Day 277 This holiday season, make a donation as a gift

DONATE TOYS TO TSUNAMI CHILDREN

http://kirstenwrites.tumblr.com/post/13959263597/donate-toys-to-tsunami-children

Photo provided by IFRC

Toys for Tsunami Children. This is the address to Otsuchi’s town hall, if you can, please send a new plush toy, or new unopened toy of any value. Many children lost parents during the tsunami and this is their first holiday season alone. The address:
Attn: Toys for Otsuchi Children
Otsuchi-cho Tyuo-kominkan,
Otsuchi-town hall
Otsuchi-cho, Kamihei-gun,
Iwate Pref. Japan

Via Brian Barnes of Save Japan Dolphins

 


Donate one present to Fukushima this holiday season to Create a Nuclear Power Free World

“A nuclear power free world- for my grand-grandchildren’s generation” What is a nuclear free world to you? Post your photos and messages here.

An appeal from the organizers of the Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World to be held January 14-15, 2011 in Yokohama:

Ever since March 11, the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster has been having a grave impact on the people of Fukushima. Radioactive material has been found in mothers’ breast milk and children’s urine in Fukushima–evidence that peoples’ lives, including the lives of future generations, are being threatened.

Today in Fukushima, state and industry are being given priority over the health and safety of the people, as demonstrated by the Japanese government raising the “safe” level of radiation exposure to twenty times its previous level, including for infants. As a result, residents in some areas are effectively condemned to suffer continuous exposure to high levels of contamination that would have made them eligible for evacuation from Chernobyl, but in Fukushima they do not qualify for any such assistance.

Those who have the financial ability to flee the area still face the great psychological burden of not knowing when–if ever–they will feel safe returning to their homes, and live in an indefinite state of uproot. Those who cannot afford to abandon their homes, land, and jobs face the daily guilt and worry that they are condemning their children and themselves to cancer and other radiation exposure diseases.

It is often difficult to feel connected with disasters around the world that you don’t have direct contact with in your everyday life. Even here in Japan, the media has begun to shift away from dealing with this tragic situation and most citizens have put Fukushima in the back of their minds.

In this season of giving and of thinking of the needs of others, however, we would like to invite you to remember the people of Fukushima by giving them a present.

“A nuclear power free world is world where we can enjoy life with our children”
– Company employee, 30, Tokyo

We are asking for donations for the Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World–a conference in Yokohama, Japan in January of 2012 that will allow their voices to be heard, and that will amplify on an international scale their call for wiser alternatives to nuclear power. This conference will create a venue for people from all around the world to gather in Japan and respond to the reality of Fukushima.

By combining the experiences of countries around the world, the conference also aims to demonstrate that it is realistically possible to create a society–a planet–that is not dependent on nuclear power. Whilst creating a road map for the safe removal of existing nuclear power plants, international experts, activists and concerned citizens will present alternative policies based on renewable energy and propose action plans that can be implemented by Japan and other countries around the world.

Building a brighter future for the people of Fukushima starts with creating a network across borders that can begin to envision and construct a nuclear power free future–and that can also combine forces to press the Japanese government to not leave the people of Fukushima unsupported in the midst of the world’s worst nuclear power plant disaster.

You too can make a difference by asking one of your friends, family members, or co-workers to donate 2,000 yen ($25 USD) to the Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World instead of buying you a Christmas present. One less present from the heap we tend to receive every year will hardly dent our enjoyment of the season, but each donation can help to build critical momentum to support the people of Fukushima and the future of our shared Earth.

Fukushima: Inside the Exclusion Zone

http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2011/12/fukushima-inside-the-exclusion-zone/100202/

In June, National Geographic sent AP photographer David Guttenfelder into the exclusion zone around the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power station, which was badly damaged in the earthquake and tsunami earlier this year. He captured images of communities that had become ghost towns, with pets and farm animals roaming the streets. Later, in November, Guttenfelder returned to photograph the crippled reactor facility itself as members of the media were allowed inside for the first time since the triple disaster last March. In some places, the reactor buildings appear to be little more than heaps of twisted metal and crumbling concrete. Tens of thousands of area residents remain displaced, with little indication of when, or if, they may ever return to their homes. Collected here are some images from these trips — the first six are from the December 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine, now on newsstands, and more photos can be seen at the National Geographic website. [20 photos]

View the photos at:

http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/12/japan-nuclear-zone/guttenfelder-photography

 

Nuclear disaster response recommendations shelved 10 days after explosion

TOKYO (Kyodo) — The government shelved the Nuclear Safety Commission’s proposal to evacuate residents around the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant and provide iodine to them after receiving a forecast on the spread of radioactive materials, government sources said Tuesday.

The government determined that it would be too late to take such measures as around 10 days had already passed since the first of a series of hydrogen explosions occurred at the Fukushima complex, the sources said.

The forecast was based on data from a government computer system known as the System for Prediction of Environmental Emergency Dose Information, or SPEEDI, designed to predict the spread of radioactive materials released in a nuclear plant accident. The prime minister’s office received the first SPEEDI-based report on March 23, according to the sources.

The government has been criticized for not being able to put the SPEEDI data to faster use after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami triggered the nuclear crisis.

A government panel investigating the crisis is now examining the details of the delay in utilizing the data, according to the sources.

 

(Mainichi Japan) December 14, 2011

Gov’t to designate ‘difficult-to-return zones’ near crippled Fukushima nuclear plant

The government is expected to consider designating areas that are exposed to more than 50 millisieverts per year of radiation from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant as zones that are difficult for local residents to return to possibly for the next several decades and buying out tracts of land there.

The government has started to consider dividing the region affected by the Fukushima nuclear crisis into three zones according to levels of radiation they are exposed to. Under the current scheme, the region is divided into “evacuation zones” which fall within a radius of 20 kilometers from the troubled nuclear power station and “planned evacuation zones” that are exposed to more than 20 millisieverts per year of radiation.

Read the entire article at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20111214p2a00m0na021000c.html

 

This from Fukushima-Diary.com at:

http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/12/more-bruise-on-eastern-japanese/

Similar symptoms were found at Chernobyl

More bruise on eastern Japanese

Posted by Mochizuki on December 13th, 2011

Following up this article Eastern Japanese starting to have bruises on their bodies..

Japanese famous people are blogging about their mysterious bruise as well.

Nakagawa Shoko, a Japanese idol blogged about her bruise around her thighs on 12/10 and 12/11/2011.

She says she doesn’t know why she had them,and they look huge.

Another person is Inoue Harumi, a Japanese actress.
She had her third son have bruise around his legs though nothing was wrong until afternoon of the day.
She took him to a hospital on 11/22/2011, but nothing was wrong according to the blood test.

She thinks she wrapped the diaper too tight.

Interesting comments at the end of the article at:

http://fukushima-diary.com/2011/12/more-bruise-on-eastern-japanese/

 

90,600 Bq/Kg from an elementary school

Posted by Mochizuki on December 13th, 2011

From a frost cover in an elementary school they measured 90,600 Bq/kg of cesium.
The school is Suginami ku Horinouchi elementary school.

The sheet was used for frost cover from 3/18/2011 ~ 4/6/2011 and left beside the gym until the beginning of November.

Now it’s kept in a locked room but Suginami ward government is planning to mix it with other garbage and incinerate it.

It was 1.13 microSv/h at 1m away, 3.95 microSv/h at 1cm away.

 

Had a little shaker here in the Tokai area this afternoon. No damage.
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