Day 431 “…or to keep the people calm while they’re being poisoned?”

This in from ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/japanese-md-radiation-contamination-spreading-all-world

Japanese MD: Contamination from Fukushima Daiichi now spreading all over world — There may be radiation damage in other countries (VIDEO)

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Dr. Atsuo Yanagisawa graduated from the Kyorin University School of Medicine in 1976, and completed his graduate work in 1980 from the Kyorin University Graduate School of Medicine in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Yanagisawa served as Professor in Clinical Medicine at the Kyorin University School of Health Sciences, and concurrently as Professor in Clinical Cardiology at Kyorin University Hospital until 2008. (Source)

You might think radiation is a domestic issue.

But actually, radiation contamination is now spreading all over the world.

There is contamination of the ocean and also of the atmosphere.

This is an issue not only of Japan.

But there may be radiation damage in other countries caused by the Fukushima power plant accident.

Watch the complete four-part series (50 minutes) here

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How to Volunteer in Tohoku  東北で奉仕活動をするには

May. 06, 2012

David Slater

While the rhetoric in this post 3.11 era is “mae muki” (looking ahead), there are still hundreds of thousands of displaced people displaced by the Tohoku disasters, many of whom are living in “temporary housing” units.  This is not a self-sufficient way of life, and volunteers are still needed in many different ways, from playing with school kids and having tea parties with the elderly, to recovery activities, such as helping build a shotengai (shopping arcade) or fixing fisherman’s nets. There is still rubble to be cleared, and beaches and parks to be cleaned. Of course, the more interaction with locals, the more Japanese language ability is useful.

Article continues at:

http://japanfocus.org/events/view/145

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Train Ad in #Radioactive Japan: “Air Counter” Radiation Survey Meter to Protect Your Children!

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/05/train-ad-in-radioactive-japan-air.html
Getting surreal by the day.

The stick-like product is called “Air Counter“, and it is a simplified radiation survey meter made by S.T. Corporation. You can buy it at drug stores and convenience stores nationwide for 7,900 yen (suggested retail price). In this ad, the “Air Counter” is being sold with the book written by Professor Kunihiko Takeda of Chubu University, who has been speaking out since the early days of the nuclear accident last year to protect children.

“To protect your children, it’s important to measure the radiation levels.”

“Radiation contamination can be reduced for your children” if you follow the methods detailed in the book.

The photo shows the ad on the train, I think.

What’s next? Full-face masks for children, perhaps? (Just like the movie “Blind” …)

(H/T Chibaguy for the photo)

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Fukui gov. calls on gov’t to clarify nation’s nuclear policy

FUKUI, Japan, May 15, Kyodo

Fukui Gov. Issei Nishikawa told visiting senior vice industry minister Seishu Makino on Tuesday that the central government should clearly outline the nation’s nuclear policy as it seeks to restart two offline reactors in the prefecture.

”We want (the government) to clearly show its stance and system (toward the nation’s nuclear policy) to citizens,” Nishikawa said during a meeting with Makino at the prefectural government office in Fukui.

Makino responded by saying, ”There is no change in our view that nuclear power is an important source of power.” He promised to deal with Nishikawa’s request with responsibility.

Read the entire article at:

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2012/05/158162.html

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This Year’s Tea from Shizuoka with 12.37 Bq/kg of #Radioactive esium, Measured the Old Way (Dry Leaves)

Whatever the national government or the prefectural governments (particularly the hilarious Shizuoka Prefecture with the Oxford-grad governor) say, the retailers are testing green tea the old way – measuring the dry leaves – for their customers.

Here’s a notice from Green Co-op on May 14, 2012, informing the customers that the organic first-pick “Fukamushi” green tea from Shizuoka Prefecture 100-gram package was found with:

cesium-134: 4.98 bq/kg
cesium-137: 7.39 bq/kg
Total: 12.37 bq/kg

They also tested the liquid after the tea was brewed, according to the new guideline from the government, and the cesium levels were below detection levels.

[snip]

There are several brands of green tea in other prefectures that have tested close to 10 bq/kg in brewed tea. The highest so far this year is the tea from a town in Ibaraki Prefecture, which tested 9.3 bq/kg in brewed tea. If you apply the last year’s numbers from Shizuoka Prefecture, the dry leaves may have between 700 and 1000 bq/kg of radioactive cesium, far exceeding the provisional safety limit of 500 bq/kg effective until April 1, 2012. But since it passes the test under the new method of measuring brewed tea, the tea passed the test with flying colors, and the Ibaraki prefectural government says it will negotiate with the national government for lifting the shipping ban.

Having looked at the prefectural government sites so far, there is none who measures the green tea the old way.

 Read the entire article at:

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/new-goddards-journal-landmark-new-study-presents-strongest-evidence-to-date-that-cancer-risk-not-only-exists-at-low-doses-of-radiation-but-may-be-even-greater-per-unit-of-dose-than-at-higher-dos

New Goddard’s Journal: Landmark study presents “strongest evidence to date that cancer risk not only exists at low doses of radiation, but may be even greater per unit of dose than at higher doses” (VIDEO, 16 min.)

☢ Low-Dose Radiation ☢ NEW A-Bomb Study
Goddard’s Journal
May 15, 2012

Transcript Excerpt

A landmark study of the survivors of the atomic bombings of Japan was just published.

The study presents the strongest evidence to date that cancer risk not only exists at low doses of radiation, but may be even greater per unit of dose than at higher doses […]

See the full study here

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/kyoto-professor-100-years-of-aftershocks-in-fukushima-relatively-close-to-daiichi-may-also-affect-volcanic-activity-in-the-area

Kyoto Professor: 100+ years of aftershocks “relatively close” to Fukushima Daiichi — “May also affect volcanic activity in the area”

Aftershocks along Fukushima, Ibaraki borders may take over 100 years to subside
Mainichi
May 15, 2012

It may take at least 100 years before aftershocks from the March 11, 2011 quake along the boundaries of Fukushima and Ibaraki prefectures subside, a recent study reveals. […]

Based on [associate professor at Kyoto University’s Disaster Prevention Research Institute Shinji Toda’s] initial calculations, Toda estimated that it will take more than 800 years for aftershocks to subside in areas along the borders of Fukushima and Tochigi prefectures, regions relatively close to the damaged Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant, where active seismic activities still continue.

However, anticipating that plates […] will gradually adhere with time […] Toda concluded that the most likely period of time until aftershocks subside in the two prefectures is “at least 100 years.” […]

“It is important that people stay alert knowing that aftershocks following a major earthquake last for a long period of time,” Toda says. “Since active aftershocks may also affect volcanic activity in the area, it is important to keep observing the situation.”

Full report here

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