Watch out for the sensational news!!

18 Mar

Thank you everyone for your warm-hearted messages and donations through my paypal widget in the previous post. It seems that some foreign media is reporting what’s happening in Japan with too much of exaggeration to attract more audience. It looks possible that people overseas can be more panicked than us in Japan who listen to NHK and other local media. If you think what’s happening in Fukushima right now is something like spreading nuclear radiation throughout Japan, it’s completely wrong. Let alone, no need to worry about your area. Please don’t be misled by the wrong information by your local media. Also, it’s completely wrong that Tokyo has become a ghost town. People are still working or waiting at home to be informed when they should get back to work.

It’s true some people have been evacuating from Tokyo to the west part of Japan such as Osaka. I learned that this is not only because of the fear against the nuke explosion, but rather because there’s not enough food, water and gas left in Tokyo. The thing is the situation is not that bad in Tokyo. Thinking of the refugees, lack of food is not a big deal. We have a house to live in, a comfortable bed to lie down on to sleep, light, heating, family members, and almost normal life except for blackouts.

Some foreigners in Tokyo area might have taken the advice that was given to the people living in 20-30km from the Fukushima reactors as also given to the people in Tokyo, but that’s completely wrong!

Tokyo is 250km away from the Fukushima reactors. The level of radioactive material observed in Tokyo area is not harmful to our health at all. (But the situation may change in any moment, I’ll be alert and well-prepared for the worst case, which however will be unlikely to happen.) I was confused and worried when I read comments and messages from my readers and friends abroad who might got worried after they read or watched their local news. I was not sure if foreign media is trying to be catchy while Japanese media is trying to hide something really critical from us.

But please refer to some reliable information source:
Japan US embassy
British embassy Tokyo
Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency
What I learned is that some non-Japanese media have been broadcasting misinformation and that mislead people. The situation is not very bad yet, and it’s rather becoming better. Another Chernobyl? No way!! That’s just misinformation to lead us panic.

There’s no harm to our health in Tokyo. This is the true information for now. The level of radioactive material is observed each area and is definitely no problem as long as 30km (or 80km at most) away from the reactors. (The U.S, U.K and Australian government seem to announce 80km to be cautious about potential influence under unstable and fluid situation.)

Thus, I decided not to go out of Tokyo until things dramatically change.
Will keep blogging…praying and hoping things turn better. Please don’t be panic, stay calm.

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12 Responses to “Watch out for the sensational news!!”

  1. Julie H. March 18, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    Yup! I've been checking a local geiger counter someone in Tokyo has on-line and radiation levels here in Tokyo are normal for background radiation. And what an awesome job those people at the plant are doing, risking their lives to make it safer for everyone.

    I am impressed at the amount of details the officials here in Japan are giving out over the past couple of days. There is no way in the US they would explain every little thing they are doing. Plus there are so many other agencies including the US military monitoring the situation.

    I too was upset at the bad news reporting outside of Japan. I am from America and have friends and family there and it is upsetting that they are being told lies and exaggerations which is causing them a lot of stress and then me more stress.

    I didn't go to Narita or Haneda to try and get a flight out before I am suppose to leave because I am fine here, now have good information sources and I did not want to burden the already overwhelmed travel situation.

    BTW I went to Tokyo Station yesterday to check out Character Street and the shops there were open and thousands were streaming through the station. Although there was very few people at the Imperial Palace grounds. But then it was very cold too.

    Glad you and your family are doing well!

  2. Stephanie March 18, 2011 at 5:18 am #

    You are totall right.

  3. Tempehro March 18, 2011 at 6:52 am #

    Hi Kirin,

    Your decision to stay in Tokyo is absolutely comprehensible. It's good to hear that the situation in Tokyo is starting to normalize, apart from the aftershocks and blackouts.

    I have here three links to Youtube videos from the University of Nottingham, which explain some basics things about radiation, the unit Sievert and the statistical risks. It might be helpful to understand and evaluate the current and future situations, as they show radioactivity in “action”. And it should help to get immunized against frenzied media reports.

    Millisieverts and Radiation – Sixty Symbols
    Radiation (extra footage)
    Nuclear Reactors in Japan – Periodic Table of Videos

    It could be summarized like this: Don't panic (people outside Japan) and watch the weather news in order to prevent negative long time effects (people in Japan).

    • kirin March 18, 2011 at 9:31 am #

      Thank you, Tempehro.
      Japanese media tells importance of watching weather especially which directions the wind travels from Fukushima and if it rains. If it rains, we are supposed not to absorb the raindrop by blocking raincoat and umbrella.

  4. Cath March 18, 2011 at 9:20 am #

    I'm going to watch BBC from now on. Mm… Perhaps I'll be able to persuade my mother to let me come back in Nov! n_n

  5. Lore March 18, 2011 at 9:29 am #

    Is true, there is a bad information about the situation in japan, some spanish who live in tokyo area has uploaded videos to youtube to explain that things are not so bad as we heard in the news. I think that there're many people who are against the nuclear energy and they're taking advantage of what happend to put the public opinion against too.

  6. winnie March 18, 2011 at 9:52 am #

    Hi Kirin,
    my family and I are staying Put. We are not going any where.
    I was also impressed the way the officials how they handle the matter.
    We had made a donation to the Local Post office.
    Thank you for the link and information.
    Yes, oversea media had exaggerated the whole matter.
    Yes, quite number of people had gone outside Tokyo.
    But there are still many people around in Tokyo
    You are right! Stay calm.

  7. kirin March 18, 2011 at 9:59 am #

    It's still safe, too early to panic, when evacuated 30km or 50km away from Fukushima reactors.
    But I will just keep watching what's new and well prepared.
    For you, outside Japan, it's way too early to be worried about this. Maybe no need to worry at all. It's said even at Chernobyl, areas 50km away were safe, no harm to health.

    I'd rather calm down and use my energy for praying than being worried too much.

  8. winnie March 18, 2011 at 11:33 am #

    Hi Kirin,

    We are still in Tokyo.
    Let keep in contact in case of any emergency.

    • kirin March 18, 2011 at 2:19 pm #

      Hi Winnie,
      Please let me know if you had any problem. I'm sorry to think of you, involved in such terrific earthquake and sequence of nightmare everyday in a foreign country. Please take care and stay safe! 🙂

      • winnie March 19, 2011 at 2:37 pm #

        Thank you, Kirin.
        You and family also take care and stay safe.

  9. Sanaa March 20, 2011 at 10:12 pm #

    Hi, Dear Kirin
    How have u been?
    I hope that you are well!
    I m so worry about you and japan and all people there,,,for that I m praying all the time to stay all there save ,,,,I really hope so,
    Dont miss it Kirin and all poeple in japon we're not with you there by our bodies, but we're with you by our hearts and prayers!
    Take a great care of yourself
    GOD BLESS AND PROECT ALL JAPAN

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