Day 486 All life is precious. Please save this cow.

The Hachiko Coalition Page

On behalf of the Hoshi Family, please sign the NGO Hoshi Family Animal Welfare group’s petition to protect Shigemi Chan, the only pet cow left in Okuma, inside the No Go Zone. Use google translator to read in English or other. A simple signature will help save this cow.
警戒区域大熊町!牛(家畜)の「しげみちゃん」をペットとして保護する運動。 署名にご協力ください。
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Comment left yesterday from “Journal of the Japan Phoenix of March 11″ (

Thank you for mentioning *Journal of the Japan Phoenix of March 11″ in your blog. (I am rather new at blogging and setting up websites, so please forgive any errors in being politically correct for the present.)

We would be happy to have any short articles in English and Japanese about experiences, situations (challenges which need solutions and those which have been solved which may help others with similar difficulties) that confront the March 11 survivors. The first issue of the JJPMarch11 is heavily English, but I would like to have it truly bilingual. Japanese language students and Japanese students studying abroad, people working around the world in various industries may find it helpful. I would like to see articles with the Pro’s and Con’s on nuclear energy; explanatory short non-technical articles on radiation, what it is and what it does; stress and depression – difference tween normal ups and downs in mood and clinical depression which needs medical help; tsunamis and what causes them and their power, etc.; nutrition for survivors on limited incomes; people searching for former neighbors who were relocated in different areas, etc. (Please take a look at the Journal; I tried to state the objectives and the need for Co-Editors–and special thanks to the volunteers, without whom the first issue would not exist and whose names are listed as Co-Editors.)

Also the “In Memoriam” section was to give survivors a place to write a few lines and perhaps send a photo to help deal with grief and healing, by sharing with others. (I have written for permission to photo of Mr. Watanabe holding a photo of his dear late wife, which I saw on line, but have not yet heard with permission.) If good comes from the tragedies that have befallen so many tens of thousands of people, perhaps it would honor the memory of those who perished and suffered.

Since JJPMarch11 is online, free, and since many survivors and retired people are–like me–not of the generation of our grandchildren who grew up as toddlers in a world with computers as well as balls, bats. dolls and other toys, we ask children and grandchilden to please print out the Journal and mail it to friends and relatives whom it would help. Also, since many of the survivors are older, the section which had the article in English and Japanese on how to save lives from choking (older people can have weaker swallowing muscles, dental problems which interfere with chewing foods small, etc. and stress often causes us to eat fast and on the run), will be followed by other articles on health maintenance, nutrition, functional foods, journaling as a way to relieve stress, taking up a new hobby – learn a language, try drawing or calligraphy, learn to play a musical instrument, help struggling new readers and children learn/practice reading by volunteering in schools; learn to dance and recruit a group of friends for socialization; write poetry to express thoughts and experiences and fears in a way that is general and can be anonymous; or write short stories, or take pictures of calming scenes of nature during long walks with friends, etc. This Journal wants to help and assist in communication and finding and giving help. Thank you to everyone; I apologize for a long blog.

And, please, remember that we are trying to comfort and heal as well as inform and communicate. This Journal is meant to share ideas and help each other, not to start heated or hostile debates on topics with polarized viewpoints. Mutual respect for the view points of others–which may not not agree with the ones another person may hold–is assumed and expected, please.

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“If I lose this fight, it will mean that no other journalist will later be able to write anything about the danger of the reopening nuclear reactor. (…) So this trial is very important for the future of all journalists.”

Japan’s “Nuclear Mafia” Pursuing Law Suit to Muzzle Investigative Journalist


Tokyo – July 10th, 2012

Japan’s so-called “nuclear mafia”, the consortium of industry, bureaucracy, politicians and anti-social forces  appears to have put out a “hit” on free-lance journalist, Minoru Tanaka. But the attack is not going unnoticed by the Japanese Press or the international community.

Minoru Tanaka  (52) is a freelance journalist and expert in the dark side of Japanese politics, who exposed the ties between Shiro Shirakawa, currently head of a nuclear power safety company called New Tech, Tokyo Electric Power Company’s (TEPCO), and the political circles in the weekly magazine Shukan Kinyoubi issued on December 16th, last year. His case is the first lawsuit against an individual freelancer, victim of SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) in the nuclear sector after the March 11th Fukushima Daiichi power plant nuclear disaster.

Three months after Mr. Tanaka’s article was released, Shiro Shirakawa, head of the nuclear power safety company New Tech, launched a lawsuit against the journalist saying that his article “has no foundations.” He was ordered to pay 66,980,000 yen for damage and defamation. In Japan, even if you are factually correct you can still lose a defamation case.

Yesterday, (July 9th) was the second day of his hearing held at the Tokyo District Court. On May the 7th, at the first hearing, Minoru Tanaka said that it was obvious that he was a victim of Japan’s practice of Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation. “The complainant has a huge amount of interest as a company working for the nuclear industry, and it is suing one single individual,” he said, “it is important to investigate and write about the way (the entities which play a coordinate role in the nuclear industry) especially after the accident of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on 3/11.”

According to Dissensus Japan, the blog which translates the articles of Japanese freelance journalists and bloggers who report about the Fukushima nuclear accident, free-lance journalist Hiromichi Ugaya once was condemned to pay 50,000,000 yen for damages made to Oricon company for his comments in a magazine.

He lost the first trial and, in 2009, the second judgment was a settlement.

As a journalist who experienced SLAPP, Ugaya said that “this trial (Minoru Tanaka’s trial) is typically a SLAPP, it’s like written in a manual”. Mentally, economically and temporarily those damages aim to dissuade free journalists from doing their job.

 RSF, (Reporters Sans Frontières/Reporters Without Borders) an international organization to protect freedom of speech and journalists, declared in a statement that “Tanaka’s description of Shirakawa’s alleged role as an intermediary between TEPCO, nuclear power plant construction companies, leading politicians such as Shizuka Kamei and even representatives of undergrounds organisations was based on public information (press articles, research documents from civic groups, etc).”

RSF urges the court to withdraw Tanaka’s case at once, saying that “any prolongation of this case will just increase its impact on journalists in terms of self-censorship. They already think twice before covering anything to do with Fukushima or trying to break through the lack of transparency surrounding TEPCO and the nuclear power industry in general.”

Tanaka, in his article, also revealed that money had “channelled through” his nuclear power safety company, and studied the links between Shiro Shirakawa and certain key executives of nuclear industry, TEPCO former president, Hiroshi Araki and the Rokkasho Reprocessing Plant, RSF said.

RSF also noted that prior to the initial hearing, Tanaka received a letter from Shirakawa warning him that he would be ruined financially if the court ruled against him.

“Tanaka criticized the lawsuit at yesterday’s hearing and afterwards told Reporters Without Borders: ‘If I lose this fight, it will mean that no other journalist will later be able to write anything about the danger of the reopening nuclear reactor. (…) So this trial is very important for the future of all journalists.’” RSF added in its statement.

The next hearing is scheduled for August, 7th.

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From EX-SKF at:

Nuclear Japan: Fukui Prefecture Handed the Blacked-Out SPEEDI Simulation Map to Green Peace Japan to “Show” the Effect of Release of Radioactive Iodine in a Severe Accident at Ooi Nuke Plant

(If you can see it, that is.)

If you think TEPCO was hiding something when the company first produced the document that was almost completely blacked out to the Diet Independent Investigation Commission back in September last year, wait till you see this map.

It’s a SPEEDI simulation map, done at the request from Shiga Prefecture to assess the risk of a severe accident at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant and shared with Fukui Prefecture, where Ooi Nuclear Power Plant is located. Shiga Prefecture is downwind from Ooi Nuclear Power Plant. Green Peace Japan requested the map from Fukui Prefecture under the freedom of information request, and this is what the Fukui prefectural government gave to Green Peace on May 9, 2012.

The map is blacked out except for Shiga Prefecture, the prefecture who originally requested the SPEEDI simulation, even though Green Peace’s request was for the SPEEDI map that shows Fukui Prefecture, which is located to the west of Shiga. The map is supposed to show, in different colors, the dose equivalent at thyroid for Fukui Prefecture in case of a severe accident at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant that would release a huge amount of radioactive materials including iodine-131.

From Green Peace Japan’s post on June 19, 2012, soon after the government decided to restart Ooi Nuclear Power Plant:

This is the map that the Fukui prefectural government disclosed to the Fukui residents: a blacked-out map that doesn’t even show Fukui Prefecture.


Green Peace Japan’s page has the scanned document from Fukui Prefecture that gives the reason for the blackout:


It is the information that has to do with the disaster response measures to be undertaken by Shiga Prefecture and Fukui Prefecture, and there is a possibility that the proper execution of the measures may be hindered by making the information public.

Alright then, Fukui Prefecture must at least have such countermeasures in place for a “severe accident” like it happened at Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, correct? No, says Green Peace and Fukui Prefecture. In another document on the site, Fukui Prefecture says:

Since we haven’t done the simulation of a “severe accident” that releases iodine-131 at 10^16 to 10^17 becquerels/hour, there is no information to disclose.

東京新聞より。イカれていやがる… on Twitpic
So what DID the Fukui prefectural government do? Tokyo Shinbun in June this year had this article (I don’t know the exact date, but it is about Green Peace Japan’s freedom of information request to Fukui Prefecture.) The article says, toward the end:

In the fiscal 2011, Ministry of Education and Science gave Fukui Prefecture 24 SPEEDI simulation maps each for Ooi Nuclear Power Plant and Mihama Nuclear Power Plant. The amount of radioactive material release that Fukui Prefecture set for the SPEEDI simulation calculation was the same as before the Fukushima accident, about one-millionth of the amount of iodine-131 released per hour at Fukushima.

So, the Noda administration lied through their collective teeth when Prime Minister Noda and top ministers said Ooi Nuclear Power Plant and KEPCO could easily deal with an accident similar to the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident. The Fukushima accident was a “severe accident”, but they didn’t even do the severe accident simulation for Ooi Nuclear Power Plant. How would they know that they could easily deal with a severe accident they didn’t even plan for?

PM Noda said again and again that he would be personally responsible for the safe operation of Ooi Nuclear Power Plant. Now, I can only take it to mean that he is responsible as long as the plant operates safely, but he is not responsible if the plant doesn’t operate safely.

But this map really takes the cake. Move on, nothing to see here, literally.

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From ENENEWS at:

Study: Contaminated water from Fukushima reactors could double radioactivity levels of US coastal waters in 5 years — “We were surprised at how quickly the tracer spread” (PHOTO & VIDEO)

Fukushima radiation could reach US coast in five years
environmentalresearchweb (IOP Publishing)
July 9, 2012

Radioactive water from the Fukushima nuclear reactors in Japan could reach the US West Coast in the next 5–6 years, doubling the radioactivity of US coastal waters, according to simulations carried out by German oceanographers.


Tentatively assuming a value of 10 petabecquerel (PBq) for the net 137Caesium (Cs) input during the first weeks after the Fukushima incident, the simulation suggests a rapid dilution of peak radioactivity values to about 10 Bq/m³ during the first 2 years, followed by a gradual decline to 1–2 Bq/m³ over the next 4–7 years. The total peak radioactivity levels would then be about twice the pre-Fukushima values.


Study co-author Claus Böning, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research in Kiel

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From ENENEWS at:

Report: Mortality rising in contaminated regions of East Japan — “Very likely the number of cases of disease and death increased associated with radiation”

June 7, 2012 report by Mitsuyuki Ota of the Great East Japan Earthquake Relief Network in West-Chiba translated by Dissensus Japan:

East Japan: adult and child morbidity and mortality on a rise in the contaminated regionsAccording to a report, the number of cases of disease and death of children from 1 to 19-year-old increased in prefecture Fukushima in 2011 (March-November) compared to the previous year. Likewise, in prefecture Chiba, increase was reported in the case of young people from 4 to 29-year-old, while decrease was seen in the case of children under 4-year-old.


It’s evident that the prefectures that have at least 1.5 times bigger number of cases of disease and death of any one of 3 groups of children than the previous year are Iwate, Yamagata, Fukushima, Tochigi, Chiba and Nagano. Those are the prefectures that are radiation-contaminated.
Then, Shizuoka (group of 1-4-year old 1.41 times more) and Saitama (group of 5-19-year old 1.36 times more) follow.

As for adult, the prefectures that have at least 1.2 times bigger number of cases of disease and death of any one of brackets compared to the previous year are Miyagi, Akita, Yamagata, Fukushima, Tochigi, Gunma, Chiba, Toyama. The result of Iwate (group of 20-29-year old, 0.56 times more) is especially remarkable. The number of cases of disease and death of some age brackets in these prefectures declined over the previous year. However, the year-on-year increases were marked in these 6 prefectures, as well as Akita and Toyama (Some areas of Toyama are also contaminated).

It is very likely the number of cases of disease and death increased associated with radiation. 


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TOKYO (Kyodo) — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.2 jolted Nagano Prefecture and its vicinity Tuesday afternoon, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. No tsunami warning was issued.

The 12:49 p.m. quake measured lower 5 on the Japanese seismic intensity scale of 7 in Nakano and Kijimadaira, Nagano, and 4 in several points in Nagano and Niigata prefectures, according to the agency.

Joetsu Shinkansen bullet train services were suspended for five minutes between Jomo-Kogen and Echigo-Yuzawa stations due to an electric power failure, according to East Japan Railway Co.

No problems, however, were reported at Tokyo Electric Power Co.’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear plants in Niigata.

The focus of the quake was underground in the northern part of Nagano, the agency said.

July 10, 2012(Mainichi Japan)

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TEPCO discloses more photos of Fukushima tsunami

The operator of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant has released previously unseen photos of the huge tsunami that hit the facility on March 11th last year.

Article continues at:

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EX-SKF has the photos up on the web site:

TEPCO Releass 33 Additional Photos of Tsunami As It Hit #Fukushima I Nuke Plant on March 11, 2011

Following the almost artistic tsunami photograph in the previous post, here’s TEPCO releasing 33 additional photographs of the tsunami that hit Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant on March 11, 2011.There are people (including the Diet Investigation Commission on the accident, who just released the report) think the earthquake may have caused the initial damage to the plant that led to the core melt of Reactor 1. It may have indeed. But that doesn’t in any way diminish the destructive effect of the tsunami.After all, a tsunami is not a one-off high wave on the beach but a manifestation, so to speak, of the massive amount of ocean water behind it moving toward the land.Article continues at:


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