Japan from the inside out

Ichigen koji (113)

Posted by ampontan on Thursday, June 28, 2012


– A person who has something to say about everything

My daily life (after the Fukushima nuclear accident) also changed in a strange way. For my food, I only used ingredients from places far from Tohoku, such as Western Japan, Hokkaido, or overseas. I stockpiled large quantities of rice that was harvested before the nuclear accident…Every day, I gathered inaccurate information and disseminated it myself.

My main method of information gathering was the internet. I mainly used Twitter, blogs, or Ustream. The information sources were all people who were becoming well-known by spreading dark and tragic information. There were a lot of different people, from anonymous sources to university professors and researchers. Looking back on it, I think I believed a lot of strange people, but at the time, I thought they were right. As for people labeled as “government scholars” who were disseminating accurate information, I was certain they were wrong, and I ignored them. Also, since I didn’t have much knowledge at all regarding nuclear power or radiation before the accident, I couldn’t really confirm whether any information was true or not.

I also joined a gathering of people who had all fallen into “radiation panic.” They were all people who thought like me, and who believed biased information. Now, I’m a pretty outgoing person, but a lot of them seemed to be the kind of person that always used the internet and weren’t very good at communicating in real life. Though, in the corner of my mind, I did think that these people had fallen into a panic, I didn’t make the mental leap to realize that I had also become the same as them.

– Shirai Yuka, describing her bout with “radiation panic”. She has since recovered.

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