I read today an AP article that was surely written about an alternative universe:
Fishing Industry in Japan Recovers from 2011 Tsunami. By E. Kurtenbach and E. Wang (2014, Mar 19), The Arizona Republic, A18
The article covers the challenges to, and 'recovery' of, fishing in northeastern Japan. For example:
[excerpted] Businesses throughout Japan's northeastern Tohoku region face a reality tv show's worth of obstacles to setting up shop: from shortages of financing and construction workers and materials, to lengthy delays in administrative approvals and overburdened transport networks. [end]Radiation contamination is not an obstacle to business in the region, even fishing. Fukushima Daiichi never exploded in this alternative universe.
The article features a former seafood processing factory worker, Shoichi Sato, who is "helping to bring back the fishing industry" on Japan's northeastern coast, where the Daiichi reactors happen to be located. The article reports that "78 percent of fishery processing [has] restarted"
The enterprising Sato has developed innovative strategies for improving the quality of his catch from the ocean, such as testing the salt content of his ice (used to keep catch cold).
Unbelievable. Sato of the alternative universe has only to test for excess salt.
In contrast, the Sato of our universe would need to check for strontium and cesium, among other radionuclides found bioaccumulating in fish off of northeast Japan.
December 18th, 2013 Fukushima Diary: 1,070 Bq/Kg of Cesium-134/137 detected from fish 2km offshore of Fukushima plant / Over 10 times much as safety limit
1,070 Bq/Kg of Cesium-134/137 was measured from fish “outside” of Fukushima plant port. It suggests the contamination is leaking out of the plant port. The sample was “Banded dogfish”. The sampling location was 2km offshore of Fukushima plant. The measured Cs-134/137 level is over 10 times much as Japanese food safety level. The marine products survey is regularly conducted by Tokyo Electric. However, it is not announced if they really publish all the sampling data without choosing. The test results are not inspected by the third party organization either. [end]How did this AP press article from a happier alternative universe end up in our nuked one?