Monday, April 23, 2012

Namie-Machi Resident's Suicide Considered as Protest Against #Fukushima Nuke Plant/Accident By Town's Residents, According to Asahi's "Trap of Prometheus"

Since Asahi has moved the worthy series to the paid subscribers-only section and has been aggressively going after any blog sites that dare re-post the installments of the series, all I can do is to do the meta-analysis - referring to the post of someone who has read the article and commented on it.

Here's one from a non-fiction writer Ryuichi Akiba, commenting on the April 23 installment of "Trap of Prometheus". The headline of this particular installment, according to Akiba, is "Everything was completely robbed".

From Mr. Akiba's blog on April 23, 2012:


A resident of Namie-machi committed suicide by stabbing his stomach with a kitchen knife to protest against nuclear power plant

The title of this morning (April 23)'s "Trap of Prometheus" series by Asahi Shinbun is "Everything was completely robbed".

この記事は「福島県浪江町では原発事故後、松本英之のほかにもう1人が自殺している。赤宇木(あこうぎ)の男性だ。 男性は昨年11月、避難先から自宅に戻り、包丁で腹を刺して死んだ。58歳だった。遺書はなかった」で始まる。

The article begins with this passage: "In Namie-machi in Fukushima Prefecture, there is another person who committed suicide after the nuclear accident, in addition to Hideyuki Matsumoto. He was from Akougi District. Last November, he returned home from the temporary shelter, and stabbed his stomach to death with a kitchen knife. He was 58 years old. There was no suicide note."


So that makes the two who committed suicide from this district.


His relatives say, "If there were no nuclear accident, he wouldn't have done it." The residents of the district speak about the man's suicide,

「あれの自殺は、これは最大の抵抗だ。切腹して死んだ思いを、私たちは大切にしなければいけない」 (長老)

"His suicide is the loudest protest. We have to keep his memory alive, how he must have felt when he committed "seppuku"." (Elder in the district)


"His death is the protest against the nuclear power plant." (District chief)


"There is a limit to which a human can endure. The government has to keep that in mind." (Mayor Baba)


According to Mayor Baba, the radiation level of the district is "estimated to be 200 millisieverts per year". The nuclear plant killed people, and killed their living space.


Now, what could we do to to keep alive the memory of the man who committed "seppuku"? I believe it is to quit nuclear power generation right away. If there was no nuclear plant in Fukushima, he didn't need to commit suicide.

The suicide of the man described in Asahi's "Trap of Prometheus" installment is describing is this one. What's not reported in the original news of the suicide back in December last year is the reaction of the town's residents, that they consider his death as "seppuku", as protest against the nuclear plant and the accident.

The first reported suicide that was clearly the result of the nuclear accident was not even in the high-radiation areas in Fukushima. It was a cabbage farmer in Sukagawa City in Fukushima Prefecture, on March 24, 2011 (one day after the government issued a restriction on consumption of vegetables from Fukushima).

In June there was a report of the suicide of a dairy farmer in Soma City, outside the evacuation zones, after he had to give up on dairy farming because of the nuclear accident.

For many people including nuclear scientists and engineers, there has been no death because of the Fukushima nuke accident unless one dies of an acute radiation sickness. To them, death by suicide doesn't count.


Anonymous said...

Better to stand in main square of city with a sign that says "NO NUKES" than to go down this path.

Keep fighting.

Anonymous said...

They are trying to get rid of Jaczko as he has admitted there are reforms needed in the industry and has knocked back some licenses. It seems Svinicki may be just a puppet for the industry.

"Reid has defended Jaczko as chairman, saying he has been targeted by those who would slow industry safety reforms following the Fukushima disaster."

Anonymous said...

"Jentleson said. "Furthermore, Commissioner Svinicki has an abysmal record on nuclear safety, demonstrating that she puts the interests of the nuclear industry ahead of the safety of American citizens."


Anonymous said...

He is the only one that has learned from Nuclear disasters and now they want to get rid of him.

NRC just PR for Nuke industry.

More like him somewhere there but I wish they would speak out now.

"Jaczko said his dissension stemmed from concerns that lessons learned since Japans Fukushima disaster might not be fully explored."


Anonymous said...

Jaczko is a puppet for Reid.

Anonymous said...

Yes but Svinicki will be far worse.

At least Jaczko is willing to disagree with on some points after Fukushima.

Svinicki and the rest have not budged on anything.

Anonymous said...

One day soon, I pray that everyone making a profit from Nuclear Power wake up to find they have lost everything. Completely robbed of the situation. they have promoted and killed for.

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