Day 403 Who cares? Indeed.

To a reader in Gifu… There are two stories you should check out on today’s blog. The first, a presentation by two very experienced and knowledgable specialists on wastes produced by petrochemicals and nuclear facilities (Dr. Caldicott begins her talk at 38:15 in the video), and another, further down, titled “Fukushima’s Nuclear Nightmare Is Far From Over”. These will answer some of your questions.

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Who Cares?

Hellen Caldicott and Kate Orff in Conversation

Monday, April 2, 2012

(h/t nuclearfreeplanet.org)

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If you have a Facebook account and a strong stomach:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.218619994823159.62482.216811338337358&type=3

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/japan-times-28-of-every-100-fukushima-pregnancies-resulted-in-miscarriage-or-abortion-of-course-we-didnt-believe-the-rumor-but-we-just-wanted-to-confirm-that-it-was-groundless-says-survey-l

Japan Times: 28 of every 100 Fukushima pregnancies resulted in miscarriage or abortion — “Of course we didn’t believe the rumor, but we just wanted to confirm that it was groundless” says survey leader

Title: Fukushima miscarriage rate stable 
Source: The Japan Times Online
Author: MINORU MATSUTANI
Date: April 17, 2012

Counter to rumor, Fukushima Prefecture has not seen rising rates of miscarriages or abortions due to radiation exposure — or fear of it […]

“Of course, we didn’t believe the rumor, but we just wanted to confirm that it was groundless,” said Fukushima Medical University professor Keiya Fujimori, who led the survey team. […]

They found there were about 10 miscarriages and about 18 abortions per 100 pregnancies, essentially the same rates as before the quake, he said.

The national average for miscarriages is about 10 percent. And although 18 percent is higher than the national average for abortions, Fukushima’s rate has tended to be higher than other prefectures, he added.

Read the report here

Interesting approach by the lead scientist; conducting a study where you “wanted to confirm that it was groundless”.

If anyone is able to find Fujimori’s survey that was published in the March edition of the journal ‘Perinatal Medicine’, please post a link in the comments.

Here is one of his other studies that measures iodine-131 in breast milk of mothers between 6 – 11 weeks after March 11 (I-131 has a half-life of eight days): Effect of the Fukushima nuclear power plant accident on radioiodine (131I) content in human breast milk

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Heard from a friend today that they are quietly selling geiger counters for around ¥10,000 at Valor Home Centers in Japan. The GCs are located along with earthquake preparations, but “you sort of have to look down on the left and in the back.” In other words, they’re available but not prominently displayed.
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From ENENEWS at:

Japanese Doctor: Children’s health problems increasing — Incurable stomatitis, chest pain, nosebleeds that don’t stop, diarrhea

Title: Japan: Fukushima Woman Organizes Radiation Information Centers At Church
Source: Eurasia Review
Author: By Hisashi Yukimoto
Date: April 18, 2012

Terumi Kataoka, who lives just 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, is one of thousands of Japanese who frankly don’t believe what governments and scientists are telling them about the health effects of low-dose radiation.

So Kataoka, 50, has set up the Aizu Radiation Information Center at her local United Church of Christ church in Aizuwakamatsu. Because she is especially concerned about the effect of radiation on children, she also heads the Aizu Society to Protect the Lives of Children from Radiation.

“There is no time to lose. We are called to pray and act with our voices of anger to save the lives of the little ones,” Kataoka told ENInews. […]

Tomoyuki Yamazaki, a Japanese doctor and a United Church member in Wakayama Prefecture in western Japan who provides medical counselling at the information center every month, said in an email to ENInews that an increasing number of children he has seen “have nosebleeds that don’t stop, diarrhea, dark circles under their eyes, and incurable stomatitis [an inflammation of the mucous linings in the mouth]. A growing number of children [at the centre] have pains in their chests.” […]

Read the report here

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Two new articles at the Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

Radiation Decontamination in Fukushima: a critical perspective from the ground

Miguel Quintana

A massive decontamination effort is underway in Fukushima Prefecture to lower radiation levels in areas affected by nuclear fallout. The program, worth billions of US dollars, is presented by the government as a necessary step to allow the early return of some 160,000 residents displaced by the crisis. But authorities have yet to address a number of key issues, including the long-term storage of contaminated materials, criticism about the effectiveness of cleanup operations, and residents’ concerns about their immediate future.

Article continues at:

http://japanfocus.org/-Miguel-Quintana/3730

Fukushima: “Everything has to be done again for us to stay in the contaminated areas”  汚染地域に残るには、すべてやり直さないと

Apr. 15, 2012

An interview with Iwata Wataru by Nadine and Thierry Ribault

Translation by Francis Guerin

Composer Iwata Wataru poses many difficult questions regarding the long-term health risks faced by the victims of the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. He presents a compelling call to action framed in terms of what he calls an “auto-evacuation”. In contrast to the state’s directive to evacuate specific areas, the nature of auto-evacuation is that “people themselves decide to evacuate the affected zone.” 

On March 13 2011, two days after the Tōhoku Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster at Fukushima, the composer Iwata Wataru left his studio in the suburbs of Tokyo to take refuge in Kyoto. He was acutely aware, as the entire population now is, that an unprecedented catastrophe – even larger than Chernobyl – had occurred. After sleepless nights, Iwata, who never engaged in activism before, either humanitarian or political, decided to go to Fukushima prefecture on March 20, propelled by a zeal even he cannot fully explain.

During the following three months, Iwata created “Project 47″, named after the 47 prefectures of Japan. Funds were raised both to organize the evacuation of victims and to buy radiation measurement equipment to gather data that would subsequently be published.

Article continues at:

http://japanfocus.org/events/view/142

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Filed under “Duh” (And a VERY important article):

Fukushima’s Nuclear Nightmare Is Far From Over (or the Disturbingly Deadly Act of Placing Profits Before People)

The visit to Japan some twenty days after the catastrophic earthquake, horrific tsunami and resulting nuclear accidents at the Fukushima Daiichi site by French president Nicolas Sarkozy is described as having been focused on the continued sale of deadly MOX (a “dirty” mixture of Plutonium and Depleted Uranium). In the article, the claim is made that the French are now seen in Japan as “chi no shonin” or merchants of death. The false assertion that the French team arrived in Japan to show solidarity with those who had so greatly suffered is a joke. This is about a powerful nuclear industry protecting its own, and reaping profits from not only the sale of radioactive materials, but also winning extraordinarily lucrative contracts for the cleanup and disposal of the nuclear waste and what is left of the reactors at Fukushima. In other words, as in the oil industry where companies such as Halliburton make money off the building, operating and selling of materials to the oil industry, when disaster strikes, they also make billions off the cleanup. It’s called a vertical monopoly. In other words, even disasters are lucrative. Just take a look at all of the funds investing on the negative outcomes of our common future if you want to see how the wealthiest are hedging their bets by betting on the worst of the worst kinds of outcomes for humanity and our planet.

 Article continues at:
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A re-post:

The Fuel Pools of Fukushima: THE GREATEST SHORT-TERM THREAT TO HUMANITY

by Washington’s Blog
 Global Research, April 9, 2012

Global Research Editor’s Note

This detailed report by our Contributor Washington Blog must be read very carefully.

The World is at a critical crossroads. The Fukushima disaster in Japan has brought to the forefront the dangers of Worldwide nuclear radiation. The crisis in Japan has been described as “a nuclear war without a war”.

Nuclear radiation –which threatens life on planet earth– is not front page news in comparison to the most insignificant issues of public concern, including the local level crime scene or the tabloid gossip reports on Hollywood celebrities.

The implications of this report must be understood. Public opinion worldwide must be informed so that meaningful actions can be taken without delay in support of the Japanese teams.

Spread the word. Forward this report far and wide. Post it on Facebook.

It is essential to put pressure at all levels of government, nationally and internationally to take all actions necessary to avert an impending catastrophe, which in a very real sense threatens the future of humanity.

Michel Chossudovsky, April 9, 2012

 


For further background analysis, see

GLOBAL RESEARCH’S ONLINE I BOOK ON FUKUSHIMA

 

Fukushima: A Nuclear War without a War: The Unspoken Crisis of Worldwide Nuclear Radiation

– by Prof. Michel Chossudovsky – 2012-01-25
GR ONLINE READER. The dumping of highly radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean constitutes a potential trigger to a process of global radioactive contamination… Eventually all major regions of the World will be affected.



“Based on U.S. Energy Department data, assuming a total of 11,138 spent fuel assemblies are being stored at the Dai-Ichi site, nearly all, which is in pools. They contain roughly 336 million curies (~1.2 E+19 Bq) of long-lived radioactivity. About 134 million curies is Cesium-137 — roughly 85 times the amount of Cs-137 released at the Chernobyl accident as estimated by the U.S. National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP). The total spent reactor fuel inventory at the Fukushima-Daichi site contains nearly half of the total amount of Cs-137 estimated by the NCRP to have been released by all atmospheric nuclear weapons testing, Chernobyl, and world-wide reprocessing plants (~270 million curies or ~9.9 E+18 Becquerel). It is important for the public to understand that reactors that have been operating for decades, such as those at the Fukushima-Dai-Ichi site have generated some of the largest concentrations of radioactivity on the planet.” (Robert Alvarez, former Senior Policy Adviser to the Secretary and Deputy Assistant Secretary for National Security and the Environment at the U.S. Department of Energy)
Read the entire article at:
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Official ‘decommissioning’ of Fukushima reactors brings locals no peace

At the stroke of midnight on April 19, Japan’s nuclear reactor count will officially drop from 54 to 50, as the ruined No. 1-4 reactors at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant will be formally retired.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120418p2a00m0na014000c.html

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Massive typhoons could threaten Japan every 10-20 years by end of century: researchers

Hurricane Katrina is seen in the Gulf of Mexico just before hitting the United States coast in August 2005, in this satellite photo provided by NASA.

Hurricane Katrina is seen in the Gulf of Mexico just before hitting the United States coast in August 2005, in this satellite photo provided by NASA.

Massive typhoons with winds topping 194 kilometers per hour — the highest strength classification — may threaten Japan’s coasts every 10-20 years by the end of the century, researchers have announced.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120418p2a00m0na017000c.html

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Revised quake estimate warns of 9700 dead in Tokyo

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government says 9,700 people could die in a huge earthquake hitting directly under the capital.
The government’s first estimate in 6 years is based on a worst-case scenario of a magnitude-7.3 quake in the northern part of Tokyo Bay, with a focus closer to the ground than previously assumed.
The government says at about one-third of Tokyo’s 23 wards people could experience tremors up to an intensity of 7, the maximum on the Japanese scale, and that 70 percent of the area could experience tremors of 6-plus.

Article continues at:

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120418_25.html

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And how many were NOT reported?

Fukushima miscarriage rate stable

They found there were about 10 miscarriages and about 18 abortions per 100 pregnancies, essentially the same rates as before the quake, he said.

The national average for miscarriages is about 10 percent. And although 18 percent is higher than the national average for abortions, Fukushima’s rate has tended to be higher than other prefectures, he added.

Read the entire article at:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120418a3.html

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Irradiated whales

Whales are contaminated.

From the results of the inspection on radioactivity materials in fisheries products by Fisheries Agency, they constantly measure cesium from whales .

  • 15 May,2011 Minke whale 31Bq/kg
  • 2 June,2011 Minke whale 24.3Bq/kg
  • 25 September,2011 Minke whale 17.6Bq/kg
  • 2 October,2011 Minke whale 12.5Bq/kg
  • 12 October,2011 Minke whale 5.4Bq/kg
  • 24 October,2011 Minke whale 21.6Bq/kg
  • 10-Jul Minke whale 21.1Bq/kg
  • 7-Jul Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera brydei) 7.1Bq/kg
  • 31-Jul Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera brydei) 6.5Bq/kg

Source 1 2 3

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Radioactive Japan: 3 Mayors of Aichi Prefecture Demand Disaster Debris Be Shared by Other Cities

“Why just us? Spread the debris thin and wide so that every city gets to burn some and bury some,” said 3 mayors whose cities are set to receive the disaster debris if the governor has his wish fulfilled.
Aichi is the prefecture whose governor decided to use Toyota Motor’s factory compound as the final disposal site for the ashes, and grabbed 600 million yen without the legislative authorization to “study” the matter.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/radioactive-japan-3-mayors-of-aichi.html

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/study-increases-in-the-frequency-of-selective-deaths-due-to-mutations-after-fukushima-results-suggest-significant-mortality-costs-of-low-dose-radiation-0-05-microsvh-considered-contami

Study: “Increases in frequency of selective deaths due to mutations” as consequence of Fukushima — “Results suggest significant mortality costs of low-dose radiation” — 0.05 microSv/h considered contaminated

Based on the present study we can conclude that previous estimates of species richness and abundance of birds reported by Møller and Mousseau [16]–[18], [20] for Chernobyl are likely to be over-estimates for areas with high levels of contamination. These relative estimates of density were based on the assumption of an even sex ratio, while in fact singing, unmated males were more frequent at high background radiation levels. Thus thenegative effects of background radiation on abundance and species richness of breeding birds are likely to be stronger than previously thought. We can also conclude that the high frequency of singing birds in contaminated areas occurred despite the lower density of competitors in such areas, emphasizing the importance of song for mate attraction…

Read the entire article at:

http://enenews.com/study-increases-in-the-frequency-of-selective-deaths-due-to-mutations-after-fukushima-results-suggest-significant-mortality-costs-of-low-dose-radiation-0-05-microsvh-considered-contami

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Governor Of Kyoto Makes Final Secret Arrangements For Radioactive Waste Incineration

Posted: March 30, 2012 

Asahi Shimbun Japanese version reported that Yamada, the governor of Kyoto prefecture paid a secret visit to the small town of Kyotamba on March 28, in order to ask its mayor to accept incinerated radioactive waste and dispose of it, on the basis that the incinerator output would be better monitored there and that Kyotamba has 9 hectares of land as well as a river where to dump radioactive ashes. The mayor replied that he would think about the proposal positively, which is a way to acknowledge agreement provided that the brown envelope is fat enough.

Actual incineration would take place in undisclosed facilities in Kyoto prefecture, such as in Maizuru, Kyoto and Kameoka. Governor Yamada makes no secret about his plan to accept radioactive waste for incineration, but every move he makes towards its implementation is undemocratic and behind the scenes, a strategy also used by Goshi Hosono, the Minister of Environment who is pushing for nationwide spread of radioactive contamination.  (Updated on 2012/04/10)

Article continues at:

http://survivaljapan.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/governor-of-kyoto-makes-final-secret-arrangements-for-radioactive-waste-incineration/

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Japan gov’t now discussing implementing rolling blackouts — Top official apologizes for reactor remarks

Title: Edano hints at implementation of rolling blackouts again this summer | The Japan Times Online
Source: Kyodo
Date: April 18, 2012

Industry minister Yukio Edano hinted for the first time Tuesday that the government may implement rolling blackouts again this summer. “If there is concern (over supply and demand), even if only slightly, we could devise a plan to implement rolling blackouts not only for areas covered by Kansai Electric Power Co.,” he said. […]

Title: Edano apologizes for remarks on active reactors
Source: Kyodo
Date: April 18, 2012

Industry minister Yukio Edano apologized Tuesday for his recent remarks that the nation will be without operating nuclear reactors only “momentarily” from May 6, when the last currently active reactor goes offline for maintenance.“I should have said (the number of operating reactors) will be zero at least for a while,” Edano said at a news conference, referring to a speech he delivered Sunday in Tokushima Prefecture. […]

“I apologize for the concerns and effects that my remarks caused to various people,” Edano said. […]

On Tuesday, Edano denied that the administration is in a rush to resume operation of the Oi reactors […]

Read the entire article at:

http://enenews.com/govt-getting-more-desperate-now-discussing-implementing-rolling-blackouts-top-official-apologizes-for-reactor-remarks

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And finally, a couple from the Guardian (UK)

A year after Fukushima, residents return to Kawauchi – in pictures

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/gallery/2012/apr/16/fukushima-residents-return-to-kawauchi-in-pictures?INTCMP=SRCH

guardian.co.uk, 16 Apr 2012

Residents of Kawauchi, in the shadow of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, have been returning to the village after restrictions were lifted. To mark the occasion, they held a school and kindergarten entrance ceremony in the local community centre

…A year after Fukushima, residents return to Kawauchi – in pictures … Residents of Kawauchi, in the shadow of the Fukushima nuclear power plant, have been returning to the village after restrictions were lifted. To mark the occasion, they held a school and kindergarten entrance ceremony in the local community centre…

Japan seeks to restart nuclear reactors after May stress tests

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/apr/16/japan-restart-nuclear-reactors-stress-test?INTCMP=SRCH

guardian.co.uk, 16 Apr 2012

Justin McCurry in Tokyo

Reactors powering industrial city of Osaka among 54 in country that could stay offline even if they pass post-Fukushima checks

… the others for regular maintenance checks on 5 May. No reactors will restart until they pass stress tests – designed to gauge their ability to withstand catastrophic events such as a tsunami and introduced after the triple meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi power … Reactors powering industrial city of Osaka among 54 in country that could stay offline even if they pass post-Fukushimachecks…

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