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WTF scandal? Japan Forces Top Official To Retract Prime Minister's Revelation Fukushima Permanently Uninhabitable
A top government official forced to retract his report that the Prime minister said Fukushima will be permanently uninhabitable. Milk from Fukushima allowed back on store shelves with record levels of radiation being detected in food from the area. After WHO warns real risk is radiation in food supply and Fukushima upgraded to same level as Chernobyl, WHO says there is no need for new public health measures.

... Apparently the comment made behind closed doors was not supposed to be made public and the official has been forced to retract the report and Prime Minister denies ever making the comment.

Edano apologizes over Kan's reported remark

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yukio Edano has apologized to the public over media reports about the long-term inhabitability of areas around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

An adviser to the Cabinet, Kenichi Matsumoto, at first told reporters on Wednesday that the Prime Minister remarked that areas around the nuclear plant will be inhabitable over a long period. He later retracted his comment and the Prime Minister himself also denied making such a statement.

Is it worth retracting?
by das monde on Wed Apr 20th, 2011 at 03:28:00 AM EST
The custom of beheading the bearer of bad news springs to mind.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Wed Apr 20th, 2011 at 02:58:52 PM EST
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Next day on the same blog:

Japan Officially Orders Censorship Of Truth About Fukushima Nuclear Radiation Disaster

It quotes:

The government charges that the damage caused by earthquakes and by the nuclear accident are being magnified by irresponsible rumors, and the government must take action for the sake of the public good. The project team has begun to send "letters of request" to such organizations as telephone companies, internet providers, cable television stations, and others, demanding that they "take adequate measures based on the guidelines in response to illegal information. "The measures include erasing any information from internet sites that the authorities deem harmful to public order and morality.
Illegal information... Are we so far?
by das monde on Thu Apr 21st, 2011 at 12:16:53 AM EST
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This is ridiculous - the truth is the truth.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Apr 22nd, 2011 at 10:20:57 AM EST
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The Fates are kind.
by Gaianne on Sun Apr 24th, 2011 at 01:48:30 AM EST
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