Radioactive waste in grocery stores near Tokyo? 2,720 bq/kg of cesium in tea product from Chiba, 5 times legal limit — Saitama @ 1,530 bq/kg

Published: September 3rd, 2011 at 5:54 pm ET


Above-limit cesium found in 4 tea products from Saitama, Chiba, Kyodo News, September 3, 2011:

[…] A tea product using tea leaves from Chiba contained 2,720 becquerels of cesium per kilogram, exceeding the legally permitted level of 500 becquerels, and three products using leaves from Saitama contained 800 to 1,530 becquerels of cesium, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare said Friday.

It is the first time that radioactive cesium exceeding the legal limit has been detected in tea from Saitama. […]

h/t Anonymous tip

Published: September 3rd, 2011 at 5:54 pm ET


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40 comments to Radioactive waste in grocery stores near Tokyo? 2,720 bq/kg of cesium in tea product from Chiba, 5 times legal limit — Saitama @ 1,530 bq/kg

  • Sickputer

    And the levels of dangerous isotopes gets closer and closer to Tokyo… Sandwiched by these two prefectures:

  • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

    “a tea product using tea leaves” indicates that other ingredients were added to the product.

    That could mean that the tea leaves themselves contained even more becquerels than mentioned above.

    Perhaps they tried to dilute it by adding other substances, but the levels were still too high.

  • dpl dpl

    time for the Japanese peoples version of a tea party to sort out this deadly affair

  • SteveMT

    When will the Japanese government start reading these tea leaves? This has become Radiation 101 or better yet Common Sense 01.

    • lam335 lam335

      When will the rest of the world wake up and realize that it is in everybody’s interest if they pull together and throw all of their resources at this problem and get it under control as soon as possible? The longer it takes for it to be “contained,” the worse things will be for everybody.

      The Japanese government is clearly incompetent, but why isn’t the U.S. government doing more to help them? This stuff is raining down on us too. If only our politicians (and the people who vote for them) would open their eyes and acknowledge that fact, they might be motivated to help stop the situation.

    • Hemisfear311 Hemisfear311

      Reading tea leaves, might just be what the government has done up to now.

      There’s a word for it: Tasseography

      >Sarcasm off

    • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

      There is zero common sense in exploitation-based systems, such as corporativist governments (U.S., Japan, and others enmeshed in the case of FukuDai FUBAR fumbles) under worse concentration of wealth and power with greater militarization and covert agency manipulated technologies on the planet, geometrically worse, since WWII. The higher the pile of wealth, held by fewer hands, the more short-term, insane, violent and finite ecosystem obliterating the inevitable outcomes. This is part of what must be learned from this unfolding and worsening catastrophe. The universe, or whatever, is trying to tell we stupid monkeys something. Seriously, this situation is a lesson that is inevitable due to the absolute, or nearly so, lack of sustainability of exploitation-based systems, which we must respond to by allowing these circumstances to drive us to direct forms of actual democracy with actual FULL transparency. No toxic accidental or intentional genocidal or toxic corporation, government, military or covert org anywhere has even the very slightest right to exist without the DIRECT control of the public which they perpetually lie to, pollute, poison and obliterate. The inadequacies and utterly outrageous blindness and stupidity of the power elite status quos will otherwise sever everyone and everything from our foundations of life, much more than less, without such a radical and revolutionary overcoming of such power elites by the masses worldwide, at this time, by any means necessary.

      • Steven Steven

        What is it about tea that gets you yanks so riled up?

        +1 🙂

      • pacificgirl

        Open your eyes even further; they are demon possessed: better to summon up God who has already won the battle. He is going to perform a great exorcism on our world and he is going to come for his people.

        • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

          Dear Pacificgirl: I’m inclined to agree to a certain extent. However, what one might call “demon possession” I call anthropological distance from what I call, “the garden”. Too many generations moving aberrantly too far away from our inextricable relationship and full dependence, not theoretic but factual, on our finite ecosystem, which absolutely governs us and never ever the other way around, whatever arrogant creators of nuke plant, and CERN type scientists might have deluded themselves into thinking when tampering with the fabric of all things.

      • midwestern midwestern

        Three words: Boston Tea Party
        On Monday morning, the 29th of November, 1773, a handbill was posted all over Boston, containing the following words: “Friends! Brethren! Countrymen!–That worst of plagues, the detested tea, shipped for this port by the East India Company, is now arrived in the harbor; the hour of destruction, or manly opposition to the machinations of tyranny, stares you in the face. Every friend to his country, to himself and to posterity, is now called upon to meet at Faneuil Hall, at nine o’clock THIS DAY (at which time the bells will ring), to make united and successful resistance to this last, worst, and most destructive measure of administration.”
        Pallas, I thought you would like this. I’ve learned a lot from reading your words. They’re an inspiration. I have been reading the admin’s indispensable posts since March.
        I am going to write to our Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, US Department of State, 2201 C. StreetNW, Washington DC 20520, for a list of the edible items we are importing from Japan.

        • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

          Dear Midwestern: Tyvm! I’m sure everyone here would love to know what items are on this imported-from-Japan foods list. I’m about to get a new laptop computer and geiger counter (at least the latter with any luck) and am also worried about it’s post 311 Japanese components, in terms of radionuclide contamination and overall ionizing radioactivity. It’s unfortunate economically for the Japanese that boycotting products may be part of what WE outside of Japan have to do in order to protect ourselves and to help force the Japanese citizenry to overthrow their own ineffective leaderships when it comes to Fukushima. I’m not feeling “safe or something” (Petty or Bob Dillon, I can’t remember) here inside the borders of the U.S., as you so eloquently reminded us with the teaparty (the real one, not the present one) quotes we’ve got some upsetting the ‘ole apple carts to do here, as well, which could also help the Japanese with their necessary unseating of polity status quos. Thanks again.

  • bmurr bmurr

    I dont want tea with 500 Becquerel of cesium. legal or not! what a crock of nuclear bull. Who in the bleep do these people think they are making decisions about our health like this. I’m outraged that there is a possibility that someone knows the food I’m going to buy for my family has cesium in it, but to protect their proffits, they devise some legal limit so that they can get away with selling it to people.

  • Bought in L.A. California, Japanese Green Tea tests 59.1 cpm which is 65.1% HIGHER than previous background…

    see video:

    ….other Teas, purchased in USA, tested above background too.

    What does this imply?

    • bmurr bmurr

      glad to see USA government allows the transport of radioactive matterials into the country so easily.

      • lam335 lam335

        more info on Japanese food imports can be found here (8/28, 8/31, 9/1):

      • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

        Dear Bmurr: You hit on another extremely important point. The U.S. is allowing imports of highly radioactive materials, weapons and nuclear fuel waste, absolutely really, unimpeded by any meaningful semblance of critical mass resistance by ACTIVE public outrage to prevent it. Our government, once a little scared of the average Joe when publicly gathered in focused, protest in sufficient numbers before 1980-1985 (?) no longer gives a shit. In reality, they MOST gave a shit between 1850 and 1934 (Warner Act, NLRA). Things were better for working Americans after we aided the scumbag billionaires in plundering huge new swaths of the planet during WWII (the greatest generation?). Why should they be scared of us now. We did NOTHING after Reagan fired 11K air traffic controllers. Doing something that causes any inconvenience for other “employees” is just a big inconvenience we told by the modern media. Why should that make sense? Obviously, we’re generally a nation of cowards. They’ll desensitize us in public on our 1984-esque fully censored corporativist media before we know it about the fact that they’re shipping this deadly radioactive crap absolutely without any reasonable shipping safety standards. They’ll, and there are “theys”,just make it seem normalized to us and that weak effort on their part will successfully pull the wool over the wooly eyed, intellectually and politically lazy average U.S. American (what I call Dumbfuckistani). I think those who currently lack critical thinking (>90% of U.S. citizens)or realistically maybe 50% of those can do much better. The remaining 50% of the 90% who are currently deeply brainwashed or effectively so, are sociopaths. That’s what this nation has attracted and we’re not going to be able to ignore that fact. Stop trying to convince the sociopathic. Find the thinkers and empower them. The political sociopaths in the U.S. need to be repressed by the intelligent, which intelligence doesn’t take a college degree or the ability to speak languages other than English; but it does take having a soul.

        Already the English language media in the U.S. is owned by only five corporations. I know there is a version of the CIA. In case you didn’t know it, the CIA is the main controller of U.S. information in English and Spanish in all broadcast media from to NPR/PBS all the way to the most obvious mindless tripe for the stupidest fascist minions who watch and believe Faux News [Fox]. South of the border, Central and South Americans call the CIA, “See-ah”. It’s really only in the U.S. that the masses have zero clue who controls all information they see and why. We’re the most clueless nation on the planet. It’s really a bizarre thing.

        But, hey, why not dump radioactive waste here in the U.S? We’ve shown ZERO, as a nation of workers, problem over the past 30 years with having our jobs offshored, our wages slashed, our educators (the largest segment of employment actually) harrassed and poormouthed into near penury. The jobs have been shipped to intentionally suppress OUR OWN wages, benefits, safe working conditions and rights (heard of “at-will”???) in any other sector we might end up working in. It all goes together like a sinister puzzle. I’m not talking conspiracy; but the U.S. masses factual short-sighted lack of imagination and complicity in their own destruction. Has anyone read “Lies My Teacher Told Me” by James Loewen…an excellent book and inexpensive in paperback at that will give the ENE warriors here against fascism in the room an idea of the almost 400 years of ridiculous character defects of assimilated Americans in the boundaries of the present day U.S. We have to know what we’re up against. Are you tired yet of hearing (a bomb could have blown off som stupid American’s face and they’ll say), “it ain’t so bad, you think too much, the government’s not that bad, rich people are just better than us…yada yada,”

        • Pallas89juno Pallas89juno

          I meant to also say that there is a version of the CIA in Japan, as well as in Korea that were both set up by our CIA, actually. I wonder how many corporations own the media in the Japanese language? I would love to know that.

        • dpl dpl

          the mind controlled enslaved masses are not willing or capable to begin the journey necessary to free themselves from their
          mentally incapacitated state of self absorption and mindless consumption. To lift up their spirit trapped by demagogues and charlatans. To take control of their life by building a new future with others who share a belief in owning up to personal responsibility and resolving societal problems rooted in prejudice and inequality.

        • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

          I think that there many Americans who know a lot about what is going on, even a majority. But it isn’t considered polite to foist your political views off on someone else. And it is so very terrible that there needs to be a certain amount of surface denial in order to go on about surviving.

        • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

          Dear Pallas, thank you. I learn a lot from you and I like your style!

  • Fog coming in from the ocean and rains from the east ! Just as we see the fog roll in at the plant in comes off the ocean there and saturates the leaves gently !
    In grow house mushrooms, some fresh ventilation is taken in and that’s enough !
    “Black fog” !!

  • Need to find people with jobs that are in the night air/fog and see if they are seeming to have more health problems than others, now/future !
    People should not venture out until the fog has burned off !

    • pacificgirl

      *#@#*!! leaf blowers blowing black dust today and not many leaves…and no masks Quick gotta shut my windows. This is insane that they aren’t told what they are blowing (besides the government).

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  • Cindy

    copied and pasted from the article:

    “It is the first time that radioactive cesium exceeding the legal limit has been detected in tea from Saitama. ”

    Maybe it is the first time they checked!!

    It seems they Cover their A$$es, by always seeming to play stupid in saying, this is the first time such and such levels of cesium have been detected, here/ there/ wherever…

    Makes them seem stupid.. DUH, we didn’t know…

    REALLY ??

    good grief!!

  • went to a supermarket with a Geiger counter. The reading increased as I entered there, even more increase at the vegetable section. I know that Geiger counter can’t measure foods but a bit scary…@ Osaka (west part of Japan)

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