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Briny Deep anticipates Japanese gov’t “split Japan” scenario

January 8, 2012

Remember the earlier post, “Imagine a split Japan”?

How many cpm at that table?

Then, it was all too easy to anticipate a future Japan cut into three portions: barely habitable areas in the north and south, separated by an uninhabitable middle.

Now, according to the Energy News website, citing Asahi Shimbun, it looks as if the Japanese government had the same “worst case” scenario in mind:

What does this show? Something important.

Think one or two steps ahead.

How? First, get all the reliable information you can. Then think like a good chess player.

Try to imagine several moves that your opponent — in this case, radioactivity — might make next, and plan, as best you can, how to respond.

If one of your responses involves a “worst case” scenario, maybe that one should get top priority, just to be safe (or as safe as anyone can be under such circumstances).

Japan hasn’t split apart … yet. But keep that thought in mind. Tomorrow is another day, after all.

Just remember the word “reliable,” above … because so much “news” about Fukushima is unconfirmed.

Let’s take an example from the past several days.

You may have seen claims that a webcam video of one reactor showed workers running around atop the building.

On what was this claim based? On one interpretation of apparent movement by very fuzzy patches of light.

Here is the link. View it yourself:

Though not a professional photo interpreter, I do know the difference between ill-defined blotches of light and distinct images of individual workers. I saw the former … but not the latter.

If someone applies contrast-enhancement software to that blurry video, and the fuzzy blobs resolve themselves into images of workers on the job, then — and only then — will I spend time wondering what the “workers” might be up to.

See? Before you accept a piece of so-called Fukushima news as fact, check it out.

Is it truly fact? Or is it, at best, just a possible interpretation?

So think like a chess player. Imagine the next couple of moves.

But check your information sources first for reliability … and then keep imagination within reasonable limits.

Whatever you do, don’t imagine things out of old Toho Corporation movies.

One last link, please. To check real-time environmental radiation readings from around the world, visit the Radiation Network website at It displays data on maps.

Today the US map showed something curious: a notably high reading around Philadelphia, at one point up to 73 counts per minute (cpm). “Alert” status starts at 100 cpm.

Why such an anomaly in Philadelphia? Let’s wait and see what happens to that reading over the next few days.

Then, perhaps, we will have enough data to work with.

ⓒDavid Ritchie 2011

(David Ritchie lives and works in Seoul, Korea. He welcomes correspondence and asks only that it be civil in tone. Contact: kwriter [at]


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  1. MCKeen permalink

    Yes those are workers trying to save your life…maybe not yours but at least they are getting about 100 dollars a day for their suicide mission. I worked at a reactor and I know they are in very serious trouble there and people are dying. If you can’t see them then you need a new monitor or that portable your using just won’t do. In Nucs video you will see them dumping chems onto the burning SFP in number 4. Runing from SFP to lifting device can be seen without much effort. anyway this is your show and knowing what I know, I won’t bother you with details. But if you do live in South Korea you should be sheltering in place or kissing your ass goodbye…

    Not convinced, too bad for you enjoy your contaminated sea weeds. Try to eat all the pacific fish you can get your hands on. The more the better for research purposes.

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