Our skeptic in Japan…
Many readers have surely read articles by Japanese blogger/contributor Kirye here at NoTricksZone since about a year and a half.
Japanese climate blogger Kirye thinks Japan will be the last developed country to ever question climate change.
Kirye, who wishes to remain anonymous, lives in Tokyo and has answered some questions about her blogging and climate science in Japan.
When and how did you become a skeptic?
It started back in 2013, I think. I read Dr. Kiyohiko Ikeda‘s books, and what he said was a surprise to me. So I started reading other books about climate change, like Svensmark’s “Chilling Stars”. It wasn’t long before I realized that we weren’t being told the whole truth about climate.
Are you a scientist or an expert?
Of course not. I’m just a layperson, like many other bloggers, who happened to notice some things were not making any sense. I got interested in it and realized that there are many serious scientists who have very different views. The main media in Japan never tell us that. In fact, they are ignoring the record cold in North America right now. As a writer, I feel we need journalists who actually do the job of investigating.
Are many people in Japan skeptical about climate science?
I don’t like the expression ‘skeptics’. They are in fact climate realists. If the question is: Are there many climatic realists in Japan, then I would answer as follows: Unfortunately not. Most people simply believe what they are told by the media. Japan is rather culturally and media isolated. Many people here do not understand English well enough to read dissenting material from abroad. The information they receive gets filtered beforehand. It’s not like in the US, or Britain, where people get to hear both sides.
When do you think people in Japan will become more skeptical about climate science?
Not in the foreseeable future, I think. As I said, Japanese people are rather isolated from the outside world, and so rely on the mainstream media for their information. There are some very good realist scientists in Japan, but they are shut out by the media. Climate realism will reach Japan only after alarmism ends in US and Europe.
The planet has warmed over the past century. What’s behind it?
I’m not a scientist, just a layman. Nobody really knows. We only know that there are many different scientists with many different explanations – many having to do with the natural oceanic and solar cycles, and not CO2. Well, I agree with Dr. Lindzen’s opinion. And as you can see from past posts, I even checked the Japanese countryside stations. Many of them have not warmed for about 20 or more years.
Much of the manmade component is probably the urban heat island effect and poor land use.
What are the most convincing facts that tell us there’s no alarm?
That’s easy to answer. Just look at the temperature of the Holocene. It was often much warmer than it is today over the past 10,000 years. The temperature of the last 30 years is nothing unusual. What’s 30 years compared to the last 10,000?
Also typhoons, hurricanes etc. show in fact a downward trend. And the tide gauges at coastlines show no alarming story.
And if you haven’t noticed, the science is so politicized.
Why do you check temperature data?
I simply believe in searching for the truth. I can’t stand it when honest scientists who are simply trying to get to the truth get attacked and hurt. Some scientists say it’s all trace gas CO2. I can’t overlook such absurdity.
So, I think laymen have to do journalism now because major media have abandoned journalism in Japan. This world is far from perfect, but we can work to make it better.
Fortunately, I can check the data and present the results with charts. I will keep doing this.
10 responses to “Japanese Blogger: “Isolated Japan” Will Be Realist Only After Climate Alarmism Ends In US/Europe”
I’d loved to have a small wager with her on this ……Australia had so many people so out of touch and “holier than thou” that we’re a monty to win the title.
I’ve enjoyed reading some Kirye articles. Keep up the good work!
I’ve went in a different direction. I’m trying to go beyond monitoring temperatures, as that could be caused by many factors. What interests me is debunking the pseudophysics that surrounds the climate scam.
I’ve started to do that here:
Please share and comment.
Good luck to you Kirye!
Great interview. By any measure a well educated climate realist.
Excellent interview and even better responses from Kirye. Calm,collected,considered and presented rationale.
If the photo is truly Kirye then she has a head full of great wisdom on such young shoulders.
As a layman on the science I have looked to see whether there is any substance to the question:- Is CO2 really that powerful that it’s change in volume from 0.28% to 0.04% is able to make any change to the overall temperature of the atmosphere,landmass and water mass across the globe? Thus far the science indicates that the influence of CO2 is so small that it is not possible and it is highly questionable as to whether it should be called a greenhouse gas at all.
It does not absorb and retain heat any more than the other gasses. In fact Water in gaseous form (water vapour) has 100’s to 1000’s time more influence than CO2 but is highly variable.
However it is not contentious enough to warrant money being spent on scientific research.
“it’s change in volume from 0.28% to 0.04%”
0.028% to 0.04%
Kirye is a great example to many whom seek to find out the truth,and as for Scientific research,you don’t need to hold a PHD to realise truth.
I tend to think that Germany will be the last country to wake up
I always enjoy the post’s by Kirye. No nonsense, just simple plain fact’s and language.
In 1985 at the height of the rise of Japanese auto making excellence I went to Japan for two weeks to understand why they had such a very diciplined work force. I came to the conclusion that hundreds of years of strict imperialism had left it’s mark on sociatal structures and dicipline. I agree with Kiryes conclusions.
I look forward to your future contribution.
RE – “The planet has warmed over the past century. What’s behind it?”
See the discussion of fig.3, here.
Note what he says about the “red line” running through the figure.
“In the middle is a red line. The width of that line corresponds to the range of temperature in the global mean temperature anomaly record for the past 175 years. This shows that the temperature change that we are discussing is small compared to our routine sensual experience. Keep this in mind when someone claims to ‘feel’ global warming.”
What’s behind it? Why should anyone care about such utter nonsense? The real question is why they are so adamant that we be terrified of such a trivial effect.
Beginning where I set the link, Lindzen reveals the evil the warmists preach, and some of the ways they attempt to deceive us into believing their lie is real.
Also, Kirye writes “…major media have abandoned journalism in Japan.”
I would just add that the same is true in most of the once civilized West. From what I can see, I’ll wager the Orient wakes up first, assuming the West even wakes up at all.
Alarmists kill more people than the imagined catastrophes they fear.