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Fukushima nuclear disaster
Libyan uprising
DSK's arrest

Economics is politics by other means

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 11th, 2011 at 02:26:07 AM EST
None of them are "news."  They are now "olds" and the News Media® has no interest in "olds."

The fact these reactors are going to cause cancers and other forms of radiation caused deaths, world-wide, is an externality, not worthy of continued attention.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat Jun 11th, 2011 at 03:01:50 AM EST
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Exactly, radioactive contamination from Fukushima is now a fact of life, not "news"...

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Jun 11th, 2011 at 03:12:29 AM EST
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"naturally occurring radiation levels."
by wu ming on Sat Jun 11th, 2011 at 04:00:07 AM EST
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they have to bury.  

Contamination has already forced the ban of green tea exports from Chiba Prefecture.  Someone more familiar with Japanese geography can tell us just how close to Tokyo that is.  

Tokyo will be abandoned/evacuated.  This is a very big deal.  It will take a long time to get the VIPs out and resettled before they break the story to the peons.  In the mean time, this all has to be covered up--a very big project!  

And people are already getting restless.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Sat Jun 11th, 2011 at 08:24:30 AM EST
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What makes you think Tokio will be evacuated? (Sources?)

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sat Jun 11th, 2011 at 10:18:21 AM EST
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Roaming the web at random I come across a guy in Tokyo taking radiation measurements with a personal dosimeter.  The air is fine.  But the ground is not fine.  Tokyo is getting repeated dustings and the radiation is accumulating.  Meanwhile, the reactors are out of control, and there is no end in sight.  So, yes, I expect things to get worse.  

I am not sure Tokyo will be evacuated.  It may instead be abandoned.  The Japanese Government may never admit a thing, ever.  It's a possibility.  

The Fates are kind.

by Gaianne on Sun Jun 12th, 2011 at 12:24:36 AM EST
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to a point where the health problems it causes become seen as a public health problem, is a gradual shift in population towards the kansai, precipitated by government and corporate relocations.

moving a 30 million megalopolis is not going to be quick. building the housing, infrastructure, and commercial networks necessary to sustain that number of people cannot be built overnight, even were everyone to try to flee west. the roads, train lines, etc. alone would prove to be a bottleneck.

by wu ming on Sun Jun 12th, 2011 at 04:20:55 PM EST
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Chiba is situated on the north-east most portion of Tokyo Bay. On the south-west side it touches on Tokyo.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jun 11th, 2011 at 10:23:09 AM EST
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How close to Tokyo is Chiba? Tokyo Prefecture or Greater Tokyo?

Chiba is as close to Greater Tokyo as the Bronx is to New York City. That is, Greater Tokyo consists of all of Tokyo Prefecture and most of Chiba, Kanagawa, and Saitama.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Sat Jun 11th, 2011 at 12:15:18 PM EST
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And, with that "Greater Tokyo" construction, Chiba is the part of Tokyo closest to Fukushima.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Jun 11th, 2011 at 02:13:24 PM EST
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