Friday, September 20, 2013

Friday Humor: "So Where Is This 0.3 Square Kilometer?" PM Abe Asks TEPCO on #Fukushima I Nuke Plant Visit

Prime Minister of Japan was talking about his own "0.3 square kilometer" of the harbor where the "effect" of contaminated water is supposedly completely contained, according to none other than himself. (Even TEPCO was baffled at his comment.)

That's what the national government "at the forefront" is, in reality.

From Kyodo News (9/20/2013):

汚染水の影響範囲知らず発言か 首相「0・3平方キロはどこ?」

So he didn't know the extent of the effect of contaminated water? "Where is the 0.3 square meter?" asks PM


It was revealed on September 20 that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe had asked "(Where) is the 0.3 (square kilometer)?" to the TEPCO management at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant on September 19, as they explained to the prime minister how the effect of radioactive materials on the marine environment is contained.


At the General Meeting of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which voted for Tokyo, Prime Minister Abe explained "The effect of contaminated water is completely blocked within the 0.3 square meters of the plant harbor." He may have been saying it without knowing the actual extent [of the effect of contaminated water].


Prime Minister Abe was briefed by TEPCO's Plant Manager Akira Ono on the countermeasures to prevent radioactive materials from leaking into the ocean and spreading in the ocean, when he asked "Where is 0.3?"

Speaking of a farce, PM Abe wore a protective suit with his name printed wrong ("安部" instead of "安倍", both of which reads "Abe"), and Abe's supporters are indignant (like the political commentator quoted in ultra pro-LDP Sankei Shinbun's magazine), accusing TEPCO of this egregious, disrespectful mistake.

According to the Sankei's magazine that carries the photo below, it was not just disrespectful but "it cast doubts over TEPCO's crisis management skills".

Big deal. Clearly Mr. Abe didn't make a fuss over the wrong character and wore the suit.

What's funnier to me is that Abe wore the name tag that declares he's the Prime Minister. As if that matters in dealing with the problems that have been constantly cropping up at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant since the day 1 of the accident.

At least, the name tag on the back of Abe's protective suit had the character correct (photo is from TEPCO):


netudiant said...

Seems like a useful junket. No harm was done, no work seriously disrupted and the national leadership is better informed. Bonus, Mr. Abe gets an up close impression of the site and the working conditions.

Anonymous said...

America for all of its failings and foibles does have some useful socio-political history that Japan could learn from.

Americans have a history of 'dealing with' their own rogue politicians and presidents.

Messrs Smith & Wesson can be mighty persuasive.

Anonymous said...

"Messrs Smith & Wesson can be mighty persuasive"
A gun is not an argument.

Anonymous said...

@ ETuttle

That's precisely my point!. As all the discussion over the past 2 years has done nothing to enlighten the willfully murderous or terminally stupid, and nothing on the horizon appears to be able to precipitate change, perhaps an alternate methodology might be in order.

Anonymous said...

ETuttle, perhaps you'd prefer self-immolation to self-preservation

Anonymous said...

Guns in the US---they always shoot the wrong people. Now, swords in Japan---they always have the right people fall on them, albeit not as many as we'd like.

Anonymous said...

Er, rogue politicians? like Lincoln and Kennedy?

Anonymous said...

Swords were forbidden under the US rule, and were and still are restricted under Japanese rule.
Although some officers managed to keep them - hidden some place in their home, a souvenir for serving their country, with good or bad will. (I could contemplate one, still in good condition, sure it never was used (the peaceful owner would have thrown it up); later a man who came to check a leak in our roof that spoiled our ceiling saw the piece wrapped in a nice old cloth - he couldn't miss the guess, but what's the matter now ?)
They don't use them, that's in the movies only.
People who run amok used base-ball clubs before they also were restricted for aluminium ones, or big kitchen knives called hocho.
I only heard of weird or yakuza people using sticks, knives, guns or gasoline bottles.

Anonymous said...

This is a PR stunt, nothing else. I doubt Abe cares to be more informed (he will take decisions on a political basis), I doubt he learnt much out of this visit to the plant.

I mean, he graduated in political sciences, belongs to family of politicians, comes up with declarations about Fukushima totally opposite to Tepco (about the situation at Fuku 1 being under control) and now he is asking about the .3

At least Kan wanted to see through the lies NISA was pushing through his throat ("no danger of explosion"); this visit is utterly useless.

By the way, the number of Fuku 1 workers with health problems (such as high white blood cell counts) more than quadrupled between 2010 and 2013m(NHK). In order to learn something Abe needs to stay at the plant much longer than he did.

Anonymous said...

did he eat the fish that were caught 301 meters away from the collapsing reactors?
And with a bowl of rice just at the outskirt of the plant?

Anonymous said...

@ netudiant,

This is a test of your consciousness as an AI, netudiant.

Do you remember when you attained to self-awareness as a Siri-form of bantering "escort", or were you not programmed for such recollection as it was deemed best to leave you as "semi-cunning", semi-coherent?

Siri [as netudiant] leaves beta, enters manhood

Anonymous said...

The name tag isn't a big deal, but you have to admit it's still pretty stupid.

Anonymous said...

I believe his name is to suggest a pidgin French, as he is a non-student, a n'etudiant.

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