On the bottom of the fact that most of the Japanese people still don’t evacuate, there is the mentality to want to die.
This is making me feel desperate.
I am a blogger. I spend more than 10 hours on the internet to search for the trustworthy information. Recently, I noticed that more and more people are accepting their destiny.
Roughly estimating, more than 30% of the internet users are giving up living any longer. It seems like this ratio is getting larger and larger.
This is not Harakiri or Kamikaze mentality. This is resignation.
Say, about half of the internet users are aware of the radiation risk. In the rest of the 50%, I “sense”
A 60% – think cancer is the only risk
B 35% – know the variety of the symptoms
C 5% – full aware, evacuated, warning remaining people
In category A and B, almost 60% (Or more) people state they don’t want to live any longer.
They don’t have the intention to hurt others or stop other people evacuating. They rather to be helpful and very polite. However, they state they will die in Japan.
This strange mentality is coming from 2 kinds of thought.
1. In Japan, sometimes struggling is considered to be ugly. Not wanting anything – Nirvana – state is thought to be ideal. (Cf. Wabi sabi)
2. Group mind.
About 1, of course they are/were not in the nirvana state. They try to think they are in the nirvana state and holding the last rope not to let them go panic. They intentionally try not to think about what is actually going on to them. They are sometimes even self-absorbed.
As to 2, they are probably imagining the scene when they are hospitalized and all of their families or friends are happily in the same room. and dying as smiling with no pain.
Behind these mentality, they are having the feeling of “helpless”.
They have lots of troubles to evacuate. having to take care about old parents, pets, having to pay for house mortgage, car loan, raise children. Evacuating means losing their job.
Sure there are solutions for all of these problems. (I don’t write it here because it takes too long.) However, probably it takes time and energy. They will also feel embarrassed.
Sometimes they have properties and social status too.
They are not bothered, don’t want to lose what they have, so they think becoming mummy is more romantic.
The reason why they are not bothered to challenge is because they were tired out even since before 311.
Behind the sense of helpless, there is the mentality called “suicidal wishes”.
Even before 311, Japan was suffering from a sense of stagnation. Long recession, decreasing employment rate, rising China, decreasing pension.
People in 30s~20s could not find hope to live, they were tired of daily lives.
Japan is thought to have less social hierarchy, but seniority system let 50s~ dominate most of the power and younger generation were given less chance.
Every year, more than 30,000 people commit suicide.(Some people say it’s actually 100,000.)
For some Japanese people, suicide is the only liberty.
This mentality is seen in both gender. However, when the “mentality-holder” is husband/father of a family, children and wife are pushed in danger. In case of that both of the parents have jobs, both of the parents may share “the mentality”.
Until the end of 2011, there seemed to be conflicts between the holders and non-holders but since the beginning of 2012, non-holders are starting to be infected by the mentality.
In the universe of internet world, Japanese segment is starting to be covered by the sense of resignation.
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I am the writer of this website. About page remains in 2014. This is because my memory about 311 was clearer than now, 2023, and I think it can have a historical value. Now I'm living in Romania with 3 cats as an independent data scientist.
Actually, nothing has progressed in the plant since 2011. We still don't even know what is going on inside. They must keep cooling the crippled reactors by water, but additionally groundwater keeps flowing into the reactor buildings from the broken parts. This is why highly contaminated water is always produced more than it can circulate. Tepco is planning to officially discharge this water to the Pacific but Tritium is still remaining in it. They dilute this with seawater so that it is legally safe, but scientifically the same amount of radioactive tritium is contained. They say it is safe to discharge, but none of them have drunk it.