Day 512 70% want NPPs stopped

Sacrificing Our Children: Nuclear Accidents Challenge Priorities of United Nations

Akio Matsumura l Finding the Missing Link   July 31, 2012

Japan’s Lack of Concern for Fukushima’s Children

The children of Fukushima need greater medical attention and assistance.  After the Chernobyl accident, concerns grew in that region as to whether higher rates of cancer, especially in the thyroid gland, would be found in children due to exposure to radioactive iodine. With this in mind, to alleviate concern after TEPCO’s nuclear accident, the Fukushima prefecture has been conducting a “Prefecture Health Management Survey.” According to the survey (as translated by Fukushima Voice), there is a high rate of thyroid cysts appearing in the children tested. The appearance of cysts, fluid-filled sacs, does not translate to cancer, but something extraordinary is happening in cell development. Their abnormally high prevalence shows that they were caused by environmental factors and are cause for concern. In the same vein, worries exist about decreased pulmonary function and bone marrow abnormalities.

The study concludes that “There is a strong concern that waiting for further analysis of above data and the completion of follow-up examinations will lead to irreversible health damages in these children. Consequently, it is strongly desired that small children living in Nakadori (adjacent to the coastal region) and Hamadori (the coastal region) in Fukushima receive immediate implementation of preventive measures such as evacuation and more frequent screening examinations.” Shunichi Yamashita, vice president of Fukushima University Medical School, has urged thyroid specialists across Japan to not give second opinions to concerned families. The survey denounces his “repressive conduct” and considers it a violation of human rights for the affected children and their families.  At the very least, why wouldn’t the government err on the side of caution and provide as much help as they can for these children?

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Kane: Nuclear weapons violate human rights

The UN high representative for disarmament affairs has emphasized that the use of nuclear weapons is increasingly seen as being against human rights.

Angela Kane is scheduled to attend Monday’s memorial ceremony in Hiroshima, marking the 67th anniversary of the US atomic bombing of the city.

In an interview with NHK, Kane said she gives her heart to the tragedies that happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She added that it is important to especially tell young people what the United Nations is doing for nuclear disarmament.

Kane also said that, in the last few years, the possible use of nuclear weapons is more and more internationally viewed as violating humanitarian law.

She said countries that possess nuclear weapons should be more transparent about what they hold, and start negotiations on disarmament. She emphasized the United Nations’ stance to work toward this goal.

Aug. 5, 2012 – Updated 07:02 UTC (16:02 JST)

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Edano Discloses Inappropriate Move by N-Energy Official

Japanese industry minister Yukio Edano disclosed Friday that a nuclear energy policy official acted inappropriately late last year during government debates on the future of Japan’s energy policy.

The official handed a written opinion in favor of the continued use of nuclear energy to Shunsuke Kondo, chairman of the Cabinet Office’s Atomic Energy Commission, Edano told a news conference after a cabinet meeting.

His move “damages public trust” in the government, Edano said, adding that people might be led to believe the government was attempting to keep nuclear power plants open.

The official was Kyoji Yoshino, head of the Natural Resources and Energy Agency’s Nuclear Energy Policy Planning Division. The agency reprimanded him.

In December last year, the commission was discussing the future of Japan’s nuclear fuel cycle, trying to figure out options in line with possible changes in Japan’s dependence on nuclear energy.

At the time, the industry ministry’s Advisory Committee for Natural Resources and Energy was having debates on Japan’s future nuclear energy dependence.

On Dec. 27 last year, Yoshino met with Kondo to express his opinion that the future of the fuel cycle should be discussed after the government presents options on the future of the nation’s nuclear energy dependence.

Yoshino also handed Kondo a note saying that it was unlikely there would be broad-based support at the advisory committee for views supporting nuclear power plants.

If the Atomic Energy Commission assumes a zero nuclear energy scenario in its fuel cycle talks before the government reaches its conclusion on nuclear energy dependence, this “would only encourage people to be cautious about keeping nuclear plants,” the note said.

Such a development “would not help Japan maintain nuclear power plants,” the note added.

Industry ministry officials said Yoshino was acting on personal basis when he wrote the note.

Cabinet Office members said they did not know about the note.
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Nearly 70% of Japanese who wanted to attend hearings on nuclear power hoped to discuss its complete abolition


FUKUOKA — Around 70 percent of citizens who wished to air their views on the future of nuclear power at public hearings held by the government wanted to discuss its complete elimination, officials said Saturday.

A series of 11 hearings, each in a different city, have been staged all around the country since July 14 to give the public an opportunity to express their opinions about the government’s three options regarding the role nuclear power should play in Japan’s new energy policy. The final forums held Saturday in Fukuoka and Takamatsu, Kagawa Prefecture.


The majority wished to speak in support of scrapping all atomic energy generation, while 11 percent wanted to talk about the 15 percent option and 16 percent of them about the 20 to 25 percent option, the agency said. Five percent wanted to challenge all three options.

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