Day 531 No more Fukushima! Saikado hantai!

And the protests continue. To watch live:

In Nagoya tonight: 420 according to IWJ reporter.

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Tuesday Protest Against TPP at PM Official Residence Features Fake “Prime Minister Noda”

Taking the advice (or taunts) from Friday protest organizers, people have started to do their own protests outside the narrow (and at this point meaningless) “single issue” protest on Friday at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence in Tokyo.

Here’s one of them, “Against TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)”, a NAFTA equivalent being pushed by the United States and involving countries around the Pacific Rim.

The first protest was held on Tuesday August 21, 2012, and will be held every Tuesday at the PM’s Official Residence. On August 21, over 300 people gathered, made speeches, staged a short comic play with “Prime Minister Noda”. A good enough start.

(screenshot from the video at Yasumi Iwakami’s IWJ)


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While visiting Tokyo and Fukushima, Greens Senator Scott Ludlam witnessed both the devastation of nuclear energy and a mood for change among the Japanese people.

The rice paddy on the edge of Iitate village is 30km back from the coast, framed by steep forested hills, and we stop here briefly because the scene is so strangely heraldic.

At first glance, this looks like any other rural Japanese town in late summer, but it isn’t any more. The precise geometries of the fields are softened with neglect and waist-high weeds. Two empty police cars sit out front of the vacant community hall. A work team of several dozen men in white masks and overalls tends a slow assemblage of earthmoving equipment out in the field – but this isn’t agriculture.

Iitate village is dead, evacuated after the wind swung to the north-west in the days following the tsunami that smashed hundreds of kilometres of Tohoku coastline into oblivion.

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In today’s Asahi Shinbun, the article “Prometheus” was reporting on the dearth of birds in the Fukushima area. Birds in the area are eating plants, seeds, and insects, and are dying as a result of it. Researchers are not finding carcasses of birds such as sparrows, etc., which means that larger animals such as weasels, dogs, cats, wild boars, pigs and other animals will feed off the remains of birds that are weakened or die. 

The article also mentions that fish in ponds and lakes in areas contaminated with cesium, etc., are being found floating in those bodies of water. Larger animals, crows, certain kinds of hawks, feed off the fish. 

From the water to the plants to the worms… And so it goes, on up the food chain.

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Devil’s Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step

by Cecile Pineda

“An astonishing anatomy of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster…” –John Nichols

“Pineda’s masterful framing of the urgency for readers to learn from the Japanese nuclear disaster and the machinations of its industry handlers makes Devil’s Tango one of the most important and required reads this year….” –Jeff Biggers, Huffington Post

Published on the one-year anniversary of the disaster at Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant,Devil’s Tango is a one-woman whirlwind tour of the nuclear industry, seen through the lens of the industrial and planetary crisis unfolding most visibly right now in Japan. As much personal journal as investigative journalism, the author’s journal entries trace her own and the world’s evolution of consciousness during the first year following the March 11, 2011 disaster. Pineda keeps track, day-by-day, of worsening developments at Fukushima Daiichi, and records the daily evolution of her perceptions. Often poetic in tone, philosophic in scope, her reflections are peppered with dramatic monologues,day-to-day reportage, philosophical speculations, meditations, deep song (canto hondo) and occasional flights of fancy, a monoplay, and a grand guignol. There is no other book quite like it. John Nichols calls it an “astonishing anatomy of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster,” “… a revelation, and a searing denunciation of the worldwide nuclear energy industry.”

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Teacher: “I’m lying to a room full of students” — Fukushima City should be evacuated

Title: Visiting the end of the world
Source: Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Author: Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens Senator for Western Australia
Date: Aug 24, 2012


Flash forward to August 2012, with 150,000 people evacuated from places like Iitate. The mood in the region is dark. A young high school teacher downloads the unvarnished truth in a loungeroom in Fukushima City the night before our trip down to the coast.

“I’m lying to a room full of students,” he tells me, daring me to break eye contact. Like many thousands of others, his wife and children now live in temporary accommodation well outside the contaminated area, but Japan has no social security net to speak of and people can’t just walk away from jobs.

Now he is grappling with a hateful dilemma, addressing a room full of students in a city he believes is no longer safe for children. Fukushima City, population 290,000. Kōriyama City, population 336,000. Both of them hit by the plume that carried fission products from the broken reactors to the north-west before the wind swung briefly towards Tokyo. I hesitate, then ask, should this city be evacuated? He pauses a long time before answering, and finally drops his gaze. Yes.


With a slightly different fall of the dice, the Fukushima meltdowns would have cost the people of Japan their country. Another cruel accident of plate tectonics and it still could.

There is no place on this archipelago for nuclear power, and tens of millions of Japanese now understand this. Everything has changed.


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From ENENEWS at:

Atomic Age Symposium II: Fukushima, May 5, 2012 – Session III Roundtable
Published: August 22, 2012
Published by: University of Chicago

Transcript Excerpt

Hiroaki Koide, nuclear reactor specialist and Assistant Professor at Kyoto University’s Nuclear Research Institute:

The problem right now is not figuring out what the cause of the explosion [at Unit 3] is, but where in the world is the melted nuclear material that is in the plant right now?

Unfortunately we have no way of figuring this out…

We can’t go in and look… there’s nothing we can do at this point…

Like I said we have no idea where the melted nuclear core is at this point…

100 tons [was in reactor]…

Fell through steel reactor…

So where did the melted material go from there? It fell into the containment vessel and what is that made of? Also steel.

But what Tepco has been telling us is that underneath that steel is a floor of cement and that cement hasn’t melted yet.

But it’s not as if Tepco has gone there and seen if this is the case or anything like that. It’s based on calculations that they claimed to have worked out that way.

But I don’t believe it for one second.

There’s at least a possibility that it’s gone through all of it and leaked into the ground…

If something like that happens, there’s a strong possibility that it leaks into the environment and the ocean is right there.

I’ve been advocating since last May that a wall be built underground…

That’s really all I know at this point. I really hope something is done so the material doesn’t spread to the greater environment and I’m going to do all I can do to prevent that from happening.

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Rust found in Hamaoka nuclear reactor water

High concentrations of rust have been found in the water in the Hamaoka nuclear plant’s No. 5 reactor following a seawater inflow accident last year, plant operator Chubu Electric Power Co. has announced.

An estimated five metric tons of seawater gushed into the No. 5 reactor shortly after the plant was suspended for safety checks in May last year. Before the incident, the water sampled from around 10 of the reactor’s fuel assemblies registered an iron rust concentration of about 62 parts per billion (ppb). More recent testing following the accident showed concentrations as high as 8,900 ppb — about 14,000 times greater.

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Read and green: Publisher launches renewable energy project in Hokkaido

A Tokyo publisher is branching out well beyond books with a new green energy business using hot springs in Hokkaido to generate electricity.

Kokushokankokai Corp. is aiming to start operation of a binary cycle power plant in the Hokkaido town of Teshikaga by spring next year.

“Hope for green energy has been growing since the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami, and we came up with this while thinking about what we as a publisher could do,” the company stated.

Binary cycle power plants produce electricity by pumping hot water out of the earth, passing it through a heat exchanger and then returning it to the ground. A low boiling-point fluid such as ammonia is pumped through the heat exchanger where it vaporizes, and is then put through a generator turbine before being condensed and recycled.

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From FukushimaDiary at:

More hospital food will be from contaminated area

Posted by Mochizuki on August 23rd, 2012

Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries is spreading the propaganda called “Support by eating”.
They are pushing food from contaminated area even to hospital and senior citizens’ home.

On 8/22/2012, MAFF sent an official request to Public Interest Incorporated Association “Japan medical kyushoku (Lunch) association” to consume more food from the contaminated area.


In order to improve the consumption of food from disaster area, we request you to actively purchase and consume food from disaster area for medical facilities and nursing facilities.

When you are hospitalized, you can not choose the origin of food.



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