Day 394 “In Japan, the Abnormal has become Normal”


Japan Professor on Fukushima and Media: Children bleeding from nostrils, skin diseases, cardiovascular diseases (VIDEO)

Title: The Fukushima Nuclear Disaster and The Media: An Interview with Professor Akira Murakami Akira
Source: KPFA
Date Uploaded: Apr 8, 2012
Uploaded by: laborvideo

Akira Murakami, a professor of media at Akita University discusses the Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown and the media cover-up as well as the real concerns of the people of Japan. It was done at KPFA on 3/14/2012 by Steve Zeltzer of WorkWeek Radio and Project Censored.


At 13:37 in

Question: Children with signs of medical problems?

Murakami: Yes. Bleeding from nostrils, skin diseases, short temperedness, cardiovascular diseases…

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Unexpectedly high tsunami sank entire town center

ONAGAWA, Miyagi — “How can they call these waves six meters high?” screamed 39-year-old Takahiro Aoyama, who worked at Onagawa’s chamber of commerce and industry. It was March 11, 2011, and Aoyama and his colleagues were clinging to the water tower above their four-story workplace as water closed in on them. “This isn’t going to be high enough.”

A few moments earlier, Aoyama had heard that tsunami estimated to be about six meters would be reaching nearby shores. The water tower where he and his colleagues were was about 20 meters high. He couldn’t believe what was unfolding before his eyes.

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9 governors think it safe to dispose of tsunami debris

TOKYO, April 9, Kyodo

Nine out of 44 governors polled think it is safe to dispose of disaster debris in prefectures not severely hit by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami, a Kyodo News survey found Monday.

Kyodo asked the prefectural leaders about the disposal of debris piled up in Miyagi and Iwate prefectures, which were devastated by the March 2011 disaster. Of those, 10 expressed concern over contamination with radioactive materials from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, which has been crippled since the disaster, while 15 others reserved judgment.

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Fukushima will start burning radioactive waste — 100,000 Bq/kg to be incinerated — 1 billion pounds of debris in exclusion zone -Mainichi

Title: National:Storage space to be built at 2 sites in Fukushima for tsunami debris

Source: Kyodo
Date: April 08, 2012

The state will start building storage facilities for debris generated by the March 2011 tsunami as early as May at two locations in a coastal area of Naraha town, Fukushima Prefecture, Environment Ministry and town officials said Saturday. […]If more than 100,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium are found per kilogram of debris, the debris will be transferred to a medium-term storage facility to be built by the state. But if burnable debris contains 100,000 becquerels of radioactive cesium or less, it may be disposed of at a temporary incinerator to be built within the prefecture, according to the officials.

Within the 20-km-radius no-go zone spanning across Naraha and five other municipalities along the coast, debris caused by the magnitude 9.0 quake and the subsequent tsunami has amounted to an estimated 474,000 tons, much of remaining where it is.

Read the report here

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File this under “イヤダ!” (“I-ya-da” is used as a very strong “No” as in “I don’t agree/want this/want to do this/etc.”)

Kansai Electric presents timetable for Oi reactors’ reactivation

TOKYO, April 9, Kyodo

Kansai Electric Power Co. President Makoto Yagi on Monday presented to industry minister Yukio Edano a medium- to long-term timetable for the implementation of safety measures for nuclear power as a step to restart two idled reactors at its Oi nuclear power plant in Fukui Prefecture.

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Former Japanese prime minister “I’m regretting to have admitted nuclear plants.”

Posted by Mochizuki on April 8th, 2012

Former Japanese prime minister Murayama (1994-1996, Japan Socialist Party) officially stated he regrets that he admitted nuclear plants, at Oita Prefectural and Municipal Workers’ Union held on 4/8/2012.

When he was Japanese prime minister, he admitted nuclear plants though his Japan Socialist Party had been anti-nuclear policy.
He stated, he was thoughtless, made a mistake. He has to apologize. In order to make up for the mistake, he can never admit nuclear power anymore.
Now Japanese government is trying to restart Ooi nuclear plant, but they haven’t even figured out the reason of Fukushima disaster as people can be convinced.


原発容認「軽率で失敗だった」 村山元首相
2012年4月8日 21時49分


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Science Council of Japan: 250 Millisievert External Radiation Exposure in 30 Years Possible in #Fukushima Without Continued Decontamination

That seem like a lot, but come to think about it, 250 divided by 30 equals 8.33. At this point, average 8.33 millisieverts per year exposure in parts of Fukushima, particularly near Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, seems almost reasonable.

Anyway, here’s Yomiuri reporting on one of several report issued on April 9, 2012 by the Science Council of Japan:


Risk of dying from cancer will increase unless decontamination continues after residents return


The Science Council of Japan’s estimate shows that unless decontamination is carried out for a certain period of time after the residents return to the areas surrounding Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, the cumulative radiation exposure in 30 years may exceed 100 millisieverts. The estimate was published on April 9. The area surrounding the plant is highly contaminated with radioactive materials. When the cumulative radiation exposure reaches 100 millisieverts, the risk of dying from cancer goes up by 0.5%.


The result shows that if the residents return when the annual radiation exposure levels drop to 20 millisieverts and if no decontamination is done afterwards, the residents may be exposed to nearly 250 millisieverts in 30 years, even with the attenuation of radioactivity.

Oops. The Japanese national government’s guideline to return the residents to the areas inside the no-entry zone and the planned evacuation zone is that the annual radiation exposure levels drop down to 20 millisieverts. Judging from the decontamination work that has been done inside the zones and outside, it doesn’t look like there will be on-going decontamination.

Read the entire article at:

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In Cities in Fukushima, Abnormal Has Become Normal One Year After the Nuclear Accident

It is well-captured in a Mainichi Shinbun article and an Asahi Shinbun article that I found yesterday.

It may be puzzling to read about these, looking in. But for the residents inside Fukushima, this may be fast becoming the accepted way of life.

First, from the Mainichi article (4/7/2012, local Fukushima version; part) talking about school lunches in Fukushima City and school playground rules in Koriyama City and Minami Soma City:

Fukushima City will test school lunches for the city’s 73 public elementary schools and junior high schools for radioactive cesium every day, starting April 9. The city has installed more testing equipments, and is now able to test more frequently than in the fiscal 2011 when the test was done once a week or once in two weeks.

The school lunch centers will make one extra lunch each day and the lunch will be tested at 21 locations. Testing time will be between 11 to 30 minutes, and the detection limit is 20 becquerels/kg. The city’s Board of Education says, “We cannot feel safe even it tests below the new safety limit for food (100 becquerels/kg or less).” If more than 20 becquerels/kg of cesium is detected, the lunch will be discarded, and the students will be served with rice and milk separately tested for safety. In the fiscal 2011, no lunch that was sample tested was found with 20 becquerels/kg of cesium.

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From EX-SKF at:

Former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland: “Fate of Japan and the whole world depends on NO.4 reactor”

I don’t know what to think of this but it may be one of the reasons why the meme of “Fukushima Reactor 4 is leaning (or listing, or collapsing, or falling apart)” and “Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool is in danger” has started to circulate widely again since March this year.

Mr. Mitsuhei Murata is a former Japanese Ambassador to Switzerland and Senegal and the current Executive Director of the Japan Society for Global System and Ethics (according to his website) who seems to have been very active in anti-nuclear movements. There are tweets and blogs citing his website as the source of his comments which appeared on the English site by a Japanese diplomat (I think) Akio Matsumura.


I’m interested in knowing what prompted Mr. Murata to get very concerned about Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool. It is possible he has been concerned about it all along.

As far as I know, the situation of the Reactor 4 Spent Fuel Pool is not much different from what it was last summer after the wall underneath it was reinforced with metal support beams and concrete. Since my understanding is based on what TEPCO has been willing to disclose, it is quite possible that I’ve been missing something big.

There are a few Japanese experts, including Mr. Matsumura, who seem to have been advising many US nuclear experts on the situations in Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant since the March 11, 2011 accident. They all communicate in English only, and their information is usually not shared or known in Japan.

If you understand Japanese, here’s the video of Mr. Murata testifying in the Upper House Budget Committee (foreign affairs and national security issues) in the Diet on March 22, 2012 (0:30:30, 2:13:54, 2:16:07, 2:53:00), warning about Fukushima Reactor 4.


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