(UPDATED) Confirmed: A Decon Worker in Date City, Fukushima Found Dead in a Company Car at the Site
(UPDATE) Information from the TEPCO/government joint press conference online right now.
A 60-year-old worker doing the decontamination experiment in Shimo-Oguni District of Date City, Fukushima Prefecture was found dead by his co-workers inside the company car at 1:00PM on December 12. An ambulance was called, but he was confirmed dead at 2PM.
The decon work was the first in Shimo-Oguni District in Date City that was planned by the Cabinet Office and was being carried out by the Japan Atomic Energy Agency. The government spokesman didn’t know the details of the worker, or the details of the decon work being done, or how long the worker had worked before he was found dead. Citizen volunteers were not involved in this decon project, as far as the spokesman knew.
No information about where the worker was from, or whether he had a pre-existing condition. The spokesman did say the government knows the cause of the death, but is talking to the family of the deceased as to whether it is appropriate to disclose the cause.
The spokesman was extremely uncomfortable when he tried to answer the question of the cause of the death. He managed to say the death was not during the decon work.
The information was apparently disclosed by none other than Yasuhiro Sonoda, Cabinet Office officialwho drank Fuku-I water.
If a person died suddenly as he/she was doing the decontamination work in the area that produced rice with cesium far exceeding the national provisional safety limit, it has to be either the psychological stress in general and/or the pre-existing illness. Right? Right.
Full decontamination to start in Fukushima in Mar.
Japan’s Environment Ministry says it will delay the start of full decontamination work for no-entry zones and government-designated evacuation zones in Fukushima Prefecture until late March.
A law taking effect next month requires the state to decontaminate areas with high radiation levels. The restricted areas were designated after the March accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. The government is now conducting a model project to seek effective ways to clean up the contaminated areas.
The Environment Ministry had said it would start decontamination work for these areas in January or later. However, it revealed on Sunday that full decontamination efforts for houses and farmland will begin in late March.
The ministry said it will start decontaminating infrastructure, including roads as well as water and electricity supply systems, in late January.
The ministry said it will take time to get permission from evacuees to decontaminate their homes and agricultural land. It also cited the difficulty of securing temporary storage sites for topsoil removed during decontamination work.
Regarding areas with annual radiation far above 20 millisieverts, the ministry said it will only start decontamination after launching a new model project to decide ways to do so and ensure the safety of workers.
The government is legally obliged to aim to end the transfer of contaminated soil to temporary storage spots by the end of March 2014, except for areas with particularly high radiation levels.
Monday, December 12, 2011 05:35 +0900 (JST)
Teachers in disaster area suffering depression
A survey has found that one in 3 teachers in the disaster-hit Miyagi Prefecture suffers from depression.
A local teachers’ union surveyed 3,375 teachers at public elementary and junior high schools in the prefecture in September and October.
1,029 teachers, or 30.5 percent, said they have experienced mild-to-moderate depression.
The percentage of teachers reporting moderate depression was twice as high in the hardest-hit coastal cities, including Ishinomaki and Higashimatsushima, than elsewhere in the prefecture.
Many teachers complained that their workloads have increased since the disaster.
The teachers’ union is calling for psychological care for teachers who are still under substantial stress.
Monday, December 12, 2011 08:18 +0900 (JST)
Quake exceeded TEPCO’s “once in 10,000 years” scenario
The movement of the bedrock under the Fukushima No.1 nuclear power plant during the Great East Japan Earthquake was larger than pre-quake estimates used by the plant’s operator in its disaster planning, according to government simulations. (December 11)
Radiation levels to drop to 3/4 in 1 year, 1/2 in 3 …
Tokyo And Osaka Anti-Nuclear Rallies – Media Coverage
The only reporter I could spot at the Osaka protest (Cf. Protest Against Radioactive Waste In Osaka in SurvivalJapan) was from the Mainichi Shimbun. Yomiuri Shimbun is a pro-nuclear news and powerful lobby with links to the CIA since the 1950, with its head Matsutaro Shoriki, to promote and sustain nuclear energy (and possibly weapon technology?) in Japan so their coverage is less and more biased unfortunately. Asahi Shimbun reported about a petition signature campaign in both Tokyo and Osaka on the same day for a referendum to take place, as per their article reproduced below:
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