The End of Japan as We Knew It

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Heroic rescue workers march into damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant


The End of Japan as We Knew It
by Joseph E Fasciani, a regular commenter on Fellowship of the Minds
We must understand what’s about to happen in Japan. I’ve searched the Internet, and as best I can tell, no one has brought this ultimate reality to light.
And no, it’s not the looming nuclear explosions that I’m writing about, not at all. Let’s set aside the radiation issue per se, as a planetary fear-monger. We need to focus on what this event means to the people of Nippon, and, by extension, to the rest of the herd here on planet Earth.
Folks, look at a map: Japan’s the size of California, but with a population of 127,360,000, nearly half that of the USA, and four times that of Canada, my home. Its rugged landscape means that agricultural opportunities are limited. Japan exports very little food; it must import a great deal of what it wants or needs. Which it could do and did, until now.

The problem is that the recent nuclear disaster occurred in what is Japan’s single largest agricultural area, now likely contaminated with radiation, perhaps for lifetimes to come. It’s difficult for this writer to see how Japan can increase its remaining productivity to replace such a large loss. In my original May 23, 2004 article at Axis of Logic, “It’s Time to Again Ask: Who Will Feed China?,” I wrote that:

“To feed its 1.3 billion people, China may soon have to import so much grain that this could trigger unprecedented rises in grain prices. When Japan, a nation of just 125 million, began to import food, world grain markets rejoiced. But China’s market s ten times greater, so there may not be enough easily available grain in the world to meet that market. And here’s where it gets really sticky.”

Today, seven years later, it’s a far stickier problem, as we will now have to feed both China and Japan. And just how will this happen? Shall “free markets” dictate that only the highest bidders will eat and live? How about lotteries, each draw good for ten million bushels of wheat or rice? Just how, and by whom, will these crucial, life-saving decisions be made?
Look at it this way: Do you trust your political leaders to make the right decision if it were you and your family who were to be fed? Would you accept your luck of the draw in the lottery of food for life? If you didn’t get a winning ticket, what do you do next? Is this when Johnny gets his gun? Ask yourself honestly, then tell me.
The world awaits your answer.

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0 responses to “The End of Japan as We Knew It

  1. And we are burning corn for fuel. :-/

     
  2. A predicted food shortage has bandied about in the past few years it is it. This could indeed be a tipping point globally. I hate to be a pessimist, but things look grim. OUR idiots here decided we shoudl put more food crops towards making fuel (ethanol) And look how that’s turned out. It cost more in fuel to grow and process than it produces.

     
  3. Nope wouldn’t trust my political leaders at all…

     
  4. Food prices all over the world, thanks to ethanol production and the rising price of oil, were already going up before this disaster happened in Japan.
    Most of the Mexican crop for this year was iced over and lost thanks to Al Gore’s “Globull Warming.”
    The current POTUS refuses to expand our energy independence.
    Recipe for disaster, this is.
    -Dave

     

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