Day 417 Will our children even want it back?


“Treat the earth well. It was not given to you by your

    parents, it was loaned to you by your children.

We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors.

We borrow it from our Children.”

Ancient Indian Proverb

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More “baseless rumors”? And this time from Kyodo News Service, no less!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Cesium exceeding new limit detected in 51 food items in nine prefectures


Radioactive cesium was detected in 51 food products from nine prefectures in excess of a new government-set limit in the first month since it was introduced April 1, according to data released by the health ministry Tuesday.

The limit was exceeded in 337 cases, or 2.4 percent of 13,867 food samples examined by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry.

Cesium exceeding the previous allowable limit of 500 becquerels per kilogram was detected in 55 cases, while the new limit of 100 becquerels was exceeded in 282 cases.

By prefecture, there were 142 cases in Fukushima, 69 in Tochigi, 41 in Ibaraki, 35 in Iwate, 32 in Miyagi, 13 in Chiba, two each in Yamagata and Gunma, and one in Kanagawa.

Mushrooms and other agricultural products containing cesium in excess of the tougher limit were involved in 178 cases, while 156 cases pertained to fishery products such as flat fish and bass. In addition, two cases involved black bear meat and one case fried “moroko” fresh water fish.

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Silence Deafening, Fukushima Fallout … A Mother’s Response

quote from product description:

In ‘Silence Deafening, Fukushima Fallout … A Mother’s Response,’ Ms Roberson writes, “The silence after the earthquake, nuclear meltdown and tsunamis AF (after Fukushima) was truly deafening and unlike anything I had experienced before. Surreal, ‘Twilight Zone’ comparisons were hard to avoid. Knowing what I knew, and then seeing those facts be so thoroughly disregarded by the media and elected officials had begun to take on a sort of nightmare quality.”

Ms. Roberson pulls from her experiences in environmental activism, nutrition and motherhood to alert us to the dangers of radioactive fallout in U.S. topsoil, ground water, produce and dairy resulting from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. She asserts, “The one thing such experience brings that is startlingly clear to me: radioactive fallout from nuclear power and food do not mix, and children are especially at risk.” She makes a strong case for protecting California agriculture, currently the 5th largest producer in the world, not only in halting plans for the next generation of nuclear reactors but going one step further in calling for immediate transitioning from nuclear power to renewable energy before another nuclear disaster happens.

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From ENENEWS at:

Cleaning up radiation hopeless, says writer: “There is no end” — “We adults have to bear a responsibility for the future” — “Impossible to decontaminate vast forested areas, and Japan is a country of forests and mountains”

Title: Japan writers’ group gets eye-opener in Chernobyl
Source: AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
Date: May 02, 2012

If the pen is mightier than the sword, then senior members of the Japan writers’ P.E.N. Club, who visited the shuttered Chernobyl nuclear power plant in mid-April, are now armed with some mighty ink. […]

Jiro Asada, the president of the association of progressively minded writers, on April 25 reiterated his opposition to the use of nuclear power.

“There is no end to the cleanup work,” Asada told a news conference. “The situation is hopeless. We adults have to bear a responsibility for the future.” […]

“Some say that nuclear power benefits the economy,” said Atsuo Nakamura, another P.E.N. Club board member. “That may be a joke in the opposite sense.” […]

“It has been demonstrated that it is impossible to decontaminate vast forested areas,” Nakamura said. “And Japan is a country of forests and mountains.” […]

Read the report here

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Japanese Politicians’ Logic on Why Recovery Is Slow: It’s Because of the Constitution Imposed by the US!

A group of politicians headed by the very person (Yasuhiro Nakasone) who was instrumental in introducing the nuclear energy in the post-World-War-II Japan has declared that the slow recovery from the March 11, 2011 disaster is because of the Japan’s Constitution.

The Japanese Constitution was drafted by the officers at GHQ under General Douglas MacArthur and translated into Japanese and enacted in 1947. Hawks like Nakasone have been itching to scrap the Constitution that has “the Article 9” (renunciation of war).

From Jiji Tsushin (5/1/2012):


Slow recovery stems from the Constitution, says a nonpartisan group of politicians


The Alliance for Enacting the New Constitution, a nonpartisan group of politicians headed by former Prime Minister Yasuhiro Nakasone met in the Parliamentary Museum on May 1 to promote the enactment of the new constitution. The group sees the current Constitution as a hotbed of the vertically segmented administrative system. It passed the resolution declaring “The fundamental cause of delay in the recovery from the March 11, 2011 disaster is the current Constitution” and that the group would promote the national debate toward constitutional amendment.

The group like this, or the one headed by the boy-wonder mayor of Osaka City, do not want to amend the Constitution. They want to ditch it completely.



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