Japanese citizens are smart (see photos in the blog “Very Calm, But Invisible Panic-I,” http://chinajapanusrelations.com/2011/03/very-calm-but-invisible-panic-i.html). After both the Japanese government and Tokyo Electric Power Co., have been unwilling to share information with the public, the Japanese citizens realize that there is trouble (see photos in the blog, “Very Calm, But A Long Line-II,” http://chinajapanusrelations.com/2011/03/very-calm-but-long-line-ii.html). On 14 March (Tokyo time), I went to the store to buy some grocery since my refrigerator was empty after my recent trip to the U.S. When I arrived at the store around 13:00 afternoon, but most stores, including the large chain Seiyu (e.g., Giants in the USA), were closed as the power company requested that stores not use electricity during peak times (i.e., rush hours in the early morning and later evening) and planned to ration electricity in the early morning as the result of nuclear plant explorsion. Luckily, I found a small grocery store in front of Seiyu store that was open. However, I was sad to see the panic that all were feeling. People lined up like a long snake around the store waiting patiently to pay. Most emergency items, such as instant noodles, udon, soba, flashlights, and batteries etc., have already run out. It looked like the store had been robbed with almost nothing on the empty shelves (see more photos the blog “Very Calm, But Invisible Panic-II,” http://chinajapanusrelations.com/2011/03/very-calm-but-invisible-panic-ii.html).
The Live Videos of the Long Gasoline Lines in the Kanto Region
Source: From YouTube (access date: 20 March 2011)
Source: From YouTube with the music (access date: 20 March 2011)
Japanese are smart and understand that both the government and authorities at the power plants are covering up (see people buying gasoline – more photos and updated live videos in the blog “Very Calm, But A Long Line-I,” http://chinajapanusrelations.com/2011/03/very-calm-but-long-line.html). They have not been forthcoming in providing crucial information regarding these nuclear power plants. As all know, on 14 March, after Fukushima No. 1 reactor in trouble, Fukushima No. 3 reactor was explored. Moreover, the USS Ronald Reagan carrier, which came to help earthquake relief, was also contaminated (TBS News). In fact, the US Seventh Fleet decided to leave the Fukushima area because of the risks (AP News). Japanese citizens’ behavior in buying all the food and necessities of the shelf demonstrates that they too know that something is wrong and the government is hiding something. Although I live about 350 km from Fukushima, panic has already occurred.