Mizumoto Park from the air in 1989
According to a Japanese news outlet, Iza
, on July 1st, 2011 63-year-old Mr. Takashi Kabayama was found dead with a plastic bag over his head in his home office.
Kabayama was a member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly for the Liberal Democratic Party and had been measuring radiation in an assortment of locations throughout Tokyo.
He would then upload his findings to his blog for the world to read and on the day before he died (June 30, 2011) he measured 0.25 microSv/h in Mizumoto Park in the Katsushika ward located in Tokyo.
Fukushima Diary reported
on February 22, 2012 via Gendai
that ludicrously high levels of cesium contamination were discovered, also in Mizumoto Park.
These levels were so high that they "turned out to be the same level of [the] 'off-limits zone' in Chernobyl."
It is strange that this hasn't been brought to the public's attention sooner, because the fact that he was found at 3 AM July 1, 2011, meaning just a short while after he posted his update, is quite unusual.
Why would someone be taking radiation readings and updating their website the day that they were planning to kill themselves?
Fukushima Diary, none of his blog posts suggested that he might be suicidal and "he sounded motivated to measure around Tokyo," something which hardly seems befitting of someone on the verge of taking their own life.
This is not the only anti-nuclear official who has died in recent history. In fact, it was reported
on January 3, 2012 that 64-year-old Uemura Yasuhiro, town councilor of Kowaura Minamiise Machi Mie was found dead in his car with a shotgun wound to the chest.
Yasuhiro was reportedly taking his shotgun to his farm to keep away crows. Police thought it was suicide or a gun accident, even though the shotgun was reportedly placed outside of the car.
He was an outspoken opponent of the construction of the Ashihama nuclear plant of Chubu Electric Power and after the Fukushima incident he began traveling around Japan lecturing about the dangers of nuclear power.
If only one official who came out against the horrors of Fukushima had perished in mysterious circumstances I would be more ready to discount the possibility of foul play.
However, when multiple bodies start piling up, all of which are connected to bringing the dangers of nuclear power into the sphere of public debate, I have to start wondering.
I don't know how it is in Japan, but here in the United States we have what I call a "dual justice system" which treats certain sectors of society completely differently than others.
On one side there is the ludicrously wealthy along with police, most politicians, most so-called officials, etc. and on the other side is the rest of us.
This allows for police to literally get away with murdering
innocent tourists and brutally assault
elderly people (with dementia no less) for no apparent reason only to get a written reprimand among other horrors.
Hopefully Japan is a little different and proper investigations into these mysterious incidents can be launched.