he wants to

Absolutely. They can also not come to the race if they so choose, and you have the right to move to your home country. We have all sorts of rights.

even if you're too closed minded and dictatorial to accept his human rights.

??? I think you need to watch your blood pressure again there, beangry. You're going to pop something if you continue to be this angry.

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They should have held that race elsewhere. I'd be worried too if I were him. At least he will get ultra soft skin whilst showering with mineral water. What a luxury!

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If it makes him feel safer, good. Can't imagine it being very convenient, though.

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I think Lorenzo is being absurd. Washing himself with bottled water instead of a hot shower? No thanks.

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Plastic bottles ? Don't they contaminate the water with BPA ? Are imaginary radiations worse than, the scary bisphenol A that gives cancers in their 80's to babies fed with plastic bottles ? A tough choice...

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@Pawatan,

"So the author disagrees with you that "OMG we must flee Japan" so they are not neutral? They are shills for the government?"

Where did I say "we must flee Japan"? It's not in my comment, so stop the false accusations. I clearly said some part of Japan aren't safe, and those with cesium, plutonium, strontium are NOT safe. I didn't say WHICH ones. The govt claims radiation doesnt harm people. That's what they're saying. Heck, they just ended to 30km exclusion zone, but the levels there are high.

Second, I never suggested a conspiracy theory. They should have presented both sides, not just quoting the J-govt which says it is safe. They did that in Date on March 12, and those people got directly hit with fallout.

Lastly your stats are wrong: "Independent readings show the radiation levels in the air and water are pretty much at or below where they were before 3/11." Really? What data do you read? Greenpeace doesnt say that, nor the scientists who published. In fact, they saying the exclusion zone should EXPAND.

So to say "ongoing concern with Fukushima Daiihci is for the people who are displaced" is wrong. At more than 1 supermarket I personally shop at, they sold that contaminated beef. YOU might believe the lies that it is safe, but I'm not giving it to my children. That's not irrational fear, it's based on scientific tests and the fact the J-system sells radioactive food without labels. Sounds like you're just a japanophile who has to attack everything I say.

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I said the levels are high, and yes that includes outside 80 km, as is evidenced in this map. It's not BS http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-P21M9FXGxXI/ToZUb8mO9CI/AAAAAAAACHE/qKcJmJ1dtMk/s1600/hayakawamap-route.JPG

"You must not be able to read Japanese because all the food in my local supermarket has the prefecture and city of origin"

I read Japanese just fine. I said the labels do not say the level of radiation, and they don't. I never discussed the issue of what prefecture it comes from on the labels. It's Greenpeace who asked the govt to indicate the level of radiation in all food http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/contaminated-seafood-and-government-cover-up-/blog/36285/ Please try reading what I wrote instead of just attacking me.

"Steer clear of contaminated areas and you are way more likely to catch e.coli or listeria or some other non-radiation related bug than you are to get radiation-tainted food."

Pure nonsense. I stated before, and it was published in the NYTIMES, Japan Times, and even Japan Today - that food was sold in all prefectures which had radiation. I know for a fact - and can verify it - that several supermarkets I shop at sold that beef, some of which was not labelled Fukushima. Fact is the hay was from the area, but it affected animals in other places. Simply avoiding Fukusima products won't help you. As to paranoia those are just meaningless insults from someone who has no objectivity and attacks all I say. Bottom, the race car driver has EVERY right to avoid Japanese food if he wants to, even if you're too closed minded and dictatorial to accept his human rights.

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The authorities, the electric company, the media here have all lied so much about every facet of this disaster. Since radioactive food was sent around the country and discovered overseas, it's no wonder people fear Japan. When Ishihara junior said people needed to be stopped from using geiger counters, it was creepy. When it was revealed that the Japanese government has been keeping people in areas where the radiation surpasses the Chernobyl evacuation area, just to try and protect the image of Japan, it made me sad and angry. One flaw of official Japanese thinking has always been that they seem to think foreigners are as gullible as Japanese. Seven decades ago, this ego trip attacked half the world. Now it has poisoned the entire world.

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really peace of mind is priceless since worry and stress make you sick too. They're the lucky ones. We have no choice but to eat poisoned food. Why does the j govt get upset when people do what hey want? If they don't want Japanese food, that is their right. Freedom of choice. Respect people's routs unless you're saying the dictators in Tokyo want to force people to eat certain things and this is somehow acceptable. It is a basic human right to decide what you will eat. This is none if the govt.'s business.

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Btw "The Japanese government has tried to calm fears among foreigners, stressing that Japan in general is a safe place to visit or to live."

some parts of Japan are safe and some aren't (places with abnormal radiation), and the food supply is unsafe when there is radiation in it. Denying these facts shows this is not an Associated Press but AFP article, probably written by another journalist who supports the j govt. That's not neutrality. And the go t did lie about the 3 meltdowns, so those who gave minuses to the comments above need to check their facts.

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Whatever the Japanese govt. says now has to be questioned and doubted. They lied before, they'll keep on lying. Do what you have to to reassure yourself of your safety.

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