David McNeill defends his JT Fookooshimar article, writes a new one on the NY Times

David McNeill wrote up a credulous look at the US sailor-related ambulance-chasing law suit on Fukushima, then despite all evidence that authors defending articles in comments never works, he gave it a try. There’s a lot of good comments, and you can also try to match our regulars with the handles. (I don’t know myself, but I can hazard a guess at two!)

However, today I found another awful article full of innuendo for the New York Times, entitled Squelching Efforts to Measure Fukushima Meltdown, which contains no evidence of squelching and no-one willing to go on record with a claim. Let’s have a look:

[Michio Aoyama] said levels of radioactive cesium 137 in the surface water of the Pacific Ocean could be 10,000 times as high as contamination after Chernobyl

Given that Chernobyl is slightly further from the Pacific, and the prevailing winds blew all its crap over Europe, that’s a pretty useless number, quite frankly. Looking at related stuff it appears to be a local maximum. He currently poo-poos the idea that Fukushima is polluting the whole Pacific.

Joji Otaki, a biologist at Japan’s Ryukyu University who has written papers suggesting that radioactivity at Fukushima has triggered inherited deformities in a species of butterfly.

Dodgy science. No wonder he finds it difficult to get funding.

Timothy A. Mousseau

Oh dear.

In one case, a Japanese professor and two postdoctoral students dropped out of a joint research paper, telling him they could not risk association with [Timothy A. Mousseau’s] findings.

Perhaps they Googled him?

Mr. Mousseau is careful to avoid comparisons with the Soviet Union, which arrested and even imprisoned scientists who studied Chernobyl. Nevertheless […]

…he does.

Much of the government funding for academic research in Japan is funneled through either the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science or the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Proposals are screened by government officials and reviewed by an academic committee.

Umm, isn’t that the way most countries distribute research grants?

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34 Comments.

  1. What about the stink with the Urawa Reds JAPANESE ONLY sign and the recent Zaitokukai counter-protestors? I know that this blog is largely about reacting to and setting the record straight on negative news about Japan but I think it’d be nice to hear Ken and the gang weigh for the sake of dialogue.

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  2. Urawa Reds have been sanctioned for the actions of some loony fans. Whether properly sanctioned or not is perhaps open for debate but there has been a lot of reaction to it in the local news.

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  3. And what about the counter-counter-protestors?

    Any “Gaijins” bother to turn up to fight the Zaitokukai in Ikebukuro the other day or was that “Japanese only” too?

    Fuckwits.

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  4. Will be waiting to see how long it takes for the ‘Japan experts’ to start claiming the Japanese have finally ‘discovered’ racism is bad. Most certainly it will be down to Gaiatsu. The accumulated force of a million whiny comments heralding a sea change in the easily swayed minds of the Japanese. What else do we have to teach them? Maybe common sense and creative thinking? And being nicer to the ladies.

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  5. Comic timing that the J-League punished Urawa Reds a day before JBC was published, making his ramble irrelevant.

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  6. And perhaps not surprisingly, the article has also been published on Japan Focus. :roll:

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  7. And without the editorial correction that appears in the NYT article:

    Correction: March 17, 2014

    An earlier version of the headline with this article misstated the actions of the Japanese government. There are deep differences over how to determine the health impact of the Fukushima disaster. The authorities are not ‘‘squelching” efforts to measure the effects of the accident.

    :roll: :headdesk: :facepalm:

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  8. @COYP: No, it was the day of the JFA meeting, as far as I am aware. However, it is a bit of a stretch (but not a surprising opinion for him to hold of himself) to imagine that it played any part other than a tick box for another article covering the story negatively.

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  9. @chuckers: Heh, maybe I should start claiming that the NY Times acts on my blogging. :lol:

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  10. Dear me, McNeill isn’t holding up well. I noticed this bold statement.

    If you’re accusing me of extra skepticism toward official sources, guilty. And with v good reason. They lie, all the time, as we know from Fukushima.

    And so I thought it might be appropriate to mention this:

    http://spikejapan.wordpress.com/spiked/

    in which David McNeill lies to his readers about having visited the place he’s reporting on. Apparently it was all someone else’s fault for not paying him properly.

    If anyone reading wants to mention it to him…

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  11. David McNeill is an ego, not a reporter. It’s all about him showing off how fucking hard he is. He could be kicking ass in the IRA but he’s spending his life at NHK instead (which he never mentions in his bio, does he.)

    Can somebody find the video of him licking the butt of Oliver Stone at the FCCJ? It’s very telling to see Stone basically growing weary of this sycophant.

    Here is an example of a very little man trying so very HARD to get two Americans jailed for murder. I imagine these guys will have something in mind for the Japan Times when they get out.

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/community/2013/03/19/issues/a-violent-death-some-justice-few-answers-in-furlong-case/

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  12. David McNail is the King of the Hypocrites in Japan. He goes around showing off how HARD he is, railing against the government, and its Nazi secrecy bill and infiltration of NHK, when he has been weening on the jism-spitting teet of NHK for years. He’s another jaded old cynic who takes it out on Japan for taking the hair off his head while he does everything he can to avoid paying taxes. Ken could fill several blogs dedicated to the blarney and bluster of this Oliver Stone wannabe. But let’s talk about Urawa instead, eh?

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  13. McNail’s “earnings” from right-wing, fascists, neo-NAZI, truth-silencer, rights-abuser, nuke-promoter NHK (salary which he collects for sleeping at his desk and writing articles for the Economist, Japan Times, Irish Times, Independent, on NHK time) are probably between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Perhaps you could ask him how much his wife won in a civil suit alleging sexual harassment that wasn’t really prove-able.

    Next you could ask him how much, if anything, he’s paid in taxes to the Japanese state he gets paid to criticize.

    Let’s see the depth of his commitment to the truth.

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  14. Go away, CJ….

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  15. CJ is like a 1950s Dad who smokes a pipe and is still angry at being blackballed by the country club.

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  16. KT88 (They're after me, I know it - it's cos of the fetishes!)

    @Ben Stubborn: “weening on the jism-spitting teet” Too much information – methinks some unresolved Freudian fun?

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  17. Despite efforts to defend bureaucrats, the Japologists could not influence the Tokyo Judge:

    From the Asahi:

    The Tokyo District Court blasted the “illegal” restraint methods used by immigration officials that led to the death of a Ghanaian national who was being deported four years ago and ordered the central government to pay about 5 million yen ($49,000) in compensation to his family.
    Abubakar Awudu Sraj, 45, died on March 22, 2010, aboard an aircraft at Narita Airport.

    ((Nahhh. japanese immigration officers would never do that. They’ve always been nice to me, because I’m so totally Japanese.)))

    His 52-year-old Japanese wife sued the central government, demanding 130 million yen in compensation.

    ((how dare she. What kind of Japanese is she really? How dare she love an African man, with so many good Japanese around, working hard.))

    On March 19, the Tokyo District Court declared that Sraj’s death was due to suffocation caused by illegal methods of restraint used by immigration security guards and ordered the payment of compensation.

    ((He asked for it, didn’t he. He refused to be deported peacefully. How dare he disobey almight authority.))

    Hiroshi Komai, professor emeritus at the University of Tsukuba specializing in international sociology, said the verdict highlighted the lack of human rights awareness in the Immigration Bureau.
    “The Justice Ministry should seriously accept the verdict and make every effort to prevent a recurrence,” Komai said. “The whole world will be watching to see what it does.”

    ((Traitor!!!! Are you Korean?)))

    Sraj’s widow felt a sense of vindication.
    “I believe that my husband, in exchange for his life, brought to light an issue for Japanese society,” she said.
    The Tokyo District Court verdict said immigration officials used restraints on a man who was putting up very little resistance.

    ((Of course he was resisting. He’s AFrican!!!!))

    “The (act of restraining) was illegal because the possible danger far outweighed the need and appropriateness for such restraint,” Presiding Judge Hisaki Kobayashi said in the verdict.

    (((Don’t worry, we can appeal it. We’ll just refuse to pay anyways. Make me!!!!))

    The restraints used violated internal regulations at the Justice Ministry.
    According to a report compiled by the Justice Ministry, Sraj’s hands and ankles were cuffed, and he was gagged with a towel as several security guards carried him onto the aircraft. Those guards then pushed Sraj’s back, forcing him to hunch forward in his seat.

    ((of course they had to use a towel. He wouldn’t shut up. He wad creating MEIWAKU for other passengers.))

    Both of his wrists were further bound to his belt with a plastic band.

    ((What do you think, Ken. Would you like that? Any idea how that feels?))

    The district court accepted that version of events, and said that while Sraj showed indications that he did not want to be deported before he was placed on the plane, once aboard he showed little resistance.
    “Breathing restrictions due to the gag and the limitations on movement of the chest and diaphragm caused by being forced into a posture of having his face near his knees led to breathing difficulties that caused death by suffocation,” the verdict said.

    ((The court was clearly paid off by rich Africans!!!))

    The court rejected the central government’s argument that Sraj died due to heart problems, and that the method of restraint had no causal relationship with his death.

    ((But it’s true. He did die due to heart problems. His heart stopped. Here, we can prove it.)))

    At the same time, the district court also recognized that Sraj repeatedly said he did not want to board the plane while he was being taken to it. The court said such remarks led to the judgment that Sraj was partly responsible for having to be forcibly restrained.

    ((ILD, VK, Eido and your ilk could be forcibly restrained too. Who will come to your help? Any journalists out there? Rights activists? NGOs??))

    For that reason, the court decided that the central government only had to pay half the damages incurred by Sraj’s death.

    ((Yes, Japan showing its generosity to a Japanese woman and the mother of a man who worked for Japanese for 20 years for low pay. What a civilized nation.!!!)))

    The Ghanaian first arrived in Japan in 1988 on a short-stay permit.

    ((Criminal. ILLegal ALIEN. WE ALL GOT PROPER VISAS BACK THEN< ASSHOLE.))

    After working in factories, he was arrested in 2006 for immigration law violations.

    ((HOW DARE YOU WORK IN A FACTORY BUILDING JAPANESE THINGS FOR JAPANESE BOSSES FOR JAPANESE CONSUMERS WITHOUT A PROPER JAPANESE VISA. YOU DESERVED THIS, DIDN'T YA!!!!))

    Following his death, the Chiba prefectural police sent papers to prosecutors for 10 security guards on suspicion of causing death through violent acts by government workers. However, in July 2012, the Chiba district public prosecutors office decided not to indict any of the 10 individuals.
    Sraj's bereaved family members are considering asking the prosecution inquest committee to take up the matter.

    ((WE DON'T CARE ABOUT THE FEELINGS OF FAMILY MEMBERS. WE HAVE NO COMPASSION HERE. WE ARE JAPOLOGISTS. WE HATE ALL PEOPLE WITH REAL FEELINGS. WE LIKE TO KICK VICTIMS WHEN THEY ARE DOWN, BECAUSE WE HAVE HIGH PAYING JOBS DOING NOTHING FOR PANASONIC, RAKUTEN AND OTHER MOTHERFUCKERS))

    An official with the Immigration Bureau at the Justice Ministry said, "We will decide on what steps to take after sufficiently considering the contents of the verdict."

    YES THAT'S RIGHT. WE WON'T RESPECT THIS VERDICT. WE ARE ABOVE THE LAW AND WE HAVE OUR JAPOLOGIST MORONS TO ATTACK ANYONE WHO CHALLENGES US

    The verdict comes almost four years to the day of Sraj's sudden death. His widow still has not come to terms with the senseless way in which he was taken from her.
    "My husband was not treated as a human," she said.

    THAT'S RIGHT, HE'S NOT A HUMAN. WE DON'T CARE ABOUT HUMANS. WE ARE JAPANOPHILES. WE ARE ALWAYS RIGHTER THAN YOU, ILLEGAL ALIEN LOVER.

    During the trial, lawyers for the central government argued that Sraj put up fierce resistance as he was being deported.
    However, the video shown by officials of the Chiba district public prosecutors office to his family showed a calm Sraj walking on his own two feet. Security guards carried him onto the plane.

    I MET A SECURITY GUARD AT NARITA ONCE AND HE WAS REALLY NICE. THEREFORE, THEY COULD NEVER DO SUCH THINGS.

    "The primary goal of the guards was to carry out the deportation, so they likely did not think they were dealing with another human," Sraj's widow said.

    THAT'S RIGHT. HE GAVE UP HIS RIGHT TO BE HUMAN BY WORKING IN JAPAN ILLEGALLY WHILE THE REST OF US GOT VISAS TO SUCK DICK AT JAPAN INC.

    She first met Sraj in 1988, and they began living together the following year. They married in 2006.

    SO, WHY DIDN'T YOU MARRY FOR 18 YEARS. SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU. THEREFORE, YOU DON'T DESERVER REAL JAPANESE COMPENSATION, ONLY THE CHEAP AFRICAN RATE.

    The Tokyo District Court rescinded a deportation order for Sraj in 2008 on the grounds the couple was legally married.
    However, the Tokyo High Court the following year overturned the lower court ruling on the grounds that because the couple had no children and because the wife worked, there was no pressing need for her to have a husband.

    THAT'S RIGHT. WHAT KIND OF WOMAN GOES TO WORK INSTEAD OF HAVING CHILDREN OF AFRICAN MEN.

    Sraj said at that time that foreigners could not win in Japan.

    THAT'S WRONG. LOOK AT US HERE ON JAPOLO-GISM. WE ARE ALL RICH WHITE GUYS. NO EXCUSE FOR YOU LAZY BUGGERS.

    The restraints used against Sraj were widely criticized. The Ghanaian Embassy filed a protest with the government. The British magazine Economist said Japanese society was avoiding the issue.

    THE ECONOMIST? GIVE ME A BREAK. DIDN'T WE ALREADY DESTROY THE REPS OF THEIR WRITERS?

    In its annual report on the human rights situation in nations around the world, the U.S. State Department called the restraining methods used in Japan cruel and inhumane.

    THE US IS A TOTAL HYPOCRIT. THEY ABUSE MEXICANS. THEREFORE, JAPAN CAN ABUSE ANYBODY IT WANTS.

    The Justice Ministry regulations said that only handcuffs and rope could be used to bind individuals. While ankle cuffs were not allowed, Sraj was cuffed on both his hands and ankles. The plastic band used on Sraj's hands was also prohibited and towels were not allowed to be used as gags.
    However, when the Immigration Bureau released the results of its investigation into the case in 2012, it said Sraj was a "special case" that permitted the use of such devices.

    OF COURSE HE WAS SPECIAL. HE WASN'T WHITE TECH GEEK LIKE US GOOD JAPAN-LOVING DRONES.

    Despite defending the methods used, the Immigration Bureau subsequently revised its internal regulations. Those now clearly state that ankle cuffs are prohibited. New regulations also call for videotaping as much as possible when deporting individuals to allow for a visual record.
    After Sraj's death, the Immigration Bureau stopped deporting individuals against their will.

    THAT'S RIGHT. NOW THEY WASTE OUR MONEY ON EXPENSIVE CHARTER JETS TO FLY ALIENS ON VACATION TO THEIR TROPICAL HOMES.

    However, from July 2013, the bureau began chartering planes for forced deportations of individuals in groups, a major change from the past practice of deporting individuals one at a time on commercial flights.
    Human rights groups have criticized the resumption of deportations without consent on the grounds the life and the will of the deportees are being ignored.

    WHO ARE THESE HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS ANYWAYS? DON'T THEY LOVE JAPAN? HOW DARE THEY RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ACTIONS OF JAPANESE OFFICIALS. I THINK WE SHOULD RUIN ALL OF THEIR REPUTATIONS HERE ON JAPOLO-GISM.

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  18. spellcheck.

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  19. Bad wardog! Bad! Back on your meds!

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  20. This is the war dog too isn’t it? From debito:

    “No more words: until Japan starts prosecuting every “Japanese only” perpetrator, the world bans Japan’s products.
    Yep it begins now: until Japan prosecutes every “Japanese only” perpetrator, the world bans all Japanese products.

    A 2014 country so selfish that they don’t prosecute racially-based entry-denial perpetrators deserves Punishment.
    Say goodbye to your big screen TVs and smartphones Japan, unless you put that guard and that sign-maker in prison.

    This 2014 “Ban Japanese Products” campaign that is starting will crush Japan completely, leaving all Japanese poor.
    Nobody likes ultimatums, but here is the world opinion: imprison those perpetrators for 6 months, or the ban begins.”

    Still it’s good that he leaves up this harmless banter, the only things he should censor are the hate crimes of professing a liking of Japan.

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  21. It reminds me again that these sad sacks have no fucking sense of perspective.

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  22. In activist news today, Debito Arudou, the leader of a rag-tag fleet of rebels fighting the evil tyranny of the Japanese Empire, was reportedly attacked by a foe employing deviously sneaky martial arts techniques. In a communique transmitted from his base on the ice planet of Ha’Waii, Admiral Arudou relayed a harrowing tale of being silently grasped on the hand and inelegantly led to the darkest corners of the room, a windowless gaijin ghetto set aside for NJ, far far from the buffet table and complimentary drinks bar.

    “I feel that Japanese women are more comprehending of the struggle to be white in a yellow man’s world as well as more politically tuned in to modern social thinking so I approached one of them” reported Admiral Debito, before adding, “it’s a trap!”

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  23. @iLikedolphins:

    Many eikaiwa teachers… died… to bring us this information.

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  24. “You know how strange Japan is? Japan is so utterly bizarrely strange that if you hit a policeman here you get arrested. That’s how fucking strange and ignorant Japan is.”

    -Eric(23)
    English conversation teacher
    Kanagawa

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  25. @iLikedolphins: (Semi-)Seriously, though, isn’t “You’re quite the social thinker, for a Japanese, fancy a shag?” the very definition of micro-aggression, or just damning with faint praise as it used to be called before we all got too sensitive about the whole thing. :???:

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  26. “Me and my friend Eric were celebrating and enjoying our lives one Friday night, expressing our emotions with primal howling and sensual exclamations of loving affection, when, overcome by the joy of his existence, Eric started slamming his fists against plate glass shop front windows. Of course the natives, brainwashed to believe our inflamed passions were upsetting the Wa, called the Japanese Police on the secret hotline for informing on NJ.

    The police arrived and put my friend Eric in a vicious armlock and dragged him off to the Koban without formally identifying themselves, bowing, and presenting their business cards with both hands, as is the custom here in Japan. If we were not NJ we would have had rice wine poured down our throats and the policemen would have joined in our merry dancing with their pistol holders tied around their heads singing those out of date enka songs the locals here are so fond of.”

    – Michael(24)
    Kindergarten Language Adviser
    Ehime

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  27. KT88 (been away too long)

    Beyond bewildered. Friendly chaps might steer me in the direction of such lovely tidbits of wisdom?

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  28. yeah, it’s kinda a parody of a site called uuuuuu.debito.org

    They focus on the fringe neo-nazi stuff to the detriment of the fact that the ‘nazis’ were outnumbered by the counter-protesters SUPPORTING NJ by 3-to-1, apparently unsatisfactory because the ENGLISH WORDING on the signs that said FUCK RACISM were a blatant appeal to NJ MASS MEDIA to cover up the ongoing harassment of fat white dorks that never sleeps. Admiral Arudou even suggested some wording for the most dorkily awkward protest sign ever written before dismissing ALL THE NONRACIST JAPANESE PEOPLE PROTESTING ON THE STREETS as fair to middling without a passing grade from the professor of human rights for Hawaii State.

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  29. Even the Black Debito found an ounce of solace on his own blog and saw a chink in the clouds. Our man in Hawaii will go down with his little ship.

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  30. Seriously, it’s a kind of Internet performance art to find the shittiest shittiest angle on any tidbit of news that meekly shows ‘Japan’ in a good light.

    Oh come on. He wet himself seeing those nazi flag pictures alongside the glorious flag of the oppressors.

    No. Fair and balanced. Someone has to expose the hate crimes of supporting human rights for not quite the right reasons. Debito is omnipotent! Fight back!

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  31. @iLikedolphins: Sadly, I will have to continue my silence over (detailed) reviews of Debito.org stuff, but that column is all over the place. Swastikas are OK, but just this once, please. The biggest oversight was no vox pop with foreign Reds fans. (BTW, why do the Japanese Only fans have “We Are Reds!” in English as their main chant?) Why isn’t he reaching out to the counter-demonstrators? :roll:

    My suggestion for placards (perhaps we can run a Kickstarter project for it as a performance art project) are things like (excuse the stilted Japanese):

    今朝に電車内で外国人風な方と隣に座った!

    お箸は日本人だけの物じゃない!

    俺も納豆が食べらへん!

    Mr James、死ねぇ!

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  32. I’m feeling confused. Now that a people’s revolution has started in the streets to counter the right-wing government and the fascist racists, I was fully expecting Debito to be leading the charge from the front lines, fluent Japanese placard raised high and shaking a proletarian fist at the establishment……But instead he seems to be sitting at his computer tsk tsking the motivations of all and sundry and giving radio interviews about his involvement in some kind of bath house scandal that happened years ago.

    Where is the man of action who once held sway over a nation? I can’t believe he is just drinking beer with his pals down at What The Dickens and hatefucking Japan online in his sweaty boxers.

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  33. And talking of Fookooshimars, on Stack Overflow I point out the flaws in an oh-my-god-glowing-seaweed science fair project. The reporter doesn’t even notice (or doesn’t care to notice, more likely) that there aren’t 1,450 seconds in 10 minutes. :facepalm:

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