ABC Australia: Physicians call for much wider evacuations in Japan — Gov’t continues to significantly under report radiation levels

Published: January 5th, 2012 at 6:42 pm ET


Can Japan do better than Chernobyl?, Australian Broadcasting Corporation by Dr Margaret Beavis, Jan. 6, 2012:

[…] There have been many failures in the handling of this situation. But perhaps the greatest relate to the government’s duty of care to protect Japanese citizens. The government failed to act on information about radioactive plumes. In doing so it exposed many communities to harmful radiation, and many evacuated into even higher radioactive areas.

In addition, the government has declared the “safe” allowable limits for radiation exposure can be changed from the internationally accepted levels of 1 mSv to 20 mSv a year. Women and children are particularly sensitive to radiation exposure. Subjecting children to 20mSv a year for five years will result in about 1 in 30 developing cancer. After Chernobyl anyone likely to be exposed to more than 5 mSv a year was evacuated, and those in areas of 1-5 mSv were offered relocation and bans were placed on eating locally produced food.

Finally, there is an ongoing culture of poor monitoring, poor information release and cover up. It continues to significantly under report radiation levels, claiming total radiation releases at approximately half the level of observed releases detected by world wide Nuclear Test Ban Treaty monitoring sites. Current radioactivity levels are measured at 1 metre off the ground, not at ground level where children play and where radioactivity levels are significantly higher. […]

From a public health perspective the Japanese government continues to fail to protect its people, particularly its children. To quote Tilman Ruff, Associate Professor at the Nossal Institute for Global Health, “At this point, the single most important public health measure to minimi[s]e the health harm over the long term is much wider evacuation.” […]

Published: January 5th, 2012 at 6:42 pm ET


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63 comments to ABC Australia: Physicians call for much wider evacuations in Japan — Gov’t continues to significantly under report radiation levels

  • PoorDaddy PoorDaddy

    @all enenewsers……
    Please share this song with all the “ostriches” you know out there…at least the ones that will still talk to you!! LOL
    and I promise, this is the last time I’ll post it.

  • lam335 lam335

    re: “Can Japan do better than Chernobyl?”

    Better? It would be progress if Japan would even protect its people as well as the Soviets. I truly never thought I’d find myself saying anything good about the way the Soviets handled Chernobyl–they also delayed informing/evacuating the public and even encouraged them to go outside for May Day celebrations. But in the end they did evacuate most of the people, rather than leaving them in the worst parts of the zone to continue being irradiated at high levels. In Japan, there seems to be a kind of social pressure to continue living there and acting as if nothing is wrong. This is suicide–and genocide against their own people.

  • Mack Mack

    Great article. Some points that stuck out:

    “A cosy relationship between the regulators and the power companies paved the way.”

    “…there is an ongoing culture of poor monitoring, poor information release and cover up.”

    “Subjecting children to 20mSv a year for five years will result in about 1 in 30 developing cancer.”

    “…the health risks do not disappear by legislating a convenient figure for radiation exposure.”

    “From a public health perspective the Japanese government continues to fail to protect its people, particularly its children.”

  • vital1 vital1

    I have created a handout which I email, or give to people when I go on my morning walk, plus I put a few in some local letterboxes each time.

    You don’t need to explain anything just distribute it.

    Use my handout, or create your own. I known their are thousands of enenews users.

    Reading the posts here as things get worse will not change anything. We need to act as a collective to create a mass awareness change in the world wide community on the dangers of nuclear, plus seriousness of the Fukushima disaster before anything will change.

    I know a lot of you have been frustrated trying to convey this message. This method will allow you to communicate the message easily.

    Feedback is welcome.

  • or-well

    And Japanese Doctors?
    Timorous mice!
    What Oath Hippocratic?
    Hypocrisy vice!
    No rad-sickness here,
    It doesn’t exist,
    It can’t in the land
    Of plum-blossom bliss,
    in the wafting scent
    Of statistical mist,
    Through the mountain pass
    Of cherry-picked baselines
    And cultural buffering.
    That’s how they’ll hide
    A Mount Fuji of suffering
    As their nation declines.
    Don’t bother telling me
    You think this unfair
    As they doom
    Helpless children to
    Lives of despair.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    James Corbett – Hour 1 – Fukushima Disaster Update
    January 5, 2012

  • Jebus Jebus

    I truly care and feel sorry for the people of Japan but, this statement struck me.

    “It continues to significantly under report radiation levels, claiming total radiation releases at approximately half the level of observed releases detected by world wide Nuclear Test Ban Treaty monitoring sites.”

    It is not just Japan covering this up, the whole nuclear community is complicite in this coverup.

    What were the total releases that were announced by Tepco and the Japanese Government?

    Now times that by two.

    And with ongoing releases as we breathe in.

    This accident has far and away released more deadly radionuclides into the air and sea than Chernobyl did, period.

    Do not let anyone make you believe otherwise.

    All of the evidence supporting that is documented in the pages of enenews.

    Fukushima is the worst man made disaster in human history.

  • Grampybone Grampybone

    The Japanese people are helpless under the crushing weight of a complacent and criminally negligent system that caters to the needs of the few while trampling the many. Without change will come death. Stand up, speak out.

    • Whoopie Whoopie


    • arclight arclight

      heres a story of adaptation in japan to the situation

      Mothers first to shed food-safety complacency

      Staff writer
      Third of five parts

      “Once career-oriented, Nakayama, 41, quit her full-time job in August and now devotes her life to doing her utmost to minimize her 3-year-old son’s exposure to the various dangerous isotopes released amid the three meltdowns at the Tokyo Electric Power Co. plant.

      Her efforts range from preparing foods with what she hopes are the safest ingredients to becoming a key member of a group of mothers based in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo, worried about radiation.

      When she bakes bread or cream stew, for example, she goes out of her way to pick ingredients that come from outside the Tohoku or Kanto regions.

      “It takes double the time it used to prepare a meal now,” Nakayama said.

      “My priorities have changed. My child comes first now,” she said. “When it comes to radiation problems, our only option is self-protection.””

      “…Yoshiko Fukagawa, 41, mother of a 7-year-old and a 4-year-old, also takes extra care in selecting food because of the nuclear crisis. She and her offspring fled from Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, to Setagaya Ward on March 17 and still live in an evacuee complex.

      “I feel a sense of crisis over food safety,” Fukagawa said. “And I can’t trust the government. I have to set my own standards and make my own choices.”

      well done the physicians for supporting the people!

      there is a need for understanding internally displaced peoples issues.. there are many resources for the japanese people draw on… they just need to begin a comprehensive monitoring system, using indutsry, medical and educational and private testing sources too!

      kick out the usa bases and use those fascilities to house communities as opposed to individuals (obama should have offered by know.. he knows the…

      • or-well

        This article DOES NOT mention physicians !

        It is indeed good that people are taking their safety into their own hands.

        The article quotes two university professors, Anzai and Yamaguchi, one a radiation protection specialist, the other a prof. of food safety.

        They may indeed have Doctorate degrees in their fields, the article doesn’t say. BUT THEY ARE NOT DOCTORS.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Even if the exposure rates were low in Japan, say, as low level and safe as they are saying on the west coast of US, consider this…

    Low-Level Radiation
    The Effects on Human and Non-Human Life
    Lecture by Dr. Alice Stewart

    . . . And it was from what the mothers told us of these children that it became recognized that the children who had died of cancer — let’s say an early death from cancer, before the age of ten as it happened — had been twice as often x-rayed before they were born as the live children. X-ray, just an x-ray photograph. We’ve seen the cameras clicking ’round this hall all this morning. It’s difficult to imagine a dose of radiation that is as small, as temporary as an x-ray photograph. Click — it’s over.
    By the end of the time we did the survey — we met of course with terrible opposition when we produced this fact, but we’ve been given now 30 years to establish what everybody now agrees to, and that is, that if single, non-repeated exposure to a small dose of ionizing radiation before you are born is sufficient to increase the risk of an early cancer death, and that the sooner this event happens after conception, the nearer you are to conception, the more dangerous it is. Probably every childhood cancer, except the man-made ones from x-rays, could be due to background radiation. Are you going to play with that ball of fire and say it’s safe? Are you going to introduce into the human race the possibility of causing not only — shall we put it into technical terms — adding to population loads of cancer? Are you going to be happier by adding to population loads of defective genes for future generations?

    • Mack Mack

      A little OT, but this is why women (and really everyone) should not go thru airport body scanners. had this on his site today:

      “Radiation doctor says TSA naked body scanners can cause cancer”

      • Jebus Jebus

        Mack, your post really is on topic, because it shows that even the little “snapshots” of “low level” radiation have proven to directly cause cancer and DNA damage.

        Oh, don’t worry, it’s just like gettin an X-Ray… 😐

        • arclight arclight

          around the world we are getting these “snapshots” all the time from the air we breath as well.. nice one the nuclear companies!! nice one the IAEA!!

    • arclight arclight

      Why Nuclear Veterans are Being Silenced, Paul Langley’s Nuclear History Blog, 6 Jan 12

      “The fierce contesting of litigation by the MoD results from the 1950’s cold war Prime Ministerial policy edict of Sir Anthony Eden which decided that scientific warnings of the danger of genetic damage in nuclear test veterans from exposure to radiation could be ignored as

      “ a pity , but it cannot be helped.”

      This policy edict has been passed down from officials within the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to all successive Prime Ministers and upheld for over fifty years . It explains the bizarre backward somersaulting of countless Ministers from their previous firm support when in opposition .

      Bizarre, because the only excuse offered is they have become “ privy to new information on becoming a Minister” only they never , ever explain the new information they have become privy to .
      This report explains why ……..”

  • arclight arclight

    Radiation Causing Unusual Changes: What’s Happening to Children Now? (July 14, 2011)
    From: tokyobrowntabby | 20 Oct 2011 | 12,469 views Loading…Please click on “cc” button to show English subtitles.

    This video is from a webcast program called “ContAct,” webcasted on July 14, 2011 by OurPlanet-TV. OurPlanet-TV is an alternative media/non profit webcast station with no religious or political affiliations. It was founded by a small group of producers, video journalists and other media professionals who questioned the way mainstream media covered 9.11 and the events that followed.

    There’s a free download of the complete book “Chernobyl: Consequences of the Catastrophe for People and the Environment” available at:

    OurPlanet-TV English website:

    Translation by tokyobrowntabby, with a help from EX-SKF blog (

    French version is at kna60’s channel:

    German version is at 007bratsche’s channel:

  • arclight arclight

    Dr. Helen Caldicott:
    “Fukushima Is Many Times Worse Than Chernobyl”

    (Mar. 18, 2011) From: tokyobrowntabby | 3 Nov 2011 | 524 views Loading…This is a mirrored video. Dr. Helen Caldicott is an Australian physician, author, and anti-nuclear advocate who has founded several associations dedicated to opposing the use of nuclear power, depleted uranium munitions, nuclear weapons, nuclear weapons proliferation, war and military action in general (from Wikipedia).

    This video is from the press conference held in Montreal, Canada, on March 18 (only a week after the 3.11 disaster).

    The original video is at:

  • arclight arclight

    Children from Fukushima Make Pleas to the Government
    (Aug. 17, 2011) (Part 2 of 4) From: tokyobrowntabby | 31 Aug 2011

    Please click on “cc” button to show English subtitles. Part 1 is at:

    This meeting was held at the First Hall of the House of Representatives (Japan’s Lower House) on August 17, 2011, between 4 children from Fukushima and 10 bureaucrats from Ministry of Science and Education and Nuclear Emergency Response Headquarters at the Prime Minister’s Office.

    Translation and captioning by tokyobrowntabby.

    German subtitled version by 007bratsche is here: … (more info)

  • arclight arclight

    Protest! only 10% Children Evacuated Fukushima, F* TEPCO & Japan From: MsMilkytheclown | 5 Jan 2012 | 137 views Loading…TEPCO turning Fukushima women away at the door

    Counting Crows, “perfect blue buildings” aka: the Nuclear Reactor Buildings that are Blue….

    Uploaded by pejorativeglut on Jan 3, 2012

    On the 28th of December 2011, a group of Fukushima women visited the TEPCO head office
    in Tokyo. Though they made an appointment in advance to visit there, TEPCO refused to
    meet them in the office. They had to read their appeal letters aloud and handed them to the TEPCO employees outside.

    Above is an excerpt from the video below:
    「このままじゃ年越せない!」福島の女たち 東京電力へ 2011.12.28 *

  • arclight arclight

    and life goes on in the no go zone??

    lots of links to farm stuff here!

    Baby goat borned in Fukushima no go zone.
    This goat is third children.

  • arclight arclight

    Why are Japanese averse to immigration?
    by Peter Dyloco

    Opinions Jan. 06, 2012

    “In seeking answers and further clarification to the issue, I interviewed Jon Heese: a councillor in the city of Tsukuba and one of the few foreign-born politicians in Japan.

    Based on your experience living in Japan, why do you think the Japanese are so averse to immigration?
    There are no easy answers to that question, but I can list a few.
    The first is fear. People fear change. Most Japanese are used to doing things a certain way. They are afraid they will have to change the way things are done to accommodate the newcomers.
    When I was a young boy in Canada, we started to see immigrants from non-European countries filling the cities, with the perception that they were taking our jobs. Many in the older generation wore their racism on their sleeves. Now, most people have become accustomed to the diversity and acclimated to it.”

    And this

    “Many Japanese believe foreigners are more likely to commit crimes, in spite of statistics showing otherwise.
    Finally, we have excessive nationalism. Many people born in a country are taught to love and honor their homeland. In my opinion, it’s as bad as religion.”