Manga artist claims again Fukushima radiation is causing nosebleeds

JIJI

Tetsu Kariya, author of the gourmet manga “Oishinbo,” says in the series’ latest edition that radiation is so high in Fukushima Prefecture it is causing nosebleeds among local residents.

The theme echoes one in a previous story that critics panned when Kariya had the main character suffer a nosebleed after visiting the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant.

The controversial episodes ran in Shogakukan Inc.’s Big Comic Spirits magazine last May. But when the manga was compiled into book form, critical passages, including one linking nosebleeds and radiation exposure, were watered down.

In his latest book, published by Yugensha, Kariya questions the Environment Ministry’s assertion that radiation is unlikely to be causing nosebleeds locally. He cites surveys that found that “many people” have been suffering nosebleeds in the prefecture.

Kariya has written extensively about the plight of Fukushima farmers and fishermen, whose troubles he has studied at first hand. He has visited places around the nuclear power station.

He said he altered some controversial episodes in the new book to prevent misunderstanding and to protect real people who were identifiable in previous episodes and who others criticized.

In the final chapter, Kariya emphasizes that the reconstruction of the lives of the people is far more important than the recovery of the land of Fukushima.

“It is only you who can protect yourselves,” he said, addressing them in general. “Please have the courage to flee from Fukushima.”

  • Starviking

    Food manga artist warns on a subject he is in no way qualified to comment on.

    If he were commenting on stock markets, engineering, geopolitics, or a whole host of other subjects – I’m sure he would get the response he deserves: silence, as no one would bother to print his thoughts.

    However, we’re talking about the Fukushima accident – so everyone and their aunt can comment and get published, but only if they’re spreading doom and gloom.

  • Sam Gilman

    It is clear that this man Kariya is only interested in making money out of the Fukushima accident, and out of the suffering of the people. The last time he reared his monstrous head with this story, the people he claims to care about were really rather angry. That doesn’t seem to have affected him in the slightest. “Parasite” is an insult to parasites.

    There is no radiation-caused outbreak of nosebleeds. Here’s the backstory. An anti-nuclear activist called Takahiro Katsumi has the bright idea of finding out how many tweets mention nosebleeds in Japanese. He finds five thousand tweets one weekend with the Japanese word for “nosebleed”, a couple of thousand with “nose won’t stop bleeding” over a ten day period and a couple of thousand tweets with “nose is bleeding” in another two day period. He then claims that this must mean that over *five thousand*, *mainly under thirty* (It’s twitter), *different people* have nosebleeds (no, no, and no) and that it is…(drum roll)…because of Fukushima! No matter where the people tweeting about nosebleeds are, in Japan or indeed the world, it’s all because of Fukushima. The whole thing really is that stupid.

    This “research” gets picked up by various notorious anti-nuclear and conspiracy sites, including the mysteriously owned and funded ENEnews, a particular favourite site of anti-nuclear paranoiacs. In certain versions, the story gets changed along the way from “man counts tweets mentioning nosebleeds” to “people have suddenly begun tweeting that they have nosebleeds from radiation” or worse still, to “Doctors report nosebleeds from Fukushima“. The lie is formed, the Internet does the rest.

    Look at this last paragraph:

    In the final chapter, Kariya emphasizes that the reconstruction of the lives of the people is far more important than the recovery of the land of Fukushima.

    “It is only you who can protect yourselves,” he said, addressing them in general. “Please have the courage to flee from Fukushima.”

    Words fail. What a horrible, horrible man.