Friday, May 11

Japan's very unscientific views on contamination

So, over a year gone now and Japan is still deep in the mess left from the March 11 earthquake / tsunami / radioactive meltdown. I'm sure most of you have seen the crazy before and after pictures of the progress as the Japanese have ganbare'ed to their limits. Also, citizen pressure has led to the deactivation of all but two nuclear power facilities which will in fact be shutdown this whole month (source).

And, although shareholders plan to sue TEPCO (Tokyo Electric Power Company, who is at fault for the meltdown) for some 67 billion dollars, I still find myself wondering why TEPCO isn't shelling out money to the government and the nation. Why isn't TEPCO bankrupt right now? Why hasn't some other group stepped up to show that nuclear power can and does work in the right hands?

All that aside, sit back and laugh at these completely unscientific yet very agreeable perspectives on Japan's contamination. Thanks to Testosterone Pit who says these have been circulating the Japanese interwebs for a few months now.


  1. Unbelievable! I guess that "perception" is different in any given case. Wow, what a difference though.

  2. So which is correct?

  3. That's not easy to day. There's contaminated water, soil, plants, etc. And there are conflicting sources, as these funny slides show. It's not as cut and dry as a graph like these depicting off-limit areas.


You should probably engage in some conversation.