Day 241 On radiation, mother abuse, baseless rumors and airline food

Fukushima-produced low-cost Geiger counters hit the market

Sanwa Corporation's President Yuichiro Saito shows the newly developed Geiger counter models,

Sanwa Corporation’s President Yuichiro Saito shows the newly developed Geiger counter models, “Geiger Fukushima,” left, the iPhone-specific device, middle, and the still-under development Geiger-Muller tube. (Mainichi)

FUKUSHIMA — A local manufacturer here has developed a new low-cost and high-performance Geiger counter to meet residents’ increasing concerns over radiation leaking from the crippled Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant.

“Geiger Fukushima,” manufactured by Sanwa Corporation in Otama, Fukushima, will cost 18,800 yen — a bargain price for the usually very expensive, and recently not easily available, radiation measuring instruments.

The new device will run on two AAA batteries and will be able to measure radiation over a range between 0.04 to approximately 440 microsieverts per hour. Based on the measured data, it will also be able to estimate the approximate amount of radiation a person will be exposed to in one year.

In addition to “Geiger Fukushima,” the company has also manufactured an additional model that is to be specifically used on iPhones in combination with the radiation-measuring application “Geiger Bot.” That model will cost 9,800 yen.

“I want ‘Geiger Fukushima’ to help residents protect themselves from hot-spot areas,” says Yuichiro Saito, president of Sanwa Corp. The concerned father of two has been a direct witness to residents’ growing anxieties since the beginning of the nuclear disaster in March.

Sanwa Corp. has already been receiving a number of inquires, including such from the Fukushima Prefecture village of Kawauchi, which is expecting some 1,000 households to return to their homes as the emergency evacuation preparation zone — within which the village fell into — was lifted at the end of September.

Meanwhile, Sanwa Corp. is also developing a self-manufactured Geiger-Muller tube (GM tube) — the instruments’ central radiation-detecting element — which up to now had not been manufactured in Japan. If fully successful, Sanwa’s future Geiger counters will be sold at even cheaper prices, in smaller sizes and with higher performance, company officials say.

The two new Geiger counter models will be sold online by the authorized non-profit organization “Eigyoshientai,” which is currently accepting advanced orders. For more information see http://eigyoshientai.shop-pro.jp/ (Japanese language only).

(Mainichi Japan) November 7, 2011

NOTE: These geiger counters will only be available for sale to NPOs.

TEPCO starts trying to remove radioactive cesium from Fukushima spent fuel pool

Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) has activated equipment to remove radioactive cesium from the spent nuclear fuel pool of the No. 2 reactor at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, the company announced on Nov. 6.

In addition to radioactive materials, the fuel pool also contains a high concentration of salt, which was caused by the pouring in of seawater soon after the disaster began. It is thought that if left in the pool, the salt could corrode open a hole. According to TEPCO, however, the radioactive materials must be removed before an attempt to lower the salt concentration can begin.

TEPCO says that the pool of the No. 3 reactor is in a similar state, and it plans to carry out decontamination there after work on the No. 2 reactor pool. Work to remove salt from the pool at the No. 4 reactor has been ongoing since August. TEPCO says that for the No. 1 reactor pool, the salt concentration is not high because saltwater was not poured in.

(Mainichi Japan) November 7, 2011

Fish market in tsunami-hit town reopens

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/07_22.html

A fish market in a northeastern Japanese town that was devastated by the March tsunami has begun trading again.

The market in Otsuchi, Iwate Prefecture, had been closed for about 8 months after the tsunami swept away the market building and an ice-making facility.

On Monday, 20 tons of mackerel, salmon and other fish were brought in. The market’s first fish auction since the tsunami was about a half the normal haul for this time of the year but enough to bring life to the market again.

Before the auction, about 30 fishermen and market officials observed a moment of silence for those killed in the disaster.

The head of the town’s fisheries cooperative says he has mixed emotions. He says the reopening is only a small step forward and that more fisheries workers should come back to the market.

One dealer says the market will gradually be revitalized now that the fish have returned.

Monday, November 07, 2011 12:41 +0900 (JST)

Right wing and police abuse the mothers

http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/11/right-wing-and-police-abuse-the-mothers/

Posted by Mochizuki on November 6th, 2011 · 8 Comments

Regarding the previous post, Mothers stand up against JP gov’s violation

Mothers from Fukushima withdrew, but mothers from Tokyo still occupy Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.

However, just after the Fukushima mothers left the place, 11/6/2011 AM 3:30, right wing (maybe hired by someone) and police attacked their tent and abused the remaining women for 2 hours.

There were only 5 people in the tent, they were extremely scared. They need help right now.

Here are their tweets.

(Japanese omitted. See the link below for the full article)

<Spread please>
Just after the Fukushima mothers left, right wing groups and police came at 3:30AM and yelled at us “Get out of the street” “Get out of the tent.”

There were only 5 people in the tent, couldn’t sleep. I’m worried if any more participants will come.

Please more people come and join to help us !

Now we are attacked by right wing. Now we are defending to the death. Police is working together with right wing and yell to get rid of the tent right now.

<Spread please>
Right wing is making so much noise of army song to make me almost deaf. So many right wing cars park here to attack us. This is the 3rd time. Police doesn’t try to stop them. so loud.

I think more right wing cars will come. but we must save the tents to protest against nuclear policy. We need more people to know us. We are too few, it’s getting dangerous. We expect you for the help.

Slow death

Posted by Mochizuki on November 6th, 2011 · 4 Comments

(Slow Death- Japan is awaiting nightmare (summary))

Dörte Siedentopf has been travelling in regions around Chernobyl for 20 years to help victims, she is member of the IPPNW and speaks about the slow death in Belarus and what could happen in Japan after Fukushima. Peter Poprawa interviewed her on n-tv.

She says:
Of course workers in the plant suffer from radiation but also thousands and hundreds of thousands of persons who suffer from low radiation. We tend to forget that low radiation that accumulates in people’s bodies causes ailments.

Read the entire article at:

http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/11/slow-death/

Radiation in Japan: Small News and Baseless Rumors

Read more at:

Loose ends of small news and “baseless rumors” at the end of the weekend.

  • The case of the high-radiation supermarket in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo
  • The case of acute lymphocytic leukemia
  • The case of Japan’s Imperial Family getting sick
  • The case of radioactive rice in Yokohama City

Tourists Beware On Your Return Flight

Posted: November 7, 2011 by survivaljapan 
Tourists are well advised to avoid altogether Tokyo and the whole north-east of Japan, although visiting Osaka – Kyoto – Nara area, i.e. Kansai, and south-east remain safe as of today, provided extreme caution is paid to food origin. This can prove tricky as tourists usually eat out and Japanese cuisine, one of the best in the world, takes a large place in the tourist experience. However, the authorities’ mismanagement of the Fukushima crisis brought down a culinary disaster with half of the country’s fresh produce turned into nuclear waste distributed nationwide, and TEPCO managed to pollute the Pacific Ocean to such an extent that anything from it, including of course sushi, should be out of anyone’s diet whose life expectancy is higher than the next five years. I highly recommend renting a place with a kitchen and making your own food with utmost care to labelling. Most of all, leave your children at home. If visiting Japan still makes sense to you and you are taking all necessary precautions, keep in mind that your return flight will serve food from Japan with “unknown” origin on board, even if you are flying with a foreign airline. I strongly advise that you take your own food on-board whenever possible and complain to your airline about putting their flying staff and passengers at risk. If you think this is an exaggeration, picture yourself leaving Minsk just seven months after Chernobyl disaster contaminated the whole Belarus and being served local food on board.

Read the entire article at:

http://survivaljapan.wordpress.com/2011/11/07/tourists-beware-on-your-return-flight/#more-744

an be prepared to take your own sack lunch with you every time you fly from now on.

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