[Column] Fell ill in the North Pole

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I fell ill 2 days ago.

It was the very first time in these 2 years since I left Japan.


Ironically it was just after when I confirmed I cannot use my national insurance in the hospital.


It was like stomach flu or food poisoning. Started suddenly at 2am.

I suffered from very intense nausea, vomit, diarrhea, fever, headache and light-headed.


Before knowing I couldn’t call ambulance, I couldn’t even stand up from the floor of bathroom for 5~6 hours.

All I could do was just try not to have my head hit by something from being dehydrated and faint.


It had been almost 12 years since I had such an intense symptom last time.


In those times, we tend to look back and think “I want to go back there” or “I wish I was staying there”.

but this time luckily or unluckily, I was disappointed enough about the world slashed by the lines called the border.


People were always amazing. I want to go back and meet all of them.

but some countries are paranoia about the border security. I can’t get the visa of some other countries. Some of the other countries are so poor that the bed sheets of hospital are covered with someone’s blood stain.


Now I’m on the edge of my life.

Whatever I do, wherever I go, there’s just “here” and “now”. Here and now to last forever.


Fortunately the primal intense symptom faded in the first 24 hours. Thank god, tap-water is drinkable here. I’m getting better.

I had to cancel some of the appointments with the officials but funny enough, they were sick too. The research will continue on email and stuff.


In one of the most isolated place as Svalbard, I almost became helpless.

I hope to make the best of this experience for other people too.



I reject the international mass media to read this site without taking a contact with me.I know some of the mass media corporations read Fukushima Diary to understand the trend so they know when to report about Fukushima as if they were independently following it for a long time.
In short, they make you individual readers pay for this site while they pay nothing, and when they publish the “authorized news”, you pay for the “secondhand news”, which is nothing new for us.
This site is free for the individual readers, but not for corporations.In the world, this site is nearly the only source about Fukushima. I came here alone without any supporting organizations, background or anything. I’m not pleased to be exploited by the corporations that didn’t even properly report about Fukushima when 311 took place.

I demand them to take a contact with me BEFORE reading this site whatever the purpose is.


Français :

[Édito] Tomber malade au pôle Nord
Note : Si vous êtes de la grande presse internationale, ne lisez pas ce site sans avoir préalablement pris contact avec moi.


Je suis tombé malade il y a 2 jours.
C’est la toute première fois depuis 2 ans que j’ai quitté le Japon.

Ironiquement, ça arrive juste après que j’ai confirmé à l’hôpital que je ne peux pas utiliser ma couverture nationale.

C’était une grippe intestinale ou une intoxication alimentaire. Ça a commencé brusquement à 02:00 du matin.
J’ai eu une nausée très intense, des vomissements, de la diarrhée, de la fièvre, mal à la tête et des étourdissements.

Je n’ai même pas pu me tenir debout dans la salle de bain pendant 5 à 6 heures avant d’apprendre que je ne pouvais pas appeler d’ambulance.
Tout ce que je pouvais faire c’était d’essayer seulement de ne pas me cogner la tête, me déshydrater et m’affaiblir.

Il y a bien 12 ans que je n’avais pas eu de symptômes aussi violents.

Ces temps-ci on a tendance à regarder en arrière en se disant “je voudrais y retourner” ou “j’aurais bien aimé y rester”.
mais cette fois, par chance ou malchance, j’ai été particulièrement déçu par ce monde scarifié de lignes appelées frontières.

Les gens ont toujours été étonnants. Je voudrais tous les revoir mais certains pays sont paranoïaques quant à leur sécurité aux frontières. Je ne peux pas obtenir de visa pour certains autre pays. Certains pays sont si pauvres que les feuilles des lits d’hôpitaux sont maculées de taches sang.

Je suis à présent aux bornes de ma vie.
Quoi que je fasse, où que j’aille, c’est juste “ici et maintenant”. Ici et maintenant pour toujours.

Par chance, les premiers symptômes intenses se sont calmés dans les premières 24 heures. Par chance, l’eau du robinet est potable ici. Je suis en train de me rétablir.
J’ai du annuler certains rendez-vous avec des fonctionnaires mais, de façon assez marrante, ils étaient malades eux aussi. Les recherches vont continuer sur les e-mails et autres.

Je me suis retrouvé en situation désespérée dans un des endroits les plus isolés comme Svalbard.
J’espère en tirer aussi le meilleur pour les autres en tant qu’expérience.

J’interdis à la grande presse internationale de lire et d’utiliser ce site sans préalablement prendre contact avec moi. Je sais que certaines grandes sociétés de presse lisent le Fukushima Diary pour comprendre la tendance et trouver quand rendre compte de la situation de Fukushima comme s’ils la suivaient indépendamment depuis longtemps.
En résumé, ils vous font payer à vous, simples lecteurs, ce qu’ils prennent gratuitement dans ce site et lorsqu’ils publient des “nouvelles de première main” vous payez pour des “nouvelles resucées”, qui n’ont rien de nouveau pour nous.
Ce site est gratuit pour les lecteurs individuels, pas pour les sociétés. Ce site est pratiquement la seule source au monde sur Fukushima. Je viens ici seul sans aucun soutien d’organisation quelconque, ni références, ni rien. Je n’apprécie pas de me faire exploiter par ces sociétés qui n’ont même pas été foutues de relater correctement ce qui se passait à Fukushima quand a eu lieu le mois de mars 2011.

Je leur demande de prendre contact avec moi AVANT de lire ce site dans quelque but que ce soit.

  1. So sorry to hear that. I had read something you wrote in Japanese and had gotten the impression you were ill. 🙁

    Get better soon… Glad to hear you are feeling better.

  2. Hey there brother… your eyes only.

    I still hold you in the highest regard, but know that my exultations of you as just short of super human make you uncomfortable.

    I figured you could afford a decent meal after that $100, so I donated another $100…

    Eat better.


  3. Apotek Spitsbergen or the grocery store should have some tannin-containing herbs in the health-food section. Maybe local berries with high-tannin skins, too. Dried are fine. The locals may have some advice – the long winter nights seem to affect intestinal health in Arctic dwellers when western foods are introduced.

    Black licorice that actually contain licorice helps with symptoms. Gum Arabic (as a health food supplement) helps rebuild the intestinal lining, as well as Aloe Vera.

  4. Normal regional bacteria often vary by temperature and altitude. Thus E-Coli are the most common bacteria in USA humans and water supplies. Sometimes when moving from one climate to another, CLEAN food and water may introduce new bacteria into the system causing illness.

    This is different from unsanitary food. Humans and animals REQUIRE some bacteria in our Gastrointestinal systems for proper functioning.

    Changing that bacteria can cause a temporary illness. In a few days or weeks, the new bacteria and the human are compatible.


    Bill Duff

    1. he said “funny- the officials were sick too”. wouldnt these be ‘locals’?
      why have you chosen SVARLBARD of all places to evacuate to? seed bank?

  5. Gastrointestinal virus?… The season has started already?
    Poor Iori chan! You are certainly exhausted and weak!… If it is, stay warm and sleep the most you can, few days… Drink only warm/hot: rice milk(boil the rice with a lot of water, very long time til the water turns white, filter and drink this water with sugar). Coca Cola is good too. Eat only rice or potatoes. I am sure you have rice, right?

    I am in Toronto. My friend Allan is just coming back from 2weeks in Tokyo. Everything is fine there. Enjoying Halloween festivities… Normal life. No word about Fukushima or radiations there… Memory cleaned up well!!! Impressive…
    An other friend Mark in moving to California with wife and kids to start a business in organic products!!! His dream is becoming true.
    Life is normal, seems to be!!!!!!?!?!
    I order a radiation tester for Christmas gift.
    Take care!

  6. Come to Latin America, I believe I suggested it to you before but you never answered!

    “Mi casa es tu casa!” That is Spanish for my home is your home. I live in Puerto Rico for the last 16 years or so. But if Fukushima “blows up” I may also have to head south, and are already making preparations to my boat! I am adding an auxiliary mast and sail!

    I live the life of a Spartan here at my farm, but times are hard! Much better though than Japan now, and much warmer than where you are! You are welcome!

  7. Sorry to hear you fell ill.

    However, the thought did occur to me:

    Since you likely took a flight to Norway (correct me if I am wrong), and travelled from West to East, your symptoms MIGHT be related to increased levels of radiation exposure, during the flight.

    Your site IS all about these dangers (and more), therefore, I consider that you already know of this possibility. Several flights have been documented, with some even posted on video sites, that show the UNBELIEVABLY high levels now occuring aviation travel. Perhaps your illness was caused by the travel???

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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.


November 2013