Day 187 Saluting four teens standing up for their future – and ours

[Note: the lead story today is about four teens on a hunger strike. EX-SKF has “4 young men” here, but according to the group’s Facebook page, it is three men and one woman.]

Upon the 6-month anniversary of the March 11 triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami, and Fukushima I Nuke Plant, 4 young men in their late 10s and early 20s started a 10-day hunger strike in front of the most powerful ministry in the Japanese government, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

From Chugoku Shinbun (9/12/2011):


Naoya Okamoto (age 20) and others from Kaminoseki-cho in Yamaguchi Prefecture will start a hunger strike in front of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry starting September 11, 6 months from the March 11 earthquake and tsunami disaster. They are demanding the plan by Chugoku Electric to build a nuclear power plant in Kaminoseki-cho to be scrapped.


They are members of “The teens group against Kaminoseki Nuke Plant”. Until September 21, they will sit in front of the METI during the daytime, taking only water and salt. Their protest will be shown on Internet blogs and video posting sites. They will also demand more compensations for the victims of the nuclear accident.

There was a 2,000-person protest at the Ministry on September 11. The protesters formed a human chain link around the ministry. 10,000-strong demonstration in Shinjuku saw more than 2,000-strong police and riot police, who did their best to provoke protesters and managed to bloody several people and arrested 13. Their offense? It looks like nothing more than touching the policemen and walking on the sidewalk.

A small coverage of the human chain link around METI, hardly any coverage on the Shinjuku protest other than blaming the protesters, in the Japanese mainstream media.

(See their web site at

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3 times worse

Data collected by the Japan Nuclear Energy Research and Development Organization and other groups has been used to calculate that the amount of radiation released into the Ocean from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear crisis from March 21st to April 30th reached15,000 tera bequerels.

[That, ladies and gentlemen, is 15 peta bequerels or 15,000,000,000,000]

TEPCO said that the release of highly contaminated water containing radioactive materials (Cesium and Iodine) into the ocean between April 1st to April 6th near the Unit 2 water intake was 4700 tera bequerels. Although the time period was different, the new calculations above are a 3-fold increase over the previous numbers. Kobayashi Takuya, an assistant manager at a nuclear power agency said that “This may indicate that there is another route through which radioactive materials leaked out”.

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Estimation of the release of radioactive substances in the atmosphere between 11 March and 26 March 2011

[Just a reminder for friends and family… we’re down here where the red A is…]

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Japanese Radiation Expert Koide on Fukushima Dangers
Sep. 12, 2011

Asia-Pacific Journal Feature

Nuclear power proponent turned critic Koide Hiroaki is one of the best informed opponents of Japan’s nuclear system. Since the March 11 crisis, he has spoken out continuously on the potential for serious effects on radiation public health and the need for a more comprehensive government strategy to protect the people of Fukushima and surrounding prefectures. In the Asia-Pacific Journal piece The Truth About Nuclear Power, Koide highlighted flawed assumptions about nuclear safety. In addition, a June talk by Koide has been subtitled in English and posted on Youtube:

Now, in the major Japanese daily Mainichi Shimbun, he turns his attention to gaps in scientific knowledge about the potential impacts of radiation on human health.

Radiation expert says outcome of nuke crisis hard to predict, warns of further dangers

As a radiation metrology and nuclear safety expert at Kyoto University’s Research Reactor Institute, Hiroaki Koide has been critical of how the government and Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) have handled the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant. Below, he shares what he thinks may happen in the coming weeks, months and years.

The nuclear disaster is ongoing. Immediately after the crisis first began to unfold, I thought that we’d see a definitive outcome within a week. However, with radioactive materials yet to be contained, we’ve remained in the unsettling state of not knowing how things are going to turn out.

Without accurate information about what’s happening inside the reactors, there’s a need to consider various scenarios. At present, I believe that there is a possibility that massive amounts of radioactive materials will be released into the environment again.

At the No. 1 reactor, there’s a chance that melted fuel has burned through the bottom of the pressure vessel, the containment vessel and the floor of the reactor building, and has sunk into the ground. From there, radioactive materials may be seeping into the ocean and groundwater. …

Read the entire article at

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Nikkan SPA Magazine: Researcher Says Large Amount of Neptunium-239 Also in Date City, Fukushima

It’s the same researcher who said several thousand becquerels/kg of neptunium-239 was found in the soil in Iitate-mura, about 35 km northwest of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant. It seems it’s not just Iitate-mura that got doused with neptunium, which decays into plutonium. Date City, about 25 km northwest from Iitate-mura and 60 km from Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, also got a large amount of neptunium.

To recap, uranium-239, whose half life is about 24 minutes, decays into neptunium-239 with a half life of about 2.5 days, which then decays into plutonium-239 whose half life is 24,200 years.

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