Day 413 3/31/2015? Let’s see, that gives us 1,066 days to move. But to where?

Good evening, Handa, Japan🙂  Thanks for checking in!

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Heads up So. Cal:

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Know any good therapists who speak Japanese with knowledge of the culture of the region?

5% in Fukushima poll need therapy

FUKUSHIMA — A health survey of Fukushima Prefecture residents has found that of the nearly 90,000 who responded, more than 5 percent are in immediate need of psychological therapy, prefectural authorities said.

The prefecture reported the findings at a meeting of experts Thursday, revealing that 4,602, or 5.2 percent, of the 88,613 residents who replied to the mental stress survey by the end of March urgently require mental health counseling.

The survey targeted about 210,000 residents in emergency zones created due to the nuclear crisis. Residents were handed interview sheets with multiple questions, asking for example whether they were having trouble falling asleep or experiencing difficulty in concentrating.

Of those in need of immediate care, 1,311 were junior high school students or younger and the other 3,291 were of high school age or above, according to the prefecture.

A separate poll of pregnant women in the prefecture, meanwhile, showed that of the 8,886 who responded, some 1,298, or 14.6 percent, displayed symptoms of depression or extreme anxiety.

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Prof. Takeda “3/31/2015 is the last day of Japan”

Posted by Mochizuki on April 27th, 2012

Prof. Takeda Kunihiko from Chubu university roughly estimated anyone can no longer live in Japan after 3/31/2015.

According to his explanation, the yearly dose will reach 5mSv/y (External dose and the slight internal dose) in 3 years and 4 months from January of 2012.

He states, he receives radiation data from one of his readers. The person measures radiation three times a day, at work, doorway of house, and the living room in Mie prefecture (500km from Fukushima). Prof. Takeda admits the data is scientific enough.

From the radiation level has been in the increasing trend since last September. In linear equations (y=ax+b), the average from January to March (=b) is 0.10 μSv/h, a is +0.004 μSv/h. y reaches 5mSv/y in 3 years and 3 months, so yearly dose will be over 5mSv/y in 3 years and 4 months from January of 2012, when is 3/31/2015.

Prof. Takeda admits the data was collected by an individual and a and b are calculated by least squares but it’s rational enough.

The reason why radiation level is increasing is not explained.

Source

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From EX-SKF:

Reporting by #Fukushima Local Newspaper: Root Cause of the Fukushima Accident

Fukushima Minpo, local Fukushima paper, has a very interesting series on the background of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident. Looking back 10, 20 years or more, the paper tries to identify the root cause of the accident on the local level, on the prefectural level, and the national level through the eyes of the local or prefectural government.

I haven’t read the whole series (9 articles so far) myself, but I want to share the snippets that are still astounding after all that has happened since March 11, 2011, and point to the mentality that may have still existed when the accident happened, which may be uniquely Japanese.

For the national government, a nuclear power plant was not supposed to have an accident and therefore an accident would never happen and there would be no need to train the residents for emergency that would never happen. For the prefectural government, there was no such word as “severe accident”. If they didn’t mention the word, it wouldn’t happen.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/reporting-by-fukushima-local-newspaper.html 

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/japan-medical-doctors-coming-to-america-to-tell-of-fukushimas-under-reported-health-consequences

Japan medical doctors coming to America to tell of Fukushima’s under-reported health consequences

Title: Press Conference on Fukushima Daiichi Disaster
Source: Physicians for Social Responsibility
Date: Apr 27, 2012

[…] A press conference about the on-going, rarely publicized, and still grave situation around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear reactors, featuring a nuclear scientist from Japan, and first hand medical reports of clinical and on site observations in Japan related to the Fukushima radiological contamination. Discussion will include the immediate needs to protect Japanese citizens now living in contaminated areas, for better monitoring of radioactive content of food, and for the cessation of incineration and burying of radioactive tsunami rubble throughout Japan.

Featuring: Mr. Hiroaki Koide, Assistant Professor, Research Reactor Institute of Kyoto University, Japan; Dr. Junro Fuse, Internist, Japan; Dr. Ken Nakayama, Orthopedic Surgeon, Japan […]

Mr. Koide, the best-known nuclear scientist and concerned medical doctors from Japan and USA will share their experiences and speak about the on-going nuclear crisis in Fukushima. They will discuss the under-reported health consequences after the nuclear disaster, health risks resulting from inadequate food safety standards, and the environmental dispersion of radioactive materials by government burning of radioactive disaster debris. […]

Details:

May 4, 2012
New York City, New York
Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Location: Rissho Kosei-kai, 320 East 39th Street (between First Ave. & Second Ave.)

Read the report here

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Yawn. TEPCO, put everything back the way it was before it broke, and THEN talk rate hikes. Restarts are not on the table.

Tepco 10-year reform plan submitted

Home rate hike, reactor restarts part of bid to remain solvent

Kyodo

Tokyo Electric Power Co. and a state-backed bailout fund handed the government Friday a 10-year restructuring plan to stave off insolvency amid the massive costs it faces stemming from the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant crisis.

Tepco’s comprehensive special business plan, if approved by industry minister Yukio Edano, would pave the way for the injection of ¥1 trillion in public funds into the nation’s biggest utility as early as July, when it is also planning to hike household electric rates by some 10 percent.

Article continues at:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120428a1.html

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More on this from EX-SKF:

TEPCO to Raise Utility Charges for Households to Pay for Decommissioning #Fukushima Reactors

The company wants to raise the utility charges by 700 yen (US$8.70) per average household whose utility bill is 6,973 yen per month. If the national government approves, the rate hike will be effective in July.
Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/04/tepco-to-raise-utility-charges-for.html

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Spectrum measurement of black substance

Posted by Mochizuki on April 27th, 2012

Related to this article..4.2 million Bq/Kg of cesium from Black substance and microscope pics

Gamma spectrum of black substance was recorded.

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This is a sample from Fukushima a 3g of… of “Black powder” is highly cumulated radioactive dirt contains a bunch of Cs134,137 and maybe other fission products like Pu,Am,Ra etc in some amount. I received a report it says just 60g or 100g of this recorded over 600,000 Becquerels/kg in the testing. In Minamisoma city Fukushima prefecture about 25 km from Fukushima Daiichi power plant there are over 1million to 3million Bqs/kg of this stuff has been finding already. This sample isn’t from Minamisoma. but it’s high enough radiation coming from. gives about 10000cpm on my Ludlum. calibration:14000cpm/usvh.

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This video shows you the gamma spectrum of 3g of the black substance.

It is compared to other 2 samples, taken in Tokyo (1800Bq/Kg) and calibration sources of Cs137 (3700Bq/kg). When it measures the sample from Tokyo, it takes time to show the cesium peak, but when it measures black substance, the three peaks of cesium 134 and 137 appear immediately. It’s almost the same or faster than when it measures the calibration sources.
Roughly estimating, this 3g of sample may contain 4500Bq of cesium.
This is everywhere in Fukushima and children are stuck in such a place.

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