Thursday, 17 May 2012

Down with TEPCO (filksong with English subtitles)

Coming across this podcast again in Twitter, I can't help my addiction to this song "Down with TEPCO" (Let's work for TEPCO) - the filksong of "Let's work for Self-Defence Force" which is legendarily told that SDF asked the composer for permission to use it for their PR without understanding the sarcasm.

Down with TEPCO

The word most repeated "Hairo" originally mean "(Let's) join", but it also means reactor decommissioning.  We in Japan call Tokyo Electric (TEPCO) "Toden" more often.

This video was uploaded by "greendiamondism" in September 2011 with the comment copied below.  I believe the situation surrounding nuclear power plants is the same anywhere in the world.  Our country, if not the planet, is going nowhere but the hell.

Despite the growing voices and actions for no nuke world, the vested nuke interests keep control over mainstream media, and began to even ignore the diet decisions, creating different bylaws behind the closed door.  If we can't stop them TEPCO and other electric companies will be protected, all the damages will be compensated with tax and increased bills, with no one punished for radioactively contaminated foods, cards, debris, ashes intentionally spread all over the country.

[QUOTE from YouTube:]  
The title of the song in Japanese is a play on words. It basically means "Let's go work for TEPCO", the company whose nuclear reactors blew up after the earthquake in Japan on March 11th 2011. It can also mean "Overthrow TEPCO and decommission the reactor". Over 6 months has passed since the disaster, but the company is still trying to hide it's secrets. The government is too weak to nationalize TEPCO or let it fall into bankruptcy. 
TEPCO is supported by the major banks, insurance companies and industrial companies of Japan. Particularly Toshiba which owns Westinghouse, HItachi which owns General Electric, and Mitsubishi. Hitachi and Mitsubishi recently merged their nuclear businesses together. These are the only companies with the capacity to manufacture nuclear reactors. 
The Japanese public has turned against nuclear power, so these companies are now pushing hard to export nuclear power to developing countries. Even though in "safety-first" "high-tech" Japan, their product has blown up, even now spewing toxic radioactive waste into the air, land and sea, they still can't give up this dangerous technology, and are still desperate to make a profit from Plutonium!
The previous Prime Minister was pushed out after merely suggesting Japan should reduce it's reliance on Nuclear Power. We need you - yes YOU to do something! Please don't buy a single TV, a single dishwasher, a single car, a single solar panel, a single battery... in short, please don't buy anything produced by these companies until they give up their ambition for world destruction!
Thousands of people have had to flee their homes, farmers can't sell their produce and are facing bankruptcy (some have already comitted suicide), all because these companies wanted to squeeze the last yen out of 40-year-old Nuclear Reactors!
The Fukushima disaster may have slipped out of the world's headlines, but it's still a living hell for those cleaning up the mess. The dirtiest, most dangerous work is done by homeless people, literally recruited off the street by one of hundreds of subcontracting companies, many run by the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia.
Japan is renowned for it's technology, but even the Japanese couldn't keep these reactors under control. HItachi, Toshiba and Mitsubishi could make money from products that actually benifit the human race, but they still refuse to see that Nuclear Energy is dead-end, 20th century technology. Please, please, please support this campaign! If their stock drops even one yen, the children of Fukushima will love you for it!

The original version without subtitles is here

After I distributed by email the YouTube video to friends, I got very interesting feedback from one of my most precious friends.  I'm not sure if he is just teasing me (he's got special sense of being sarcastic), but most probably his knowledge about nuclear power and nuclear history is just as little as my pre-311 level.

It is very unpatriotic of you to disseminate such emails. Any chance of you getting arrested for such behaviour? 
The Japanese government is trying to make it clear that nuclear energy is safe, and good for your health (like Popeye recharging himself with a dose of spinach).  You are undermining those efforts.  Keeping Tepco private is indeed a very good way to keep secrets a secret. In England they use the term Private-Private Partnership to describe such symbiotic structures.  If Tepco becomes nationalised, the government may be compelled to release Tepco information (an example of such information may be that nuclear reactors really aren't as safe as the government claims them to be).  What good would that do to anyone?  How would the government then recruit more people to build new reactors or (what is much more dangerous) decommission old ones?  Before distributing such irresponsible vidoes, you should answer those questions.   
Tell me, those black and white images in the video, are they from the Hiroshima/Nagasaki disasters?  How many subtle or not-so-subtle references are being made to those nuclear attacks ("Let's finish the job Uncle Sam started in 1945").

If anyone would say the same thing, I want to have my other recent posts read, and watch The 4th Revolution - Energy Autonomy  in Facebook with English subtitles (free).

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