Day 416 So much news available. Why don’t people know? They don’t want to.

At work today the subject of yesterday’s article about cesium found in tea grown in Mie/Aichi came up. One young person I was talking with said he believed the government and that the levels were safe. I wondered whether he just didn’t care, or really had no idea of the dangers involved. 

It does take a bit of effort to stay in touch with the news, but anyone with a computer/Internet access and a minimum level of literacy should be able to handle it. Why, then, do so many people not have a good idea of what is going on inside their own country?

They don’t want to.

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From ENENEWS at:

Anonymous Interview: Medical doctors working in Fukushima say lots of people are dying — “Bleeding, losing hair, and having a bad health condition” (VIDEO)

Title: “Sachiko” Japan Radiation Fears
Date: April 29, 2012
Uploaded by: cookhealthyfast

‘Sachiko’, 33-year-old Ph.D. student living in Tokyo

At 2:50 in

I have friends who are medical doctors working in Fukushima and they get to see people bleeding, losing hair, and having a bad health condition, and lots of people dying.

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In case coolant system stopped in any SFP, Tepco can’t measure temperture

Posted by Mochizuki on April 30th, 2012

In the daily press conference of 4/27/2012, Tepco stated they lose the manner to measure the temperature of each SFP from reactor 1 to 3 when circulative cooling system is troubled. 

Only SFP 4 can be reached by human worker so a temporary heating gauge is attached.

According to Tepco, they measure temperature where water comes from skimmer surge tank to primary cooling water pump at each reactor, not inside of the pool. They thus can not measure temperature when circulative cooling system stops. There is no plan to solve this problem.

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 One take on this news from NHK at:

US, Japan to team up on nuclear power, rare earths

Japan and the United States are to expand their nuclear energy cooperation and begin collaboration on the development of alternatives to rare earth minerals.

The 2 governments announced the agreement in a statement released after a summit meeting in Washington on Monday.

It says the 2 nations will set up a vice ministerial-level panel to discuss private-sector use of nuclear power, based on lessons learned from last year’s accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

Possible areas for tie-up include: decommissioning of reactors, decontamination, and boosting measures to fight terrorism that targets nuclear power plants.

Japan and the US will also work together on recycling rare earth minerals, and in developing alternatives.

China has been restricting exports of these key raw materials, which are used in high-tech products.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 12:47 +0900 (JST)

Another take on this news from EX-SKF:

US, Japan to Set Up “Bilateral Commission on Civil Nuclear Cooperation”

The “Fact Sheet” attached to the Joint Statement by the US president and the visiting Japanese prime minister says the two country will set up a joint commission that “foster comprehensive strategic dialogue and joint activities related to the safe and secure implementation of civil nuclear energy and the response to the accident such as decommissioning and decontamination”.

When the word “safe” and the word “secure” are written side by side, I tend to be suspicious these days. That’s what the governments of all sizes in Japan have said in just about every communication about the radiation and contamination since the March 11, 2011 nuclear accident – ”安全・安心” safe and secure, or secure and safe.

Atoms for peace“. Certain things never change between the fast allies, nuclear accident or not.

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Kyoto: Govt explanation on Ohi insufficient

A Kyoto prefectural official says the government’s explanations on the safety of the Ohi nuclear power plant are insufficient to restart its reactors.

The official spoke to a senior representative from the Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, Tetsuya Yamamoto, at the Kyoto Prefectural hall on Tuesday.

Yamamoto explained that the entire government is dedicated to putting fresh safety standards in place following the Fukushima accident.

But the Kyoto official, who heads the crisis management team, replied that it is unclear to what extent the nuclear safety commission was involved in devising the standards.

He said the government explanation is inconsistent with the demands of local people.

In mid-April, the government decided that the Ohi plant’s 2 reactors on the Japan Sea coast need to be restarted to ensure that the Kansai region does not suffer power shortages this summer. The reactors are offline for regular checkups.

Tuesday, May 01, 2012 14:53 +0900 (JST)

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Ministry of the Environment’s Logic on Disaster Debris: Radiation Exposure Would Still Be Less Than World Average


For reasons known only to themselves at this point, the Ministry of the Environment continues to push for the wide-area disposal of the disaster debris in Miyagi and Iwate which also happens to beradioactive. A ministry official, Mr. Hiroshi Nakamura, manager of the waste disposal and recycle section at the local Kyushu branch of the Ministry of the Environment, held a meeting in Kumamoto City in Kumamoto Prefecture in Kyushu, one of the furthest prefectures from Fukushima I Nuke Plant in Japan mainland.

Questions and (non-)answers from the meeting, and additional Q&A between Asahi and the Ministry after the meeting, as reported by Asahi Shinbun Kumamoto local version (4/27/2012; emphasis is mine, my comment in blue):

Read the entire article at:

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25 percent of foreigners living in Tokyo left Japan temporarily after March 11 quake

Twenty five percent of foreigners living in Tokyo left the country temporarily following the March 11, 2011 disasters, according to a recent Tokyo Metropolitan Government survey.

The survey was conducted between October and November 2011 as part of the metropolitan government’s efforts to re-examine the way information is delivered to foreigners residing in the capital in case of a disaster. It obtained responses from a total of 169 Tokyo-based foreigners.

According to the survey, among those who had briefly returned to their home countries following the disasters, nearly half were foreigners who have lived in Japan for less than three years, hinting at the tendency that the shorter a foreigner had lived in Tokyo, the more likely they were to leave after the disasters.

Among the most common reasons for those who had briefly left Japan were, “Strongly urged by families abroad,” and “Following embassies or employers’ instructions to leave temporarily.”

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Koriyama board of education stops decontamination of schools

Posted by Mochizuki on April 30th, 2012

Related to this article..Reality in Fukushima [Video]

Prof. Yamauchi Tomoya from Kobe university confessed the board of education of Koriyama city stops decontamination, on the radio show MBS Tanemaki journal. (Assistant professor Koide from Kyoto university regularly talks on this radio show as well.)

It was recorded on 4/30.

He is an expert of decontamination. On the radio show, he talked his experience when he went to a kindergarten and elementary school of Koriyama city to assist decontamination but the board of education stopped him from decontaminating. The reason was not talked.

He also added, the safety limit is 0.23μSv/h. If it goes over 0.23μSv/h, local government must decontaminate the school areas, but actually it was difficult to find somewhere less than 0.23μSv/h though it was after decontamination.

Contaminated soil was already removed and new soil was added, but places surrounding the playground of elementary school or kindergarten are still highly contaminated, radiation comes over the playground. If those severely contaminated areas are not owned by schools, it is impossible to decontaminate it.

Children are still living there.

Article continues with video at:
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Hydrogen levels continue rising at Reactor No. 2 — Now above .50%, highest in months — Explosion risk at 4%

Hydrogen levels continue rising at Reactor No. 2 — Now above .50%, highest in months — Explosion risk at 4%

Source (Japanese-only):

NHK: 4 percent [is] the level where an explosion could occur.


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