Day 502 Fukushima still sending children into harm’s way

Japanese lifespan shorter after quake

Average life expectancies for Japanese have become shorter since the March 11th disaster in northeastern Japan last year.

Japan’s health ministry said on Thursday that the average lifespan for Japanese women stood at 85.9 in 2011, down 0.4 from the previous year.

This means that Japanese women, who’d had the world’s longest life expectancy for 26 years, have given up the top spot to women in Hong Kong, at 86.7 years.

The ministry also said Japanese men’s lifespan in 2011 was 79.44 years, down 0.11 from a year earlier. Japanese men fell from 4th place in 2010 to 8th, trailing Singapore and Sweden.

The average lifespan for both Japanese men and women fell for a 2nd consecutive year since 2010 due to a scorching summer that caused many deaths from heatstroke among the elderly.

The ministry also attributes the falls to the earthquake and tsunami disaster in which nearly 20,000 people were killed or went missing.

It also says that behind the drop in women’s lifespan is a rise in suicides among women in their 20s.

Jul. 26, 2012 – Updated 08:58 UTC (17:58 JST)

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IAEA to assess quake resistance at Onagawa plant

The International Atomic Energy Agency will examine a nuclear plant in northeastern Japan next week to see how it was affected by last year’s March 11th earthquake.

Data at some nuclear plants in northern and eastern Japan show that the intensity of the quake exceeded the maximum level assumed by the plants’ designers.

No clear impact of the quake has been established on equipment and facilities vital for the plants’ safety, but the disaster has raised global awareness of nuclear reactors’ vulnerability to earthquakes.

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From Fukushima Update:


JULY 24, 2012

via NHK / July 24, 2012 /

A town in Fukushima Prefecture is expecting only 18 percent of children to return to local schools when they reopen for the first time since last year’s nuclear accident.

The town of Hirono is located 20 to 25 kilometers from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Most residents evacuated after the March 11th disaster.

Town authorities began calling for their return after an evacuation advisory was lifted last September.

Elementary and junior high schools are due to reopen in late August. The town’s Board of Education says 517 children attended the schools before the nuclear accident.

But the Board’s recent survey showed that parents of just 95 kids — or about 18 percent — were willing to send their children back to the town’s schools.

The survey also showed that about 70 percent of the returning children are due to commute from evacuation sites outside the town, due partly to radiation concerns.

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After Fukushima, Nuclear Power on Collision Course With Japanese Public

In the face of overwhelming public opposition, Japan’s prime minister recently announced that nuclear power plants will restart.
July 24, 2012

On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by a massive earthquake–measuring 9.0 on the Richter scale –and a tsunami with waves up to 65 feet high, leading to a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. As a result, Japan’s 54 nuclear power plants were taken offline for safety checks. The last one was powered down on May 5, 2012.

But in May, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda, in the face of overwhelming public opposition, decided to restart Japan’s nuclear power plants. Now, a growing movement is protesting the decision.

Weekly demonstrations, with turnout initially numbering in the hundreds, have been taking place on Friday evenings in front of the Prime Minister’s office. People show up after work and school. And their numbers have been swelling, reaching into the thousands in recent weeks.

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From ENENEWS at:

‘Quite Something’: Extremely radioactive sample from Tokyo air filter — 150 times more uranium than expected — “This is from Fukushima” -Busby (VIDEO)

Title: Dr Chris Busby: radioactivity in apartment in central Tokyo
Uploaded by: drdrwoland
Date: July 25, 2012

  • Apartment on 20th floor located 300 meters from the Tokyo Tower
  • A gamma spectrum of the sample scraped from the filter
  • According to the sample information at the bottom of the spectrum:
  1. Taken June 15, 2012
  2. Collected June 18, 2012

At 4:45 in

So what we can say about this sample is that its extremely radioactive… It contains high levels of uranium and lead-210 and cesium-137.

All substances which are inside an apartment on the 20th floor of a block 300 meters from the Tokyo Tower. Isn’t that quite something? It’s quite something.

Rhodium-102 this is a fission product from Fukushima.

There’s far too much uranium there, there’s about 3,000 becquerels per kilogram. There should be about 20.

So this is from Fukushima as well.

Which means there’s particles of Uranium floating around in Central Tokyo.

Scary stuff. Scary stuff.

It’d be interesting to know what the radiation health specialists think about these findings.

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Cover: Nuclear Fishin’ — High radiation levels in some Pacific seafood concerns university doctors (PHOTO)

Title: Issue 2326
Source: The Georgia Straight (Vancouver)
Date: Jul 19, 2012

h/t Jukka Tuisku

Read the article here: Lead scientist surprised by Japan data: Fukushima plant still leaking radiation into ocean?


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Radioactive Japan: Kyoto Finally Gives Up on Bringing and Burning Disaster Debris from Miyagi Prefecture

A victory achieved in Kyoto for the opponents of disaster debris incineration in Kyoto, by protesting (including shouting down Minister Goshi Hosono, telling him to go back to where he belongs – that was fun to watch), attending the “town hall meetings” to argue against it, and petitioning.

It’s not really that the Kyoto officials finally listened to the opponents (if they did they wouldn’t admit), but the opponents, by protracting the process long enough, have made it irrelevant. The amount of disaster debris in Miyagi and Iwate has turned out to be much less, and the prefecture officials (with the exception of the governors who remain eager to distribute the debris) say they are able to process them (not even burning it) within the prefectures.

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