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It’s been my observation that most people who have never been to Japan seem to think of Fukushima as an uninhabitable nuclear wasteland. My Facebook friends are surprised when on some of my posts I wrote that I traveled through Fukushima on my way back home to Niigata. “Why did you go there?” they ask.

Mass media reporters have abbreviated the damaged Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant to a single word, “Fukushima.” Therefore when non-Japanese people hear this word, they automatically think of the nuclear catastrophe in Japan. This is not how Japanese think when they hear the name of Fukushima.

Japan divided into Prefectures.

Japan divided into Prefectures.

Japan is divided into 47 administrative areas which are called prefectures.

Fukushima Prefecture is the area of #7. I live right next to it in area #15, Niigata Prefecture. Because I often travel to Aomori Prefecture, (#2 on the map), if I take the Tohoku Expressway, the route back home to Niigata runs through Fukushima Prefecture. Nobody hesitates for fear of radiation to drive through Fukushima Prefecture.


Here we can see an enlarged map of area #7 that shows Fukushima Prefecture. The damaged nuclear reactor is in a town called Futaba, the area with the red circle drawn around it. The nuclear reactor is right on the Pacific coast. It is mainly the area of Futaba and parts of the areas immediately next to it which are in the no-go zone! People are living everywhere else in Fukushima Prefecture. Rice is again being planted and harvested in areas not close to the damaged nuclear power plant. You can see that Fukushima Prefecture is a large area and the area infected with radiation is relatively small in comparison.

There is also Fukushima City, the largest city in Fukushima Prefecture. So when I tell a Japanese person I passed through Fukushima, he or she understands that I passed through Fukushima Prefecture unless I specified it was Fukushima City. Nobody, I mean nobody would think I meant the Futaba area, the town of the nuclear power plant!

The word prefecture is defined on http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/prefecture as

the office, jurisdiction, territory, or official residence of a prefect.

The only other countries that use the word prefecture to divide their country into administrative areas are Roman Catholic nations such as France and Italy!

Japan was divided into 47 prefectures by the Meiji government in July 1871. The Japanese period of Meiji (September 8, 1868 through July 30, 1912) was when Japan was forced to open itself to the West. Interestly, the Japanese word “Meiji” is composed of two Chinese ideographs meaning “enlightened rule”. Was it because of the influence of the Illuminati (AKA Jesuit order)?

Why did Japan close itself off in the first place? To protect itself from Jesuit influence! The Tokugawa government (the period between 1603 and 1868) in the 17th century with the advice of English Protestant William Adams kicked out all the Roman Catholic JESUIT missionaries from Japan. William Adams warned the leader of the government, Tokugawa Ieyasu, that the real purpose of the Jesuit missionaries was not to spread the true faith of Christ to the Japanese, but to colonize Japan for Rome! During the period Japan isolated itself from the West, it’s interesting to note there was still some trade with England and the Netherlands — both Protestant countries. You see it was really only Roman Catholic countries, and specifically Portugal, Spain, France and Italy that the Tokugawa government feared. It was the USA which forced Japan to open itself up again to the West. America has been under the influence of the Roman Catholic Church from its very beginning! See Washington in the Lap of Rome.

The Jesuits and Roman Catholic missionaries were expelled from Japan in the 17th century, but they returned in the 19th century during the time of Meiji (Illuminati / Jesuit rule). It’s my conclusion, therefore, dividing Japan into administrative areas called “prefecture” may denote Japan returning back under the control of Rome! And by “Rome” I am referring to the Vatican and the Roman Catholic Church. The word prefecture comes from Latin, the language of the Roman Empire!

By the way, here is Fukushima in Chinese ideographs.


It literally means “fortune island”

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What is “Fukushima”? — 4 Comments

  1. Thanks James, you help make some things clear. Easy to read map. I’ve been in Japan nearly as long as you and still learn things new and old. The Roman factor may be bit hard to understand for the average Japanese. Here’s some info on the man who negotiated with Japan to kick off the restoration as well as starting the custom of killing cows for meat and introducing milk into Japanese daily life.
    President Franklin Pierce named Harris the first Consul General to the Empire of Japan[5] in July, 1856, where he opened the first US Consulate at the Gyokusen-ji Temple in the city of Shimoda, Shizuoka Prefecture,[6] some time after Commodore Perry had first opened trade between the US and Japan in 1854.

    Townsend Harris had the US Legation relocate at the Zenpuku-ji Temple from 1859, following the Treaty of Amity and Commerce.Harris demanded the courtesies due to an accredited envoy, and refused to deliver his president’s letter to any one but the Shogun in Edo, and to him personally. After prolonged negotiations lasting 18 months, Harris finally received a personal audience of the Shogun in the palace. After another four months, he successfully negotiated the Treaty of Amity and Commerce, or the “Harris Treaty of 1858,” securing trade between the US and Japan and paving the way for greater Western influence in Japan’s economy and politics.[1]

    Harris returned to the US in 1861. Upon his departure, senior Japanese diplomat Moriyama wrote to him “You have been more than a friend. You have been our benefactor and teacher. Your spirit and memory will live forever in the history of Japan.”[7]

    Harris was favorably impressed by his experiences in Japan at the end of its self-imposed period of isolation. He wrote: “The people all appeared clean and well fed… well clad and happy looking. It is more like the golden age of simplicity and honesty than I have ever seen in any other country”.[8]

    According to a persistent legend, Harris adopted a 17-year-old geisha known as Okichi (お吉), whose real name was Kichi Saitou (ja:斎藤きち, Saitou Kichi?). The legend has it that she was heavily pressured into the relationship by Japanese authorities and then ostracized after Harris’ departure, eventually committing suicide in 1892.[9] However, it appears that Okichi was merely one of Harris’ housekeepers,[9] and the Kodansha Encyclopedia states that Harris fired her after just three days of work.[10]

  2. Greetings James Japan,
    First you have to know the difference between Fukushima and Futaba. How many people around the world know really that uninhabitable nuclear wasteland is related with Futaba, not Fukushima. This is a text book example how the mass media can mislead a news story and take you down a bunny trail. We all have to do are research before we can believe anything the mass media reports.
    Thanks for sharing this to the western world,

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