Day 320 24 Hours to Stand with Fukushima Mothers

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24 Hours to Stand with Fukushima Mothers 

Posted: 25 January 2012
It’s outrageous! — the Minister of the Economy has just ordered the eviction of the Fukushima mothers peacefully camping outside METI to demand a radiation-free future for their children. We have just24 hours before police move in to tear down the tents, it’s up to us to stop them now!

Minister Edano is bowing to bullying from the powerful nuclear industry — they are furious that the brave mothers’ hard efforts are working. Their struggle has captured public attention and across the country people are speaking out to end unsafe nuclear energy. Buttheir fight for their children’s lives will be crushed unless we now all support these courageous women and stop their eviction.

We have only one day! Let’s flood Mr Edano’s inbox with thousands of messages now, calling on him to revoke his eviction order. It’s time that our politicians put people and safety before profit.Send a message to stand with the Fukushima mothers now at:

And if you would like to call, here are the numbers:

Main METI switchboard:
(TEL)03-3501-1609
(FAX)03-3501-6942

Minister Edano’s METI office:
(TEL)03-3508-7448
(FAX)03-3591-2249

Minister Edano’s district office:
(TEL)048-648-9124
(FAX)048-648-9125

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Japan kept silent on worst nuclear crisis scenario

In this March 12, 2011 image made from video from NTV Japan via APTN, smoke rises from Unit 1 of the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture. (AP Photo/NTV Japan via APTN)

In this March 12, 2011 image made from video from NTV Japan via APTN, smoke rises from Unit 1 of the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant in Okuma, Fukushima Prefecture. (AP Photo/NTV Japan via APTN)

TOKYO (AP) — The Japanese government’s worst-case scenario at the height of the nuclear crisis last year warned that tens of millions of people, including Tokyo residents, might need to leave their homes, according to a report obtained by The Associated Press. But fearing widespread panic, officials kept the report secret.

The recent emergence of the 15-page internal document may add to complaints in Japan that the government withheld too much information about the world’s worst nuclear accident since Chernobyl.

It also casts doubt about whether the government was sufficiently prepared to cope with what could have been an evacuation of unprecedented scale.

[Maybe the sentence should read in the present tense… “whether the government IS sufficiently prepared to cope with what might yet be an evacuation of unprecedented scale.”]

Article continues at:

http://mdn.mainichi.jp/mdnnews/news/20120126p2g00m0dm045000c.html

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Radioactive gravel tied to more prefabs

Kyodo

FUKUSHIMA — It is highly likely that radiation-tainted gravel quarried near the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant was used to build three temporary housing complexes in Fukushima Prefecture, sources said Wednesday.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry is investigating the gravel’s distribution routes and recently discovered that two companies probably used it to make concrete while erecting the three housing complexes.The Fukushima Prefectural Government is currently running tests to confirm whether the contaminated gravel, which was shipped from the Futaba Saiseki Kogyo quarry company, was actually used to construct the complexes, the sources said.

The prefectural government said its inspections to date have confirmed that no contaminated concrete was used at 179 locations they have checked with construction companies across Fukushima Prefecture.

Article continues at:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120126a1.html

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This from EX-SKF today:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2012/01/1117-children-over-30-of-3739-tested.html

1143 Children (Over 30%) of 3765 Tested for Thyroid Abnormalities in Fukushima Had Lumps or Cysts (Updated)

(UPDATE: The document issued by the Fukushima Prefecture’s expert committee is here (PDF, in Japanese).

Total number of children tested: 3765
No. of children found with lumps 5.1 millimeter or larger: 26
No. of children found with lumps less than 5.1 millimeter: 56
No. of children found with cysts 20.1 millimeter or larger: 0
No. of children found with cyst less than 20.1 millimeter: 1086
No. of children with no lumps, cysts: 2622

There are children who have both lump and cyst.

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Waaaiiit a minute…

I was looking for more information on the post I wrote about the lumps on the thyroid 5.1 millimeters or bigger in diameter found in 0.7% or 26 children out of 3765 children tested in Fukushima Prefecture. I was specifically looking for information on the number of children who had any lump at all.

I’ve just found it in an unlikely place: Fukushima Minpo, local Fukushima newspaper. I thought they would obfuscate, but they have the details. The article looks like it is a part of a longer article; it is possible it is abbreviated from the article in the print version of the newspaper.

It turns out,

Total number of children tested: 3765
No. of children found with lumps 5.1 millimeters and larger: 26 (0.7% of total)
No. of children found with lumps smaller than 5.1 millimeters: 1117 (29.7% of total)

1143 children, or 30.4% of children tested, were found with lumps of varying sizes.

From Fukushima Minpo (1/25/2012):

検討委員会では、浪江、飯舘両町村、川俣町山木屋地区の18歳以下を対象にした甲状腺検査の結果が報告された。3765人のうち、「直ちに二次検査を要する」と判断された県民はいなかった。

At the expert commission, the result of the thyroid test was reported. The test was done on the children below the age of 18 in Namie-machi, Iitate-mura, and Yamakiya District of Kawamata-machi [all planned evacuation zone]. Of 3765 children, there was no one who was deemed necessary to immediately go through further testing.

直径5・1ミリ以上のしこりなどが確認され、二次検査の対象となったのは26人(0・7%)だったが、検討委座長の山下俊一福島医大副学長は「原発事故に伴う悪性の変化はみられない」と説明している。二次検査が不要の3739人(99・3%)のうち、1117人(29・7%)は5・0ミリ以下のしこりなどが確認されたが、県は「良性」と判断している。

26 children (0.7%) have been found with lumps with 5.1 millimeters or larger in diameter, and will go through further testing [at some time]. However, Shunichi Yamashita, the head of the commission and the vice president of Fukushima Medical University explains, “There is no malignant change due to the nuclear plant accident”. Of 3739 children who will not need further testing (99.3% of children tested), 1117 children (29.7%) have been found with lumps 5.0 millimeters or less in diameter. But the prefectural government has decided they are “benign”.

甲状腺検査は県民健康管理調査の一環で、浪江、飯舘両町村、川俣町山木屋地区で先行して行われた。他の地域では順次、実施している。

The thyroid testing is part of the Fukushima residents health management survey, and was carried out in Namie, Iitate-mura, and Yamakiya District of Kawamata-machi first. For the other areas, it has been on-going.

It decidedly does not look totally OK to me, and the explanation by the Fukushima officials sounds suspect.

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