Day 517 How we treat our children and mothers

Back from tonight’s demo. A few more people and a few more (and bigger) drums. Also a few more police – I think I counted about 20. Around 7:45 they changed positions and started standing in front of the protestors on the sidewalk along the main street (perpendicular to the highway-covered street – sorry, I don’t know the names). Anyway, this is something they haven’t done in past weeks.

The regular lone pro-nuke gentleman was there as well, with a megaphone this evening. Well drowned out from the first “Saikadou Hantai” at 6:05 p.m.

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From ENENEWS at:

Fukushima Mother: We suffered from nausea and diarrhea — I wondered why the government didn’t help us evacuate, did they abandon us? (VIDEO)

Title: Situation of Rural Women affected by the Great Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Power Plant Accident
Filmed on: March 7, 2012
Uploaded on: May 26, 2012
Uploaded by: ERF2012
For more information, visit:
Sponsored by Human Rights Now & Japan Federation of Bar Associations

At ~4:15 in

Chiaki Tomitsuka, Koriyama Evacuee: We could not sleep at night and suffered from nausea and diarrhea.

We spent mentally tough time since there was so many aftershocks.

We didn’t know either when another explosion may happen or if there is an invisible radiation effect.

I wondered why the government didn’t help us evacuate. Did they abandon us? Distrust of the government got stronger.

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*Asahi* Japan Physicist: Several millions will need to be evacuated from around Fukushima plant if gov’t used same scale as after Chernobyl — Japan’s handling of disaster “far worse” than Soviet Union



(Subscription Only) Title: INTERVIEW/ Yuko Fujita: Lone wolf physicist calls for Nagasaki’s awakening
Source: AJW Asahi Shimbun
Date: August 10, 2012

Long before the disastrous nuclear accidents at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, physicist Yuko Fujita [former Keio University associate professor] warned that doomsday was coming.[…]

“My effort to prevent a Chernobyl-level disaster in Japan ended in failure, but Japan’s handling of the accident is far worse than the Soviet Union’s reaction to Chernobyl,” he said.


he conducted field research in Russia in the early 1990s


The Soviet Union evicted all residents from highly contaminated areas within a 300-kilometer radius, while providing them with housing, employment and welfare measures, Fujita said.

“At the time, I thought it was outrageous,” Fujita said. “But it is far more conscionable than what this country is doing–deceiving people into staying, taking advantage of their attachment to their homeland.”

If Japan takes evacuation measures equivalent in scale to that following the Chernobyl disaster, it will need to relocate several millions of people in this densely populated country, Fujita said.

“It probably means that this country will go bankrupt,” Fujita said.


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From NuclearFreePlanet at:


Differences in effects of radiation on abundance of animals in Fukushima and Chernobyl

Important article by Anders Pape Moller, isao Nishiumi, Hiroyoshi Suzuki, Keisuke Ueda, and Timothy A. Mousseau on damage from radiation contamination in Chernobyl and Fukushima exclusion zones.



Volume 24, January 2013, Pages 75–81

To view full text or buy the article go to:

  • Anders Pape MølleraCorresponding author contact informationE-mail the corresponding author,
  • Isao Nishiumic,
  • Hiroyoshi Suzukid,
  • Keisuke Uedab,
  • Timothy A. Mousseaue


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All but one nuke crisis no-go zone municipalities join gov’t re-designation plan

Of the 11 Fukushima Prefecture municipalities subject to government no-entry designation in the wake of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster, new zones are expected to go into effect in all but the prefectural town of Futaba.

Article continues at:


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70,000 in Tokyo should NOT be considered “disappointing”!

From EX-SKF at:


Friday Protest at PM Official Residence On, Despite Declining Number of Protesters

The “single issue plus one” protest action organized by the Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes is on yet again this Friday (8/10/2012) in Tokyo, after a rather disappointing attendance on the August 3 protest in which the police source said 4,000 attended and the organizers said 70,000 attended.

Here’s information for those of you who want to go, from the organizer’s webpage:


Withdraw the appointment of commissioners for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission! Stop Ooi Nuke Plant immediately, and stop the restart!
*Following the last week’s protest, on the impending appointment of commissioners for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission which requires the approval from the National Diet, we will also protest against this appointment that will invite in the people from the “nuclear village” including Mr. Shunichi Tanaka.

【日時】8/10(金)18:00〜20:00 予定

Date and Time: Friday August 10, 6:00-8:00PM
Place: At the Prime Minister’s Official Residence, and Nagatacho/Kasumigaseki areas [where the ministries are located]
(Please use Kasumigaseki Station, Toranomon Station, and Sakuradamon Station)
*Kokkaigijidomae Station on Chiyoda and Marunouchi Line is expected to be extremely crowded.
Organizer: Metropolitan Coalition Against Nukes

The organizers continue to insist there be no signs, banners, flags that have nothing to do with anti-nuclear or beyond-nuclear messages. Mr. Yasuo Tanaka (leader of the New Party Nippon) will again distribute white balloons (of which I still fail to see any connection to the anti-nuclear protest).

The organizers who have been active on Twitter trashing anyone who doesn’t sing their praise seem to have managed to alienate many net citizens, who have taken these members’ taunts literally (“If you think you can do it, go ahead and do it separately”) and are organizing separate events on issues they think more pressing and/or important (ACTA, TPP, tax hike, etc.). For more about these organizers, see my previous post.

To me personally, any protest which does not address radiation contamination in food and soil, wide-area disaster debris disposal, and non-existent “recovery” in Tohoku is suspect.

In the meantime, the meeting between the organizers and the prime minister has been postponed (probably for good, many hope) due to the “pressing nature of the political scenes” as the media portrays. The vote of no confidence against the Noda administration has been defeated, thanks to LDP and Komei members of the Lower House who didn’t attend the session. Ex-Prime Minister Hatoyama, a new darling of many who are against nuclear power, didn’t attend either.

Hatoyama seems he needs more time to gain more popularity among voters, and early Lower House election is not in his interest either.

Anyhow… if any of you are going, please let us know how it goes.

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Fukushima I Nuke Plant Reactor 4: Containment Vessel Lid Removed from Operating Floor

From Fuku-I live camera, August 10, 2012 between 11AM and 12PM, 3x speed:

The yellow lid had been removed from the Containment Vessel in Reactor 4 when the earthquake and tsunami hit, as Reactor 4 was in the middle of extended maintenance (to replace core shroud). It was on the opposite corner on the operating floor from the Spent Fuel Pool, as you can see in this photograph from May this year. (Now the SFP is covered with steel sheets and most of the trusses are gone.)

Article continues at:

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Pregnant women used for decontamination activity after Fukushima disaster -Report (VIDEO)


Title: Situation of Rural Women affected by the Great Japan Earthquake and Nuclear Power Plant Accident
Filmed on: March 7, 2012
Uploaded on: May 26, 2012
Uploaded by: ERF2012
For more information, visit:
Sponsored by Human Rights Now & Japan Federation of Bar Associations

At 4:50 in

Ms Kazuko ITO, Secretary General, Human Rights Now: Local government mobilizes ordinary citizens including pregnant women to decontamination activity.

“Which is very dangerous”

Under such condition, people are facing serious risk to their rights of life, right to health and reproductive health. The expecting mothers babies, children and the young are most vulnerable …



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