Japanese anti-nuclear music


The genre of Japanese anti-nuclear music began in the 1980s after the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl. Problem was, some of the largest record labels were owned by companies, like many companies in Japan, that are connected to the nuclear industry. But as the Atlantic reminds us, you can’t stop the Internet.

Above, the video for “You Can’t See It, And You Can’t Smell It Either” by Rankin’ Taxi, a very catchy dance hall reggae tune about nuclear disaster. Here are the closing lyrics:

Die from a dose of radiation? No way!
Did you say an unstoppable leak? No way!
Do I want to be an object of hate for unborn children? No way!
Do I want to lead a life of unhealthy luxury? No way!
Can radiation deepen love? Can radiation make us wiser?
Can radiation stop wars? Can radiation bring a smile?

Radiation is strong, Radiation is powerful, it doesn’t discriminate, and you can’t beat it
Radiation is scary, Radiation is dangerous, you can’t see it or smell it, and you can’t run from it

Can’t see it, can’t smell it, can’t run from it…
It’s safe! It’s safe! It’s safe! until it’s not, until it’s not, until it’s not, until it’s not,


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