Tokyo Governor to Tokyo Residents Who Protest Against Disaster Debris from Iwate: “Shut Up”
Now that the radioactive disaster debris from Iwate Prefecture is a fait accompli and ready to be crushed and burned and buried, Shintaro Ishihara, irascible 79-year-old governor of Tokyo who almost single-handedly decided to do this mind-boggling project to “assist the recovery” of Iwate, mentioned the complaints that his government has received over the issue in the press conference on November 4 afternoon.
According to Fuji TV news clip on November 4, the governor said,
“Shut up” is all we need to say to these complaints.
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Footage of damaged Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant
Aerial footage released by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) in October 2011 shows damage at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant’s No. 1 reactor. The footage was taken by a video camera hung on a crane. (Video courtesy of Tokyo Electric Power Co.)
Radioactivity in Fukushima children’s urine
A medical consulting firm in Tokyo says radioactive material has been detected in the urine of 104 children in Fukushima Prefecture, the site of the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
RHC JAPAN collected urine from children aged 6 or younger in Minamisoma City to check for possible internal exposure.
Those checks were done at the request of parents of preschool children. Tests being carried out by local governments only cover elementary school students and older.
Of 1,500 samples that have been analyzed so far, 7 percent contain radioactive cesium.
The levels of material detected were mostly between 20 and 30 becquerels per liter, slightly above the detection limit. The highest was 187 becquerels in the sample of a one-year-old boy. The firm says there has been no internal exposure that could affect human health.
National Institute of Radiological Sciences Director Makoto Akashi says that although those test results need verification, they do point to the possibility of internal exposure in Fukushima children.
He added that the level of internal exposure would not increase if one eats food tested for radioactivity.
Saturday, November 05, 2011 08:17 +0900 (JST)
Cesium-contaminated mushrooms served in food
Radioactive cesium exceeding the government standard has been found in mushrooms grown at a facility in Yokohama City, near Tokyo. About 800 people were served food containing the mushrooms from March through October.
The city says high levels of radioactive cesium were found in dried shiitake mushrooms harvested in both months. The contamination is believed to have been caused by the Fukushima nuclear accident.
The contamination in March was up to 2,770 becquerels of cesium per kilogram; in October, 955 becquerels per kilogram.
Each exceeded the government’s standard of 500 becquerels.
The facility checked the mushrooms for radioactive contamination this week after concerned citizens inquired about possible contamination in food served there.
Yokohama is around 250 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.
The mushrooms were reportedly not sold on the market.
Friday, November 04, 2011 21:26 +0900 (JST)
Koriyama City in Fukushima to Feed School Kids with Local Rice Harvested This Year
Did anyone say in the comment section that it was a duty of adults to protect children? I guess not in Koriyama City, which is located in high-radiation “Nakadori” (middle third) of Fukushima Prefecture and where 500,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was found in the rice hay.
The city will start using this year’s rice harvested in the city in the school lunches, starting next Tuesday. Since the new rice harvested in Fukushima is all cleared for shipping as the sampling test has proven it is “safe”, it is just a matter of time till it’s fed to the most vulnerable and without voice – children. Just as the Fukushima government, headed by THATgovernor, has been pushing ever since declaring “safety” on October 12.
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Fukushima Women Demand Better Protection for Children Exposed to Radiation
Several thousand people are marching in downtown Tokyo calling on the government to abandon nuclear energy, Sept. 19, 2011 (Photo: Koji Sasahara / AP)
The following is a guest post from TIME contributor Lucy Birmingham.
About 100 women from Fukushima, Japan, have started a week-long sit-in at a government office in Tokyo to demand greater protection for children affected by radiation. “Many children and their families are trapped in Fukushima because they can’t afford to move,” explains Ayako Oga, 38, a housewife living in the prefecture and one of the sit-in organizers. “The government has set the accepted radiation exposure rate too high.” Japan’s standard rate for exposure to radiation is 1 millisievert per year. For Fukushima residents alone the accepted exposure rate is up to 20 millisieverts per year. The International Commission on Radiological Protection considers this rate the top level and says it should not be exceeded over the long term.
The women are calling for two things. First, they want to protect children living in highly contaminated areas by giving them the officially sanctioned ‘right to evacuate.’ This would include government compensation and support that would enable children and their families to relocate on a voluntary basis. “A lot of children are trapped in the contamination because it’s so difficult [for their families] to afford leaving a mortgage or going to a place where there is no job available,” says Smith. “There are families that have done it, but under great hardship.” Secondly, they want to close down all nuclear power plants in Japan. “Fukushima women feel very strongly that there is no safe nuclear power,” says Smith “This is the lesson to be learned from Fukushima.”
The seeds of the sit-in were sown in September. A delegation of Japanese women protested in front of the United Nations building in New York City while Prime Minister Noda attended the UN summit on nuclear safety. Among the group was Sachiko Sato, an organic farmer, and her two teenage daughters who had been living about 30 km from the Fukushima plant. As Noda and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon shook hands outside the building in front of the press, Sato stood in the background shouting into the megaphone, “You can’t even protect the children of Fukushima, how dare you talk about nuclear power safety!”
Back in Japan, Sato and volunteers formed the “Fukushima 100” contingent and organized the METI sit-in. As OF Oct. 1, the event had brought together over 2,300 participants from throughout Japan. Along with press conferences and leaflet handouts, the women have been forming a human chain around the ministry with shouts of “Women don’t need nuclear power! Women will protect children! Women will change the world!”
Change is needed, but the demonstrators face considerable opposition. During a meeting between government officials and thirty of the “Fukushima 100” on Oct. 27, a representative of the Nuclear Sufferers Life Support Team focused on the government’s efforts to clean up the contaminated areas. However, a comprehensive plan for handling the contamination has yet to emerge. (A new cleanup law will not be implemented until January.) The women have asked for a response from the state by Nov. 11—exactly eight months after the deadly quake.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Uncanny Terrain: A documentary about organic farmers facing Japan’s nuclear crisis
1.9 million small farms are embedded throughout Japan, forming the soul of the archipelago’s traditional culture, rooted in family, community, and heritage. They produce Japan’s exquisite, locally grown heirloom foods. Small farms worldwide serve the same deep cultural functions. Japanese small farmers have mutually supportive relationships with their counterparts worldwide, in Europe, the United States, Latin America, Africa, S. Korea, the Philippines and other parts of Asia. The global/local organic farming movement is growing.The farming region of Tohoku now under seige from the Fukushima disaster is reminiscent of the mountainous region of Appalachia (also under seige by the energy industry: coal companies that blow up mountains, streams, forests using explosives producing more force than the Hiroshima bombs have destroyed numerous small communities and are polluting entire eco-systems). The people of Tohoku, like those in Appalachia, deeply rooted in place and soulful ancestral folk culture, are independent, resilient, and stubborn. They aren’t giving up.
Let the House Burn, but Save the Children
After spending the week of Halloween frolicking about dressed as either a jolly pumpkin,
fashionable witch, funny witch, or good witch (depending on my mood and the age of the children I would teach that day), I was tired of fun and games, and ready to return to Tokyo to touch base with anti-nuclear protesters. Sunday would be the day, and I looked forward to it all week long. Life in my corner of Kanagawa (quite far from the hub of Yokohama) goes on as if nothing has happened in Tohoku, and as if the country is not in a state of crisis. A trip to Tokyo, where people from prefectures far and near congregate for weekend demonstrations these days, always reminds me that the crisis is real, and all the more urgent because so many are not speaking, not acting, and not thinking deeply about the future.
Although it’s their own future, and that of their children and grandchildren, a good majority of folks are choosing to step back and remain silent these days. Read more about this silent majority in an excellent article by Kevin Dodd, from his blog, Senrinomichi. As far as I’m concerned, it’s an uncomfortable and eerie silence, often descending when I most want to tell friends about where I’ve been (Tokyo), what I’m doing (reading and educating myself), and what I’m thinking ( The nuclear power industry is insidious and rotten to the core. The central government is equally corrupt. The whole system could potentially continue for years to come if people don’t find the courage to seize the moment…). I have found that certain friends will listen politely, wait for me to finish, then change the subject. Other friends listen with interest and sympathy, venture their own opinions, but would not–in a million years–accompany me to a demonstration in Tokyo. Mind you, the majority of my friends agree with my anti-nuclear sentiments (in varying degrees), but they are not personally engaged. They have not been changed in a essential way by the March 11th quake and the ensuing nuclear crisis, and their complacency serves to increase my own sense of urgency and frustration.
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Gov. Ishihara raps critics of Tokyo’s acceptance of rubble from disaster-hit region
Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara on Nov. 4 denounced opponents of the metropolitan government’s acceptance of rubble from tsunami-devastated Miyako, Iwate Prefecture, saying they care only about themselves.
“What are we going to do if we do nothing?” Ishihara said at a regular news conference. “Those capable of helping must help. They (opponents) care only about themselves. It is proof that the Japanese people have gone bad.”
The Tokyo government says it had received 2,868 phone calls and e-mails as of Nov. 2 protesting the rubble disposal scheme, while only 199 were in favor of it.
“They are not bringing in rubble incessantly emitting radiation. They are bringing it in because checks (for radioactive contamination) have proved there is nothing wrong with it. Tokyo is not that foolish,” Ishihara added. The first shipment of rubble from the March disasters was sent from Miyako to Tokyo on Nov. 2 under careful supervision of authorities from both regions.
The Tokyo government will accept 1,000 metric tons of rubble from Miyako by the end of November as part of its two-and-a-half-year plan to assist with the removal of debris from areas devastated by the disaster.
(Mainichi Japan) November 5, 2011
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“It’s the destiny of the children to accept the debris.”
On 11/3/2011,Tokyo local government started accepting debris from Iwate.
It was banned to measure radiation around for some reason.
From the report of a freelance journalist,some kind of liquid was leaking out of the container and it was 35 micro Sv/h around.
Tokyo local government received more than 2700 phone calls against it.
Having this public opinion of the citizens,Tokyo mayor ,Ishihara made a public statement.
Tokyo local government is the 5th biggest stakeholder of Tepco to hold 2.66% of the company stock.(Source)
Tokyo mayor ,Ishihara has once stated that Japanese needs nuclear power to be able to make nuclear bomb whenever it is needed.(Source)
However,he prepared a huge radiation counter at The metropolitan government office sooner than anyone.
The metropolitan government announced that they will keep explaining to the citizens patiently.
Today,one of the citizens called them.
Mr,Takahashi at Environment of Tokyo department politely answered like below.
No matter how many times you call,we will never stop accepting debris.
It’s the destiny of the children to accept the debris.
You sound like noting but an irrational complaint.
If it’s not my job,I would never talk to someone like you.
This is the phone number.
¥900 billion OK’d as initial Tepco compensation fund
The government gave the green light Friday to provide about ¥900 billion to Tokyo Electric Power Co. so the cash-strapped utility has funds until next March to pay massive compensation over the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant crisis.
Tepco is also expected to receive ¥120 billion in government compensation to be paid over the nuclear accident under the nuclear damage compensation law, bringing the total amount of financial assistance to ¥1.01 trillion for the time being.
The move came as Tepco promised to cut more than ¥2.5 trillion in costs over 10 years, including by cutting corporate pension payments, and facilitate the oft-criticized payment process under a special business plan crafted by the utility and a state-backed funding body.
Some estimates put Tepco’s redress costs in excess of ¥4 trillion by March 2013.
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8000JPY from every Japanese to support Tepco
Japanese government will save Tepco.
In their first emergency plan, Japanese government will pay 1,010,908,000,000 yen to Tepco,which means Tepco receives 8,000 yen from every single Japanese to compensate for Japanese ourselves.(Source)
and this is estimated to become several times higher.
Tepco is supposed to be trying to cut down the cost,but it is estimated to be only 237,200,000,000 yen ,which is just 23% of what we must pay.
From April to September,Tepco has 627,200,000,000 yen of deficit. Tepso explains this is partially because they had to rely on thermal power generation since they couldn’t restart nuclear plants.(Source)
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