Day 425 This. Is. Criminal.

This is criminal:

Radioactive Japan: Spring in 2012, Same as Spring in 2011 after 3 Reactors Blew Up in Fukushima

It is as if nothing out of the ordinary happened last year. Japanese people managed to be alert for about a year, but by March this year it was rather obvious that people got tired of having to pay constant attention. So, come spring of the new fiscal year that started on April Fool’s Day, most of them went back to the routine.

The most of the routine events were carried out even in last year. So why not this year? What difference does it make any more?

The difference is that this year more people are aware of radiation contamination but they go on the routine anyway. Schools in particular didn’t pay a bit of attention last year, so they don’t pay any attention this year either. The following is the favorite activities in spring and early summer in Japan for small children happening right now and about to happen very soon:

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From ENENEWS at:


Researcher: Japan accepting 20 millisieverts of radiation as safe “could lead to a public health disaster”

The Dangers of Low Dose Radiation
Asia-Pacific Journal
May 6, 2012

Independent researcher Ian Goddard has carried out a survey of published research on the potential health effects of rates of radiation exposure that the Japanese government has declared safe (up to 20 mSv per year). While few in Japan have been exposed to this level to this point, officials are on record saying that 20 mSv areas are safe for habitation. In addition, there are those in the Japanese scientific establishment who have argued that zones up to 100 mSv per year should be deemed safe. Currently evacuated towns closest to Fukushima Daiichi are likely to see radiation levels at or in excess of the 20 mSv exposure level for a decade or more. If the Japanese government holds to its current policies and interpretations, it is possible that evacuees, including children who are particularly vulnerable to the effects of radiation, may be moved back to “safe” 20 mSv areas. In a video presentation on his website Goddard argues that accepting 20 mSv as safe could lead to a public health disaster. […]

It is also notable that these studies are concerned with external exposure. Internal exposure (caused by consumption of contaminated food or inhalation of hot particles) likely poses significantly higher risks because it can deliver radiation effectively to small groups of cells, increasing cancer risk.

View Goddard’s research here: Cancer Risk Underestimated To Young Children

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2011年の世界の地震 分布図 World earthquakes 2011 Visualization map (2012-01-01)

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Over 5,500,000Bq found in soil at Minamisoma city in Fukushima.

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Minami Soma Assemblyman: “5.57 Million Bq/kg Cesium from Soil, and People Are Cleaning Out Their Homes”

Part of Minami Soma City in Fukushima was inside the “no-entry zone” but the designation was lifted as of April 16 this year and people are returning. One such area is Odaka District, and as NHK reported, the returning residents are being assisted by volunteers from all over Japan in cleaning up the damage from the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Minami Soma Assemblyman Koichi Ooyama says he went and collected soil samples (what he calls “black dust”) in locations in Minami Soma, including several in Odaka District after the no-entry zone designation was lifted. He had them tested by the city’s laboratory for radioactive cesium, and the result, as posted on his blog (5/10/2012) is shocking.  The maximum is 5,570,000 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium in soil in Odaka District. In the same district, half a million becquerels/kg of cesium in cow dung was also found.

Mr. Ooyama lists those with high radioactive cesium content, because the numbers are not in sequence. English labels are by me. (Unit is bq/kg, dry weight):

①1,320,000 原町区牛越土壌 Haramachi District, soil
②1,960,000 鹿島区橲原土壌 Kashima District, soil
5,570,000 小高区金谷土壌 Odaka District, soil
⑧  16,200 原町区国見町土壌 Haramachi District, soil
⑪ 793,000 小高区上町土壌 Odaka District, soil
⑫ 430,000 小高区本町土壌 Odaka district, soil
⑬ 583,000 小高区本町土壌 Odaka district, soil
⑭2,970,000 小高区金谷土壌 Odaka district, soil
⑰ 522,000 小高区金谷牛ふん Odaka district, cow dung

Even if these samples are from areas where radioactive cesium is getting highly concentrated, I haven’t seen numbers like this anywhere else in Fukushima outside the immediate vicinity of Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant.

NHK News said the volunteers helping the home owners in Odaka District were scooping out the sludges – probably highly contaminated sludge – with hardly any protection other than flimsy masks and gloves. Who is going to be responsible if anything should happen to these volunteers later? Volunteers themselves.

Assemblyman Ooyama screams, “And they’re going to do what? Spring athletic meets? Swimming pool opening? I can’t take it any more!”

(For the mind-numbing routine in post-Fukushima Japan in spring and summer, see my previous post.)

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From ENENEWS at:

KPFK airs 15-minute segment on Spent Fuel Pool No. 4: “The scariest part? It’s being covered by virtually nobody in the mainstream corporate media” (AUDIO)

Brad Jacobson on Fukushima’s ‘Ticking Time-Bomb’
KPFK’s Brad Friedman
May 9, 2012

I was joined by Brad Jacobson to discuss his terrifying new report at Alternet on the “ticking time-bomb” that is the precarious Spent Fuel Pool — now fully exposed, 100 feet off the ground in a listing building — at Fukushima Daiichi’s reactor #4. His report should scare the hell out of you. It certainly does me. And the scariest part: It’s being covered by virtually nobody in the mainstream corporate media.

At ~42:00 in

  • Stream the broadcast here
  • Download the broadcast here
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Bereaved family of Fukushima woman who committed suicide set to sue TEPCO

FUKUSHIMA — Mikio Watanabe, 61, and his family are poised to file a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) on May 18 demanding about 72.5 million yen in compensation for his wife’s suicide soon after the outbreak of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, it has been learned.

Along with three other family members, Mikio Watanabe plans to bring the case to the Fukushima District Court on May 18. Watanabe and his family argue that the Fukushima nuclear disaster led his wife, Hamako, to suffer depression and commit suicide at the age of 58. According to a group of lawyers supporting victims of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, it will be the first lawsuit to be filed over suicides related to the nuclear crisis.

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17-year-old worked at Fukushima No. 1 plant during meltdown crisis

Jiji, Kyodo

Tokyo Electric Power Co. said Tuesday it has found that a 17-year-old boy worked at its crippled Fukushima No. 1 power complex shortly after the meltdown crisis started last spring, a violation of the Labor Standards Law, which prohibits people under age 18 from working in hazardous environments.

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Government to (Effectively) Take Over TEPCO in July

It looks like it will be Yukio Edano, Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, who will run the show. He is the same one who, as Chief Cabinet Secretary, was a very popular and reassuring figure in the early days of the nuclear crisis last year with his remarks that the radiation “have no immediate effect on health”.

It is not “nationalization” but “effective” one. I’m yet to find the precise definition of “effective nationalization” in Japan, but if it is the same as “effective nationalization” of AIG in the US, it has to do with the percentage of shares that the government will control – enough to run the company but not enough to combine the balance sheet.

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