Archives for the month of: November, 2011

Meet Toyoko Suzuki. She lives right on the border of the 20km exclusion zone around the Fukushima plant:
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After a couple of months of almost mainlining the news on the Fukushima nuclear crisis, I turned off. I made a conscious choice to stop reading the updates in details and to not get paranoid or worried; there’s only so much energy you can expend before you become exhausted. At that point, you have to decide whether to commit to the issue or not- and I simply wasn’t worried enough about the impact of radiation on my own health to remain constantly abreast of the daily developments.
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Here we will have a break from normal transmission to broadcast some rather interesting Japanese blog posts I came across today. I took the time to translate them properly because machine translations, as were posted on Enenews, weren’t quite up to scratch. They allege that many more workers have died at the Fukushima No. 1 plant than TEPCO, the government or the media are letting on. The figure in the latter article – 4,300 people – seems ridiculously high and I doubt that many people could die and it not become news, even with large amounts of bribery money being paid.
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The Otohime. Destroyer of Worlds- and autonomous bladder control

Pavlov would be thrilled. In the 1890s he trained dogs to salivate at the sound of a bell in St. Petersburg. Now, in the 21st century, Japan has trained its womenfolk not to urinate unless they hear the sound of a waterfall.

Hold on, you say. Does this mean the lot of them have to haul ass to the nearest nature spot to take a leak? Fortunately not: instead, Japanese technology has sorted out that particular conundrum for them by installing neat little boxes in toilets, the “Otohime,” which emit a tinny version of Niagara. Apparently many of them find it difficult to tinkle without the jingle.
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