SOS From Japan

Via Zero Hedge.

The mayor of Minami Soma city, located 25 km away from the Fukushima plant, had decided to bypass the traditional channels in requesting assistance out of disgust and frustration with the government's handling of the disaster, and instead is appealing to the entire world via this soon to be viral video clip which was recorded over a week ago but is only now making the rounds. In the clip, mayor Katsunobu Sakurai says: "We are left to ourselves... we risk dying of hunger." Minami Soma, once a city of over 70,000 and which may now be down to as little 20,000, is asking for volunteers to do what the Japanese government refuses to do: namely to help those most in need of if not help, then at least potentially life-saving information. The mayor expresses his disappointment at the lack of support from the central government for the city's remaining residents, and accuses the government of not providing sufficient information to help in the decision making process.
My take is that it is not just insufficient information (which is one way of lying) but the government and TEPCO are in my opinion falsifying information. They may be trying to prevent a panic. OTOH when (if) the falsification charge proves true it will generate a bigger panic because there will be no proven reliable source of information.

posted by Simon on 04.02.11 at 04:04 PM


This may be connecting two unrelated events, but I can't help think of the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Japan and the seeming lack of urgency it has generated, compared with the dispatch and care we are giving a few ragtag rebels in Libya. There is such disconnect from reality here.

A nuclear plant with 6 reactors wrecked by earthquake and tsunami, that has the potential to contaminate half of Japan, inflict real damage to their economy and ours, and the President of this country is concerned with a few tribes in the Middle East?

Frank   ·  April 2, 2011 6:43 PM

On the other side, the larger the humanitarian disaster, the more helpers you have available, if only they don't see themselves as victims.

Self-help scales, in other words.

rhhardin   ·  April 3, 2011 3:10 PM

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