This is my last post for the year of 2011. What a year it has been. And it appears that we are just beginning the long, long journey to recovery.
I wish you and yours good health, enough food, warm shelter, and companionship in the coming year. After all, that really is what is most important, is it not?
A friend has written to the major Japanese beer companies, asking where their beer is produced. The first company to respond was Kirin, who sent the following information:
Thank you for contacting us for information regarding the production of our goods. Our company has factories nationwide, and each factory has its own unique code stamped on the bottom of each can as well as on each carton (the cardboard box and the 6-pack case). On a bottle, the code is a 2-digit number printed at the bottom of the little label on the back. Below is a list of the codes for each of our factories:
Kirin Distillery Gotenba: KSG
- Toward a Peaceful Society Without Nuclear Energy: Understanding the Power Structures Behind the 3.11 Fukushima Nuclear Disaster by Nishioka NobuyukiTranslated by John Junkerman (Dec 2011) http://japanfocus.org/-Nishioka-Nobuyuki/3669
- Nuclear Irresponsibility: Koide Hiroaki Interviewed by Le Monde (Dec 21, 2011) http://japanfocus.org/events/view/122
- Nuclear Energy: Nationalize the Fukushima Daiichi Atomic Plant by Taira Tomoyuki and Hatoyama Yukio (Dec 19, 2011) http://japanfocus.org/-Hatoyama-Yukio/3666
- The Nuclear Disaster That Could Destroy Japan – On the danger of a killer earthquake in the Japanese Archipelago by Hirose Takashi (May 2011) http://japanfocus.org/-Hirose-Takashi/3534
- Japan’s Earthquake-Tsunami-Nuclear Disaster Syndrome: An Unprecedented Form of Catastrophe by Hirose Takashi; Updated with book review on October 22, 2011 http://japanfocus.org/-Hirose-Takashi/3606
- The Truth About Nuclear Power: Japanese Nuclear Engineer Calls for Abolition by Koide Hiroaki, Introduction and translation by Sakai Yasuyuki and Norimatsu Satoko http://japanfocus.org/-Satoko-NORIMATSU2/3582
- Japanese Radiation Expert Koide on Fukushima Dangers by Hiroaki Koide (Sep 2011) http://japanfocus.org/events/view/113
Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 3 Spent Fuel Pool Cooling Will Stop Till Jan 4, 2012
Holiday break for Reactor 3’s Spent Fuel Pool. (Or rather, for workers who have to tend to the cooling system.)
From Mainichi Shinbun (12/30/2011):
TEPCO announced on December 30 that the cooling of the Spent Fuel Pool in Reactor 3 will stop until January 4 because of the clogged filter. According to TEPCO, the temperature of the pool is about 13 degrees Celsius, and there is no immediate need to call in workers [to clean the filter]. The cleaning of the filter will be carried out after January 4.
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3 million tones of the debris are drifting to the west coast
Japan and the US government are discussing what to do with the debris from Japan.
The earthquake caused 25 million tones of the debris and 3 million of them have drifted to Pacific ocean.
In September ,a russian boat found the debris from Japan around Midway,where is 3,100 km away from Japan. They were the small boats and electric appliances marked “Fukushima”.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration estimated the debris will arrive at the north west part of Hawaii in 3/2012 at the soonest ,and they are assumed to arrive at west coast of USA in 3/2013.
The radioactive debris may cause severe contamination and damage sightseeing industry ,also transportation.
Japanese government has made 70,000,000 JPY of budget to simulate how and where the debris floats,which was outsourced to Kyoto university.
Currently there is no international rules about floating debris.US government is concerned about the situation ,offering to collaborate with Japanese government to avoid international lawsuit.
Nuclear decontamination law to go into full force Sunday
TOKYO (Kyodo) — A nuclear decontamination law will go into full effect Sunday, setting the stage for full-fledged efforts to clean up buildings, soil and waste contaminated with radioactive materials in areas affected by the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Fukushima Prefecture.
The central government will be responsible for the cleanup efforts in a no-go zone around the crippled plant and other evacuation areas in the seaside prefecture also heavily hit by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.
Under the law, which was partially enacted in August, decontamination plans will be formulated by 102 municipalities in eight prefectures where radiation doses are expected to exceed 1 millisievert a year on top of natural background radiation and that from medical treatment.
The cleanup cost in the areas will be shouldered by the central government. The eight prefectures are Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Saitama and Chiba.
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GSDF commander says he thought Japan done for as he faced Fukushima nuke crisis
Toshinobu Miyajima, commanding general of the Ground Self-Defense Force (GSDF) Central Readiness Force when it was desperately trying to bring the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant under control, thought at one point that Japan was done for, he recalled in a recent interview with the Mainichi.
However, Miyajima pointed out that the highly risky mission demonstrated to the world that Japan was truly serious about containing the crisis, which led the United States and other countries to extend major assistance to disaster areas. Excerpts of the interview follow:
Question: When were you ordered to serve as the commander of the response to the disaster at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant?
Answer: I was told to do so by the Self-Defense Forces (SDF) on March 14. On March 20, then Prime Minister Naoto Kan ordered me to take command of SDF units, police and fire departments in an integrated fashion to respond to the nuclear crisis. We transported supplies and secured water sources, sprayed water to cool down the crippled nuclear reactors, helped residents in areas around the plant evacuate, decontaminated districts tainted with radiation and flew helicopter sorties to measure radiation levels, among other things.
Q: Had the SDF conducted nuclear accident response drills before the Fukushima disaster?
A: Not at all. We utilized our knowledge of radiation we had accumulated as part of our preparations for terrorist attacks.
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Awareness that natural disasters cannot be conquered could fade with time: experts
People’s growing awareness that they cannot resist massive natural disasters could fade as time goes by, experts have warned.
The March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami have demonstrated that people cannot conquer the forces of nature.
“If you face natural threats, you shouldn’t resist them but rather try to get along with them,” University of Tokyo professor emeritus Yotaro Hatamura, who serves as chairman of the government’s fact-finding panel on the Fukushima nuclear disaster, has written.
In a Mainichi opinion poll conducted late this year, 92 percent of respondents said they do not think natural disasters can be conquered, far above the 7 percent who said they can be overcome. The figures suggest that ideas like that of Hatamura are widespread among the Japanese public. However, some experts pointed out that this was largely because the survey was conducted at the end of the year when the disasters occurred.
“Tendencies to turn a blind eye to something dangerous are deep-rooted in Japanese culture,” says Hiroyuki Fujiwara, chief researcher on social disaster prevention systems at the National Research Institute for Earth Science and Disaster Prevention.
“People tend to try not to see what they don’t want to see, not hear what they don’t want to hear and not think about what they don’t want to think about,” Hatamura adds.
Their remarks point to the possibility that Japanese people’s heightened risk awareness could gradually fade away. Such a possibility is highlighted by the fact that 47 percent of the poll respondents who said they don’t think natural disasters can be resisted also answered that they have not changed their preparedness for natural disasters since March 11.
“People are shocked greatly by a massive natural disaster, and a growing number of them believe that damage caused by it is fate and cannot be overcome. However, as time goes by, the ratio of those who believe they can overcome natural disasters will increase,” says Hirotada Hirose, professor emeritus of disaster and risk psychology at Tokyo Women’s University.
(Mainichi Japan) December 31, 2011
Cannabis Kills Cancer says UCLA and Others
This video is a compilation from the movie What if cannabis cured cancer. – TRAILER
I guess this is a must see not only for anyone suffering from cancer but mostly for all of the Japan. You can not treat cancers caused by radiation with more radiation. That’s not called treatment, that called slow killing. This plant might be their hope. Cannabis was also used as the most successful phytoremediator after the Chernobyl accident.
(Phytoremediation – Phytoremediation (from the Ancient Greek φυτο (phyto, plant), and Latin remedium (restoring balance or remediation) describes the treatment of environmental problems (bioremediation) through the use of plants that mitigate the environmental problem without the need to excavate the contaminant material and dispose of it elsewhere.
Phytoremediation consists of mitigating pollutant concentrations in contaminated soils, water, or air, with plants able to contain, degrade, or eliminate metals, pesticides, solvents, explosives, crude oil and its derivatives, and various other contaminants from the media that contain them. (wikipedia)