Day 515 Spreading debris? “As long as the collaboration is highly profitable”

I’m a slow learner. Someone explain this to me…

In 2008, the average Japanese consumed about 60 kilos of rice per year. So imagine “safe” rice (under 100 becquerels/kg) is consumed at that rate today. It could contain between 60 and 6,000 becquerels a year (doubtful it is zero). 

For rice.

We don’t consume rice alone. We consume a lot of other fruit, vegetables, meat, seafood, grains, dairy….

Shouldn’t the issue be the cumulative amount of ALL food over a year and not the (arbitrary) “legally acceptable” rate of 100 becquerels/kg for rice?

Rice tested for radiation in experiment in Fukushima

A JA worker tests rice for radiation at a JA Michinoku Adachi facility in Motomiya, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 7. (Mainichi)
A JA worker tests rice for radiation at a JA Michinoku Adachi facility in Motomiya, Fukushima Prefecture, on Aug. 7. (Mainichi)

FUKUSHIMA — An experiment to test radiation levels in rice produced in Fukushima Prefecture was conducted at an agricultural facility on Aug. 7 ahead of the launch of shipments of rice from the prefecture later in the month.

[snip]

If the radioactivity of cesium in the rice exceeds 100 becquerels per kilogram, then the rice can’t be shipped out. The experiment examined whether radioactivity could be detected in rice with varying concentrations of radioactive cesium.

Commenting on the process, a JA representative said, “We can now distribute safe rice.”

Read the entire article at:

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20120808p2a00m0na017000c.html

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Have mercy on the animals

Hot-zone holdout feeds deserted cattle in shadow of Fukushima No. 1

By KOJI HARADA
Kyodo

TOMIOKA, Fukushima Pref. — Naoto Matsumura has been living in the no-go zone around the crippled Fukushima No. 1 plant since tens of thousands of residents evacuated to flee the high radiation.

He took on the task of feeding and caring for abandoned cattle whose owners were ordered to evacuate after the March 11, 2011, Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami triggered the meltdowns at the plant.

“I said I would take care of them, so I can’t back down now,” he said.

Article continues at:

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120808f1.html

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/alice-wonderland-convince-children-japan-nuclear-power-safe-photo-video

‘Alice in Wonderland’ was used to convince children in Japan nuclear power is safe (PHOTO & VIDEO)

Nuclear Power after Fukushima | Special Series on Post-Disaster Japan
Uploaded by: Harvard
Uploaded on: August 7, 2012
Speaker: Charles Ferguson, President, Federation of American Scientists

At 40:15 in

Ferguson: Stories have come out that the government was promoting nuclear power so much that they were using cartoon characters, they were using Alice in Wonderland to convince school children nuclear power is incredibly safe. They weren’t showing the other side of the story adequately enough. It was an unbalanced presentation.

The New York Times’ Norimitsu Onishi on the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ theme:

 

Source: Ko Sasaki for The New York Times

Near a nuclear power plant facing the Sea of Japan, a series of exhibitions in a large public relations building here extols the virtues of the energy source with some help from “Alice in Wonderland.”

“It’s terrible, just terrible,” the White Rabbit says in the first exhibit. “We’re running out of energy, Alice.”

A Dodo robot figure, swiveling to address Alice and the visitors to the building, declares that there is an “ace” form of energy called nuclear power. It is clean, safe and renewable if you reprocess uranium and plutonium, the Dodo says.

“Wow, you can even do that!” Alice says of nuclear power. “You could say that it’s optimal for resource-poor Japan!”

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From EX-SKF at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/08/yahoo-japan-collaborating-with-ministry.html

Yahoo Japan Collaborating with Ministry of the Environment to Promote Wide-Area Disaster Debris Disposal

Yahoo has a much more significant presence in Japan. People go there for news, and its auction site (after the premature departure of eBay from Japan) competes with Rakuten.

Now, Yahoo Japan is collaborating with Goshi Hosono’s ministry, along with two other media outlets, to spread the message of what wonderful things the wide-area disaster debris disposal can achieve.

According to the Ministry of the Environment press release on July 31, 2012, the other two are ソトコト (Sotokoto) magazine and J-WAVE (FM radio station).

Here’s the screen shot of the site that Yahoo Japan hosts in collaboration with the Ministry of the Environment:

On the masthead, the message is:

震災復興応援特集
みんなの思いが復興の力に
みんなの力でがれき処理

Disaster Recovery Support Special
Everyone’s thought gives power to recovery
Let’s all participate in disaster debris disposal

In other words, “Think wide-area disaster debris disposal (burning and burying) and do it, then we will have the recovery of Tohoku.” The same old message that Goshi Hosono has been repeating for nearly a year since his appointment as the Minister of the Environment.

Scrolling down, there are suggested activities which you can participate to help expedite the recovery:

Work as a volunteer!
Buy goods from disaster-affected areas!
Support municipalities accepting the disaster debris!

(Uh… you mean supporting people like Governor of Tokyo?)

The look and feel is not that of Yahoo Japan, as it says on the top right corner that the site is a “Yahoo Japan Promotional Event, from August 1 to September 30, 2012”.

Looking at the site, a lot of taxpayers’ money must have gone into building the site. Win-win for the parties involved, no doubt – Ministry of the Environment bureaucrats who want to spend as much money as possible to justify their bloated budget, nation’s top PR agency (Hakuhodo or Dentsu; maybe Dentsu, as Hakuhodo has been busy carrying out surveys for the Cabinet Office) coming up with the contents for the site and the site design, company who actually assembles the site, and the portal like Yahoo Japan who will host the site.

What’s crazy about all this is that the Ministry of the Environment has already instructed the municipalities who have expressed interest in receiving the debris not to proceed, as the amount of the debris has turned out to be much, much less and there is hardly any need after all to ship the debris outside the prefectures affected by the disaster (Miyagi, Iwate).

So, spending all this money in building a site to achieve exactly what? To persuade residents of Osaka City and Kitakyushu City, whose mayors are adamant as ever to bring the debris and burn it to help the recovery?

I wonder if Yahoo’s new CEO (former Google engineer) knows about this project, but the last I read about Yahoo’s own recovery effort, Yahoo wanted to divest its Asia operations including Yahoo Japan to raise cash. So it may be totally OK with her if the Japanese subsidiary openly collaborate with the government ministry pushing this totally unnecessary project of spreading the disaster debris contaminated with industrial pollutants from the tsunami and radioactive materials that fell on it after the nuclear accident, as long as the collaboration is highly profitable.

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From ENENEWS at:

http://enenews.com/yomiuri-tepco-has-heavily-altered-video-footage-expert-suspects-images-have-been-altered-more-than-necessary

Yomiuri: Tepco has ‘heavily altered’ video footage — Expert suspects images have been altered more than necessary

 

Title: TEPCO video heavily altered / Alternation shows utility’s reluctance to make information available 
Source: The Yomiuri Shimbun
Date: Aug. 8, 2012

The recently disclosed video of Tokyo Electric Power Co. teleconferences that took place just after the outbreak of the crisis at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant has been significantly altered, with many images blurred and audio heavily obscured. 

[…]

TEPCO said it edited audio, such as people’s speech and other sounds, 1,665 times in the video, and blurred images another 29 times.

“It’s to protect the privacy of individual employees and we aren’t intentionally (withholding information),” a TEPCO official explained.

However, even then TEPCO President Masataka Shimizu has been blurred in parts of the video, making his face unrecognizable. Even when his face is visible, his expressions are at times unreadable.

Some audio sections have also been bleeped out multiple times, or simply cut mid-speech.

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However, a technical staffer at a video imaging company suspects the images have been altered more than necessary.

For instance, at one point, then General Manager Masao Yoshida at the No. 1 plant makes an X with both hands in reference to a sea water injection into the No. 1 reactor.

“When he makes the X, only his hands have been blurred out,” the staffer said.

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