Chinese paper making more sense on Olympics than Japanese one

The South China Morning Post had this to say on Tokyo winning the 2020 Olympics, regarding Fukushima, quoting an expert:

Watanabe said fish caught outside the harbour had shown a gradually decreasing level of caesium contamination, more markedly so in waters 20 kilometres from the plant.

Despite also quoting Hiroaki Koide, the whole article is quite well balanced.

However, in the English-language edition of the Akahata, we have nonsense like this:

Ahead of the International Olympic Committee’s announcement early Sunday, foreign media outlets repeatedly asked the Tokyo 2020 Bid Committee whether the Fukushima plant was really safe. The question was artfully dodged with empty guarantees and statistics on where some of the radioactive material in the ocean had settled, rather than what kind of sea life may have consumed it before migrating along the coast.

What a disappointment that no-one would admit we are ALL going to DIE!

Then we have a quite fanciful article about Kansai hating on Tokyo winning. Note that although I heard lots about Scotland complaining that the London Olympics spending would be at the expense of the Scots, I’ve not heard similar views from Kansai television. We have this text:

There has even been local speculation that the International Olympic Committee might be forced to consider taking the games away from Tokyo if the problems at Fukushima worsen over the next couple of years.

Who has been speculating? Anyone important? The article author and a few friends in the pub? We are never told.

Finally, we have this wonderful letter from a reader, with some advice on how to remove the radioactivity from the waste water:

There is a new technology, called capacitive deionization […]. It has only recently been introduced to the market, but I imagine that it would be possible to locate some that could be drop-shipped.

I find the idea of TEPCO searching the web to try to find a few online shops where they can order some quite hilarious. Mind you, given their overall uselessness, I suppose TEPCO could do worse…

  1. Hating on Tokyo? We’re thrilled Tokyo won – that will permanently remove any risk that the whole circus will descend upon Osaka any time in the next few decades.

  2. A mouthpiece rag like the Akahata isn’t exactly the first place to go for a balanced report…

  3. Does anyone in Japan actually pay attention to the commies? Most members of that party seem to be senior citizens well into their 60’s and 70’s.

  4. @Tama Guy:

    Granted, most Japanese who actively follow politics in the first place are well into their 60s and 70s…


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