Day 724 Let the march begin!

March is here – already?!!

And another march, at least here in Nagoya, begins this afternoon. The what-has-become-annual-event-against-the-restart-of-the-nuclear-reactors-all-over-Japan event is TODAY! The reason they are holding it today is that next weekend is the Women’s Marathon, and I suppose they want as many people to show up to the protest as possible.

Similar events will be held in Tokyo and elsewhere on Sunday 10 March.

Today’s venue is Angel Hiroba in Sakae, the plaza across from Matsuzakaya.

10:00 ~ Flea market

11:00 ~ Stage event

13:30 ~ Main stage speeches, etc.

15:00 ~ Parade begins (2 courses)

~ 17:00 End

For more information (in Japanese) see:

http://311aichi.net

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And now, to catch up on the news:

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Abe vows to restart Japan nuclear reactors in policy speech

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130228p2a00m0na014000c.html

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Fukushima cancer headlines appear all over mainstream media

http://enenews.com/fukushima-cancer-headlines-all-over-mainstream-media

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Lead Architect of Microsoft Windows 95: Something very much amiss in Fukushima — Like an almost totalitarian state — People now saying “For the sake of my child’s health, I’m not going to think about radiation”

http://enenews.com/lead-architect-of-microsoft-windows-95-something-very-much-amiss-in-fukushima-like-an-almost-totalitarian-state-people-now-saying-for-the-sake-of-my-childs-health-im-not-go 

Title: Japanese Blogger’s Troubling Insight into the Psyche of Post-Disaster Fukushima Residents
Source: RocketNews24
Author: Philip Kendall
Date: Mar. 1, 2013

Excerpts from Nakajima’s message translated in the RocketNews24 report:

  • Despite evacuating Fukushima in the summer and coming to live in Yamagata Prefecture, I make occasional trips back to the area. […] From doctors and hospital staff to schools and city officials, the message being repeated over and over is that Fukushima is safe, so much so that I have come to feel that, if I didn’t go along with it and join in this way of thinking, then I would simply not be welcome there.
  • People have begun saying ‘For the sake of my child’s health, I’m not going to think about radiation any more.’
  • The government has created an environment wherein people are going about their daily lives, all the time wondering whether their child will develop cancer or leukemia, yet conditioned not to breathe a word about it. It’s like living in wartime Japan again.
  • We cannot put our faith in a government that is telling us ‘there is no immediate harm,’ when, prior to the accident, entry into areas with the same amount of radiation would have been prohibited.

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Radiation exposure data for over 20,000 nuclear cleanup workers still not submitted

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130228p2a00m0na013000c.html

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Top Official: Fukushima reactors fragile and hazardous — Still don’t know radiation levels by ‘rubble’ around plant, ‘hot spots’ could be anywhere

http://enenews.com/top-official-fukushima-reactors-fragile-and-hazardous-still-dont-know-radiation-levels-by-rubble-around-plant-hot-spots-could-be-anywhere

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Former crew member of ship exposed to radiation speaks against nukes

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130302p2a00m0na007000c.html

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510,000 Bq/Kg from fat greenling caught in Fukushima plant port, over 100,000 Bq/Kg from 30% of the samples

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/02/510000-bqkg-from-fat-greenling-caught-in-fukushima-plant-port-over-100000-bqkg-from-30-of-the-samples/#.US82H7Nvlb4.facebook

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Power companies to face tough new standards for nuke reactor restarts

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130228p2a00m0na015000c.html

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Japan Physician: Many children in greater Tokyo area complained of similar symptoms after 3/11 — Radiation levels in large cities in Fukushima exceed Chernobyl’s high contamination areas (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/japan-physician-many-children-in-greater-tokyo-area-complained-of-similar-symptoms-after-311-radiation-levels-in-large-cities-in-fukushima-exceeded-chernobyls-high-contamination-areas-video

Title: Fukushima: Surviving The Tsunami
Source: CCTV News – CNTV English
Reporter: Tony Cheng
Uploaded by: MissingSky101
Date Aired: March 16, 2012
Date Published: February 27, 2013

At 4:00 in

During a short break, he takes me through the Ohashi children’s symptoms. Symptoms he’s seen all over Fukushima prefecture.

Dr. Tomoyuki Yamazaki, Specialist in the medical effects of radiation exposure: From my experience, in a wide area many children in Fukushima and the greater Tokyo area were complaining of similar symptoms in March.

Reporter: And how do the levels of radiation here compare to what he’s seen in Chernobyl?

Dr. Yamazaki: In Koriyama or Fukushima [City] exceed that level. Chernobyl’s high radiation areas measure 12 or 13 times as high as we’re seeing here, but there are parts of Koriyama and Fukushima which are forty times as high as it is here.

Dr. Yamazaki fears the reality for Fukushima could soon be the same as that of Chernobyl, with children suffering from radiation related illnesses for decades.

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Fukushima Prefectural Officials Want Children to Come to Fukushima on School Trips, Promise “Charm and Safety” and “Heart-Throbbing Experience”

http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/02/fukushima-prefectural-officials-want.html

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Japan updates post-Fukushima crisis disaster mitigation guidelines

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Paper: Nuclear meltdown at sea “would have a far more devastating effect” than on land — Thousands of cubic miles of ocean contaminated

http://enenews.com/paper-nuclear-meltdown-at-sea-would-have-a-far-more-devastating-effect-than-on-land-thousands-of-cubic-miles-of-ocean-contaminated

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Nuclear Engineer: Proof that fuel fragments were “sneezed” out of Unit 1 Fukushima Reactor and into Torus

http://enenews.com/nuclear-engineer-proof-fuel-fragments-sneezed-unit-1-fukushima-reactor-torus

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Nuclear Engineer on New Footage: Little doubt that failed fuel exists in Fukushima Unit 3 pool — “Highly radioactive” (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/nuclear-engineer-little-doubt-that-failed-fuel-exists-in-fukushima-unit-3-pool-highly-radioactive-video

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News Navigator: What has happened to debris from tsunami disaster areas?

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/perspectives/news/20130225p2a00m0na013000c.html

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Bizarre “radiation incident” as Fukushima plumes hit U.S. in March 2011 — Law enforcement divisions descended on home of teenager with geiger counter (VIDEO)

http://enenews.com/bizarre-radiation-incident-as-fukushima-plumes-hit-u-s-in-march-2011-law-enforcement-divisions-descended-on-home-of-teenager-with-geiger-counter

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After Fukushima: families on the edge of meltdown

Two years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, a new phenomenon is on the rise: atomic divorce. Abigail Haworth reports on the unbearable pressures and prejudices being faced by those caught in the radiation zone

http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2013/feb/24/divorce-after-fukushima-nuclear-disaster

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Radiation levels in 80-km zone around Fukushima plant down 40 percent: gov’t

http://mainichi.jp/english/english/newsselect/news/20130302p2a00m0na008000c.html

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US to use Japanese donations for tsunami debris

http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/20130302_15.html

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Collective exposure dose still remains high at Fukushima Daiichi

http://english.kyodonews.jp/news/2013/03/211928.html

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Tepco to discharge underground water via bypass to the sea this April

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/03/tepco-to-discharge-underground-water-via-bypass-to-the-sea-this-april/

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Mr. Yamamoto Taro’s mother moved abroad

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/03/mr-yamamoto-taros-mother-moved-abroad/

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Tepco started propaganda to downplay the risk of Tritium for discharging contaminated water to the sea

http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/03/tepco-started-propaganda-to-downplay-the-risk-of-tritium-for-discharging-contaminated-water-to-the-sea/

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WHO Report on Risk Assessment from #Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant Accident

 http://ex-skf.blogspot.jp/2013/02/who-report-on-risk-assessment-from.html

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Japan official credits typhoons with helping spread Fukushima fallout

http://enenews.com/japan-official-credits-recent-typhoons-with-helping-spread-fukushima-fallout

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Fukushima cleanup workers break silence: Ordered to dump ‘debris’ into river — Gov’t “appeared not to believe him”

http://enenews.com/fukushima-cleanup-workers-break-silence-ordered-to-dump-debris-into-river-govt-appeared-not-to-believe-him

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