March 8th 2012
Keeping scores in the latest propaganda wars…
People of Japan 1 – Government 0
“Harmful rumors”, “baseless rumors”, “radio-phobia” or … “fear mongers”. The Japanese government had it. It does not want any of it. Understandably so; more and more people evacuating from contaminated areas, evacuees not returning although they have been “instructed” to do so, foreigners are on the leave too, no one buys radioactive food our days, foreign countries still hold their grounds with banning Japanese products and they are meeting strong resistance in burning radioactive debris all across the nation.
If you ask me, citizens of Japan are becoming wiser … or simply they are tired of the obvious propaganda being forced on them, some of it just plain silly!
However, this incompetent government is on a mission and they won’t go down just like that! Even if most of the “harmful rumors” are legit, life must go on and Fukushima must revive. Revive on the backs of innocent children if need be! Ignorance and stubbornness define the current handling of the crisis.
People of Japan 1 – Government 1
How did they score 1 point? By trying to force their propaganda … via internet! And where else is better to do that than giant search engine Google.
Type the word “FUKUSHIMA” . Bingo! Top search result is actually an online new monthly Japanese magazine owned by the Governmental Relations Office, called “Highlighting Japan” with the sole purpose of “helping readers to better understand Japan today”. Their home page is rather simplistic and if it was not internet, we could almost smell the paint! It’s that new !! It features a big fat link to “counter measures to the great earthquake”, translated by yours truly as “counter attack to the mean little fear mongers”! Come on, people ; raise your hands, don’t be shy!
So if we Google “apple Fukushima”, we get this;
If we Google “evacuees Fukushima”, we get that;
Funny enough, if we type “government kills citizens Fukushima”, they still come on top.
Please note that such words like “Japan” and “Miyagi” does the same trick. However, “Osaka”, “Okinawa” or even “Gunma” does not get “Highlighting japan” BS as a top result. I guess they really do not have enough money to pay Google to reference key words … which is good news, because it is really possible they would have associated this “informative” site to half the Japanese dictionary, had they had enough funds.
So please, have fun, feel free to mix and match any words that associates automatically to that site and see what comes up!
It is going to be a long fight to the finish it seems!
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