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Nagoya PRO-ecologically-and-humanly-safe-energy-resources-TESTERS with a sense of humor:

Happy Halloween!

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Back to work…

Sorry, but have to sound off about something I heard today.

There is a very well-intentioned group of people who are trying to raise money for children orphaned by the 3.11 disaster in the Tohoku area to assist with their education until the age of 18. I do not know all the details, so I have to reserve complete judgement on their work. At face value, it appears to be a necessary and humanitarian effort which I would support. There may be one caveat. The children must stay in their local area to continue their education.

*IF* these children are outside of Fukushima, I would fully support this effort. However, if the children are required to stay in areas of high radiation, playing, eating, swimming, walking to and from school on streets with readings beyond those safe for a nuclear worker (as has been found since 3.11), another way must be found. THESE CHILDREN MUST BE EVACUATED FROM FUKUSHIMA and AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Saying “It’s okay for them to grow up in those areas” is tantamount to saying “it’s okay to drive down a highway at full ‘legal’ speed with the kids sitting on the hood of the car.” Ridiculous. Childrens’ bodies are growing. They cannot be exposed to these levels without some consequence to their health. Nurses with children are leaving the prefecture for fears of the effects of radiation. Abnormal growths have already been found in some children.

Leaving the children in these areas amounts to state-sanctioned child abuse.

For further info, see http://fukushimavoice-eng.blogspot.jp

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Half of deaths related to quake disaster linked to Fukushima Prefecture residents

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121031p2a00m0na009000c.html

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Verification team to probe Fukushima nuclear accident

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121031p2a00m0na011000c.html

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Fukushima governor again demands TEPCO make full compensation to residents

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121031p2a00m0na008000c.html

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Methinks a broadening of the time frame is in order…

KEPCO: Seam beneath Ohi plant not active fault

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20121031_16.html

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Fallout projection irks rice region, new targets

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121031a1.html

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Gundersen on Democracy Now Discussing Hurricane Sandy

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Wonder what happened as a result of Hurricane Sandy?

Hurricane Sandy Shut Down 3 Nuke Plants in NY, NJ

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/10/hurricane-sandy-shut-down-3-nuke-plants.html

Nine Mile Point (Unit 1), Indian Point (Unit 3) in the State of New York were automatic shutdowns because of electrical grid problems. Salem (Unit 1) in New Jersey was manually shut down because of high river water levels and debris in the water.
Oyster Creek (NJ)’s alert due to the high water levels at the water intake remains.

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Another tremor today in Aichi:

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Another simulation from Escape all NPP (Facebook) showing an overlay of the Chernobyl disaster on top of Hamaoka, suggesting the extent of contamination should the NPP there melt down:

 

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An urgent appeal for signature to save the children of Fukushima

http://fukushima-syomei-e.blogspot.jp

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Kansai Electric to report disputed fault under Oi plant not active

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121029p2g00m0dm064000c.html

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And the results of Hurricane Sandy:

Nuclear plant shuts down unit as storm hits coast

JOSH LEDERMAN

Associated Press= WASHINGTON (AP) — Part of a nuclear power plant was shut down late Monday while another plant — the nation’s oldest — was put on alert after waters from superstorm Sandy rose 6 feet above sea level.

One of the units at Indian Point, a plant about 45 miles north of New York City, was shut down around 10:45 p.m. because of external electrical grid issues said Entergy Corp., which operates the plant. The company said there was no risk to employees or the public, and the plant was not at risk due to water levels from the Hudson River, which reached 9 feet 8 inches and was subsiding. Another unit at the plant was still operating at full power.

(h/t J)

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U.S. nuclear plant declares “alert” after Sandy storm surge: NRC

http://news.yahoo.com/u-nuclear-plant-declares-alert-sandy-storm-surge-045428689.html

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No, I haven’t left. Life has become a little too busy for comfort.

Went to the Nagoya demo on Friday. It’s obvious that there are fewer people, probably not from lack of interest, but because it’s getting chilly out there at night. More folks tend to show up from 7:00 pm, and Friday there were about 130 by the end at 8:00. They carry on.

Latest important quake news was today… 7.7 below the Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia, Canada. As I write, tsunami waves have reached Hawaii. Advisory canceled for British Columbia and Oregon. N.California remains under advisory (19:22).

Had a tiny tremor here in Aichi, if anyone besides me is interested:

Catching up on this week’s news:

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NHK Documentary: Our civilization is met with disaster because of Fukushima crisis — It’s a “civilization disaster” -Umehara (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/nhk-civilization-met-disaster-because-fukushima-crisis-civilization-disaster-video

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Lots of snapshots of simulations showing the patterns expected from disasters at other NPPs around Japan. These were taken from a Facebook page, “Escape All NPP” (https://www.facebook.com/escape.allnpp).

Pretty pictures of a situation that would not be a pretty picture.

 

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AP: “Outrageous” — Japan nuclear engineer worries public water supplies far beyond Fukushima plant could be at risk — Contamination from below reactors may already be in underground water system

http://enenews.com/ap-japan-nuclear-engineer-worries-water-from-fukushima-reactors-may-already-be-in-underground-water-system-could-reach-public-water-supplies

Title: AP Interview: Japan Nuke Plant Water Worries Rise (PHOTOS)
Source: Associated Press
Author: MARI YAMAGUCHI (Malcolm Foster contributed to this report)
Date: October 25, 2012

Japan Nuke Plant Water Worries Rise

[…] leaks in reactor facilities are allowing ground water pour in [at Fukushima Daiichi]

[…]

Nuclear engineer and college lecturer Masashi Goto said the contaminated water buildup poses a long-term health and environmental threat. He worries that the radioactive water in the basements may already be getting into the underground water system, where it could reach far beyond the plant, possibly the ocean or public water supplies.

“You never know where it’s leaking out and once it’s out you can never put it back in place,” he said. “It’s just outrageous and shows how big a disaster the accident is.”

[…]

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More than a dozen nuclear power plants in Sandy’s path

Michael Allan McCrae | October 27, 2012

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Remember Dr. Yamashita of “Smiling people aren’t affected by radiation” fame?

Yamashita Admits Exaggerating Safety Of Being In Fukushima

http://www.simplyinfo.org/?p=8013

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Greenpeace: ‘Unreliable’ Monitoring of Fukushima Radiation

Clean-up efforts ‘misguided,’ residents express ‘distinct distrust’

http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/10/23-10

“Greenpeace found that in some parks and school facilities in Fukushima city, home to 285,000 people, radiation levels were above three microsieverts per hour,” Agence France-Pressreported. “Japan’s recommended radiation limit is 0.23 microsieverts per hour.”

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AP INTERVIEW: JAPAN NUKE PLANT WATER WORRIES RISE

MARI YAMAGUCHI Associated Press Published: October 25, 2012 2:45AM

TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s crippled nuclear power plant is struggling to find space to store tens of thousands of tons of highly contaminated water used to cool the broken reactors….

 

http://www.state-journal.com/ap%20international/2012/10/25/ap-interview-japan-nuke-plant-water-worries-rise

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Report: 100,000 Tepco employees being sent to Fukushima in 2013

http://enenews.com/100000-tepco-employees-expected-to-go-to-fukushima-in-2013-all-of-companys-workers-to-be-sent

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So, fat cats and a blue caterpillar will save Japan from nuclear hell. OK

そうか、太った猫たちとと一匹の青虫が日本を核の地獄から救うってか。さもあらばあれ

Oct. 22, 2012

http://japanfocus.org/events/view/161

Snip:

However, Tokyo is by no means only endangered from the south. Around 100 km north of the capital stands the Tokai Nuclear Power Plant in Tokai Village, Ibaraki Prefecture. It was months after the Fukushima disaster before events that occurred at the plant’s No. 2 reactor on March 11, 2011 — the day of the Great East Japan Earthquake — came to light.

In fact it turns out that one of three pumps installed for cooling the reactor was inundated by a tsunami that reached 5.4 meters. If it had risen another 70 cm, it would have knocked out the other two pumps as well. It was simply good luck that work to raise the height of the sea wall to 6.1 meters was completed on March 9.

If a similar accident to that at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant had struck the Tokai reactor, airborne plumes of radioactive substances may very well have shrouded Tokyo….

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PACIFIC ALBACORE CARRY BARELY DETECTABLE FINGERPRINTS OF FUKUSHIMA DISASTER

10-24-12

Snip:

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Samples of albacore tuna caught off the West Coast of the United States show minute traces of radiation that can be traced to the Fukushima reactor disaster, according to an interdisciplinary team of scientists from Oregon State University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The radiation levels in fish analyzed to date are far below anything that would pose a risk to humans who consume the fish, the research team emphasized. The findings are preliminary; additional fish remain to be tested.

But the findings could reveal new information about where Pacific albacore travel during their migratory lives – and how what happens in one part of the ocean can affect the food web thousands of miles away.

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Iwata Wataru, Nadine Ribault and Thierry Ribault,Thyroid Cancer in Fukushima: Science Subverted in the Service of the State

http://japanfocus.org/-Iwata-Wataru/3841?utm_source=October+8%2C+2012&utm_campaign=China%27s+Connectivity+Revolution&utm_medium=archive

     On 11 September 2012, in a conference room in a hotel in Fukushima city, Professor Yamashita Shunichi presented the latest results of the Fukushima Prefectural People’s Health Management Survey, launched in June 2011. Twenty-seven people were in the audience, mainly journalists. The CRMS (Citizen’s Radiation Measuring Station network) was one of two citizen groups present on that day.
Last year Yamashita had recommended that the people of Fukushima smile in order to better face radiation, and he stated that 100 mSv per year is an acceptable radiation exposure limit. Today he sits before the “exploratory committee” of the survey, which he presides over.
The final objectives of the Fukushima health survey were set by Yamashita and Prof. Suzuki Shinichi even before obtaining the first results. They were: “to calm the anxiety of the population” and to convince doubters that “the health impact of the nuclear accident of Fukushima can be assumed to be very minor.”
What is needed to determine the risk of radiation and to protect the children of Fukushima?
Iwata Wataru, Nadine Ribault and Thierry Ribault, “Thyroid Cancer in Fukushima: Science Subverted in the Service of the State,”  The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol 10, Issue 41, No 2, October 8, 2012.
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Homes in Fukushima become storage sites for radioactively contaminated soil

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121024p2a00m0na011000c.html

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Hmm…

“Sunflowers are in full bloom in Nagoya”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/10/express-sunflowers-are-in-full-bloom-in-nagoya/

<Translate>
In Nagoya, sunflowers are in full bloom.
<End>

Sunflower normally blooms in summer, when is from July to August in Japan.
It is unusual that they become in full bloom at the end of October.

 

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(and here)

TEPCO terminates damages payments for emotional distress to women that marry

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121017p2a00m0na009000c.html

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(and here)

Fukushima finds first child thyroid cancer after 3/11

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120913b7.html

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Paucity of coverage in mainstream media this week. Thank goodness for alternative sources.

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Radioactive Japan: Government Changes Rules, and 102.8Bq/kg of Cesium in Rice Becomes 100Bq/kg, Rice Safe and Good to Sell

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/10/radioactive-japan-government-changes.html

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Radioactive Fukushima trees on x-ray type film (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/radioactive-fukushima-trees-ray-film-photos-video

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Fire at Fukushima Daiichi: Over 4,000 square feet affected near reactor buildings — Fire department on-scene — No ‘significant’ change in radiation levels (MAP)

http://enenews.com/fire-at-fukushima-plant-over-4000-square-feet-affected-near-reactor-buildings-no-significant-change-in-radiation-levels

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“Impossible” that bulk of melted fuel is in Unit 1 containment — Charred vessel could indicate explosive event inside

http://enenews.com/impossible-that-bulk-of-melted-fuel-is-in-unit-1′s-containment-charred-vessel-could-indicate-explosive-event-inside

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Up to 1,000,000 sieverts per hour outside Fukushima Unit 1 containment vessel — Still too hot to attempt measuring other areas (PHOTO & VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/up-to-1000000-sieverts-per-hour-outside-unit-1-containment-vessel-still-too-hot-to-measure-other-areas-in-building-photo

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Man from Fukushima Chokes Up: The children are radioactive — People that stayed are in denial — We received hate mail for leaving (VIDEO)

 http://enenews.com/fukushima-man-tears-during-speech-children-radioactive-people-stayed-denial-received-hate-mail-leaving-video

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Fukushima Nuclear Crisis Update for October 16th to October 18th, 2012

http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/nuclear-reaction/fukushima-nuclear-crisis-update-for-october-1/blog/42655/

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Also, continued coverage over at Fukushimadiary.com of albino animals discovered around Japan, sparrow, swallow, boar, strangely shaped flowers, etc. These do exist from time to time in nature. They really do. I, for one, will reserve judgement on the link between FD1 radiation and the occurrence of such critters. If there are data showing a statistically significant increase in the number found, I’ll reconsider. Decide for yourself. Anyway, the link is:

http://fukushima-diary.com

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Utility feared vital safety steps would hurt image

Tepco finally admits nuke crisis avoidable

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121014a1.html

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Japan company admits it played down nuclear plant concerns

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From EX-SKF:

The Economist: Japan’s nuclear disaster – Meet the Fukushima 50? No, you can’t

The Economist writer, writing from Iwaki City in southern Fukushima, sounds rather exasperated or sarcastic (or both) in the opening sentence of his article:

IT HAS taken the Japanese government more than 18 months to pay tribute to a group of brave men, once known as the “Fukushima 50”, who risked their lives to prevent meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant from spiralling out of control.

The article ends with:

The media attention is always focused on those in power, who typically do nothing to merit the recognition. The multitudes on the frontline, who put their heads down and do all the hard work are treated as faceless, nameless and ultimately forgotten.

with the writer calling it “one of the tragic flaws of modern Japan“.

I seem to be already hearing an “It is the same everywhere in the world, not just Japan” chorus, but as the writer points out in the article, it may be only in Japan where these workers themselves and their families are bullied by people around them for having tried their best to contain the nuclear disaster in Fukushima. For the case of TEPCO workers at the plant, see my post from February this year. The article in that post was written by a reporter from Germany’s Spiegel.

I think hardly anyone in Japan paid any attention to the Spiegel article. It will be the same with The Economist’s article. It doesn’t occur to many that the workers have been treated poorly, not only by TEPCO and by the government but also by ordinary people like them. See no evil, hear no evil.

Continues with article from The Economist at:

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/10/the-economist-japans-nuclear-disaster.html

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168.5 times more cesium released at FD1 than at Hiroshima. 

Gov’t study estimates 225,000 cases of cancer from Fukushima disaster -Physician (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/govt-study-estimates-225000-cases-cancer-fukushima-disaster-physician-video

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Nobel laureate Oe leads protest of Oma nuclear plant

http://ajw.asahi.com/article/0311disaster/fukushima/AJ201210140047

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Incredible as it may seem, the rumors about TEPCO not being able to locate car batteries upon entering the disaster that has become “Fukushima Dai-Ichi” appears to be true.

Translation of the following video at the link *** below

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Japanese Net Citizens’ (Anecdotal) Response to TEPCO with No Money to Buy Batteries and No Permit to Transport Batteries: “TEPCO Should Have Used Credit, and We Need New Emergency Laws and Regulations”

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/10/japanese-net-citizens-anecdotal.html

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***Tokyo Electric Couldn’t Get Battery during Fukushima Meltdown, Made Trip to Hardware Store the Next Day

http://en.rocketnews24.com/2012/10/08/tokyo-electric-couldnt-get-battery-during-fukushima-meltdown-made-trip-to-hardware-store-the-next-day/

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Fukushima gov’t hastily compiled minutes of experts’ meetings over health survey

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121009p2a00m0na017000c.html

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Ministry of foreign affairs to invite 10,000 youth from 41 countries to do tasks including removal of debris

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/10/ministry-of-foreign-affairs-to-invite-10000-youth-from-41-countries-to-do-tasks-including-removal-of-debris/

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Disposable Fukushima workers, “One person can only work for 30mins a day, 20 days a month, one month a life”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/10/disposable-fukushima-workers-one-person-can-only-work-for-30mins-a-day-20-days-a-month-one-month-a-life/

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Let Inoue’s antinuclear Jizo, forged in Hiroshima, guide Japan’s future

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/fl20121009hn.html

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From Facebook page:

Ray MasalasDiaNuke.org – DIALOGUES and RESOURCES on Nuclear, Nature and Society

Oct 7th looking North across the 5th floor of reactor 4. The holes in the foreground are where the floor blew up for no official reason, and the taller wreckage in the distance is the east wall of reactor #3.

 

 

 

 

 

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And these, from ENENEWS:

Tepco workers “unable to find water level” in Reactor No. 1 containment vessel — “Some damage was found” (PHOTO)

http://enenews.com/tepco-unable-to-find-the-water-in-reactor-no-1-containment-vessel-some-damage-was-found-photo

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60km from Fukushima Plant: Kids walk to school each day on road contaminated with radioactivity of 70,000 Bq/m2

http://enenews.com/watch-fukushima-kids-walk-to-school-day-after-day-on-radioactive-street-with-70000-bqm2-video

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Fukushima Worker: Some people not being given food, have no place to go — “We can work only momentarily… It can’t progress… we always need new workers” (AUDIO)

http://enenews.com/fukushima-worker-some-people-not-being-given-food-have-no-place-to-go-we-can-work-only-momentarily-it-cant-progress-we-always-need-new-workers-audio

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Video: Radioactivity of 14,600 Bq/m2 in rice paddy soil far from Fukushima plant — Crop to be sold in Japan this year

 http://enenews.com/watch-14600-bqm2-in-rice-paddy-soil-60-kilometers-from-fukushima-plant-crop-will-be-distributed-in-japan-this-year-video

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Keisatsu kaere! (Police, go home!)

In Osaka, in front of the headquarters of Kanden (Kansai Denryoku – Kansai Electric), a protestor was arrested. 5 Oct 2012.

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At a recent weekly anti-nuclear Friday Protest (against the restart of the Oi Nuclear Plant) in Tokyo, Japan. (From DiaNuke.org’s Facebook site)

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Watch: Kids exercise on top of 120,000 Bq/m2 — Situation is deteriorating, many children are sacrificed (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/watch-kids-exercise-top-120000-bqm2-situation-deteriorating-many-children-sacrificed-video

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[Business Insider] CONFIRMED: 36 Percent Of Fukushima Kids Have Abnormal Thyroid Growths And Doctors Are In The Dark

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/10/business-insider-confirmed-36-percent-of-fukushima-kids-have-abnormal-thyroid-growths-and-doctors-are-in-the-dark/

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From the Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.484629178227416.118324.206209679402702&type=1

10.5 首相官邸前抗議

Saturday

photo by teppei
この国はいったいどうなっているんだろう。
(What’s happening in this country?)
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Former Japan Ambassador: US gov’t is main reason why crisis at Fukushima Unit 4 has been “toned down” (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/watch-govt-main-reason-crisis-fukushima-unit-4-toned-down-video

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Cattle dying of “Fukushima syndrome” in farm of hazard area, “Diarrhea like water, snivel, spreading dermatitis”

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/10/cattle-starting-to-die-of-fukushima-syndrome-in-the-farm-of-hazard-area-diarrhea-like-water-snivel-spreading-dermatitis/

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Cesium measured from mushroom in southern alps of Japan

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/10/cesium-measured-from-mushroom-in-southern-alps-of-japan/

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Farming family in Fukushima village decontaminate own land

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121007p2a00m0na005000c.html

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Japanese firms develop decontamination products

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20121008_02.html
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chernobyl 2012 II: the red radioactive forest (Рудий ліс) (deja vu)

4 October 2012

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