Day 460 Please Diffuse! (Please disseminate-last entry in today’s post)

Yesterday’s news, and not much of it is pretty… (today’s news below that)

Fukushima Organic Farmers Fight Odds to Continue Livelihood Amidst Radiation’s Unknowns

 


Filmmakers Junko Kajino and Ed Koziarski with organic farmer Seiji Sugeno in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima

This past January, while most participants at the Global Conference for a Nuclear Power Free World in Yokohama were angrily demanding that the government relocate endangered Fukushima citizens to safety, a small delegation of organic farmers had a different message to share. They had no intention of leaving their family land, they said, and as long as radiation levels remained within prescribed safety limits, others were urged to continue consuming Fukushima crops in support of the prefecture’s revitalization.

Fast-forward nearly five months. Consumers nationwide remainedmistrustful of food grown within Fukushima prefecture, and outrage loomed large against Prime Minister Noda’s likely decision to restart the Ohi nuclear power plant, while a group of Fukushima citizens were calling for criminal charges against the officials responsible for the disaster. Within this social climate, I wondered, had the farmers’ messagechanged in any way?

Article continues at:

http://tenthousandthingsfromkyoto.blogspot.jp/2012/06/fukushima-organic-farmers-fight-odds-to.html?m=0

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R.I.P. Kazuo Hizumi, Lawyer and Journalist Who Wrung Out Truth From TEPCO

At 8:28PM on June 12, 2012, he was finally released from the pain from his terminal gallbladder cancer. He had just turned 49 the previous day.

I do not know him personally, but he was one of the several independent journalists I started to recognize in the early days of the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant accident when he was a fixture at TEPCO’s press conferences. In May last year, he was diagnosed with the terminal case of gallbladder cancer and was told he had 6 months to live. If anything, that spurred more activities from him. He continued to attend the press conferences, and co-authored a book with another independent journalist (Ryuichi Kino) who was (still is) a fixture at TEPCO’s pressers titled “検証 福島原発事故・記者会見――東電・政府は何を隠したのか (Investigation: Fukushima Nuckear Power Plant Accident Press Conferences – What did TEPCO and the government hide)”. The book was published in January this year.

TBS Television will air a documentary on him on Saturday (June 17), which was made before his death. As the webpage that introduces the programsays,

福島原発事故発生後、日隅一雄は東京電力の記者会見に連日出席して、事故を過小評価しようとする東電や政府の幹部らを質してきた。弁護士と記者、両方の経験を持つ日隅の質問は鋭く、汚染水の海上放出、低線量被爆問題など、市民生活に直結する問題について、厳しく情報開示を迫った。

After the start of the Fukushima I Nuclear Plant accident, Kazuo Hizumi attended the TEPCO’s press conferences every single day, questioning TEPCO and the government officials who tried to minimize the accident. As both a lawyer and journalist, Hizumi’s questioning was sharp, pressing TEPCO and the government to disclose information that directly affected ordinary citizens, such as the discharge of contaminated water and low-level radiation exposure.

That’s how I remember hearing him in the TEPCO press conferences that I watched via the net on USTREAM, thanks to another independent journalist Yasumi Iwakami.

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WTF? How much do these poor people have to endure?

Fukushima residents angry as gov’t panel says no nuclear compensation for tsunami-hit homes

Residents near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 Nuclear Power Plant reacted furiously to a decision by a government panel to exclude those houses in evacuation zones that were completely destroyed by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami from government compensation for damage caused by the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

While deciding to treat undamaged homes in the evacuation zones as damaged by the nuclear accident and pay compensation for them, the Dispute Reconciliation Committee for Nuclear Damage Compensation states that damage caused by the earthquake and tsunami “are not damage caused by the nuclear accident.” Residents whose homes were completely destroyed by the Great East Japan Earthquake and ensuing tsunami denounced the panel’s decision as “unfair.”

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120613p2a00m0na006000c.html 

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Tokushima town, firm to sue TEPCO over financial loss due to nuclear crisis

KAMIKATSU, Tokushima — The Kamikatsu Municipal Government and a mushroom producing company based here will file a lawsuit against Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) for some 100 million yen in damages, claiming that the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima plant obstructed the production of local mushrooms.

Kamikatsu Bio, a major Kamikatsu mushroom producing firm, claims that it suffered damage, including a significant financial loss, after radioactive cesium was detected in powdered sawdust the company purchased from a lumbermill in Minamisoma, Fukushima Prefecture, between May and July 2011 for the purpose of growing shiitake mushrooms.

The sawdust totaling approximately 756 cubic meters was used in making logs to grow shiitake. Prior to cultivating the mushrooms, the company requested a contamination test on the powdered sawdust, which detected as much as 410 becquerels of radioactive cesium per kilogram. Though contamination levels were below the then-government imposed allowable limit for foods, the company abandoned production to avoid the spread of harmful rumors.

The firm purchased separate mushroom logs, but failed to meet its production schedule, eventually losing much of its anticipated profit. The firm will sue TEPCO for approximately 67 million yen in compensation for the losses.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120613p2a00m0na009000c.html

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Rice-planting in protective clothing

Posted by Mochizuki on June 13th, 2012

Rice-planting in protective clothing

In Okuma machi Fukushima, where is 6km South-West to Fukushima plant, local government staff planted rice and vegetables in protective clothing on 6/12/2012.

The entire area of this town is in hazard area. They planted in the farm and another farm after decontamination to see how much radiation is absorbed by the plants. They removed 5cm of the soil from its surface for decontamination.

防護服姿で田植え 大熊町で試験作付け
東京電力福島第1原発事故で全域が警戒区域に指定されている福島県大熊町は12日、放射性物質が農作物にどの程度取り込まれるか調べるため、コメや野菜の試験作付けを町内で始めた。場所は第1原発から南西に約6kmの住宅地の一角。4m四方の田と畑でコメと野菜をそれぞれ育て、収穫後に汚染濃度を調べる。表土を約5cmはいだ隣の田畑でも、同様に作付けをして除染の効果を確認する。12日午前、町職員らが防護服姿で水田に入って苗を手で植え、畑をくわなどで耕してニンジンやホウレンソウなどの種をまいた。 写真=12日午前、防護服姿で水田に入り、苗を植える福島県大熊町の職員ら

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Geiger Counter Interpretation Simplified

found at:

http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.jp/2012/04/geiger-counter-interpretation.html

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1.04 million Bq/kg at the poolside of a school in Koriyama Fukushima

Read the article at:
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Radioactive Japan: Village in Gunma Prefecture Recycles Contaminated Soil and Uses It in the Village Soccer Field

There is a short poem (“haiku”) by Master Basho Matsuo that goes like this in English:

If I say some things
My words get frozen on my lips
In the autumnal wind

It means, “So what’s the point of saying?”

Replace the word “autumnal” with “perpetual” and that’s been Japan since March 2011.

The latest idiocy comes from a village in Gunma Prefecture where many have pointed out that the radiation levels are rather high.

Villagers “decontaminated” the public places in the village by removing the contaminated soil. What then did the village do with the contaminated soil? They used it in the soccer field.

Article continues at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/06/radioactive-japan-village-in-gunma.html

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Local Official: So many people have sore, scratchy throats — I feel uneasy about amount of airborne radioactive substance

http://enenews.com/local-official-so-many-people-have-sore-scratchy-throats-i-feel-uneasy-about-amount-of-airborne-radioactive-substance-air

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/dpa-headline-experts-warn-of-possible-catastrophe-at-japan-reactor-professor-koide-praises-tepco-faults-govt

DPA Headline: ‘Experts warn of possible catastrophe at Japan reactor’ — Professor Koide praises Tepco, faults gov’t

Experts warn of possible catastrophe at Japan reactor
Deutsche Presse-Agentur (Germany’s largest press agency)
June 13, 2012

Some nuclear experts are warning that spent fuel rods at a damaged plant in Japan could trigger a major catastrophe despite the government’s declaration in December that the emergency phase of the nation’s worst nuclear disaster was over.[…]

Most of the assemblies are spent fuel rods with a total amount of radioactive caesium equal to 5,000 atomic bombs of the kind that destroyed Hiroshima, said Hiroaki Koide, assistant professor at the Kyoto University Research Reactor Institute.

[…]

If a large quake or other event were to cause the pool to crack and drain, it could lead to a new catastrophe, Koide said.

[…]

Koide said he thinks TEPCO has been working on it with a sense of crisis, but that the government is eager to restart idled reactors and appears to lack that sense.

[…]

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Well-known Japanese actor leaving country because of Spent Fuel Pool No. 4 at Fukushima, burning of debris

 http://enenews.com/well-known-japanese-actor-leaving-country-because-of-spent-fuel-pool-no-4-at-fukushimaJune 12, 2012 report on Narinari.com translated by Fukushima Diary:

Blog post by wife of Taro Yamamoto

“[…] we are planning to move out of Japan for the risk of reactor 4 and incineration of disaster debris in Osaka. […]

I feel sorry for people staying in Japan, it looks like we are going to abandon them, but we don’t know how Japan is going to be.

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 T O D A Y ‘ S   N E W S 
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 File this under “No kidding?”

Fukushima Prefecture asked university to stop radiation dose tests soon after disaster

The Fukushima Prefectural Government asked a research team from Hirosaki University to stop conducting internal radiation exposure tests on prefectural residents after the outbreak of the Fukushima nuclear disaster on the grounds that the tests were “stirring uneasiness,” it has been learned.

A prefectural government official said the assertion couldn’t be confirmed, but commented, “At the time, research was being conducted by various sources, and we received complaints that it was ‘stirring uneasiness.’ We told research organizations to be ‘cautious’ (with investigations), and I think Hirosaki University was one of those organizations.”

The university’s research team has questioned the prefecture’s actions.

“If proper tests had been carried out, then we could have accurately evaluated the effects of the nuclear crisis, and residents would have felt more at ease,” a member of the university’s research team commented.

Article continues at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120614p2a00m0na010000c.html

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Time to write some letters to Mr. Shinobu Tokioka, mayor of Oi. He takes upon himself the responsibility of any future disaster at that reactor should a quake in his area occur. May that never happen. After all, though, this is Japan…

Japan Govt. likely to OK reactor restart

Japan’s government is expected to officially decide on Saturday to restart 2 nuclear reactors in Fukui Prefecture facing the Sea of Japan.

The 2 are among all 50 nuclear reactors suspended in Japan following the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011.

On Thursday, Mayor Shinobu Tokioka of Ohi Town told the municipal assembly that he has decided to accept the central government’s call to restart the reactors. Later, he met Governor Issei Nishikawa of Fukui Prefecture to convey his decision.

Article continues at:

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20120614_37.html

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/just-in-asahi-reports-on-highly-radioactive-mysterious-black-soil-around-japan-children-touching-the-soil-govt-claims-no-immediate-effects-on-human-health

Just In: Asahi reports on highly radioactive mysterious bacteria around Japan — Children touching it, baby strollers nearby — Gov’t claims “no immediate effects on human health”

Subscription Only: Radioactive ‘black soil’ patches: A scourge or a solution?
Asahi Shimbun AJW
By SHOJI NOMURA/ ASAHI SHIMBUN WEEKLY AERA
June 14, 2012

Koichi Oyama noticed something strange when he was measuring radiation levels in Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture. In many places where the readings jumped, the municipal assembly member found patches of dried dark soil.Further studies found similar patches of soil–along with high radiation readings–in parts of Tokyo. In fact, the radioactive soil has been discovered as far away as Miyagi, Yamagata and Niigata prefectures.

[…]

But for now, nothing is being done about the black soil with high levels of radiation.

“Because it normally is found on the ground, we believe it is not something that will have immediate effects on human health,” a Minami-Soma municipal government official said.

[…]

“[…] no efforts have been made to prevent the spread of the radiation,” [Ayako Ishikawa, 34, head of organization of parents] said. “I have found signs that baby carriages have passed close by such locations and of children touching the soil.”

[Tomoya Yamauchi, a professor specializing in radiation measurement at Kobe University] said: “The black soil could become airborne, and that could lead to internal exposure if the soil is inhaled through the mouth. Decontamination efforts should be implemented immediately.”

[…]

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http://enenews.com/nuclear-expert-no-4-fuel-pool-may-have-5-times-more-cesium-137-than-estimated-either-way-all-of-japan-would-be-an-evacuation-zone

Nuclear Expert: No. 4 fuel pool may have 5 times more cesium-137 than estimated — Either way, all of Japan would be an evacuation zone

What Is the United States Government Waiting for?
By Akio Matsumura
June 11, 2012

[…]I also met with Bob Alvarez in Washington and we talked for several hours. I thanked him for his calculation of Cs-137 at Fukushima Daiichi site; the simple figure has helped draw the public’s attention to the issue. Mr. Alvarez said that the figure of a ten times Cs-137 at Reactor 4 compared to Chernobyl is low, but is useful to avoid scientific arguments; a higher figure might be 50 times, which means that [Fukushima Daiichi’s total Cs-137 inventory of] 85 times greater than Chernobyl might be an underestimate as well.

But it doesn’t matter, Alvarez said, whether the magnitude is 10 or 20 times greater at Reactor 4. The Cesium-137 in Reactor 4 would cause all of Japan’s land  to become an evacuation zone, the strong radiation would affect East Asia and North America, and the radioactive material fall out would remain there for several hundred years.  He asked me if Japanese leaders understand this. My answer is, yes, they understand it in theory but not in a practical sense. Prime Minister Noda, the sixth premier in the past five years, does not have the political power to make a decision to request the Independent Assessment team and the international technical support teams outside of TEPCO.

[…]

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2012/06/13

Please Diffuse! Are we the Guinea pigs after all?

from:
Original text from Blog of Koichi Oyama in Minamisoma City 09.06.2012 http://mak55.exblog.jp/16020579/

As if they just want the datas…
Page 9 in the PDF
①Constitution of The Research Facilities for Radiation Application
Actual Condition
Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant Accident caused significant anxiety to civic life while the pertinent informations about the radioactive Ray are so complicated. It is the result of is the result from many part of the effects on health caused by radiation exposure haven’t reached to sufficient clinical use as an epidemiological research, and many part of the research still have to be ascertained.This, more specifically our city reached to have the significant implication as a field to demonstrate the effect of the radiation on the human body or on the environment, we can seize it and we have to make efforts for the resolution.
It’s just deviated, ignoring the needs of the residents, and doing some imitative depiction.
There’s so many people who have sore throats and scratchy throats.
I feel uneasy about the amount of radioactive substance are floating in the air.
In fact the dust monitoring and fallout investigation are evidently fake.
First, The Dust monitoring Investigation
At the Minamisoma City Assembly meeting in March, the former chief of the public room gave an answer with loaded words. “We have made the research of 90min of measurement in 11 different places since last year but every result was not detectable.”As anticipated, it came out to be they were measuring inside the yards of nursery schools where they take off the topsoil as decontamination. They put new clean soil and put some light and fine sand which scattesr away all the time with the wind and doesn’t accumulate even if there’s a shower of fallout substances.
His answer was only the result of measuring the yard of nursery schools.
This can not be a serious indication for urban areas where children live.
I pointed it out but they still don’t make any measure on school roads neither in any urban area.
What are they thinking about, those officials who head the boards of education?
From the very start, this investigation was to catch the aerosol and the smoke in the beginning of the explosion, using a machine which suction power is even less stronger than a vacuum cleaner. Put the filter paper on the entrance of suction and then draft air. It’s not adapted to big particles like soil dust which was stirred up. It means the Education Ministry made an early declaration of no radiation exposure from soil dust stir up. From this we can see their objective was different from the beginning.
Then what are they measuring for? To collect the flesh aerosol?
They miss the whole point. Too late to do that. Even it’s because of they didn’t do it when it was really necessary at the beginning…
With this idea that the “soil doesn’t stir up” and this way of measuring “Dust Sampling” even if the soil sticks to the filter paper, when one switcesh off, it will be removed and will fall…
(h/t ENENEWS)
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