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Newsletter No. 39. 2012   

September 24, 2012   
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Masuda Yoshinobu, From "Black Rain" to "Fukushima": The Urgency of Internal Exposure Studies 

Internal exposure has become a major public concern as a result of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear disaster. Hiroshima's "black rain" was the first event that revealed the significance of internal exposure. I began working on the black rain problem in 1985 after meeting Mr. Murakami Tsuneyuki, then Director General of Hiroshima "Black Rain" A-Bomb Sufferers Organization. 
On the basis of more than a quarter century of painstaking investigation, the author documented the fact that exposure to black rain/radiation after Hiroshima was far greater than had been officially acknowledged, a finding with important implications for Fukushima victims today.

Masuda Yoshinobu: Former Director of the Meteorological Research Institute, former member of the Science Council of Japan. Full-time organizer for the Society Demanding Non-Nuclear Government, chairman of the Tokyo Center for Civil Movements on Nuclear Power Plant Issues.   


Sakai Yasuyuki is a mechanical/electronics engineer based in Kariya city, Aichi prefecture, working for one of the largest automotive parts suppliers. He studied Ecological Economics, Values & Policy at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. 

Steve Leeper is chairperson of the Hiroshima Peace Culture Foundation.


Recommended citation: Masuda Yoshinobu, "From "Black Rain" to "Fukushima": The Urgency of Internal Exposure Studies," The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10, Issue 39, No. 3, September 24, 2012.


Nadine Ribault and Thierry Ribault, The "Bright Future" of Japan's Nuclear Industry

While the media are rushing to announce the "full stop" of Japan's nuclear power production 2039, little attention has been paid to two much less publicized moves. The first is the restarting of Japan's nuclear export industry, especially its targeting of former colonial areas in South East Asia. The second is even more discreet. It is the revision of the Atomic Energy Basic Law loosening constraints on weapons development and breaking the long-standing pledge that nuclear technology be used exclusively for peaceful ends. The amendment may be related to the apparently contradictory announcement that the Japanese government will stop nuclear production but continue to reprocess spent fuel. We propose to analyse both of these recent developments. This article examines both.  


Nadine Ribault is a writer and Thierry Ribault is a researcher at CNRS (French National Center for Scientific Research, Maison franco-japonaise in Tokyo). They are authors of: Les sanctuaires de l'abîme - Chronique du désastre de Fukushima published by les Editions de l'Encyclopédie des Nuisances, Paris, 2012.


Recommended citation: Nadine and Thierry Ribault, "The 'Bright' Future of Japan's Nuclear Industry," The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10 Issue 39, No. 1, September 24, 2012.

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 Peter Dale Scott, Systemic Destabilization in Recent American History: 9/11, the JFK Assassination, and the Oklahoma City Bombing as a Strategy of Tension 



From an American standpoint, it is easy to see clearly how Italian history was systematically destabilized in the second half of the 20th century, by a series of what I call structural deep events. I have defined these as "events, like the JFK assassination, the Watergate break-in, or 9/11, which violate the ... social structure, have a major impact on ... society, repeatedly involve law-breaking or violence, and in many cases proceed from an unknown dark force." This article ranges widely across destabilizing events in American history over the last half century to trace their commonalities and pose critical unanswered questions about their origins and the role of intelligence agencies in their perpetration. 



Peter Dale Scott, a former Canadian diplomat and English Professor at the University of California, Berkeley, is the author of Drugs Oil and War, The Road to 9/11, and The War Conspiracy: JFK, 9/11, and the Deep Politics of War. His most recent book is American War Machine: Deep Politics, the CIA Global Drug Connection and the Road to Afghanistan.


Recommended citation: Peter Dale Scott, "Systemic Destabilization in Recent American History: 9/11, the JFK Assassination, and the Oklahoma City Bombing," The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10 Issue 39, No. 2, September 24, 2012.



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