Day 466 “All living things in the forests were showered with radioactive substances…”

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A stolen life: Fukushima woman looks back on lost peaceful life due to nuclear crisis

Ruiko Muto poses for a photograph together with her dog near her coffee shop, Kirara, in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture. (Mainichi)
Ruiko Muto poses for a photograph together with her dog near her coffee shop, Kirara, in Tamura, Fukushima Prefecture. (Mainichi)

TAMURA, Fukushima — For some 16 years prior to the outbreak of the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, 58-year-old Ruiko Muto led a simple, peaceful life surrounded by this rural city’s beautiful, rich nature. Today, 15 months after the disaster, she has lost much of what used to fulfill her life, leaving a growing sentiment of resentment and despair.

Please read the entire article at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/features/news/20120618p2a00m0na019000c.html

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Japan’s New Green Political Innovators Respond to Government Attempts to Restart Nuclear Power Plants

Jun. 13, 2012

Andrew DeWit

Just when it seemed Japanese politics was being pulled back into the hands of the collusive interests who brought us Fukushima, it’s thrown up another surprise. The reformists, centred in innovative capital and local government, seem to have found a new, and very promising, avenue to fight against the revanchist old guard that still dominates the central government. On June 10, Iida Tetsunari, the director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies and of Softbank CEO Son Masayoshi’s Japan Renewable Energy Federation, announced that he would be a candidate for governor in the July 27 Yamaguchi Prefectural election.

This will be a very important election, so let’s set the stage for Iida’s announcement. It was preceded by a week of dreary news for the pro-renewable community, which polls suggest is potentially a majority of Japanese voters. On Friday, June 8, DPJ Prime Minister Noda Yoshihiko delivered a very public appeal to restart the two nuclear reactors in the Kansai community of Oi (Oi reactors numbers 3 and 4) because “Japanese society cannot survive if we stop all reactors or keep them halted.”

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 The people lose….THIS round.

Tokyo metro assembly votes down proposed nuclear reactor restart referendum bills

members of the citizens group "Minna de kimeyo 'genpatsu' kokumin tohyo" (Let's everyone decide on nuclear power national referendum) speak at a news conference in Tokyo's Chiyoda Ward on June 18. (Mainichi)
members of the citizens group “Minna de kimeyo ‘genpatsu’ kokumin tohyo” (Let’s everyone decide on nuclear power national referendum) speak at a news conference in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward on June 18. (Mainichi)

A citizens group demand that the Tokyo Metropolitan Government hold referendums on the restart of idled nuclear reactors went down to a narrow defeat in the metropolitan assembly committee on June 18.

Parties backing Tokyo Gov. Shintaro Ishihara, including the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) and New Komeito, voted down the original bill, as well as two revised bills on the referendums put by opposition parties at the metropolitan assembly’s general affairs committee. If passed, the bills would have required the assembly and the metropolitan government to make efforts to implement policy reflecting the results of local referendums on the restart of reactors run by Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO), which operates the disaster-stricken Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant.

A full assembly vote on the original referendum bill is scheduled for June 20, though with the ruling parties holding a solid majority it is likely to be defeated.

Read the entire article at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120619p2a00m0na013000c.html

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Two important items from ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/local-official-visible-hot-mass-floated-in-air-and-fell-for-hours-after-reactor-3-exploded-top-secret-images-of-black-smoke-falling-diluted-version-may-have-reached-tokyo

Local Official: Visible hot mass floated in air and fell for hours after Reactor 3 exploded — “Top secret images” of black smoke falling — Diluted version may have reached Tokyo

Follow-up to: Report: Unburned MOX fuel containing plutonium was in mushroom-like cloud of black smoke when Reactor No. 3 exploded

June 14, 2012 post by Minamisoma city council member Koichi Oyama translated by Dissensus Japan:

[…]

[Reactor No. 3’s] fuel which base is made of big and aerial carbon soared into the air under the form of particles.

[…]

The footage reportage on TV never showed the image of the falling or the wisp after the explosion. It’s top secret images.

[…]

The black smoke didn’t vanish into air in a twinkle.

A mass of density and high temperature moved towards and fell for several hours. At least there are photos from inside the 30km zone of a visible mass floating in the air.

Both of the white smoke and the black smoke fell until they vanished.

In other words “vanished” means “fallen”.

The radioactive plume which even reached Tokyo might be the mass which vanished and diluted its concentration

[…]

Farmer: Fukushima police filmed explosion of Unit 1 from helicopter above my land — They warned “the gov’t is hiding the information, you should leave”

http://enenews.com/farmer-fukushima-police-filmed-explosion-of-unit-1-from-helicopter-above-my-land-they-warned-the-govt-is-hiding-the-information-you-should-leave

June 16, 2012 post by Koichi Oyama, a Minamisoma city council member, translated by Dissensus Japan:

[…]

A testimony of Mr. Masami Yoshizawa from the site of http://fukushima20110311.blog.fc2.com/

[…]

Early in the morning of March 12, the signal corps of Fukushima Prefectural Police came into my farm. […] They said that they will film The Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Plant from an helicopter above in the sky and send the footage to prefectural police headquarters through satellite. So that they asked me to let them use the place. I said ok and they started.

They filmed the explosion of Unit 1 at 3:30 pm on March 12 from the helicopter.

Then they said: “Draw off, we’ll backdown”. Then they went away just after they had cleaned up the place but they said to me, just before leaving: “Finally something important happened. The Government is hiding the information. You should leave. We’ll evacuate from the order of the superior but you should not stay here neither”. Then they left.

I said to the police that “I have 300 cows. They need me to live because of the blackout, for the food and the water. Cows can’t be evacuated”.

[…]

And still how can the employees from the police say that they didn’t know?

Mr.Yoshizawa still continues his grazing today…

Oyama notes that Mr. Yoshizawa’s farm is 20 km from Fukushima Daiichi. The current Fukushima Daiichi camera is 30 km from the plant.

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Announcement from a Facebook page:
  • VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! Sunday June 24th 1:00- 3:00 p.m
    Intersection of Shijo and Kawaramachi

    Help sell T-Shirts and collect donations with Minna no Te to raise money for their summer projects. They will be helping reunite refugees in Kyoto with family and friends still in Fukushima (see below for more info).

    If you’re free and would like to help out please contact Yuko Nishiyama:
    Email minnanotekyoto@gmail.com
    81 (0)70‐5656-5621

    Or if you’re in the area and would like to buy a T-Shirt please stop by and support a great cause! The T-Shirts cost 2000 Yen (1000 yen will count as a donation).

    Friend Reunion Project
    Refugee children from Fukushima will invite their friends in Fukushima to come to Kyoto to have an enjoyable and memorable time together.
    Date: July 28th ~ August 2nd
    Accommodation: Kyotanabe City Outdoor Activity Center Ryuo Kodomono Okoku
    Planned Programs: Outdoor Activities, Amusement Park ”Hirakata Park”, Refugee Children’s Guide Tour to Favorite Places in Kyoto, Mothers’ Exchange Meetings, Kids Exchange meetings

    Family Reunion Project
    Refugee children from Fukushima will invite their family from Fukushima to come to Kyoto to have an enjoyable and memorable time together.
    Date: Aug 10th ~ August 17th
    Planned Programs: Bus between Kyoto and Fukushima, Family Tour Event in Miyama, Kyoto

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Major Japanese TV Station Reports on the Protest Against Ooi Nuke Plant…in Washington D.C.

Nippon Television, a Yomiuri Shinbun affiliate, reports on the protest against the Japanese government’s political decision to restart Ooi Nuclear Power Plant in Fukui Prefecture. It’s just that the protest took place in Washington D.C..

I haven’t found any coverage of this protest in the major news outlets in the US.

From Nippon TV (6/19/2012):

米首都で大飯原発再稼働決定に対し抗議活動

Protest in the US capital against the decision to restart Ooi Nuclear Power Plant

アメリカの首都・ワシントンで18日、「関西電力」大飯原発(福井・おおい町)3、4号機の再稼働決定に対する抗議活動が行われた。

There was a protest in Washington D.C. against the decision to restart Reactors 3 and 4 at Ooi Nuclear Power Plant operated by KEPCO (in Ooi-cho, Fukui Prefecture).

ワシントン市内の日本大使館前には、アメリカの環境保護団体の関係者らが集まり、「大飯原発の再稼働は新たな悲劇だ」などと書かれたプラカードを掲げ、抗議活動を行った。また、参加者の代表が、再稼働の見直しを求める野田首相への要望書を大使館職員に手渡した。

People from the US environmental groups gathered in front of the Japanese Embassy in Washington D.C., and protested with signs that said “Restart of Ooi Nuke Plant, a new tragedy”. The representatives of the groups handed the statement to Prime Minister Noda to the Embassy officials demanding that [the Noda administration] reconsider the restart.

今後、日本の環境保護団体などと連携しながら、再稼働の見直しを求めていくという。

The groups will coordinate with the Japanese environmental group and demand the reconsideration of the restart.

Not a word from this TV station on the June 15 protest in Tokyo, where 11,000 people gathered. It did report that “400 people gathered in front of the Prime Minister’s Official Residence on June 16 to protest against the restart of Ooi Nuke Plant…” (6/16/2012), just like every single news outlet in Japan.

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Death rate of heart disease in Fukushima became the highest in Japan

Posted by Mochizuki on June 19th, 2012
Though Fukushima prefecture conceals its health check result data, Akita prefecture publishes the data.

It revealed the death rate of heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, and renal failure increased since 2010, and the death rate of heart disease became the highest in Japan.

Cesium is known to damage your myocardial cell.[LINK]

(The number on the bar represents the rank of the death rate in Japan)

Article continues with charts at:

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/06/death-rate-of-heart-disease-in-fukushima-became-the-highest-in-japan/

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And now, news with a sense of (dark?) humor from… MsMilkytheclown

Fukushima EXTREMELY HIGH RADIATION, can’t find leak, TEPCO Sued Typhoon update 6/15/12

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