ABC: Official says Japan betrayed its own people over radiation dangers — Gov’t actions akin to murder — “We didn’t think of that” says Science Ministry (AUDIO)

Published: January 18th, 2012 at 6:58 pm ET


Title: Japan ‘betrayed citizens’ over radiation danger – ABC Ballarat – Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Source: ABC Australia
Author:Mark Willacy
Date: January 19, 2012 09:52:57


Japan has been accused of betraying its own people by giving the American military information about the spread of radiation from Fukushima more than a week before it told the Japanese public.

The mayor of a Japanese community abandoned because of its proximity to the Fukushima nuclear plant has told AM the government’s actions are akin to murder.

An official from Japan’s science ministry, which was in charge of mapping the spread of radiation, has acknowledged to AM that perhaps the public should have been told about the dangers at the same time the US military was informed. […]

Just three days after the tsunami crushed the Fukushima nuclear plant, Japan’s science ministry handed over computer predictions about the radiation dispersal to the US military. […]

Namie Mayor Tamotsu Baba

  • “Because we had no information, we were unwittingly evacuating to an area where the radiation level was high. So I’m very worried about the people’s health”
  • “I feel pain in my heart but also rage over the poor actions of the government”
  • “It’s not nice language, but I still think it was an act of murder”
  • “What were they thinking when it came to people’s dignity and lives? I doubt that they even thought about our existence”

Itaru Watanabe from the science ministry says the government:

  • “According to the government panel investigating the disaster, the information about the potential spread of radiation could have been given to the public”
  • “The science ministry should have told the nuclear disaster task force to pass on the data to the people”
  • “But we didn’t think of that”

Read the report here

Published: January 18th, 2012 at 6:58 pm ET


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38 comments to ABC: Official says Japan betrayed its own people over radiation dangers — Gov’t actions akin to murder — “We didn’t think of that” says Science Ministry (AUDIO)

  • Blown Camaro

    Murder sounds about right. Now what will the punishment be?

    • arclight arclight

      no punishment, forgive and change the system! my take!

      banzai.. love the aussies!!! save assange!!

    • or-well

      “Nothing focuses the mind like a hanging.”
      A Samuel Johnson quote.

      My point: when one believes there are no negative consequences for bad deeds there is little motivation to abstain from bad deeds for some people.

      When politicians and bureaucrats believe they are untouchable we get secrecy and unaccountability, among other things.

      • kintaman kintaman

        No public hanging!! Put them ALL to work at Fukushima Daiichi to do MANUAL labor to clean the plant up. EVERYONE. Top government officials, TEPCO (former and present) execs and CEO, Media people who lied and concealed the truth (reporters, anchors, newsroom staff, editorial people, execs, owners). ALL!! They are all GUILTY of this.

  • arclight arclight

    ermmm forgive :/ yamashita!!

    • What a bunch of hooey from a supposed medical radiation expert.

      Japan set a 20 mSv annual dose for everyone in Japan as being ‘safe’.

      20 mSv = 2000 millirem annually. The American Health Physics Society reports that average US nuclear plant worker gets 180 Millirem over a year.

      Japan set this 20 mSv level as ‘safe’ for ordinary citizens. NOne of these citizens are working in nuclear power plants. Citizens get 2,000 units of radiation, while highly paid nuclear workers cannot get more than 180 by law. Are they supposed to celebrate and be grateful for all of this ‘free’ extra radiation, provided at no cost by the nuclear industry and the IAEA?

      The risk caused by this radiation to ordinary people is high and they are NOT paid for this, or compensated for increased disease/cancer risk. This 20 mSv also does NOT include internal exposure from food or drinks, nor does it factor in inhaled hot particles of plutonium or uranium.

      This radiation exposure policy for Japan was approved by IAEA as an ‘acceptable risk’. The Head of IAEA is a man by the name of Yukiya Amano. The IAEA is an organization that PROMOTES nuclear power. It does not have a primary function of ‘regulating’ or even of protecting human health, yet it is in charge of both marketing nuclear power, and supposedly protecting human health at the same time. How can this be? It is like asking a hunter to not shoot animals. The IAEA is in the business of promoting nuclear power, PERIOD. Why are they in charge of telling people how much radiation is ‘safe’ or even ‘acceptable’ as a risk?

      The supposed doctor above says radiation does not hurt kids… He did not read this…..

      Low Dose Chernobyl and Fukushima Radiation Dangers To Children

      • atoms4peace1

        One can not compare the 20 mSv to the average nuclear worker and say its unsafe. The real result – nuclear workers are very safe. The government allows 50 mSv a year and if the average is 18 mSv then thats better for the nuclear workers. People spend 50 years in these jobs. Small amounts of radiation over a long time are not as deleterious because the body repairs all the time.

        • It only takes ONE cell going rogue from DNA damage caused by radiation INSIDE the body from a RADIOACTIVE cesium, strontium or plutonium particle, which also acts as a toxic heavy metal, much like lead.

          This DNA damage (caused DIRECTLY by a nuclear accident) can and does initiate CANCER, or one of 2,600 genetic dis-eases. This is a well known mechanism. The immune system protects us, but a white blood cell is killed by radiation just as easily as a red blood cell, or a bone cell, or a heart cell, or any other cell in the body.

          Of course, the industry resists this whole concept and everything to do with it..The nuclear industry says that no one is harmed by any low dose radiation, EVER. And certainly NO DEATHS are caused by this mechanism, started by a nuclear accident.

          Of course, people can always believe what the nuclear industry and their marketing arms says; just smile more, and radiation will not harm you.

          It reminds me of the tobacco CEO’s getting up in front of Congress and testifying under oath that tobacco DOES NOT CAUSE CANCER, EVER.

          Uh huh, and the moon is made of cheese, and the tooth fairy will bring me money, and Santa Claus is real.. uh huh…. uh huh…

          • There are no ‘safe’ doses of radiation coming out of nuclear reactor accidents… numerous scientific and medical studies confirm this..

            CLAIMING that nuclear workers are safe with the radiation that they are exposed to is meaningless… Even the US government admitted that nuclear workers have gotten cancer from their exposure, but only recently.


            • Mack Mack

              Leukemia is 63% higher among male atomic workers at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) than among all U.S. males.

              V. Beral, P. Fraser, L. Carpenter, M. Booth, A. Brown, and G. Rose, “Mortality of Employees of the Atomic Weapons Establishment, 1951-1982.” BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL, Vol. 97 (1988)

              More sources on radiation exposure and cancer:

              Catherine Caufield, MULTIPLE EXPOSURES; CHRONICLES OF THE RADIATION AGE (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1990)

              John W. Gofman, RADIATION-INDUCED CANCER FROM LOW-DOSE EXPOSURE: AN INDEPENDENT ANALYSIS (San Francisco, CA: Committee for Nuclear Responsibility)

              • Mack Mack

                “Nuclear reactors produce large quantities of ionizing radiation as a byproduct of fission during operation. In addition, they produce highly radioactive nuclear waste, which will emit ionizing radiation for thousands of years for some of the fission byproducts.”


                • Mack Mack

                  Here’s an interesting find:

                  The Department of Labor compensated workers exposed to ionizing radiation (note that thorium workers are included–for those trying to promote thorium reactors as safe, do you really want more thorium workers getting cancer?)


                  “These employees, or their survivors, are eligible for benefits if, after beginning covered employment, they contracted one or more of the following specified cancers:

                  bone cancer;
                  renal cancer;
                  leukemia (other than chronic lymphocytic leukemia) provided that the onset of the disease was at least two years after first exposure;
                  lung cancer (other than in situ lung cancer that is discovered during or after a post-mortem exam); or one of the following diseases, provided onset was at least five years after the first exposure:
                  multiple myeloma;
                  lymphomas (other than Hodgkin’s disease); or Primary cancer of the:
                  male or female breast
                  small intestine
                  bile ducts
                  gall bladder
                  salivary gland
                  urinary bladder
                  liver (except if cirrhosis or hepatitis B is indicated)

                  So that’s a list of cancers they attribute to exposure to ionizing radiation.

        • Bobby1

          “Small amounts of radiation over a long time are not as deleterious because the body repairs all the time.”

          More lies… it is worse over a long period of time, the Petkau effect.

  • arclight arclight

    ermm , not sure about this one though??

    Japanese Pro-Nuke Scientists: “Plutonium is Not That Dangerous” From: tokyobrowntabby | 4 Aug 2011 | 7,242 views

    • the yeoman the yeoman

      Golden oldies…tnanks arclight
      remember this number one hit…Ann Coulter never fails to please
      notice the bs coming from both directions.

      manslaughter yes

      Murder no…that would suggest they cared

      remember the last bullet point “But we didn’t think of that”

      guess they forgot 🙁

    • PMID 8927705 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]

      Summary of 144 Beagle dog study inhaling plutonium dust particles.
      Out of the 144 dogs;
      93 developed bone tumors and died
      46 developed lung tumors and died
      2 developed liver tumors and died
      The rest developed radiation pneumonia and died.

      Total deaths; 144

      It took a few years, but plutonium dust killed them ALL.

      Correct me if I am mistaken.. This does not sound like the safe, harmless substance that these experts are talking about.

      • Conclusion of researchers:

        “These findings in dogs suggest that similar dose-related biological effects could be expected in humans accidentally exposed to 238 PuO2.”

        Oh yea, are we having fun yet? The estimated amount of radioactive and toxic plutonium released from the explosion of reactor #3, and the spent fuel pool on top of it, is around 660 POUNDS.

        When this all exploded in a huge nuclear mushroom cloud, the plutonium turned into dust and was spread out via the wind and high altitude jet stream to EVERYONE on EARTH, including you, me, and all your kids, compliments of the nuclear industry.

        The company and Japanese government will not admit that anything happened to the reactor or spent fuel pool, despite the fact that it is completely disappeared, gone, no more, sayanara.

        What do YOU think?

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  • StillJill StillJill

    Wow,…that’s pretty scathing! Three times, admission of wrong-doing? Legal culpability? I’m confused. O.K., what’s BLOWING UP,..and where? Oh yeah, reactor building #4, and her pool of spent ‘hot toddies’!

    I thought the article was quite factual, yet not over the top,..until this line: “proving wide of the mark.” That’s one of the lamest admissions of a mistake I’ve ever heard! But,…I see growth in the TRUTH stream coming out.

  • Bobby1

    So… where are the radiation dispersal projections that the US military has?

    The American people haven’t been informed either. Why isn’t that murder too?

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  • arclight arclight

    “A system that was designed to protect and warn them has clearly failed.”

    from the article.. and the iaea had to say…

    Response to the nuclear emergency
    “At 19:03 on the same day, the Prime Minister declared the nuclear emergency and established the Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters …… In parallel, other ministries and agencies established organizations to respond to the emergency.”

    “SPEEDI normally calculates forecast data by inputting the release source information comprised of radiation monitoring data transmitted from reactor facilities, meteorological conditions provided by the Meteorological Agency and topographical data. However, it could not conduct its primary functions to quantitatively forecast atmospheric concentration of radioactive materials and air dose rate because source term information through ERSS could not be obtained in this accident.”

    “Also, staff of Nuclear Safety Technology Center who operates the system was assigned to NISA and MEXT. On the other hand, staff of Nuclear Safety Technology Center was not assigned to NSC Japan because it was to request calculation by SPEEDI to the Nuclear Safety Technology Center through MEXT when NSC Japan needed such calculation.”

    Huh?? And this…

    • arclight arclight


      “Therefore, the head and other staff had to move temporarily to the neighboring Environmental Radioactivity Monitoring Center of Fukushima, where they used the satellite phone installed in the Center to secure external communication.”

      “MEXT dispatched monitoring cars from a major nuclear emergency prevention facility in Ibaraki prefecture, ……… (two owned by MEXT and two by JAEA).”

      “The information of the first environmental radiation monitoring conducted on March 13 was made public by NISA at 7:30 on March 14. This monitoring observed radiation dose rate higher than 30 μSv/h in some area.”

      “Environment monitoring conducted from 20:40 to 20:50 on March 15 at 3 locations by a monitoring car travelling around Namie Town, 20 km northwest of Fukushima Dai-ichi NPS observed 330 μSv/h at maximum outside of the car. This data was made public by MEXT at 1:05, March 16.”

      NSC Japan proposed to conduct early monitoring of milk, drink water and agricultural products at a conference with emergently called up team at Prime Minister’s office.”

      “How evacuation area and “stay in-house” area were established”

      More here……

    • arclight arclight

      conlusion of report

      “We take very seriously the fact that the accident, triggered by a natural disaster of an earthquake and tsunamis, became a severe accident due to such causes as the losses of power and cooling functions, and that consistent preparation for severe accidents was insufficient.

      In light of the lessons learned from the accident, Japan has recognized that a fundamental revision of its nuclear safety preparedness and response is inevitable.” [arc admission here?]

      “Japan will update information on the accident and lessons learned from it in line with the future process of restoration of stable control and also further clarification of its investigations.

      Moreover, it will continue to provide such information and lessons learned to the International Atomic Energy Agency as well as to countries around the world.
      XIII -2

      Moreover, we feel encouraged by the support towards restoration from the accident received from many countries around the world to which we express our deepest gratitude, and we would sincerely appreciate continued support from the IAEA and countries around the world.”

      • stopnp stopnp

        Another fine promotion from the iaea. Go ahead and start the reactors up.

        These things are so unsafe. The People who regulate them are so corrupt.

        You would think after irradiating the planet that maybe they would rethink their careers. Try to remember that theyre human beings just like the other people that are being affected by all of this. Maybe realize that this problem is going to remain longer than our human civilization has/possibly will.

        What does it take to realize that nuclear power is not a good idea?

  • Jebus Jebus

    This doesn’t sound like a responsible utility company, does it?

    Tepco Cut Backup Power at Fukushima Before Crisis, Sankei Says
    By Chisaki Watanabe – Jan 18, 2012 6:15 PM PT

    Tokyo Electric Power Co. disconnected an emergency power source at its Fukushima nuclear plant four months before the earthquake and tsunami in March last year wrecked the station, the Sankei newspaper said.

  • Room101 Room101

    I’ve been camping for a few days. These people continue to make me puke.