Day 647 Share Your Christmas with a child in Tohoku, Japan

From shareyourchristmas.org:

Share Your Christmas this Christmas with a child in Tohoku, Japan

It is time once again to Share Your Christmas! The cold of winter has set in so please help us bring some warmth to the hearts of the people of Tohoku. Last year was such a big success, with hundreds of presents, a heater for a school gym and hundreds of smiling faces, we decided to do it again.

One year and nine months after the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear powerplant meltdown, hundreds of thousands of people are still living in temporary housing. Originaly, the plan was to have people out of temporary housing in 2 years but this has now been extended to 5 years or longer. Many older people have resigned themselves to living out the rest of their days there. Things are supposed to be getting better but for many, this is not the case. They have been forgotten.

The idea of Share Your Christmas is simple. You buy a Christmas present and send it to Tohoku, where we will pass it on to a child or adult to remind them that they have not been forgotten and the people of the world still care.

For more information:

http://www.shareyourchristmas.org

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Group seeks donations for Fukushima girl needing heart transplant

FUKUSHIMA — A group in a village of Fukushima Prefecture is seeking donations for a baby girl to undergo a heart transplant in the United States.

The Yoshida Aoi-chan o Suku Kai (Committee to Save Aoi Yoshida), is collecting money for Aoi Yoshida, a 20-month-old girl in the Fukushima Prefecture village of Hirata who has a condition called dilated cardiomyopathy, which causes the heart to become weakened and enlarged.

Telephone inquiries (in Japanese) can be made at the Yoshida Aoi-chan o Suku Kai office at 0247-57-5562. Donations can be made by transfer to an account at the Japan Post Bank, account No. 02250-1-112497.

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121219p2a00m0na010000c.html

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Fukushima gov’t tried to kill proposal to store baby teeth for future radiation checks

FUKUSHIMA — The Fukushima Prefectural Government has tried to kill a proposal by a local assemblyperson to store local children’s milk teeth to examine their internal radiation exposure stemming from the Fukushima nuclear disaster, it has been learned.

In September 2011, Fukushima Prefectural Assembly member Junko Yaginuma asked the prefectural government if it should urge local residents to store baby teeth that came out after the March 2011 reactor meltdowns for future analysis of children’s strontium-90 exposure. Strontium-90, released in the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant disaster, has biochemical features similar to calcium and can easily accumulate in bones and teeth.

After receiving Yaginuma’s query, the prefecture sent an email to members of a committee overseeing a prefectural health survey and asked them to provide plausible reasons to reject the proposal. The prefectural government called the proposal a plant by anti-nuclear groups.

 http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121219p2a00m0na016000c.html

 

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Radioactive material measured from Fukushima honey “Higher than last year”

Posted by Mochizuki on December 18th, 2012

According to Fukushima prefectural government, radioactive material was measured from honey produced in Fukushima.
It’s in the increasing trend since last year.

November 2011 : 11 Bq/kg (Cs-134/137)
June 2012 : 22.85 Bq/Kg
June 2012 : 7.54 Bq/Kg
June 2012 : 5.05 Bq/Kg
July 2012 : 5.97 Bq/Kg
October 2012 : 30.2 Bq/Kg
October 2012 : 73.1 Bq/Kg
November 2012 : 97.2 Bq/Kg
November 2012 : 41.7 Bq/Kg

http://fukushima-diary.com/2012/12/radioactive-material-measured-from-fukushima-honey-higher-than-last-year/

 

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Future of nuclear power in Japan fuzzier with LDP win

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121217p2a00m0na022000c.html

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Australia Is Celebrating Japan’s LDP Win, Sending Share Prices of Uranium Miners Soaring

 LDP won two-thirds of the seats by getting votes of only 25% of eligible voters (or 42% of votes actually cast). It’s hardly a mandate, but yes political will will be there, which has hardly anything to do with what the majority of the citizens want.

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/australia-is-celebrating-japans-ldp-win.html

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Voter voices: No choice but to vote for pro-nuclear party

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121217p2a00m0na029000c.html

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Japan Future Party Leader Kada Says She Will Work With Japan Restoration Party’s Toru Hashimoto

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/japan-future-party-leader-kada-says-she.html 

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Communists, socialists fight losing battle, likely to affect Constitutional debate

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20121217p2a00m0na028000c.html

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Zero nuclear goal looks vulnerable

http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20121217b1.html

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Japan Officials: Ground subsidence spreading after quake — Concern about sinking buildings being damaged — Only an inch can jeopardize stability (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/japan-officials-ground-subsidence-is-spreading-after-quake-concern-about-sinking-buildings-being-damaged-only-an-inch-can-jeopardize-stability-video

Quake-caused subsidence spreads

The Environment Ministry says nearly 6,000 square kilometers of land across Japan have subsided by more than 2 centimeters in the last fiscal year.

The figure is about 1,000 times greater than in the previous fiscal year that ended March last year, and the largest-ever since records began in 1978.

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20121218_05.html

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Fukushima Watch: Getting Political Traction for the Anti-Nuke Movement

http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2012/12/17/fukushima-watch-getting-political-traction-for-the-anti-nuke-movement/

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Engineer: “Much more problem” — Destroyed Fukushima Unit 3 to never be reinforced over next 40 years

http://enenews.com/engineer-much-more-problem-destroyed-fukushima-unit-3-will-never-be-reinforced-over-next-40-years-video

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New Fairewinds Video: Tepco reveals “detonation shock wave” during massive explosion at Fukushima Unit 3

http://enenews.com/new-fairewinds-video-tepco-reveals-detonation-shock-wave-during-explosion-fukushima-unit-3-photo-video

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Professor: Japan’s radioactive crops being shipped to cleaner areas and mixed into food supply?

http://enenews.com/professor-japans-radioactive-crops-shipped-clean-areas-mixed-food-supply-video

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Radioactive Japan: “New Nuke Plants Possible in a Safe Location”, Says LDP’s Abe

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2012/12/radioactive-japan-new-nuke-plants.html

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 Not Fukushima… this one’s in Niigata:

Kyodo: Level 1 incident at Japan nuclear plant — Deformed fuel rods stuck together in pool

http://enenews.com/kyodo-level-1-incident-at-japan-nuclear-plant-deformed-fuel-rods-stuck-together-in-pool

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Kaku: Fukushima reactors “a ticking time bomb” — “Catastrophe beyond comprehension” if major pipe break or quake

http://enenews.com/kaku-fukushima-reactors-like-ticking-time-bomb-catastrophe-beyond-comprehension-major-pipe-break-quake-video

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Gov’t Experts: No knowledge of what state melted fuel is in at Fukushima plant — Don’t know where it’s located — Persistent danger surrounds reactors — Collapses of facilities a threat

http://enenews.com/japan-govt-experts-no-knowledge-of-what-state-melted-nuclear-fuel-is-in-at-fukushima-plant-dont-know-where-its-located-persistent-danger-surrounds-reactors-collapses-of-plant-facilitie

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