Irate Fukushima residents want compensation for all nuclear disaster evacuees
Residents of Fukushima Prefecture urged the government’s nuclear compensation dispute panel on Oct. 3 to change its guidelines to require Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) to compensate people who voluntarily evacuated their homes a month or more after the outbreak of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant.
The government’s Dispute Reconciliation Committee for Nuclear Damage Compensation decided last month to make TEPCO, the operator of the crippled nuclear power plant, compensate those who had evacuated within about a month of the outbreak of the nuclear crisis. The panel, in the meantime, postponed its decision on whether those who had evacuated thereafter would be entitled to compensation, saying the issue would be discussed later.
About 120 evacuees from Fukushima gathered in Tokyo on Oct. 3 to demand the government panel stop drawing a line between those who had evacuated within one month of the accident and those who had voluntarily evacuated later.
“Was it based on a first-come-first-served basis?” one evacuee asked. Another pointed out: “It was only recently that we came to learn the facts about contamination.”
Chikage Kanno, a 46-year-old housewife from Fukushima, said, “We felt insecure immediately after the accident. But we decided to stay because we trusted the government and TEPCO which kept saying, ‘It’s all right’.” It was in late August that Kanno eventually evacuated to a housing complex for public servants in Kyoto with her two daughters, aged 7 and 13.
Kanno’s home is about 60 kilometers from the troubled nuclear power plant. Kanno and her family had thought of evacuating immediately after the accident, but she was reluctant to do so because she did not want to live separately from her husband as her family still had a mortgage to pay off. They also took into account the fact that their eldest daughter was about to enter junior high school, as well as their attachment to Fukushima, where they were born and raised.
It was in June that Kanno discovered the levels of radiation in the area where she lived with her family were relatively high. She attended seminars and civic group meetings and found out that the levels and assessments of radiation were different from what she had heard before.
She then started measuring radiation levels in her home. The children’s room measured 0.95 microsieverts per hour, 20 times higher than the level registered outdoors under normal conditions. The radiation levels did not come down even after cleaning the room with a wet cloth. Her daughters wore long-sleeved shirts and surgical masks when they went to school. Kanno and her family decided to evacuate to coincide with the start of the second school semester.
The Dispute Reconciliation Committee for Nuclear Damage Compensation decided on Sept. 21 to divide the timing of voluntary evacuation into “initial days after the accident” and “after a certain period” to discuss criteria for compensation. The panel reached the conclusion that those who had evacuated in the “initial days” following the outbreak of the crisis would be eligible for compensation because it was deemed “reasonable to evacuate due to fears” about radiation. The panel is considering grouping residents depending on whether they evacuated before or after April 11 — the day when the government announced its evacuation advisory plans — or April 22, when the advisories took effect.
Kanno remains unhappy with the situation.
“We stayed home immediately after the nuclear accident because we tried to act in a levelheaded manner. I feel sorry for my children, who could be affected by the crisis, and what’s more, we can’t receive compensation,” she lamented. Kanno and her family have faced an extra financial burden from moving homes and their life spanning two areas.
Katsumi Hasegawa, 44, who voluntarily evacuated from Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, to Shizuoka Prefecture in mid-August, also attended the rally held at the House of Councillors Members’ Office Building in Tokyo’s Nagatacho on Oct. 3. He learned in February that his wife was pregnant, and the nuclear crisis unfolded shortly thereafter. He was worried about raising his children, including his 5-year-old son, in Fukushima. In the meantime, he continued working as a director of a company operating welfare facilities, while serving as PTA president for the kindergarten his son attended. As time passed, he wondered what to do, and whether it was forgivable for him and his family alone to “run away.”
He finally decided to evacuate when he learned that the levels of radiation in his son’s room were no different from those in “hot spots” shown on a TV program. He found a new job in the area where he and his family took shelter, but he lost the job a month later.
“If we can receive compensation, it will help with our livelihood. But more than anything else, I want (the government) to recognize that voluntary evacuation was a justifiable means to protect my beloved family,” Hasegawa said.
(Mainichi Japan) October 4, 2011
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Thyroid gland irregularities found in young evacuees from Fukushima
NAGANO (Kyodo) — Hormonal and other irregularities were detected in the thyroid glands of 10 out of 130 children evacuated from Fukushima Prefecture, a Nagano Prefecture-based charity dedicated to aid for the victims of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear accident said Tuesday.
The Japan Chernobyl Foundation and Shinshu University Hospital did blood and urine tests on youngsters aged up to 16 including babies under the age of one for about a month through the end of August in Chino, Nagano, when the children stayed there temporarily after evacuating from Fukushima.
As a result, one child was found to have a lower-than-normal thyroid hormone level and seven had thyroid stimulation hormone levels higher than the norm. The remaining two were diagnosed with slightly high blood concentrations of a protein called thyroglobulin, possibly caused by damage to their thyroid glands.
Three of the 10 children used to live within the 20-km no-go zone around the nuclear plant and one was from the so-called evacuation-prepared area in case of emergency in areas between 20 and 30 kilometers from the plant, while six others were from towns outside such zones.
“At present, we cannot say the children are ill but they require long-term observation,” said Minoru Kamata, chief of the foundation. No clear link has been established between the children’s condition and the radiation from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, according to the nonprofit organization.
Radioactive iodine tends to get lodged in children’s thyroid glands more than those of adults, placing youngsters at greater risk of developing disorders and diseases including cancer.
(Mainichi Japan) October 4, 2011
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Rengo supports less reliance on nuclear power
The head of Japan’s largest labor federation wants the country to aim for a society that does not rely on nuclear power.
Rengo, or the Japanese Trade Union Confederation, opened a 2-day regular convention in Tokyo on Tuesday.
In a speech, Rengo President Nobuaki Koga said the organization will review its energy policy following the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. He said it is necessary for Japan to reduce its medium- to long-term reliance on nuclear power and eventually aim to become a society that does not rely on nuclear power.
But Koga suggested that the government should consider temporarily resuming operations at nuclear power plants to provide a stable supply of energy. He said this is on the condition that local residents agree and that the government confirms the plants’ safety.
Koga also indicated that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda’s Cabinet holds the last chance for the Democrats to govern the country. Koga said he hopes the Noda government will provide a chance for progress in Japan’s revitalization by overcoming a national crisis. He was referring to the post-disaster reconstruction and stabilization of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
Tuesday, October 04, 2011 16:11 +0900 (JST)
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Two important posts from Mochizuki today:
News: I die here to prove evil is here
Lawyers have been acting to gather national votes to stop all the nuclear plants.
To their group, a letter was sent.
It was from an old lady in Fukushima.
(As I was reading it on the bus, I almost cried.)
Please know this is the nuclear disaster.
This is the world we live in.
We appreciate your devotion from our heart.
Gradually, we are getting to know that the nuclear is the disguised devil. We may call it an improvement.
Fukushima disaster will never be settled. never.
Authorities will conceal it forever.
We are visiting the disaster refugee’s shelters to listen to them every Tuesday.
Someone from Namie cho cried, “It’s full of lies. will never read newspaper or TV.”
“I wish I was killed by Tsunami”, she says too.
She also says, “Authorities and EXPERTS tell us to go back to our contaminated hometown. First of all, they should live with their children and grandchildren.”
How could I cheer them up ?
People in power deceive us. This is the truth.
Japan took the wrong way from the very beginning after WWW2.
It kills me to see Japanese people still trust their “official” announcement – full of lies.
Nothing has been learned since WWW2. I see the endless madness and stupidity of the Japanese race in today’s situation.
“Left to stand alone in the dark.”
This is the reality of all the Fukushima citizens.
We know the dawn won’t come. However, we can’t help living here day after day.
and we are going to die here.
As evidence of all the sin, crime, evil, and deception of them.
Fukushima will never be settled.
I die here
to prove evil is here.
9/30/2011 in Fukushima
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Breaking News: The measurement of plutonium was abandoned in Japan
At the press conference of TEPCO and related ministries of Japanese government,
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology stated they will not measure plutonium anymore.
The measurement of plutonium was abandoned in Japan.
It was announced on 10/3/2011 20:00 by staff from Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
Now Japanese people are allowed to take 1~10 Bq/kg of plutonium.
However, 1 in a million gram of plutonium causes cancer.
They announced that plutonium and strontium were detected in 45km / 79km area on 9/30.
They seem afraid of having the contamination situation known by more people.
Measurement of plutonium is almost impossible for normal people with normal equipment because it only emits alpha ray.
Your Geiger counter hardly catches it.
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News: Cesium is still coming from Fukushima
CTBT nuclear measurement center in Gunma is about 200km from Fukushima.
Originally, this center was supposed to detect nuclear material from other country’s underground nuclear tests.
It has been measuring nuclear material from Fukushima since 311.
According to the data, Fukushima emits Te-132 from the very beginning of the disaster and still keeps emitting Cesium-134, -137.
More details at:
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Note: I watched this yesterday. Today the video has been removed from YouTube.
Fukushima Children Humiliated by Their Teacher for Not Drinking Fukushima Milk, and Cabinet Secretary Sneers