Day 347 Glowing food? No, thanks.

Info from SAFECAST list serv:

Radiation sensitive restaurants and stores

          The following map of radiation sensitive restaurants and stores is growing fast:

      Yellow balloon: restaurant
      Light Blue balloon: stores with dining area
      Blue balloon: stores and supermarket selling food from western Japan and Kyushu
      Green balloon: imported food store
      Pink balloon: radiation measuring service
          Details about restaurants :

          • The Soul of Seoul (Korean Barbecue), Omotesando, Shibuya, Tokyo

        Equipped with Berthold’s radiation survey equipmetnt. All ingredients are from Kyushu or imported. All water used is Crystal Kaiser.
          • Monte-Mare Tottorine (Italian), Shinbashi, Tokyo

        All ingredients, including milk, are from Tottori prefecture. The shop on the first floor sells food from Tottori and restaurant is on the second floor.
          • Elio Locanda Italiana (Italian), Kojimachi, Kanda, Tokyo

        All ingredients are 1Bq/kg or less, tested with a germanium semiconductor detector.
          • Chikappa (Italian) Ginza, Tokyo

        Many ingredients from Kyushu.
          • Nigiri Chojiro (Kaiten Sushi) Nerima, Saitama, etc.

          Rice from Fukui prefecture as of Feb. 2, 2012. This page shows where their fish comes from:

          • L’occitane Cafe, Dogenzaka, Shibuya and Minami-Ikebukuro

        No vegetable from northeastern Japan and Kanto. Origin of vegetables are indicated on blackboard inside the cafe.
          • Casa de Fujimori (Spanish) Kannai, Yokohama

        Vegetables from western Japan and Kyushu. Meat from Kyushu, Spain, Italy. Egg from Tottori prefecture.
          • Kamukura (Noodle)

        Vegetables from Nagano prefecture, western Japan and Kyushu. Meat from Europe and U.S. (as of Jan. 18. 2012)
          • Aurora (Japanese) Fussa city, Tokyo

        Equipped with ATOMEX AT1320a. Food measuring service is also available for 2980yen.
        Ingredients are 10Bq/kg or less sourced from western Japan and Hokkaido. As for marine products, only oyster from Hiroshima and imported salmon are served.
          • Bagle & Bagle

        Water from the U.S. Cheese and suger, etc are imported. Some of the vegetables are from Kanto and northeast Japan.
          • Crayon House (Organic), Omotesando, Tokyo

        No ingredients from Saitama, Ibaraki, Chiba, Tochigi, Fukushima. Spot check on ingredients.




There is an AVAAZ online petition that is asking to recognize a petition for a referendum on nuclear power generation in Japan. Please sign and alert your friends.




The horror, the horror…: a videotape tale of two nuclear plants

There are moments in life where even an old agnostic like me is obliged to take sides in the battle between good and evil, between candy and crack cocaine, between… well, just watch these videos and make up your own mind.

In the first video, children from Tokyo and Fukushima visit the Hamaoka nuclear power plant in Shizuoka in December 2011. …..

The second (short) video is an Asahi TV report on the second visit to the plant by journalists, which took place on February 20…..

Read the entire article and view the videos at:




 Three cheers for Kuwait?

Kuwait scraps nuclear power in light of Fukushima crisis

KUWAIT (Kyodo) — Kuwait is no longer pursuing nuclear power following the disaster in Japan, scrapping a plan last July to build four reactors by 2022, an official of a Kuwaiti government research body told Kyodo News and other media Tuesday.

While a number of countries, such as Germany, Switzerland and Italy, have decided to turn away from nuclear power due to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant crisis, it is rare for a country which has signed a civil nuclear power cooperation agreement with Japan to do so.

Article continues at:




Just 5% of Tohoku disaster debris disposed of

Hosono urges areas outside impact zone to join slow-going cleanup effort


Only 5 percent of the debris generated by the devastating earthquake and tsunami last March has been incinerated or otherwise disposed of, Environment Minister Goshi Hosono said Tuesday, calling for local government support nationwide to help with the massive cleanup task.

Some local governments have announced their intention to cooperate, but only the Tokyo Metropolitan Government has actually accepted the waste amid lingering radiation fears. The waste does not include debris from Fukushima Prefecture.With 22.53 million tons of waste estimated to have been generated in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures, the Environment Ministry wants local governments outside the three prefectures to accept some of the waste on condition that its radiation level is confirmed safe.

Article continues at:




Arnie Gundersen at the Japan National Press Club

The Japan National Press Club hosts Arnie Gundersen. Over 80 journalists were present where questions were asked regarding the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daiichi and the ongoing risks associated with the GE Mark 1 BWR nuclear reactors.




U.S. worried about Fukushima meltdown early on: commission transcript

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22, Kyodo

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission released Tuesday some 3,000 pages of transcripts from the days following Japan’s tsunami and nuclear disaster last March, showing that U.S. officials were concerned at an early stage about possible meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant and their debate over the scope of the evacuation zone.

The documents showed that as early as March 16, five days after the accident, NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko projected ”a worst scenario” that all three operating reactors at the crippled plant might be experiencing meltdowns.

”The reactors would likely eventually…breach primary containment and have some type of (radioactive) release,” he said during a conference call, while adding that ”it’s difficult to predict the magnitude of that released.”




NYTimes: NRC official predicted rising levels of radioactivity may stop airliners from coming to Tokyo — “Unfathomable” challenges for Japan

Title: Transcripts Show U.S. Confusion Early in Japan Nuclear Crisis

Author: Matthew L Wald
Date: Feb 21, 2012

[…] the [Nuclear Regulatory Commission] released a cache of transcripts of internal conference calls beginning hours after the earthquake. […]“This government has got tremendous, tremendous, I mean, unfathomable challenges,” said another official, Charles Casto, the deputy administrator for the N.R.C. region that covers the western United States.

Speaking from Tokyo, he predicted that rising levels of radioactivity might stop airliners from coming to Tokyo. (This did not happen.) […]

Read the report here





Nuclear Power and Shifts in Japanese Public Opinion


Feb. 13, 2012

Matthew Penney

In April 2011, about a month after the 3.11 disasters, Japan’s Asahi Shimbun reported that opposition to nuclear power had changed fairly little. A 2007 poll established that 7% of Japanese wished to do away with nuclear power completely, 21% wished to decrease reliance, 53% wanted to maintain the current situation, and 13% wanted more nuclear power generation. April 2011 numbers were only marginally different: 11% desired elimination of nuclear power, 30% wanted a decrease, 51% wanted to maintain the current situation, and 5% wished for an increase. 56% however reported “much unease” at the Fukushima accident with a further 33% feeling “some unease”. While there was no immediate turnabout in public opinion, increasingly critical reporting in the second half of 2011 from the Asahi and Manichi Shimbun, weeklies like Kinyobi and Diamond, as well as the publication of dozens of books highlighting malfeasance in the nuclear industry, the safety oversights leading up to the Fukushima Daiichi meltdowns, and decades of casual irradiation of temporary workers in the nuclear industry, a great shift seems to be underway.

In November of last year, national broadcaster NHK reported the results of an opinion poll that indicated 70% of Japanese wished to see nuclear power eliminated or reliance on it significantly reduced. The numbers of people feeling uneasy over the spread of radiation from Fukushima Daiichi declined little through the year, highlighting the fact that the government response, even with the shift from the Kan to Noda cabinets and accompanying promises of increased disclosure, has done little to alleviate public fears of contamination of the environment, food chain and health effects.

Yomiuri Shimbun article released around the same time as the NHK report, however, suggested that the Japanese public is resigned to maintaining the use of nuclear power in the short term. When given the option, 57% of those polled indicated that they wish to see existing plants continue to operate, while believing that no new ones should be built. Japanese public opinion on this issue is complex and the phrasing of questions and the answer options that poll respondents can choose from can result in very different results. Taking the NHK andYomiuri polls together, however, shows strong resistance to new plants being built, but also indicates a continued commitment to nuclear energy in the short to medium term.

What about the long term, however? Another Yomiuri poll, this time mainly focused on relations between Japan and its neighbours and also reported in November 2011, may shed some light on this crucial question. First, 87% of Japanese polled in the negative when asked if their government did an adequate job of providing information to the public after 3.11. When asked what type of energy Japan should rely on in the future, a great majority of 71% chose solar with only 6% picking nuclear and the balance going to oil and natural gas and other answers. When these numbers are taken into account, it seems that the Japanese public is solidly behind government plans to fund solar energy research and development, and no longer imagines nuclear to be a long term option.

Finally, a government survey on lifestyle released on January 30 reveals that nearly 60% of Japanese report that they have tried to cut down on energy use since 3.11. By comparison, only 28% report acting on feelings of unease about food safety by “taking care” in selecting food products. By this measure it appears that concern with energy policy as well as with individual energy use may be becoming a significant legacy of 3.11 for the public nationwide. Also important to note, however, is that far more Japanese want the government to address medical care, pensions, and the social safety net (67.1%) and economic recovery (66.3%) then recovery from the 3.11 disasters (51%). While the crisis of last year captured international attention and the attention of Japan watchers specifically, it is necessary to keep in mind that for many Japanese, lingering issues of economic decline, poverty, inequality, and the problems associated with ageing (a “problem” that 53.4% believe needs to be immediately addressed) remain at the forefront.

Matthew Penney is an Assistant Professor at Concordia University and a Japan Focus Coordinator.



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