Thursday, July 21, 2011

#Radiation in Japan: Chinese Tourists Are Back, Because They WANT Radiation

On a lighter note, Chinese tourists are back in Japan, particularly young couples, according to an article that appeared in Shukan Post, a Japanese weekly magazine. Chinese were among the first to depart en masse from Japan after the earthquake/tsunami/nuke plant disaster, and they avoided Japan altogether in April.

Why are they back now? Because they WANT to get exposed to radiation. Why? Because they believe that would get them a baby boy. It's got to be another "baseless rumor"; high-IQ and rich Chinese wouldn't do such a silly thing as trying to be intentionally exposed to artificial radiation hoping that would get them a boy, would they?

From Shukan Post article (July 22/29 issue) as appeared in Iza:

若い中国人カップルの間で「訪日ツアー」がブームだそうだ。

We hear that tours to Japan are becoming very popular among young Chinese couples.

震災直後、中国政府の帰国勧告を受けて各地の空港が中国人の帰国ラッシュで大混雑したことは記憶に新しい。そんな放射能パニックに陥った中国人が戻ってきたのかと思えば、どうも歓迎できない動機がありそうである。

We still remember the local airports crowded with Chinese citizens returning home upon the recommendation from their government. Why would the Chinese, who fled in a radiation panic, come back? There seems to be a reason behind it which we cannot totally be happy about.

「被曝によって男児が生まれる確率が高まる、というドイツの研究が中国紙で報じられたからです」(中国在住の日本人ジャーナリスト)

"It's because a German study was reported in a Chinese paper that radiation exposure increase the chance of conceiving a baby boy", says a China-based Japanese journalist.

『北京晩報』は6月8日付で、〈放射線で男の赤ちゃんが増える〉と題した記事を掲載。核実験が頻繁に行なわれた1960~1970年代にかけての欧州・米国や、チェルノブイリ原発事故の2年後のベラルーシ、ドイツとスイスの原発周辺の地域でも男児の出生比率が高くなったという怪しげな研究発表を報じたのである。

On June 8, Beijing Evening News carried the article titled "Radiation increases male babies". The article cited a dubious study that the ratio of male babies increased in Europe and the US during 1960s and 1970s when nuclear testing was done frequently, in Beralus 2 years after the Chernobyl accident, and in Germany and Switzerland in areas near nuclear power plants.

中国のネットユーザーは記事に即反応。中国版ツイッター『微博』には〈男の子を授かりたいなら日本に行け〉〈すぐに日本行きの航空券を買いに行く〉〈旅行会社は男子懐妊ツアーを組んでくれ〉などの書き込みが相次ぎ、ついには〈訪日旅行を盛り上げるために小日本が考えたデマじゃないか?〉という陰謀論まで登場した。

Net-savvy Chinese immediately responded to the article. The Chinese version of Twitter [I suppose it has nothing to do with Twitter but a Twitter-like service in China] was flooded with messages like "If you want a boy, go to Japan", "I'm going to buy a airline ticket to Japan right now", "Travel agencies should arrange "Boy Conception Tours"." And conspiracy theories like "It must be the false information concocted by "small" Japanese to revive the tourism from China."

瀋陽の日本総領事館に問い合わせると、4月にはゼロだった訪日ビザの発給数は、5月に23人、6月に1900人と大幅に増えている。

We inquired the Japanese Consul in Shenyang. There was no issuance of visitor's visa to Japan, and only 23 in May. But in June the number exploded to 1,900.

中国人団体を取り扱う日本の旅行会社の添乗員が苦笑交じりに語る。「九州の阿蘇山を案内した時、新婚の中国人カップルから、“放射線量はどのくらいか”と尋ねられました。“何も心配いりませんよ”というと、男の赤ちゃんが欲しかったそうで肩を落としていました」

A tour guide at a Japanese travel agency that cater to group tours from China says with a wry smile, "When I guided the Mount Aso in Kyushu, a newly wed Chinese couple asked me, 'How high is the radiation level?" When I told them there was nothing to worry about there, they were very disappointed. They said they wanted to have a baby boy."

This particular couple probably didn't bother to look at the map of "small Japan". The island of Kyushu is as far away as you can get from Fukushima I Nuke Plant. They should be enjoying the hot spring resort near the plant with the "Genpatsu Gypsy" workers (read the Guardian report).

The Japanese version of the same "baseless rumor" about radiation and conception is that if you work in a nuclear power plant you are more likely to get a baby girl, not boy. Maybe it's different with Chinese.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Robbie001 sez:

The Chinese don't need to leave home to get their flipper baby's worth of radiation exposure. They have their own domestic nuclear waste program it just needs to opened to the "I want a freak baby" tours. With names like "Everclean Environmental Engineering Corporation" it is pretty obvious the Chinese admit they'll be cleaning up their nuclear waste forever.

http://www.nti.org/db/china/sptfuel.htm

Anonymous said...

*Sigh* It's probably not that radiation produces more male children, but that radiation is more likely to kill female children (or adults)and that accounts for the resulting gender disparity:
According to the (US) National Academy of Sciences VII report:
“In BEIR VII, the cancer mortality risks for females are 37.5 percent higher. The risks for all solid tumors, like lung, breast, and kidney, liver, and other solid tumors added together are almost 50 percent greater for women than men, though there are a few specific cancers, including leukemia, for which the risk estimates for men are higher.”

and

“The BEIR VII report estimates that the differential risk for children is even greater. For instance, the same radiation in the first year of life for boys produces three to four times the cancer risk as exposure between the ages of 20 and 50. Female infants have almost double the risk as male infants.”
Hope

Anonymous said...

More about the BEIR VII report: The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) latest report on radiation risk, called the BEIR VII report, issued June 29, has major implications on how radiation protection regulations are made and enforced, according to the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (IEER). "BEIR" stands for the Biological Effects of Ionizing Radiation. The BEIR series of reports are the most authoritative basis for radiation risk estimation and radiation protection regulations in the United States. http://www.ieer.org/comments/beir/beir7pressrel.html
Hope

Anonymous said...

This is my favorite quote of the BEIR VII report: "Contrary to the beliefs of many in the nuclear industry, the BEIR VII report reaffirmed the conclusion of the prior report that every exposure to radiation produces a corresponding increase in cancer risk. "

Now let's hear about those 'safe' limits those officials keep talking about...

Anonymous said...

BTW, credited Ex-SKF stories are becoming a prominent fixture on "Scoop.it's" nuclear news aggregator. It's right up there with many MSM articles belatedly reporting stories Areva has already done.

http://www.scoop.it/t/nuclear-news-what-the-physics?page=1

Anonymous said...

Geez. Just when I thought things couldn't get any more retarded. Then along come some Chinese.

Hélios said...

On a darker note, SOS from Minamisoma again :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KSvfro1Hwco#at=72

Anonymous said...

I can't muster up a decent comment for this blog article except for THESE PEOPLE ARE THE DUMBEST SHIT YET.

Anonymous said...

Dumb Chinese....what stupidity to want to expose themselves to radiation to get a boy....selfish and ignorant wankers

Anonymous said...

This is why damned lies and statistics are such an essential part of the propagandists armor. The fact that exposure to radiation decreases the chances of conceiving any child but the decrease is greater in the case of female babies equals "more chance of conceiving a boy" in the world of spin.
With a bit of luck these people will be exposed to enough radiation to become sterile and won't be able to pass their ignorance onto a new generation - fat chance.
Is the iodine in salt protects from radiation rumour still going strong?

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