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(Reuters)   Glowing praise for the man who saves the forgotten cats of Fukushima   (reuters.com) divider line
    More: Caturday, Wild boar, Japan, Tokyo, Earthquake, Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant, Nuclear power, Chernobyl disaster, Hisae Unuma  
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2021-03-03 6:42:58 PM  
So, no actual praise in the article. What he is doing is a remarkable sacrifice and the situation is more than a little sad. I hope his animals are ok while he deals with his legal issue.
 
2021-03-03 8:56:44 PM  
So. On this TAB, everyone is animal centric, and I get that. There will be quite a lot of discussion in coming weeks about Fukushima.

The feral cat problem is a very very small facet of the bigger picture in that area of Fukushima. The article touches in not so graphic terms on the problem of the boars that are reproducing rapidly and moving widely into surrounding areas. They will root up and eat anything, most particularly in my garden, all the potatoes, Jerusalem artichokes, dock, and any mole they can sink their teeth into. Oh. And they eat cats, dead or alive.

What this man should have done ten years ago is capture all of the cats he could have and taken them out into shelters, or to be euthanized. If their owners did not want them, then feeding and caring for them in situ is not the answer. He has fed them and let them reproduce, spending 7000 dollars a month? Probably a typical income in that area is in the 1000 dollar a month range.

If he is freeing the wild boars from traps, well, he is really being a nuisance. They predate the cats, which he is feeding and encouraging to reproduce.

What is he accomplishing? This brave man? Well, doing the math, he has spent about a million dollars over the last decade raising live boar bait. The fluffy kind.

The second part of the article describes a woman who believes that someone dropping a tool at an inactive nuclear site will cause a nuclear explosion. She is deluded. She is hysterical. Reuters calls that fear. Unlike the man with the cats, she is allowed to move back to her home, but won't. Anti-nuclear activists have preyed on these people to the point that they won't believe anyone.

She is like a fluffy cat caught up in some do-gooder's kabuki.

Note that both of these people are behaving COUNTER to what reasonable people have done in the last 10 years to improve their lives, receive compensation, and move on.
 
2021-03-04 12:53:03 AM  
2fardownthread:

Well you certainly have an interesting perspective!
You were there during the tsunami?  And the subsequent nuclear meltdown?
I can't imagine the level of panic you and your fellow citizens felt; Out of the frying pan, and into the fire. So to speak...
 
2021-03-04 1:36:36 AM  

Redh8t: 2fardownthread:

Well you certainly have an interesting perspective!
You were there during the tsunami?  And the subsequent nuclear meltdown?
I can't imagine the level of panic you and your fellow citizens felt; Out of the frying pan, and into the fire. So to speak...


Yes I was. For the whole thing. With my family and employees.
We did not panic. There was this string of things that went wrong, and they all happened one right after another. We took care of each other.

There are basically zones of responses that have been identified by researchers. People very close to the triple disaster were either incommunicado OR they were consuming Japanese media only. The local newspaper was delivered on Saturday, the day after the earthquake, even though power, water, phone, etc. was out. So we were well informed. People remained very calm and went almost immediately to clean up and repair in communities.

Foreigners consumed only foreign news or news from Tokyo. That news was secondhand and sensational. Almost every one of the foreigners I knew bugged out immediately over icy roads to the other side of the mountain range from this area. So PANIC is a word to describe that. I had people borrow my tools and then call me the next day from across the country to let me know where they had left them so I could retrieve them.

WIder areas such as Tokyo and beyond were only consuming hearsay. The New York Times covered events from Singapore and Hong Kong. So by the time we got power and phones back, we were alarmed that the rest of the country and world were .. well... panicking. There was a lot of false information.

The residents near the power plant were the subject of a debate. Whether to evacuate them or have them shelter in place was a thing. Out of an abundance of caution, they were evacuated quickly and it turned out to be a good choice. It is unlikely that the alternative would have been measurably worse, but nobody was hurt and things went smoothly.

So here is what is pertinent. From my perspective in the frying pan, all I saw is a government and communities that handled things well. By and large, people have coped very well with the disaster and aftermath. What will be emphasized in the next few weeks are people who have not coped well, or persistent difficulties, or remaining problems. They represent a small fraction of the aftermath in every way. Unfortunately, the image is often negative. Broadly speaking, local residents would like to get past all of this and have people resettle in these areas. They spent a lot to make them safer and clean them up.
 
2021-03-04 2:14:11 AM  
2fardownthread:

What you just wrote was pure propaganda / misinformation.
 
2021-03-04 4:45:18 AM  

2fardownthread: What will be emphasized in the next few weeks are people who have not coped well, or persistent difficulties, or remaining problems. They represent a small fraction of the aftermath in every way.


I don't think you were writing anti-boar propaganda or nuclear-fellating misinformation. However, I can't take this bit seriously. A small fraction? Come on!
 
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