I’m trying to coin a new word here, much like we have the Troofers who know all about the 9/11 conspiracy that the MSM is hiding from the sheeple, Fookooshimars are those who believe the wild-eyed rantings of those self-proclaimed, self-serving experts saying everyone is going to die horribly from cancer. Mr Arudou is one of these fellows.
Just for the record, my position is that the emissions from Fukushima are not terribly nice, and I think the 20 millisieverts limit is perhaps too high. Furthermore, I understand that people with children in Fukushima and the surrounding areas can find it difficult to look at the situation objectively. Furthermore, I raised an eyebrow when the first rice crop from Ibaraki was declared completely free of radioactive caesium.
Having said that, there is a lot of wrong thinking when it comes to radiation. The panic over 50 Becquerels per kilo of beef when bananas have double that and brazil nuts nearly ten times as much. A few wards in Tokyo setting the maximum level of 0.2 microsieverts per hour for public parks, or 1.75 millisieverts per year, which comes pretty close to the average background radiation in the UK and half the granite city of Aberdeen or the radon-rich parts of Cornwall.
Anyway, back to his article. First, the article is full of "we" (not to mention "wee"…), but who is this mysterious we? Everyone knows Debito.org is a one-man operation, so using the royal we is either pomposity or it weakens his case, as it gives me the impression of him not personally standing behind his words.
The Fukushima Crisis has exposed the inability of the GOJ (whether you mean politician or bureaucrat) to respond in a timely or safe manner
It’s you who should be defining whether the GOJ means the political or bureaucratic service, not leaving it up to the reader. Have the cojones, as you might say, to come out clearly. How did Kan perform? NIST? The opposition? Other cabinet members? I recommend Ampontan as a worthwhile read, and no, you don’t have to agree with his personal politics to get plenty out of his site.
Some referential articles follow, showing 1) the slow poisoning of children by Fukushima (NHK World),
The article says "it is unlikely that thyroid cancer will increase in the future" (but of course, they would say that, wouldn’t they ).
2) how deep the institutional rot runs (NY Times),
That article puts almost all the blame on Kan and his office.
3) more on the science of radioactivity and how seriously matters are not being taken (Japan Focus),
That is a very good article and I recommend it to everyone. It’s because it’s a trained scientist talking about his field of expertise.
and 4) the new attempts at spin-doctoring the situation, for starters.
Who is doing the spin-doctoring? It looks like the article itself to me. For starters, it decides to illustrate the article with a photo from Nagasaki. It is quite a -inducing article, packed with straw men in almost every sentence.
Japanese people, including radiation refugees, plead for global help to survive human right to health violations experienced since March when Japan’s ever worsening nuclear power plant catastrophe began.
Today, an estimated five million people in the Ukraine suffer Chernobyl radiation deformities and cancer
Estimated by whom?
a lawsuit brought to force government officials to evacuate more than 350,000 children from the Fukushima area where they are being forcibly exposed by the government to lethal doses of radiation.
U.S. involvement in nuclear genocide abroad and at home
I don’t think you know the meaning of that word.
There have been Japanese government televised programs espousing Plutonium is good for humans.
Japanese teachers force students to eat food that parents fear is contaminated with radiation.
If you can stand it, the original The Examiner article is a horrendous mess of links to even more wide-eyed speculation that would not be out of place in a The Onion article.