The government lies and cover-ups are coming to a head, and residents of Japan are now scrambling to acquire non-radiated rice and other foods.
Via Alexander Higgins:
Fears of food riots strike Japan after rice trading is halted due to a 40% price spike triggered by massive hoarding of the remaining radiation free rice supply.
It is time to start paying very close attention the events unfolding in Japan as the nation teeters on the verge of food riots which may serve as an example of what other nations in a similar situation would face.
As we approach the 5 month marker since the onset of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japan has repeatedly assured the public that the nation’s food supply was safe from radiation. Japan has given those reassurances despite warnings from experts that the nuclear fallout has already surpassed 20 Hiroshima bombs with no end in site and experts say ‘off-scale’ levels of lethal radiation at Fukushima infer millions dying.
Time and again those assurances have proven to be false. Radiation has found in everything from soiland sewage to tea and beef. Even worse, a just released report revealed that Japan ran simulations back as far as 1984 which showed 18,000 deaths from acute radiation exposure and a 55 mile radius would be rendered permanently uninhabitable. All of these factors have entirely destroyed the public’s trust in their government.
In an attempt to regain the public’s trust, Japan just announced hours ago that they will no longer offer any assurances of the safety of the nation’s food supply.
source: Alexander Higgins
Japan:Last year’s rice being hoarded over radiation contamination worries
TOKYO (Kyodo) — Consumers are beginning to hoard last year’s rice as their dietary staple over concerns that freshly harvested rice may be contaminated with radioactive materials released from the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, retailers said Friday.
The Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry is working to establish a system for ensuring the safety of rice ahead of the harvest season in autumn, with plans to inspect the crop in two stages.
The buying spree, however, indicates deep public distrust of the government’s handling of food safety issues in the wake of the nuclear crisis following a scare over contaminated beef.
A rice seller in Tokyo’s Nerima Ward said regular customers began asking it to keep rice on stock just around the time the ministry disclosed its rice inspection plans on Wednesday.
A supermarket in Koto Ward, also Tokyo, said rice is selling at twice the normal pace at the outlet, while various rice brands were mostly sold out at a nearby shopping center.
Source: Kyodo News
When a government is forced to choose between the possibility of panic or lying to the public they will choose the latter every time, arguably to the detriment of their people.
The people of Japan are learning first hand that they are collateral damage in a never ending public relations propaganda war.
Governments will refuse to tell the truth until they have absolutely no other option. Thus, by the time they do let the public know, the panic they tried to avoid in the first place will be exponentially worse.
Trust the “official” story at your peril.
I wonder how big the “prepper” thing ws in japan? i’d be really interested to hear some stories from japanese preppers right about now…..
I live in Kyushu Island, located in southern part of Japan. I woke up in April 2006 when I found a peak oil site. Since then I became a prepper. “Prepper thing” is not even a small flame in Japan. Most of Japanese are still sleep-walking. I used to tell people around me that SHTF is certainly coming but I gave up because no one listens, even after Fukushima explosion. Many are concerned about contaminated food but few stocking up rad-free foods. Many believe Japan will be an exception when the world is sinking with the dollar. There are people who can think themselves and evacuated from contaminated areas and start a new life in other places, while the others still blame government and wait something to be done. For those who lost home and loved ones by tsunami, I feel so sorry. I live in a rather safe? place in Japan but have been in full prep mode because I want my family to survive. It’s time to be your own folks.
“.. the greater portion of Japan must go into the sea …” Edgar Cayce
Don’t forget he also said the West Coast of the US would disappear into the sea too after it broke off!!??
i see someone else is reading edgar cayce….with a sucess rate of 90%….people said he was wrong because it didnt happen after 2000 but it says when “the great cycle ends” when the greater portion of japan must go into the sea so people assumed the year 2000…. it could be the cycle of the sun or the mayan cycle. also the sun just exploded a X7 class solar flare but wasnt earth directed but scientist say we have a 60 % chance one will hit us in the next couple of years.
I guess we’re a little off topic, but I had a friend at NASA that scared the crap out of me when he discussed solar flares, the sun’s natural cycle, and our unprotected communication satellites. (He said a strong enough flare could even fry the computer in everyone’s car). He’s one reason why I prep now.
Edgar Cayce made a lot of false predictions.
And so it begins.
You don’t think they would do that kinda thing to us do you? NAaaaaaaa.
Looks like the habit of Government Leaders telling lies and or half half truth at each day is NOT
just a problem for Americans these days…..
Any one wonder why the radiation detectors on the West have been “disabled due to technical problems”since the Japan problem?And why they have NOT been brought back on-line?
What levels of toxic radiation are coming from Japan to America?
Anyone have some reading/info about this?
Does anyone have trust in Obama(or those so-honest folk Republicans?)since he said that the U.S.
is still AAA rated after the downgrading by S&P?Do we dare trust the S&P(the folks who lied to EVERYONE about the credit rating of Billions of “toxic mortgages”???
Who do U trust??
Best to All
I suspect someone at S&P didn’t get their payoff, didn’t get the payoff promised, or got a larger payoff from a third party. If you haven’t noticed, Moody’s has not followed suit… yet.
I saw this elsewhere to. I have a buddy who lives in Japan and have emailed him to ask his take. Last time I talked to him, the lines for gas was 1/2 a mile long.
Can see this to being our housing crisis solution…..importing 10 million sick Japanese families who have to abandon the Island. Oh well; at least we’ll be improving our work ethic right?
If they have to evacuate Japan, maybe they could all move to Detroit, where there’s plenty of vacant housing and empty factories.
The 800 pound gorilla in the room that nobody is talking about yet is the 9 month marker when the babies start being born.
And that would be Nov/Dec..hmmmm
well said…..God help those families and their children.
Nope. Japan is quite advanced in ultrasound. The contaminated foeti will be quietly aborted, and no news.
I just can not see riots happening in Japan.
The Japanese are very honorable people, but if they know that their government is stealing & jacking up the prices, they will be honor bound to make this right, and once they decide this as a people, they will all work together to make it right. That goes for the military & the police.
I can’t either but when your hungry……….
You should take your rose colored blinder sun glasses off & buy a geiger counter along with a first class flight ticket to the far East to gain some bonus miles.
I call BS on your statement as well as the statements by Seraphim1307 below. It reminds me of how Glenn Beck fell all over himself gushing about the behavior of the Japanese after the earthquake. But when it comes to food and survival the will to survive is our strongest desire. Nothing, not even polite behavior, will deter the Japanese from surviving. More importantly, these soooooooooo polite Japanese are the same people who treated Allied POW’s in a horrific manner during WWII. The POW’s were used as slave labor, and human lab rats by the oh so honorable Japanese. And if you want documented proof look at the percentage of Allied POW’s who died under the Japanese compared to the percentage that died under the Germans. Honorable people my ass.
I’m in Japan and nothing of the sort is happening.
This is because I live in Kyushu.
My life has remained completely unchanged by the disaster. We probably have received less radiation poisoning than the U.S. west coast.
To quell the riots, Japanese officials will be distributing Playstation 3s and all the rape-themed anime you can fit in the trunk of your irradiated Toyota.
Why limit this to Japan? North America is getting blasted by Fuel Fleas but since you can’t see the hot particles, must not be a problem? Other than Rense.com, no one is covering this epic, catastrophic disaster. Give it a couple of years when millions start dropping like flies.
While I most certainly think we get very little in the way of truth, if we really were getting bombarded here, Washington would be a ghost town.
Give it another 15 years and we probably WILL be a ghost state. I understand that Canada had such high numbers that Washington is testing the Seattle area.
Red Leader, Thats a good point, A jaw droppingly good point…………as for everyone else, Stock up bitches!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Children developing in the womb are very sensitive to even small amounts of radiation due to the rapid cell multiplication in the growth process. If the radiation is as high as many are saying, birth defects will be off the chart and this will be another national tragedy that Japan will be dealing with for decades to come.
No. They will not be allowed to be born, and there won’t be a national tragedy as Japan doesn’t treat foeti as live humans.
Heard back from my buddy in Japan. Portion of email pasted below..
Here in Yokohama the day to day has been back to normal for quite some time. Our gas supplies were only tight for 2-3 weeks after the earthquake.
The contamination of food is real. It all depends on one’s outlook. My wife, who always used to buy local, now only buys produce that clearly states where it is from, and I can’t be the main island, Honshu. We have been shopping at a store that sells produce from Kyushu. She now also prefers imported foods.
Some people don’t worry about it, some do. Radiation did, and I think still is, leak into the area. So it is being passed along the food chain. It first came out in spinach, other leafy vegetables and milk. It is now being reported in beef. The area around Fukushima has a similar reputation for produce as the area east of San Francisco. It is very fertile land with a significant amount of produce being grown there. The next big issue is rice. It will be getting harvested in the fall. So my wife is buying up rice now, since it was harvested before the accident.
There are some people I work with on Sunday that don’t worry about it at all. They are in their late 50s and early 60s. One guy says he won’t live long enough to be affected by it, and he likes the prices. The other issue is that there are campaigns to get people to purchase foods from the Fukushima area to help their businesses. It is a bit of a conflict. You do want to help support the people who were really devastated by the tsunami, earthquake and radiation. But you also don’t want to be poisoning yourself. I’m a bit laidback on it, but my wife is very concerned.
The other issue is electricity. Everyone in the area around Tokyo is conserving. So we haven’t had to deal with rolling blackouts. Stores don’t have their signs on, the number of lights used in businesses has been reduced, and some factories have switched to working Saturday and Sunday, taking off two different days for the “weekend”, to help ease the peak usage. Though people are concerned if the weather gets too hot and causes a draw from air conditioners, we’ve been OK so far. We’re not able to move power around quite as easy as one may guess. The Western part of the island is running at 60Hz and we are running at 50Hz. So transferring power from one grid to the other is a bit more complicated than in the US.
Excellent post from someone who is on the ground in Japan.
It tells me several things:
1) The reports of radiation of 20 Hiroshima bombs is not accurate; countless would have already died, and such informal gratuitous estimates of the amounts of radiation release are sensationalistic exagerrations by over-hyped preppers;
2) The contamination of Japanese food is real, and not in the lease sensationalistic. American preppers might want to get more rice before this year’s harvest makes it into market to avoid risk, eh?
3) Power has long been restored to the Fukushima area, hence there is no reason why there should be any special trouble keeping radioactive material in the plants cooled. Yes, cooling and containing are two different things, and keeping the rods cooled does not necessarily mean you are containing radiation release. However, the fact that people in Japan haven’t started dropping like flies shows that release is not as bad as has been reported
Honestly I would expect radiation reports to be like those of global warming and oil spill disasters in the gulf….over stated for the cause and effect of a crisis. That is no surprise.
Lets hope Japannese rice stocks aren’t coming to a Costco near us in those 50lb bags we love to stock up on….
Kudos to the Japanese people. My dad fought them in WWII and always held some bitterness against them for things he saw; but late in life he held respect for their commitments and ethics. I don’t see them crying like those in New Orleans or Haiti.
no where in that email does he mentioned the number of dead….as if this person would know anyway. If you want to believe the numbers the media release with permission form TPTB, go right ahead….you probably believe the numbers from Chernobyl too
Re: Self Defense
Ladies, are you familiar with handling/using a gun? If not, why not? In these uncertain times it is important to be able to defend yourself and your family. In light of recent flash mobs, the violence in Great Britain, and now food riot fears in Japan … men and women need to be able to defend themselves. If you don’t have family members who could teach you, there are classes for self-defense and guns at many stores that sell guns.
Men, are you there 24/7 to protect your family? Men, if you are proficient with guns, be sure to encourage and teach the women in your family (wife or girlfriend, daughters, granddaughters, etc.) how to use a gun.
I grew up in a home where there were no guns. As a former elementary teacher, learning to handle a gun was NEVER on my “bucket list” of things I wanted to do in life. My husband encouraged me.
If I can do it, you can too.
My ex is fairly proficient with the LadySmith 357 she bought when we were married. I gave my adult sister a Charter Arms 38 detective special but sje keeps it hidden in her apt. My ladyfriend packs a Sig 9MM and keeps her 12 Ga. close by, LOL. Can’t get my daughter to touch a gun.
Plain Old American,
Hopefully your daughter will change her mind as the economy continues to deteriorate and violence increases.
My biggest fear is something will happen and my husband won’t be here.
Make her, do what ever you have to but now is the time. And that goes for all the other parents out there. sign her up for a firarms or hunter safety class. Parents are allowed to subject there kids to the education they feel is best for them. My son has had two hunter safety classes, my daughter who is still 7 knows basic safe handeling and shooting on bolt action, pumps and semi auto rifles.
As a single lady, I don’t have the luxury of someone else to take the lead in my protection. As a city gal, I have plenty of reasons (about half a million) to carry. I have had several training classes but also the luxury of growing up around guns and “playing” with assorted BB guns as a child. I carry my .45 and keep a loaded 12-guage handy at home. On my wish list now is an Arsenal AK74. Pinching pennies to hopefully have one by spring.
I would encourage any woman, single or otherwise, to learn to protect themselves and exercise their second amendment right. And it doesn’t matter whether you live in the city, the country, or a gated exclusive community. Criminals do not have zip codes. They also love communities where everyone assumes they’re safe – easy pickin’s.
There are individuals with radiation detectors in the US that report there is some radiation reaching the US. Not just on the west coast. The other day something as big as Mothra crapped on my car, I’m sure of it. I couldn’t resist that last sentence.
In the USSR they had a problem after Chernobyl with the food supply..the solution was beautifully simple..”the solution to pollution is dillution” You simply take 3 pounds if glow in the dark rice, mix it with 7 pounds of safe rice and presto..the radiation level of the rice is now only 30% of its original level which means it is “safe”. For your information, another option for the japanese will be to sell a lot of their agricultural products foreign..then buy off the international markets the food they need. A starving kid on the Horn of Africa is unlikely to be able to tell if their food is contamminated with radiation..and further, their life expectancy is so low that its likely the kid will die from some other preventable cause before cancer occurs.. One other thing to watch for will be to see if Japan starts “donating” a lot more food to the UN or UNICEF or save the children ect…
As for the Japanese government and its relationship with the people..frankly I doubt they care. Japan has half the population of the US jammed into an area the size of California…If even a large percentage of them were gone…Japan would be largely uneffected economically, politically or militarily. Money and power talk, while the little people are only good for making perfectly nice food turn into fertilizer…and a pony can do that.
OM: As big as Mothra? It must have been Rodan …. 🙂
OM and DK, careful you’re showing your age. Lol.
You know if that happened here in the U.S. Barack Hussein Obama would do what was in the best interests of U.S. citizens.
Yeah, right, “Paul Revere”. Like President George Chimpo Bush did in 2004 re: Katrina? F you and your douchbag political smarminess. The real Paul Revere would have smacked you in the face with his lantern after asking you “How do you want it, chump? One if by land, two if by sea?”
MadHatter: Just caught your post. Don’t read everyone just happened to see that you addressed me. Let me respond. barnes & Noble is closing I must post here.
Yes I have a lust for money as I grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. We were very poor. Ketchup sandwiches were too often the norm.
I had my first paper route at the age of nine. It was the Sunday South Bend Tribune. I lied about my age. When my brother got tired of his Sunday route, I did his as well. I shoveled snow in the winter door to door and cut grass in the summer.
Once I was old enough to work, I cleaned animal cages at the zoo and picked up garbage from the city parks for the Parks Department. In those days we stood along the side of the flat bed and shook the metal garbage barrels out by hand while standing in the beer, wine, and soda.
But lifting and shaking those barrels built some muscle.
I did that every summer until high school graduation and during the winters I would work at a local factory from 6-10 pm. On the weekends I washed and detailed new cars for a chrysler dealer (loved those 440’s).
After high school graduation I packed a bag and drained by savings account of $150.00, stuck out my thumb and headed for California. After stop overs in St Louis, Kansas City, Denver, SLC, and Vegas, I moved on to LA and then to SF where I worked as a UNION busboy in cannery cafeteria on the weekends 16 hours a day, three days a week.
As my birthdate was to be the last number called in the draft for the Viet Nam War that year, I decided that I would rather face combat with a Marine watching my back then an army draftee. It was a good choice. Less than two years and three meritorious promotions later I was back in the states and ready for college on the GI Bill.
I spent a couple of summers working in the steel mills and attended Purdue University as an Economics Major. I made the dean’s list while working part time at a local factory nights.
I wanted a different environment, a different school, and a different future than I saw there, so I packed my volkswagon with ALL of my earthly possessions and headed west to Phoenix and ASU, slip streaming semi’s all the way.
I paid out of state tuition from my own pocket the first year and when they failed to give my in state status the next year, I split classes with a community college for another year and established “residency” there. Then I finished at ASU with a BS in Real Estate Finance. My name is on a plaque in a closet, somewhere in the Business Building collecting dust.
All while I worked two part time jobs, paid all of my own expenses including a new car and an apartment.
While a senior real estate student I worked part time for a commercial real estate appraiser. My first assignment was a master planned, multi use, commercial and residential development not far from where Arrowhead mall.
Frankly, it was the first time I really applied myself academically in my whole life. The study landed on the desk of the President of the largest S&L in the State, with my name on the cover. The Chief Appraiser of the S&L called me and offered me a job. I was off to the races.
From there, as a “reaty whore”, I moved on to real estate shopping center development and commercial brokerage. Then it was leveraged buyout time and analyzing spreadsheets and corporate reports.
There was a stint also in the commerical secondary mortgage market also, as I brokered two $50 million apartment mortgage portfolios while working with wall street security firms.
Four wheeling was a hobby and I decided to use the information from my Arizona History class that I took at the communty college on my explorations. Prospecting was fun and I had a “knack” for it.
Some guys want to find a nugget or two, I wanted to find a mine. I went down to Tucson, picked up a textbook; The Geology of Ore Deposits (900 pages) and read it cover to cover. Several times. Then I went out and during my travels in the great Southwest, discovered a mine, but not just any mine. This mine is only one of seven like it in all of North America.
So if you think I sound socialist, so be it. I have worked very hard, very independently to get mine. I understand the struggle of those who may not be as focused as I was, or as determined. I understand the plight of the poor and disposed as I was poor and dispossed. I understand the efforts of small business men and women because I ran my own real estate consulting firm for many a year. I understand corporate finance because I managed to get TWO wall Street banks, each willing to lend me $50 million.
I could do that today if I wanted to part with some ownership in my mine. I do not. I would rather have the freedom of working six months a year and having my weekends and summers off. In a couple of months I will go back to work.
Until then I will challenge what passes for ‘economics’ by some of the brainiacs on this site and we all know who I mean. I got mine. Get yours.
DK thank you for your service. No grass growing under your feet for sure. One thing my pap used to say, ” Son, ain’t nothing goin’ to grow in your hand but your peter”.
You really don’t sound like a socialist to me Durango, just a guy who worked his way up. Congratulations to you.
Good post. Well said. admirable life.
4th day of riots in London and, in Birmingham, 3 pedestrians (muslims) run over and killed by car. Plus the ‘right wing’ group, called English Defence League is basically saying they’re gonna be out in force and kicking some rioter butts. WOW! This could go from just plain ugly to ‘ex-girfriend ugly.’
Wow ex-girlfriend ugly! Things are getting serious!
Can we go to the Olympics early daddy.
Elderly Man: In the church, they say to forgive.
Creasy: Forgiveness is between them and God. It’s my job to arrange the meeting.
That’s the sound of forgiveness… screaming, and then silence.
Damn that gonna require 36 virgins. Price of them is gonna have to go up…supply and demand thing.
I’m sending you a you tube video during the Japan tsunami. It’s being recorded from a camera inside a car. Spookie.
Always it’s the plain people to get the screw. Always.
Be safe all. Keep your families safe.
Manos, thanks again for sending that video site. Will make sure the wife gets to see that when she gets home. I’ve never have seen anything like that in my life. I think the most amazing was watching the ground move before the water got there. I don’t know what else to say. Keep lookin’ up and your family safe. POP.
On Drudge Report:
Riots Break Out Around Globe Amid Economic Anxiety
It’s just like a roller coaster. Some days it’s the clickety-click as we go up, next day it’s the yee-haaa scream as we go down. Dow is down 390 pts. Did I see that right? This must be another yee-haaa day.
Meanwhile, silver just sits there(being all shiney and pretty) at 38.50 And gold(the big show-off) is at 1777.20
By the way, has anybody noticed that gold is ahead of platinum last few days? What’s up with that?
Maybe tomorrow will be a clickety click day. It’ll calm the nerves of the poor folks still silly enough to hold stocks, and it might give us a bit more time to prep.
To live is Christ, to die is gain. I’m a winner either way!
AND we’re down on the DOW again. Yeeeehaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa
Johnny Cash – Five Feet High And Rising
Great tune love it, you just keep posting the cool utube links.
PS I think the third place joke shoulld be the runner up..lol
It’s a shitty world buy, it’s still good to laugh.
Top Four Adult Jokes
A man bumps into a woman in a hotel lobby and as he does, his elbow goes into her breast. They are both quite startled.
The man turns to her and says, ‘Ma’am, if your heart is as soft as your breast, I know you’ll forgive me.’ She replies, ‘If your penís is as hard as your elbow, I’m in room 221..’
Third Place :
One night, as a couple lays down for bed, the husband starts rubbing his wife’s arm. The wife turns over and says ‘I’m sorry honey, I’ve got a gynecologist appointment tomorrow and I want to stay fresh.’ The husband, rejected, turns over.
A few minutes later, he rolls back over and taps his wife again.
‘Do you have a dentist appointment tomorrow too?’
Bill worked in a pickle factory.
He had been employed there for a number of years when he came home one day to confess to his wife that he had a terrible compulsion. He had an urge to stick his penis into the pickle slicer.
His wife suggested that he should see a sex therapist to talk about it, but Bill said he would be too embarrassed. He vowed to overcome the compulsion on his own. One day a few weeks later, Bill came home and his wife could see at once that something was seriously wrong..
‘What’s wrong, Bill?’ she asked.
‘Do you remember that I told you how I had this tremendous urge to put my penis into the pickle slicer?’ ‘Oh, Bill, you didn’t’ she exclaimed.
‘Yes, I did.’ he replied.
‘My God, Bill, what happened?’
‘I got fired.’
‘No, Bill. I mean, what happened with the pickle slicer?’
‘Oh…she got fired too.’
A couple had been married for 50 years.
They were sitting at the breakfast table one morning when the wife says, ‘Just think, fifty years ago we were sitting here at this breakfast table together.’ ‘I know,’ the old man said. ‘We were probably sitting here naked as a jaybird fifty years ago..’
‘Well,’ Granny snickered. ‘Let’s relive some old times.’
Where upon, the two stripped to the buff and sat down at the table.
‘You know, honey,’ the little old lady breathlessly replied, ‘My nipples are as hot for you today as they were fifty years ago.’
‘I wouldn’t be surprised,’ replied Gramps. ‘One’s in your coffee and the other is in your oatmeal.
Thanks, the last one is top of the tops.
One from me:
After twenty years of marriage, the couple goes to some marriage counsellor.
He asks what’s the problem. So the woman replies that it’s all those things that make her sad and angry.
Her husband is cold and unconcern, do not take care of her, she feels lonely, alienated, there is no love anymore,with unfullfiled needs in an empty marriage.
So she talks and talks for a long time, and when she finishes, the shrink stands up and tells her to stand up also.
He grabs her boobies and gives her a big french kiss for some minutes.
In the meantime the husband was looking without talking or reacting.
As soon as the shrink stops, the wife is dizzy and seats on her chair.
So the shrink tells the husband:
-This is what your wife needs man. Can you do this at least three times per week?”
So the husband thinks a bit and then says:
-I can bring her Mondays and Thursdays, but not Fridays. I play soccer with the gang.
Hahahahaaaahha! LMAO 🙂
Manos,BF you guys are great, LMAO!!
Bloodyfellow, you have the best laugh on this site.
too funny…forwarded this link onto a friend who just celebrated her 50th wedding anniversary.
I reload my shotgun shells and they’ve started talking to each other. Yesterday I heard one of them say “Once more unto the breech, dear friends…”
If everything fails America and Korea will supply Japan’s rice.
After all, prior to 1930, Korea supplied a huge portion of Japan’s rice!