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One of the sources used on uhohjapan2 is Enformable. The site has been given the ok from Google to be included in Google News. This is a great step forward for the independent media to have a voice in reaching people worldwide about the status of the reactors at Daiichi.
Japan embassy sent hand-translated government food radioactivity reports to NRC
United States was well aware of high radiation and contamination from Fukushima – Official Docs
Posted by Enformable on February 16, 2012
New docs show contamination was much higher than reported, but piles of data were secretly transmitted and analyzed by United States, Russia, China, and Japan.
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Japan Ignored Nuclear Risks, Official Says
By HIROKO TABUCHI
TOKYO — In surprisingly frank public testimony on Wednesday, Japan’s nuclear safety chief said the country’s regulations were fundamentally flawed and laid out a somber picture of a nuclear industry shaped by freewheeling power companies, toothless regulators and a government more interested in promoting nuclear energy than in safeguarding the health of its citizens.
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More on Minami Soma’s Mysterious Black Dust: Spectrum Analysis by Prof. Yamauchi, and High Alpha Radiation Detection by an NGO
Minami Soma’s Assemblyman Koichi Ooyama says he simply took the sample to a laboratory in Minami Soma instead of waiting for the city officials to come back to work on Monday. The result, presented in his blog, was:
Germanium semiconductor detector for 600 seconds
718,000 becquerels/kg [of radioactive cesium]
margin of error 10%
He says the sample was from a different location than the sample that Professor Yamauchi had tested. Assemblyman Ooyama says he will be giving a press conference at 11AM on Monday February 19.
In his blogpost, Ooyama mentions OPCOM institute of isotopes. It is an arm of the NGO called HCR (Heart Care Rescue) which has been active in supporting people in the nuclear disaster since last March.
HCR’s Facebook page has additional information of the surface radiation levels of this mysterious substance:
【今消されたツイート】「黒い粉」通報によりHCRの専門部会OPCOM Institute of Isotopes緊急出動、放射線測定を済ませて只今帰還。南相馬市営住宅の駐車場でγ＋β＋α：61.321μSv/h、γ＋β：15.622μSv/h,残り45.699μSv/h：α線！
(Tweet that just got deleted) Emergency survey by OPCOM Institute of Isotopes, special arm of HCR, upon the discovery of “black dust”. In the parking lot of a public housing project of Minami Soma City, measurement was:
which means α: 45.699μSv/h
If this is the same public housing apartments that the blogger “Night that never ends” wrote about, then people, including children, have been living there.
Japan Oppositions Eye Free Medical Costs for Radiation-Exposed Kids
Tokyo, Feb. 17 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s major opposition parties drew up Friday a bill to exempt from medical fees children exposed to a certain level of radiation due to the nuclear accident at the crippled Fukushima No. 1 power complex.
The Liberal Democratic Party and New Komeito are set to submit the bill to the House of Councillors next week. They will ask other opposition parties to join the initiative.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda had considered making medical costs free for children in Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan, home to the Tokyo Electric Power Co. <9501> plant damaged by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami, following local requests. But he gave up on the idea.
The opposition bill calls for investigating the radiation doses of children under age 18 who stayed in Fukushima and surrounding areas after the accident and reducing or waiving entirely their medical costs if their exposure exceeds a certain level.
The bill urges the government to offer health checkups for children eligible for the program throughout their lives.
Fukushima nuke disaster refugees may get lump-sum compensation payments
A government committee has proposed lump-sum compensation payments to nuclear crisis refugees from within the exclusion zones around the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, it has been learned.
The Dispute Reconciliation Committee for Nuclear Damage Compensation proposed the move after concluding that the current multi-installment payment system may prevent residents from restarting their lives in other parts of Japan as they wait to return home.
Furthermore, experts fear that even five years from now radiation doses within the no-go zones may not have decreased to the government-mandated maximum of 20 millisieverts per year, casting uncertainty on the futures of those hoping to return. At present, radiation doses in the zones stand at 50 millisieverts per year or more.
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Another reactor to shut down, leaving only 2 units online in Japan
TSURUGA (Kyodo) –Kansai Electric Power Co. said Friday it will suspend its only remaining active reactor — the No. 3 reactor at the Takahama nuclear plant in Fukui Prefecture — for a regular checkup early Tuesday, leaving only two of Japan’s 54 commercial reactors online.
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Plutonium and strontium detected in Ibaraki?
Title: Prefecture related negative trace strontium, and the Fukushima nuclear power plant in the municipality
Source: Ibaraki Shimbun
Date: Feb 17, 2012
“Do the effects of nuclear testing” also detect plutonium
Prefecture on October 16, the results of the inspection of radioactive materials of soil were collected in the municipality 16 from August to October last year, were detected plutonium and radioactive strontium in trace amounts in the prefecture, the measurement results of the past was conducted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and either announced in the range associated with a nuclear accident in Fukushima, and was not observed.
Control Division of Nuclear Safety prefecture, the half-life as short as 50 days approximately, from that strontium 89 that support the relationship between the accident was not detected at the point of all “Do not influence, such as nuclear testing in the past” guess.SOURCE: Ibaraki Shimbun
That “there is no health effect” and. Survey, 38 municipalities out of the county soil samples were collected for measuring the concentration of radioactive cesium, etc., carried out in 16 municipalities selected from the tendency of regional balance and radiation monitoring.
Nuclide analysis was performed of radioactive strontium and plutonium using the same soil sample in the prefecture environmental radiation monitoring center.
3 Kitaibaraki city, Takahagi, according to the zone of 80 km Hitachiota primary ministry has investigated the same. As a result of the measurement, (half-life of about 29 years) strontium-90 will detect the 290 to 54 municipalities in 10 becquerel per square meter.
(About the same year 6600) 240 detects the same 15 to 1.3 Becquerel cities and towns and 11 in total (about 24,000 years the same) of plutonium 239.
Strontium and plutonium 238 89 (the same year about 88) was below the detection limit at the point of all. The survey was carried out in environmental radioactivity levels in all prefectures from 1999 to 2008 the ministry, a small amount of radioactive strontium and plutonium can be seen the impact of nuclear testing has been detected in many places.
Measurement results in the prefecture is less than the detection limit ~ 2.1 becquerel becquerel same same 950-72, plutonium 238, 90-20 Becquerel was the same total concentration of strontium-90 plutonium is 239,240.
The results of this study because it was within the range of the measurement results of any past, Division said, “strontium deposition due to nuclear accident, the plutonium could not be confirmed and”.
Serious health effects is a concern strontium and plutonium enters the body. Had been seen for iodine and cesium and heavier than, and not scatter far, voice worried about flying in the prefecture, seek the measure had increased.
Read the report here
And finally, this entry over at SurvivalJapan:
Civic Group Files Petition With Osaka City Over Nuclear Power
Posted: February 15, 2012
Japan has a history of pretending to be a democratic country and has regularly disregarded petitions by its citizens even when numbered by the hundreds of thousands. Tokyo governor Ishihara recently announced that the city would go on burning radioactive waste and line the concentrated radioactive ashes in bags on landfills in Tokyo Bay, ready to be swept away by the next typhoon, and he stated that the more than 250,000 signatures presented to have a referendum to decide together about the future of nuclear power amounted to nothing to him. He calls anti-nuclear activists “monkeys”, is famous for his racial slurs in speeches and is a disgrace to the Akutagawa literary prize that was awarded to him years ago. He actually deemed the latest nominees to be “a parade of rubbish” as reported by Mainichi Daily News and we can at least thank him for resigning from the panel of judges. Ishihara also declared in the press that the earthquake and tsunami that killed more than 20,000 of his compatriots was a form of “divine punishment” : “The identity of the Japanese people is selfishness. The Japanese people must take advantage of this tsunami as means of washing away their selfish greed. I really do think this is divine punishment.” Yet he is very popular and that tells us something about the real, “modern” Japan. Ishihara personnally reminds me of Asahara, the founder of the terrorist Aum cult who had recruited among the Japanese elite – maybe he is a member of the cult which survives under the name Aleph? Tokyo is a large shareholder in TEPCO.
Hopefully, Osaka Mayor Hashimoto, also a populist albeit younger, will show more concern for his people and more cleverness when he will receive petitions today. Japan has slipped behind China and in some respect North Korea as well thanks to elders like Ishihara who make sure that retired bureaucrats end up in indecent overpaid sinecures and that the construction sector blanket Japan in concrete: these elder men are directly responsible for the 200% of GDP national debt which went into absurd concrete projects and of the fall of Japan on all fronts: environmental, economic, social, cultural etc. If the younger generation impersonated by Hashimoto just follows in their corrupted schemes, in spite of populist claims for a change, Japan is finished as a developed country. Osaka is a major shareholder in KEPCO and a bankrupt city.
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