Tuesday, March 15, 2011
"Whatever You Do Don't Panic"
Today radiation was detected as far south as Tokyo. Indeed it was measured in Shinjuku as 22 times the normal level. This is still much much lower than a radiation level that is dangerous to human health, but it is still something to be aware of.
Some people have been questioning whether the government reports can be entirely trusted, or even suggest they might be directly lying e.g. about radiation levels. I doubt this. There are many many places reporting radiation levels, and the coordination required to pull off such deceit seems to be prohibitive. The entire world is focused on this, and if the government was not completely honest about the whole thing the backlash would be immeasurable. My feeling is that they are trying to deal with a very difficult situation as best they can. The ad hoc nature of the frequent press conferences oddly enough gives me confidence: whatever else this is, they are not putting on a show.