Day 427 The crime continues…

Radioactive Japan: All Elementary Schools in Fukushima City Will Have Outdoor Athetic Meets This Year

 As if radioactive cesium disappears in one year. It has surely disappeared from the minds of school administrators, teachers, and probably the parents.

The photo is from Chunichi Shinbun (5/11/2012), citing Kyodo News. Kids wearing masks to play “ball-tossing” game to avoid dust.

Japan Times quoting Kyodo News (5/11/2012):

FUKUSHIMA — All 51 municipal elementary schools in the city of Fukushima will hold their sports festivals outside this year, starting Saturday, after two-thirds held them indoors or canceled them last year amid the nuclear crisis triggered by the March earthquake and tsunami, the city’s board of education said Thursday.

Each school decided to hold the annual event outside after the amount of radiation measured on school grounds was reduced due to decontamination efforts, according to the board of education.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/05/radioactive-japan-all-elementary.html

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Fukushima elementary schools held sports festival

Posted by Mochizuki on May 12th, 2012

All of the 52 elementary schools in Fukushima held sports festival on 5/12/2012 on the assumption that radiation was removed by decontamination.

They cancelled it or held it in gymnasium last year.

They shortened the time and made students wear masks when they touch the ground.

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/head-of-tokyo-area-medical-clinic-risk-from-internal-exposure-is-200-600-times-greater-than-risk-from-external-exposure-video

Published: May 10th, 2012

Head of Tokyo-area Medical Clinic: “Risk from internal exposure is 200-600 times greater than risk from external exposure” (VIDEO)

Footage of the NYC Press Conference May 4th 2012
Cinema Forum Fukushima

Dr. Junro FUSE, Internist and head of Kosugi Medical Clinic near Tokyo, Japan (in Japanese with English interpretation)

“The European Commission [Committee] on Radiation Risk has stated that they believe the risk from internal exposure is between 200 and 600 times greater than the risk from external exposure.”

 

The Asia Pacific Journal recently noted that the studies used to assess radiation risk fail to account for internal exposure: “These studies are [only] concerned with external exposure.”

12,356,800 Bq/m2 People – and children – are still living in these areas.

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Also from ENENEWS at:

Gundersen: Everybody’s focused on Unit 4, but structure of Unit 3 thought to be weaker (VIDEO)

Arnie Gundersen Interviewed by Mike Adams
May 11, 2012

“Gundersen is chief engineer of energy consulting company Fairewinds Associates and a former nuclear power industry executive” –Wikipedia

At 25:00 in

Everybody’s focused on Unit 4, and rightfully so, but Unit 3 had a more severe explosion and is likely structurally weakened more than Unit 4.

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Fishermen in disaster-stricken areas say life now far tougher than last year

Kenichi Suda, a fisherman from Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, is seen sorting wakame seaweed leaves in this recent picture. If the nuclear crisis had not occurred, at this time of year he would have been busy fishing for sand lance. (Mainichi)
Kenichi Suda, a fisherman from Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, is seen sorting wakame seaweed leaves in this recent picture. If the nuclear crisis had not occurred, at this time of year he would have been busy fishing for sand lance. (Mainichi)

ISHINOMAKI, Miyagi — Following the April 1 introduction of new safety standards that limit allowable radioactive cesium in food to less than 100 becquerels per kilogram, fishermen in many disaster-stricken areas are saying life is worse now than it was last year.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120512p2a00m0na015000c.html

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Fukushima sake maker relaunches business after quake disaster

Chieko Sasaki holds a bottle of the doburoku sake that she has begun producing again for the first time since the Great East Japan Earthquake. (Mainichi)
Chieko Sasaki holds a bottle of the doburoku sake that she has begun producing again for the first time since the Great East Japan Earthquake. (Mainichi)

FUKUSHIMA — A sake manufacturer from the Fukushima Prefecture village of Iitate, who had given up production last year due to the nuclear disaster, has begun making sake again, albeit this time in the prefecture’s capital city of Fukushima where she is still in evacuation.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120512p2a00m0na014000c.html

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Fukushima residents struggle with quake rubble, lack of volunteers

Volunteers scrape mud and rubble out of a gutter in the Odaka district of Minamisoma in Fukushima Prefecture. (Mainichi)
Volunteers scrape mud and rubble out of a gutter in the Odaka district of Minamisoma in Fukushima Prefecture. (Mainichi)

MINAMISOMA, Fukushima — Evacuees who are now allowed to return home in the Fukushima Prefecture city of Minamisoma are finding themselves with a shortage of volunteers to help them clear rubble. Many other cities in the Tohoku region that were hard hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami have had over a year to deal with such problems.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120512p2a00m0na010000c.html

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A reader of this blog directed me to a link today. It’s http://earthquakecom.seesaa.net/

It’s in Japanese, and it gives the daily list of earthquakes that have occurred in Japan, with a comment. It gives very down-to-earth (i.e. no panicking) encouragement for everyone to make preparations for an emergency.

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