Thoughts going out tonight for El Salvador, Guatemala, and Thailand – that the people remain safe through the rains and flooding.
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Children return to schools in Fukushima amid radiation concernshttp://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2011/10/120685.html
MINAMISOMA, Japan, Oct. 17, Kyodo
Children returned to their original schools in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, amid radiation concerns Monday after the government lifted its evacuation advisory for the city over the Fukushima nuclear crisis late last month.
Of the 12 municipal junior high and elementary schools located in what had previously been designated an evacuation preparation zone subject to the advisory, five reopened Monday at their original locations.
The municipal government had conducted cleanup work at the schools since August, decontaminating school buildings, yards and commuting routes for children within 200 meters of the schools. But radiation concerns are still lingering.
Radioactive debris in our backyard? Yes, if the Ministry of Environmental Destruction, er, Environment has anything to say (or not say) about it.
Radioactive Debris: Ministry of the Environment to Municipalities – Don’t Tell Anyone, Don’t Say No
As reported here a number of times, Japan’s Ministry of the Environment under Goshi Hosono (who is also in charge of the Fuku I nuclear accident) is more than ever eager to spread radiation throughout Japan by forcing the municipalities (except one – Tokyo – who will be happily burning the debris from Iwate after a bogus test of mixing radioactive debris with regular garbage to reduce the density of radioactive materials in the ashes) to accept disaster debris from Tohoku.
Someone in Japan uploaded the notice from the Ministry to the people in charge of waste disposal in the municipalities, dated October 7, 2011. It is a questionnaire that the Ministry wants the municipalities to fill and send back to the Ministry via email, asking about the current status in the municipalities on their effort to accept disaster debris. The Ministry wants to know how much debris they can take in, what types of debris, what type of disposal available. The similar survey was done several months ago, but since then the local oppositions have grown. So the Ministry wants to persuade the wavering municipalities.
The notice is not what the Ministry would put up on their website as “press release” because it is not a press release. Rather, it is a document only seen by local officials.
The notice is an outrage for anyone who oppose moving the radioactive debris to their cities and towns, particularly those in the western Japan where the radioactive fallout from Fukushima I Nuke Plant has been close to zero. (Internal radiation exposure is another matter, which is happening in the western Japan also.)
When we announce the result of the survey, the names of the individual municipalities will not be disclosed.
Unlike the earlier survey where all the names of the municipalities were disclosed and which led to the citizens’ oppositions in those municipalities, the Ministry is assuring them their names won’t be disclosed this time.
Second, in the multiple choices on the current effort level at the municipalities, there is no choice to say “No” to the debris. There are three choices, and they are:
A: Already accepting the debris
B: Effort already ongoing such as sending the personnel to the disaster area and setting up the committee to discuss the acceptance
C: Hasn’t started sending the personnel to the disaster area or setting up the committee, but ongoing discussion toward accepting the debris
There should have been D: No plan to accept any debris from the disaster area, period.
To top it off, when it actually comes to bringing the disaster debris to those municipalities who will have secretly said yes, the residents may or may not be consulted if the case of Aichi Prefecture is any indication:
“When the actual acceptance of the debris happens, we may consider having the municipalities explain to the residents.”
Doing the rudimentary reading-between-the-lines exercise, I think the Ministry is saying it does not require that the municipalities explain the debris acceptance to the residents, and it certainly does not require that the explanation be done beforehand.
Some on the net call the Ministry as “The Ministry of the Environmental Destruction”. That’s about right.
[Read all of EX-SKF’s entry at:]
Here is the article he refers to, published in the Chunichi News on 15 Oct 2011:
This last entry from Fukushima Diary can be read in its entirety at:
Breaking News: Latest J-Gov radiation scans of Japan’s rice basket
The Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology has published the latest helicopter radiation survey results (document publish date 10-12-11). I have included a mirrored copy of the document below.
I have also pulled out some of the maps as image captures to make it a bit easier to see. Remember to not hot link to these images to save our servers from a sorry overload fate. (thanks ahead of time!)
This is aimed to measure the radiation level attache to the ground.
The helicopter scanned 1m high from the ground.(Beta ray flies only for 1m)
Now in Japan,it is the season to sell newly harvested rice in the market.
This therefore is to kill “harmful rumor” politically.
The map on the bottom is made by Mr.Hayakawa,from Gumna uni,who is a specialist of volcanic ash.
He has been contributed to the world by making his independent contamination map.
Comparing his map to the newly published map,contamination of south part of Niigata can be manipulated on the government’s map.
Also,on the map of government,Sendai area,which is the biggest city in North Japan is unnaturally “clean” unless plume jumped to avoid Sendai.
Route that radiation followed through Tohoku area according to Professor Hayakawa, Gunma University: