Day 521 Japan’s pacifist framework outdated?

Okay everybody, get a cup of tea / coffee / ice water, and click on the first link below. It’s the latest blog entry by Iida Ruth sharing her experience and the experience of so many in Japan now. She focuses on the possibility of, in Oe Kenzaburou’s words, “the revival of the nuclear-umbrella ideology.”

It is well worth reading.

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Same Material, Different Containers…..but is it Evil?

August 12, 2012 at 8:43 am

It’s Friday night again in Nagata-cho, Tokyo’s government district, and I’m literally a human sardine… Having arrived on time for the weekly demonstration outside the Diet Building, I’ve been swiftly and politely herded into a narrow sidewalk space where the street-view is blocked by a line of enormous empty busses.  And there I stand, hollering “Genpatsu, Hantai!” ( We Oppose Nuclear Power! ) for the next two hours; can’t move, can’t see a darn thing…

Great work, Ruth!

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From ENENEWS at:

Professor who met with Fukushima physicians: Thyroid diseases already apparent — Diseased newborns and Down’s syndrome still kept secret

An interview of Dr. Michel Fernex published August 2, 2012 translated by FRCSR:

Dr. Fernex, a professor at University of Basel in Switzerland who has visited Fukushima: I met with four physicians from Fukushima Medical University in cardiology, urology, internal medicine and ophthalmology. They all seemed unaware of conditions related to radiation contamination. They were very surprised to see young patients with myocardial infarction, diabetes and eye diseases.


Directive was given at Fukushima Medical University not to mention radiation. One young professor of ecology tried to study effects of nuclear disaster on children, but he has received threats. The majority of the faculty follow orders and they close their eyes to save their careers: this is very serious.


Thyroid diseases are already apparent, but cancers have latency, brain cancer will be seen in children in four years and later in adults. The number of babies with low birth weight increases. The number of female births down 5% because the female embryo is more vulnerable. Appearance of diseases of the newborn and Down’s syndrome is still kept secret.


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From ENENEWS at:

The Australian: The devastating physical & genetic effects of Japan’s nuclear disaster are revealed — All mutant butterflies were caught far outside Fukushima evacuation zone


Title: Mutant butterflies haunt Fukushima
Source: The Australian
Author: Richard Lloyd Parry
Date:  August 14, 2012

THEY have bizarre dents in their eyes, their legs are shrunken and they are marked by strange spots. Many of them are infertile and when they do conceive the offspring are even more mutated than the parents.


In the first study of its kind, Japanese scientists have revealed the devastating physical and genetic effects of last year’s meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant on a butterfly called the Pale Grass Blue.


Two months after the nuclear meltdown on March 11 last year the scientists collected Pale Grass Blues from 10 locations between 45km and 70km from the Fukushima plant […] collected in areas where many people are still living.


Abnormalities included wings that were broken, wrinkled, undersized and irregularly spotted or coloured, and deformed legs, antennae, eyes and abdomens. “The population is deteriorating physiologically and genetically,” said the report


Joji Otaki, associate professor of biology at the University of the Ryukyus, said that scientists “just don’t know” what the genetic effect would be on humans. “I think that older people will be all right. But children and infants, that’s more serious.”

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M7.7 quake hits to the north of Japan, 500 km from Hokkaido — Felt across eastern half of nation (MAPS & VIDEO)



AFP Video: Earthquake rattles northern Japan

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Tepco workers face mental health crisis after cost cuts: counselor

Staff writer

After toiling under hazardous conditions for 17 months to contain the crisis at Fukushima No. 1, the nuclear plant’s workers are full of stress and unable to get proper counseling due to lack of funding, a communications counselor warned Monday.

Despite the dangers and uncertainty they face, Tokyo Electric Power Co. isn’t providing enough psychological support because the utility is under immense cost-cutting pressure, said Hideki Yabuhara, president of Kyoto-based Wamon Inc.

Wamon provides mental health expertise to companies, organizations and individuals and helps improve to employee communications skills. Last October, Yabuhara began volunteering his skills once a month at Fukushima No. 1.

The responsibility that Tepco’s employees feel in Fukushima Prefecture is overwhelming, Yabuhara said.

“I do not think it’s inconceivable that some of them may consider taking their own lives” if proper mental support isn’t provided, he said.

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[Fishery products] JP Gov banned landlocked salmon from outside of Fukushima

Japanese government is eager to ship marine products, (cf. The young of the sardine from offshore Ibaraki in Pacific ocean will be shipped)

but excessive amount of cesium was measured from landlocked salmon from Watarase river in Tochigi.

It’s not even in Fukushima prefecture.

On 8/10/2012, Japanese government prohibited Tochigi prefecture from selling landlocked salmon from the river for measuring cesium more than 100 Bq/Kg, which is their safety limit.

Specific reading is not published.



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Fukushima I Nuke Plant: Highly Contaminated Water From Reactor 3 Leaked in Reactor 4 Turbine Building

It’s been about 14 months since the hastily rigged system of transporting and treating the contaminated water and circulating the treated water back into the Reactor Pressure Vessels (1, 2 and 3) to cool the melted fuel somehow. The pipes used were Kanaflex pipes, which TEPCO just started to replace with rigid pipes.

But the company didn’t replace the Kanaflex pipe that goes from the Reactor 3 turbine building basement through the Reactor 4 turbine building first floor in front of the room with electrical power panels on the way to the building that stores the highly contaminated water before the water gets treated by SARRY. That’s what leaked, and the water got inside the electrical power panel room.

The water, coming out of the basement of Reactor 3’s turbine building, has 85,000 becquerels/cubic centimeter of radioactive cesium, as of August 9, 2012 at 3:20PM, according to the company’s handout for the press on August 13, 2012. One order of magnitude more cesium than in the water in the Reactor 4 turbine building basement.

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