Day 434 Shizuoka nervous?

Shizuoka governor says he would directly contact U.S. in event of nuke disaster

SHIMODA, Shizuoka — Shizuoka Gov. Heita Kawakatsu told U.S. government officials May 18 that he would directly seek U.S. military aid if a crisis hit the prefecture’s Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant.

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Shizuoka draws in U.S., SDF to mull steps against possible Nankai Trough megaquake


SHIZUOKA — The Shizuoka Prefectural Government held a meeting Friday in Shimoda drawing some 90 participants, including U.S. military and Self-Defense Forces brass as well as local government officials, who discussed ways to prepare for massive earthquakes.

It was the first working-level conference sponsored by a prefectural government in which U.S. military personnel took part to talk about counterdisaster measures, according to the prefectural authority.

The meeting was held after a panel under the Cabinet Office warned in March that several areas of the Pacific coast, including Shizuoka, could be hit by tsunami higher than 20 meters if the largest possible earthquake occurs in the Nankai Trough located in the seabed off central to western Japan.

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I posted this quite a while back, but someone recently uploaded a portion of this documentary. Worth watching.

BBC「放射能と子どもたち」Children and Radiation

(h/t FukushimaDiary)

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Radioactive Tea from Chiba, This Year’s First Pick: Max 14 Bq/kg of Cesium, Brewed, Exceeding the Safety Limit

This is the first case in Japan of this year’s green tea exceeding the new safety limit of 10 Bq/kg of brewed tea.

14 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium in brewed tea could translate into the maximum 1,400 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium in the dried leaves, with the possible range between 800 to 1,400 Bq/kg, far exceeding even the provisional safety limit (500 Bq/kg) that was in place until April 1, 2012. For more on the old and new test methods for green tea, seemy previous post. (If you read Japanese, here’s acomprehensible togetter (string of tweets) on the subject compiled by @Kontan_Bigcat, titled “Standard for radioactive cesium in green tea was stricter last year, and here’s why”.)

Chiba Prefecture’s test result (using only the new way of measuring brewed tea) of total 16 samples from 5 municipalities shows some samples close to the new safety limit of 10 Bq/kg of radioactive cesium in brewed tea. 2 samples exceeded the new safety limit.

[snip – see link for charts]

Based on the above result, the shipping ban on the teas in Tako-machi and Shibayama-machi has been lifted. Other municipalities (except for Narita City) will soon follow.

Last year, green tea (dry leaves) from Chiba Prefecture was found with radioactive cesium ranging from slightly over 200 Bq/kg to 2,300 Bq/kg. Even the fresh leaves were found with 260 to 980 Bq/kg of cesium, according to the excel sheet data from the prefecture.

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Watch: Full 6-minute version of deleted video featuring Fukushima pediatrician’s call for help

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From ENENEWS at:

Japan’s Ex-Industry Minister: Neutron radiation is degenerating reactors — Admits he was playing a role when saying nuclear plants were safe

Subscription Only: Ex-industry minister blasts Kan’s handling of nuclear crisis
AJW by The Asahi Shimbun
May 18, 2012


In June, [Banri Kaieda, the industry minister during the early stages of the Fukushima nuclear accident,] declared that nuclear power plants were safe and said he would approve the restarts of nuclear power plants, with the exception of the Hamaoka nuclear plant in Shizuoka Prefecture.

But [yesterday May 17, 2012] he told the Diet investigation panel that he did not believe all plants were problem-free, partly because reactors degenerate due to neutron radiation.

Still, he defended his decision to allow operations to resume at nuclear plants, saying he had a “role to play as industry minister.”


More of yesterday’s statements from Kaieda: Former Top Official at Hearing: Told that all 6 Fukushima reactors would ‘explode’ if workers left plant — Entire eastern Japan might be lost



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