Dir En Grey doubt democracy after nuclear disaster, saying government cover-ups mean they don’t know how ill they might be

Disaster: 16,000 people are believed to have died

Japanese bands fear they may not be allowed to tour the US after suffering radiation poisoning as a result of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.

The natural disaster killed around 16,000 people and left over 6000 injured, while ravaging land and buildings across the island nation. The Fukushima nuclear power station was severely damaged and is believed to have been spilling radiation into the atmosphere ever since, with many of those working to stop the leaks effectively condemned to death.

Earlier today the highest levels of radiation yet detected were reported in the area around the reactors, with a ban on beef exports extended to farms 300km away.

Now Japanese metal outfit Dir En Grey say the whole country are afraid they’ve been lied to about the levels of radioactivity in the atmosphere around them

The band report: “The earthquake took the lives of many people including many of our fans. Everyone, including ourselves, has been exposed to radiation, and there are some who say the contamination is so bad we will not be able to travel to the USA and other countries in the future.

“It is unclear to what extent the government’s statements are correct. To be honest, no one really knows what’s going on in Japan right now. The safety regulations keep getting increased yet the only official announcement is: ‘There is no effect on health.’

“We can no longer tell whether we are a democratic nation. Unless you are careful with your words you will be taken down with significant force.

“We ask all of you who read this to do what you can to support us in our search for the truth.”

Dir En Grey release new album Dum Spiro Spero tomorrow, but admit they weren’t convinced completing the work was the right thing to do.

“When the earthquake struck we were in the studio in Tokyo. Afterwards power shortages and transport chaos caused further complications. We thought, ‘Will the album be completed? Will we be able to keep working? Is it right to continue making the album?’

“Normally tomorrow would have been a wonderful day for us. But there are still many people in Japan suffering from the disaster. So we will refrain from words of joy; but we cannot stop moving forward.”

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