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MUST watch – NHK Special Report…

3 Mar 2012

NHK Special – Emerging Radioactive Pollution: Urgent Report from the Sea

Written by Nippon Sekai
Research examines how the radiation from the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant is being spread into the ocean, lakes and rivers.The results from various surveys also reveals how much farther and widespread the contamination really is. The total runtime is around 49 minutes and is hosted on Dailymotion (as mentioned before, ads are auto inserted).

Notes from the video:

In the ocean sediment off FD1, they found 4,520 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium, 50,000 times the amount in the surrounding water.

Then, off Iwaki, 30 kms south of FD1: “300 Bq/kg of cesium. Contamination spreading south from the power plant.”

Next, off Takahagi, Ibaraki Prefecture, 80 kms south of FD1: some, but only 1/10 the level of that found off Iwaki in Fukushima Prefecture.

Then, off Hitachinaka, Ibaraki Pref., 120 kms from FD1: 380 Bq/kg — an underwater hotspot — enough to contaminate seafood.

Another point 180 kms from FD1: Choshi (Chiba), 3 times previous level of cesium.

Also, radioactive fish found in lakes and rivers around northern Japan…. 950 Bq/kg in mud at bottom of lake bed contaminating the smelt. Perhaps cesium runs off surrounding mountains and concentrates in lakes. 

In Chernobyl, 25 years later, lakes are still dangerously contaminated. They are waiting 30 years for cesium to reach its half-life.

Tokyo Bay Creeping Radiation?

Most of the radioactive cesium that fell in Tokyo will end up in the bay. At a depth of 10 meters, researchers found lower levels on the inland parts, but in the deeper parts of the bay, levels reached 872 Bq/kg, about the same as within the 20-km area of FD1.

And up river?

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Important, from EX-SKF:

Moment of Truth from Goshi Hosono: “There Will Be No Baseless Rumor When Disaster Debris Spreads All Over Japan”

Minister of the Environment Goshi Hosono, aka radioactive tsunami/earthquake debris pusher, divulged his plan to eradicate “baseless rumors” aka radiation contamination. It’s not appealing to WTO as his boss did, but as many have speculated already, his plan is to spread the debris and burning and burying all over Japan so that no one particular location is “rumored” to have radiation contamination.

I am fearful of a person like him, but I am equally fearful of the governor of Kyoto who was quite satisfied with Hosono’s answer, as you can read in the NHK News article below.

(see for the entire article)

As to the damage from the baseless rumors, Hosono said, “I believe if the debris is widely accepted all over Japan, we can overcome the baseless rumors. If there is a damage, the national government will be responsible for dealing with it”, indicating the government will have a detailed response to counter the damage [or baseless rumors].

As the readers of this blog have known from very early on, a baseless rumor since March 11, 2011 means anything that actually has radioactive materials of Fukushima I Nuke Plant origin. After one year of using the word, many producers in Japan, particularly those in Fukushima, don’t seem to even know what it means any more. They use the word whenever the consumers don’t choose products from certain regions (Fukushima, Miyagi, Iwate, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Chiba, among others), and call it a “discrimination” (like Ms. Lauper).

If the debris is spread all over Japan and burned and buried all over Japan, there will be no ground for “baseless rumors” (aka radioactive materials) because everywhere will then be contaminated. This is exactly what people who are against the wide-area disposal of disaster debris have been saying, and now it is confirmed by Hosono. Some parts will be far less contaminated than others, but become contaminated nonetheless which could be totally avoided by not bringing in the debris and disposing it.

The nuclear power power plants were peddled in the similar way by the Japanese government all over Japan. Don’t worry, the government will take care of it if an accident should happen. But don’t worry the accident will never happen because a nuke plant is safe. Here, take some subsidy, just for considering a nuke plant in your town. And don’t worry, we will build so many reactors all over Japan so that the risk is equally shared by everyone in Japan. After all, we don’t call this a national policy for nothing.

We know how that has turned out.

Only this time, instead of 54 nuclear reactors, there will be 1600 incinerators. Instead of risk sharing (that an accident may or may not happen), there will be radioactive materials introduced in the areas that have been largely spared of radiation contamination.

But PM Noda has already said, “There will be no individual responsible for the accident.” It will be the same for the aftermath of the accident.

 Read the entire article at:

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Island off Miyagi hit by 43-meter tsunami

A Japanese scientist says a tsunami about 43 meters high hit an island off Miyagi Prefecture after the earthquake on March 11th of last year.

University of Tokyo Associate Professor Yoshinobu Tsuji has been conducting a survey of tsunami damage in Japan’s northeast.

He determined that the tsunami reached a height of 43 meters at the deserted island called Kasagaijima.

Tsuji said this could be the highest tsunami triggered by the March 11th earthquake, exceeding the one about 40 meters that struck Ofunato City in Iwate Prefecture.

He added that the energy of the tsunami was concentrated on the island and created high waves. Tsuji warned that similar phenomenon could happen at tips of capes.

Saturday, March 17, 2012 06:58 +0900 (JST)

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From yesterday at EX-SKF:

Virtual Nuke Plant Tour of AKW Zwentendorf – the atomic power plant that never went into operation” in Austria

You can virtually go into the torus of a Mark-I reactor that was built in Austria but never went into operation.

which you can use to compare the videos coming out of TEPCO:

And Expedition to #Fukushima Reactor 3 Torus Room, 3/14/2012

Expedition to #Fukushima Reactor 2 Torus Room, 3/14/2012

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Radioactive material not detected on pollen: researcher

Radioactive cesium from the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant was not detected on pollen in a recent study, an assistant professor of the University of Tokyo said on March 16.

From Feb. 19 to 25, assistant professor Shogo Higaki of the University of Tokyo’s Radioisotope Center, had a total of 20 people in Fukushima Prefecture and Tokyo wear cotton masks, and then had their radioactive material and pollen levels checked.

The results showed that in Fukushima, a maximum of 4.3 becquerels of radiation, and in Tokyo, a maximum of 0.6 becquerels of radiation, were detected. However, this radiation was determined to come not from pollen, but from dust. The reading of 4.3 becquerels is equivalent to 0.082 microsieverts, or the amount from being outside for around an hour in Tokyo.

“By ingesting dust, though it is a small amount, there is a possibility of internal radiation exposure, but it can be lessened by wearing a mask,” said Higaki. He added: “Currently, radioactive material (on pollen) has not been detected, but it is necessary to continue monitoring changes. People who are worried should wear masks.”

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Long-term nuclear evacuees should get 6 mil. yen each: gov’t panel

TOKYO (Kyodo) — A government panel setting guidelines for compensation to be paid to victims of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant disaster decided Friday that about 6 million yen should be given to every individual unable to return to their homes for at least five years because of radiation contamination.

The sum is to compensate the mental suffering of evacuees whose homes are in a zone where it is difficult to return for a long time, one of the new categories to be created soon by the government in reclassifying the existing evacuation area around the plant.

Article continues at:

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Fukushima evacuees upset over gov’t plan for set compensation amounts

Residents evacuated from their nuclear disaster-hit hometowns in Fukushima Prefecture have expressed discontent over the government’s plan to compensate them in set amounts.

“I can’t accept the uniform compensations,” said Ichiro Shiga, 64, a farmer from the Fukushima Prefecture town of Futaba, which hosts the No. 5 and No. 6 reactors of the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, after a government panel for screening nuclear disaster reparation disputes presented a compensation policy on March 16.

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One Municipality After Another Says YES to Disaster Debris Contaminated with Radioactive Materials

The likes of Mr. Blustein must be so happy to see the “kizuna” (it’s actually the rope that ties down the cattle or domestic animals) restored at least among petty politicians and bureaucrats in cities, towns, and villages as far away as Okinawa and Hokkaido, even as the “selfish” and “irrational” residents who will have to pay taxes to have the debris burn in their midst are against it.

In anywhere else in the world, these debris would be considered “low-level radioactive waste” and would be strictly controlled.

The municipalities that suddenly “capitulated” this week, particularly on March 16 when Prime Minister Noda formally issued the request to accept the debris to municipalities who haven’t said yes to the debris, are too numerous to list. Even the last true “opposition” since the March 11, 2011 disaster, Japanese Communist Party, sided with the majority demanding the municipal governments of Niigata City in Niigata Prefecture and Kiryu City in Gunma Prefecture to accept the disaster debris from Miyagi and Iwate.

Money really does speak. Hop on the bandwagon. Local politicians have the local waste management industry lobby to please.

Here are some of the latest “yes” to radioactive tsunami/earthquake debris:

Okushiri-cho (island off the coast of southwestern Hokkaido, in Japan Sea)

Onna-son (in the middle of Okinawa Island, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Okinawa)

Niigata City (whose vice mayor is a career bureaucrat from the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications)
(Niigata already has 4 other cities eagerly waiting for the debris, even though the governor of Niigata Prefecture is dead set against receiving the debris in Niigata.)

Kiryu City

Ichikawa City (right outside Tokyo)

Kure City (famous for really good oysters and lemon)
Hiroshima City

Taki-cho (green tea, Matsuzaka beef)

Now what? I wonder what the residents of Japan are going to do now, if anything at all. They have protested, packed the “explanation” meetings which were nothing but a sham to keep up the appearance of “democracy”, collected signatures to oppose acceptance and tried educating the fellow citizens and a few politicians who would listen. The politicians and bureaucrats and industry will just do it anyway.

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For those of you who sent clothing and other items to Ms. Owada, here is an article covering her work with the people up in Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture.

3/11 FOR FOREIGNERS(7): Rural American navigates carefully on relief missions

March 16, 2012


SUMITA, Iwate Prefecture — Joni Owada and her family live surrounded by hills, far from the sea, yet their front yard is filled with round floats–the glass type used by fishermen in their nets up and down the Sanriku coast.

Each one, explains Owada, represents a mission to the seaside district of Otomo, part of Rikuzentakata, Iwate Prefecture, and one of the communities hard hit by the tsunami that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake a year ago.

“Whenever I’d go down there I’d ask if I could take one home with me,” says the American in her sing-song Iowa accent. “Eventually the villagers just got together, gathered a whole bunch from the wreckage and brought them in a mini-truck.”

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