November 28, 2013 – This blogpost has been split in two, for the part about seaweeds, see later.
I’m glad I put a couple drops on an extremely hot plate with my couple ceremonies throughout Japan, including my short visit to Fukushima’s coast. Some very nice intentions I came with aside, all-in-all, it has been one giant humbling embarrassment to myself: I’m nowhere. I’m left speechless as to the enormity of the challenge. The energies are astronomically beyond what I could hold space for. ;-/
In this blogpost: Japan turns into a police state, similar to the US; I’ll comment/rant about this changing socio-political climate (for which some of you may want to reread my lovely disclaimer).
Amidst protests in Tokyo and Hiroshima, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his cronies passed a new Japan Secrecy Act, turning the clock back to a taste of pre-WW2 authoritarianism…
See also report at Ex-SKF
One of the ostensible reasons for the ruling coalition (LDP, Komei)’s push for the passage of the law has been that, without such a law, no foreign country will share sensitive information with Japan.
From AP, via Fox News : New Japanese secrecy law welcomed by US but stirs fears at home.
TOKYO – A proposed state secrecy law in Japan that imposes stiffer penalties on bureaucrats who leak information — and journalists who seek it — is spurring a public outcry, with opponents blasting it as a heavy-handed effort to hide what the government is doing and restrict press freedom. […]” – Read it at Ex-SKF.
Like George W. Bush did with the heinous Patriot Act (renewed by the eloquent but oh-so-cunning pro-nuclear Obama) and the creation back then of a Gestapo-like Department of Homeland Security in the United States of America, likewise…
at the recommendation of ‘the American Evil Empire‘, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government pulled it off: Japan’s taken a bold cowardly step in the same direction: passing a ‘state secrets act’ with the plan to set up a U.S.-style “National Security Council” to oversee “security policies and coordinate among ministries”.
Sigh… Can’t be sure of anything anymore these days, but I think if they tried to pass such a fascist law in Germany or Italy, or France for that matter, the riots in the streets would be rather spectacular…
The Secrecy Act is most likely to curtail public access to information on a wide range of issues, including surrounding tensions with China and the ongoing Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear disaster crisis. The new law would dramatically expand the definition of “official secrets” and journalists convicted under it could be jailed for up to five years.
Reuters (Oct 24, 2013 – long before the law passed – my emphasis and selected quoting):
“[…] Japan’s harsh state secrecy regime before and during World War Two has long made such legislation taboo, but the new law looks certain to be enacted since Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party-led bloc has a comfortable majority in both houses of parliament and the opposition has been in disarray since he came to power last December.
Critics see parallels between the new law and Abe’s drive to revise Japan’s U.S.-drafted, post-war constitution to stress citizen’s duties over civil rights, part of a conservative agenda that includes a stronger military and recasting Japan’s wartime history with a less apologetic tone.
“There is a demand by the established political forces for greater control over the people,” said Lawrence Repeta, a law professor at Meiji University. “This fits with the notion that the state should have broad authority to act in secret.” […]
Media watchdogs fear the law would seriously hobble journalists’ ability to investigate official misdeeds and blunders, including the collusion between regulators and utilities that led to the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster. […]
“This may very well be Abe’s true intention – cover-up of mistaken state actions regarding the Fukushima disaster and/or the necessity of nuclear power,” said Sophia University political science professor Koichi Nakano. […]
The new legislation would create four categories of “special secrets” that should be kept classified – defense, diplomacy, counter-terrorism and counter-espionage.
Top officials in all ministries – rather than only defense officials as currently – will be able to designate state secrets for five years, renewable in five-year increments and potentially indefinitely, although cabinet approval would be required after 30 years.
“As things stand, the state gets a more or less free hand in deciding what constitutes a state secret and it can potentially keep things secret forever,” Nakano said. […]” Read more at Reuters.
I read this and looked up… There he was again: Abe. The Prime Minister, as well as a nuclear deception psycho player extraordinaire… Saw his writing on the walls in Tokyo, Kyoto, Iwaki, even in this tiniest Onsen (hot springs) town… Always that face… Always on those nationalistic political posters that supposedly had him elected…
Well, you know what PM Abe said when Junichiro Koizumi, a (more respected) former prime minister, advised PM Abe that Japan move away from nuclear power generation? This: “I think it is irresponsible to promise zero [nuclear power plants] at this stage.” (here) Really? What stage is that? Almost three years of radioactive leaking with no end in sight, and Mr. PM thinks these unsafe-by-nature misguided technological monstrosities should be EVER again be even considered ‘an option’? With no way to safely store the radioactive waste for the next hundred thousand years? At least he’s not alone. Seems he got quite the nutcase support network with all the other governments allowing nuclear fission technology to continue as well. (Including the government that issued me a passport, even… Yeah… I come from a really crazy place too…).
Anyways… before I continue pondering shamanic dynamics, interdimensional portals, and such, I got a scientific question: Hokkaido Seaweed, how contaminated is it really? (I WILL find out!)
This is probably one of those things that could fall under the new State Secrecy Act, right? I mean… the seaweed industry is gigantic in Japan, supplying Kelp and TONS of various other normally-healthy nutricious deliciousness for domesic and international markets. (I’m a BIG fan of eating seaweed, an addict some would say, hence my concern.) My posing this question could be… “Economic sabotage…”? (Could it? I don’t know… Radiological food safety is my intention, nothing else here.) Hmm, would they spin it? “An attack on the strategic economic interests of Japan, including tourism and food exports, totaling trillions of ¥en…”? With a stretch… Maybe. I really do not want to ruin anyone’s livelihood, but…, if it’s radioactive beyond the set norms (100 Bq/Kg Cs-137, etc…), It shouldn’t be for sale as food. I highy doubt that food under that limit can set a Geiger Counter off the way food’s been doing. See more on this question in the next blogpost.
One can keep faking smiles and repeat over and over that everything’s under control, but I haven’t met anyone yet who’s amused by the deception circus.
Anyhow…. with a couple rare exceptions (of very civilized marches), from what I’ve been able to gather, the general outcry in Japan is widespread and looks more-the-less like this:
Meanwhile, the war machine is being cranked up… And, as is always the case when a built-up happens in pre-war peace time, it’s -of course- “for further contribution to world peace”…
An Orwellian nightmare is upon us…
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Recent ENEnews UPDATES:
- Japan enacted its sweeping state secrets law late Friday night (Dec 6, 2013) which “criminalizes investigative journalism” and defines ‘Terrorism’ as “imposing one’s opinions on others”
- Top Official: Protesting secrecy law is act of terrorism — Japan gov’t promotes idea that you’re racist if avoiding Fukushima produce
- Bloomberg: “The entire process has echoes of George Orwell” — Nuclear activists to be constantly spied on?
- Insiders: State secrets bill meant to suppress Fukushima news — Japan public stunned as citizens could face years in prison —
- Man’s mouth “stuffed with cloth” after voicing opposition — Toxic leaks into ocean seem unstoppable, gov’t must plug the information instead (PHOTO)