Watch: Concern Japan gov’t is manipulating radiation readings — Levels nearby much higher than some monitoring posts indicate (VIDEO)

Published: October 23rd, 2012 at 3:40 pm ET


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Title: False hope: radiation monitoring in the Fukushima area
Source: Greenpeace International
Author: Greg McNevin
Date: Oct 23, 2012

[…] Earlier this month The Association for Citizens and Scientists Concerned About Internal Radiation Exposures raised concerns that the Japanese government was manipulating radiation readings with these official monitoring stations.

The story was familiar to us, as in March this year, while conducting radiation checks in a park in the suburb of Watari, we came across a newly installed official radiation monitoring post […] as soon as you stepped off the cleaned area the levels of contamination rose sharply, and remained much higher throughout the park – with the exception of around the official monitoring post itself. […]

Between October 16 and 19, Greenpeace checked 40 monitoring posts throughout Fukushima city. For 75% of them, the radiation readings close to the posts were lower than readings for their immediate surroundings. Contamination levels within 25 metres of the posts were up to six times higher than at the posts themselves. […]

“We have found that in general the government monitoring stations do not give a reliable indication of radiation risks” -Greenpeace radiation expert

Video regarding discrepancies in radiation dose levels nearby monitoring stations here

Published: October 23rd, 2012 at 3:40 pm ET


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36 comments to Watch: Concern Japan gov’t is manipulating radiation readings — Levels nearby much higher than some monitoring posts indicate (VIDEO)

  • arclight arclight

    drip drip

    its getting better though.. πŸ™‚
    great news admin

    • guezilla

      This just in: According to TEPCO, radioactive nuclide levels at Fukushima are below detection level: (Yeaaaah right…).
      I don't really get that report, though… You'd like to crack up some jokes about the sensitivity of their instruments, but those are some sensitive instruments/measurements there. So I don't really know what's going on with that, would be nice to have some note about measurement methods.

  • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

    Japan is a nation of fools ruled by criminals.
    You cannot decontaminate the mountains, the forests, nor the Pacific Ocean.
    You have a celebration on the occasion of sending Fuku cattle to the US market (thank you so much).
    You decontaminate school yards, but feed your students radioactive lunches.
    You send radioactive refuse to incinerators, which serve only to distribute the radiation far and wide.
    You allow nukes to be restarted, and allow the government to push the nuke end date to 2030 and beyond.
    Tokyo should have been evacuated on 3/11/2011, but you stayed, and now you shall sicken and die.
    Your celebrities support by eating, then quickly die of leukemia.
    You are the only nation to have been atomic bombed, yet you allow nuke plants to be built on your soil.
    Japan is toast. This is just so sad.

    • harengus_acidophilus

      "Japan is a nation of fools ruled by criminals."

      Yes, but… seems the hole world is doing so.


      • blackbuddha blackbudda

        very sad, very truth

      • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

        I think you can say that about every country that has nuclear energy and weapons. No reason to single out Japan. The demonstrations in Japan as opposed to the practically no-existent demonstrations in the USA belie your statement.

        There have been massive demonstrations against nuclear energy and nuclear waste in Germany and India as well as Japan. More power to these courageous people. There have been decisions to turn down nuclear energy in other countries. Please blame the industry, not the people. No wants nuclear waste and energy but the top 1% whose greed drowns out life and common sense.

        How Romney can receive even one votes amazes and horrifies me.

        • PhilipUpNorth PhilipUpNorth

          anne says: "How Romney can receive even one votes amazes and horrifies me."
          Philip says: 100% agree πŸ™‚

          anne, My above rant came from a profound sense of sadness and anger. Sadness that evacuations were not done after 3/11 and have still not been done, with all the suffering and dying this is going to cause. Anger that the government at all levels has conspired to protect the nuke industry, sacrificing the health and safety of their citizens. Zombie Japan, the walking dead. The response in the US to such an "nuclear accident" would also sacrifice public health in order to protect the nuke industry and utility investors.

          • harengus_acidophilus

            You can see the gouvernments
            -all over the world- are collaborating to hide the truth.

            Remember Chernobyl, during the cold war, and remember the flow of information just to sneak about "the enemy".

            …what a wonderful world…


    • Anthony Anthony

      Radiation: no safe levels

      By Noel Wauchope – posted Wednesday, 24 October 2012

      **Abnormalities that are started at a little later stage of pregnancy include spina bifida, (an opening in the lower back body wall), opening in front body wall with the heart on the exterior, and anencephaly (sometimes an absence of a head or of most of the skull and brain). Other effects are anophthalmia (missing eyeballs) or microphthalmia (tiny eyes).

      Exposure to radiation has three types of effects: acute or immediate effects such as burns and radiation sickness; teratogenesis which impacts rapidly developing tissue as an external interference factor; and delayed cancers and genetic changes. Genetic changes have long-range effects, both before birth and even into the next generation. Chromosomes are affected in both egg and sperm, resulting in a hereditary chromosome problem. **

      • Radio VicFromOregon

        Thx, Anthony! This is the stuff that needs to get circulated again and again.

      • arclight arclight

        hi anthony
        thought i would qoute a bit more of that report

        The absolute priority should be women of reproductive age and children and whatever affects them will affect the most important principles of preventive health. There should be monitoring of congenital malformations.

        Ionising radiation is a most likely cause, though there are other causes as well. Ionising radiation is prevalent in areas other than Chernobyl and Fukushima, coming from coal burning plants and from dumping waste. Because there is no monitoring of congenital malformations, we have no baseline.

        There is now hope that official research priorities will change. There is a continually growing movement to free up the World Health Organisation from its present inability to do medical research in Chernobyl and Fukushima.

        From 1959 until now, the World Health Organisation has been hamstrung by its agreement with the IAEA. On May 12, 2011 history was quietly made when the new WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said β€œThere is no safe low level of radiation."

        great article by a medical professional! imo

        • Anthony Anthony

          Awesome arclight! I was in a bit of a rush yesterday and you highlighted the important aspects of the story. If you were to go by the pronuke agenda, there has been no effect from radiation.

  • ephemerexfleur ephemerexfleur

    if i'm not mistaken there was a post on fukushima diary earlier today about radiation monitors being tampered with? i wasn't able to find the article just now but if that is the case, it wouldn't be surprising that the monitors aren't accurate…

  • Sickputer

    Yes, this is an old nucleocrat tactic…. 4 to 17 month-old news about the murderous tactics of genocidal maniacs in power in Japan.

    In the beginning of the crisis radiation posts were set 80 METERS above the ground. Later they were lowered, but the ground is briskly decontaminated (topsoil removed), trees removed and sometimes the ground beneath the monitor is covered with an iron or steel plate. Sometimes they build small retaining walls around the monitors.

    "On March 2012, the journalist Shoji Ozawa reported that surface soil had been replaced and that a thick iron shielding had been placed below a monitoring post in Iitate that measured 1.2uSv. He measured 2.4uSv when he walked 5m away from the post. The Ministry of Education currently publishes less than 1uSv for Iitate. Professor Imanaka of Kyoto Univeristy said that the current monitoring posts are not usable at all."

    Tepco says the reason for their cleanup around monitoring posts is:

    "to make it easier to detect a sudden increase in radioactive dispersion and air plumes" From this Japanese document:

    • vital1 vital1

      Here is a list of the latest International reports of detections of radioactive isotope contamination in food items. Everyone, especially Mums and Dads should keep and eye on this list for updates. If anyone knows of a detection that is not on the list please post info at the site, so the list can be updated.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Governments and scientists aren't allowed to report radiation. So, just ignore them, and rely on reliable sources.

  • Sue

    I'm collecting information on Japanese radiation levels in food in preparation for my meeting with the Secretary of State regarding the relaxation of EU regulations on Japanese food imports.

    There's so much information to research but it would be really handy if anyone could send me any links to the latest radiation levels in Fukushima, Miyagi, Yamanashi, Gunma, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Shizuoka, Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Tokyo and Iwate (air or food).

    The link to the NHK article that Kalidances posted to announce that the EU were easing the rules on imports was taken down yesterday but the Daily Yomiuri still has the story – for now.

    The Editors assistant at the Guardian told me that the story wasn't in the paper because 'they could only fit so much in and there just wasn't enough room'.

    The Regulatory Safety man on imports at the Food Standards Agency told me that all food was tested and certified in Japan and that everything so far has been under allowable levels, hence, food can now be exported to the EU without radiation inspection certificates. He flatly denied that the Japanese had altered their allowable level limits and also tried to insist that Plutonium was of no danger whatsoever, which I thought was kind of crazy until I read the Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) No. 284/2012 which states 'Given that the affected nuclear reactor is now in a stable situation, the possibilty of new releases of radioactivity to the environment

  • Sue


    is excluded or very minimal and there have been no significant releases to the environment of Strontium, Plutonium and Americium following the nuclear power plant accident, it is evident that the control for the presence of these radionuclides in food or feed from Japan is not necessary. As a consequence there is no need to maintain maximum levels for these radionuclides in this regulation'.


  • Sue

    Did I say I was meeting the Secretary of State..Ha, forgot where I was for a moment. I meant the Home Secretary of course.

    • arclight arclight

      wow sue

      heres some links

      New! -Importation Of Some Food Items From Japan Suspended -Lack of trust? -Brunei Darussalam

      and the reason no figures have been given out is because the japanese arent monitoring and they are fudging the monitoring (see above)

      heres Child rights international
      maybe give them a call.. they are REALLY helpful and their section on japan needs updating with peer reviewed of mainstream articles.. the recent greenpeace statement may be useful

      CRIN are based in london.. πŸ˜‰

      they might be able to advise a format and some legal/research materials

      oh and stick this where the HS sun doesnt shine too!

      Radiation risks from Fukushima 'no longer negligible' [fr

      send an email to the safecast team and ask for help in putting your case and green action japan, specifically aileen mioko smith may be able to help too

      great inspiration sue

      ps ask him why we stopped testing sheep in scotland after the Hungary, budapest isotope institute contamination last summer/autumn??

      your so cooool!

    • Radio VicFromOregon

      Sue, and, of course, as you know, get your hands on all the low level radiation studies. It is very widely believed that low levels of radiation are not harmful, and many doctors will go so far as to say that they are good for you – no worse than a plane ride or eating a banana. Of course, they are mixing apples and oranges and the different types of radiation and exposure routes. They may not be doing this out of mischief as much as out of ignorance. Doctors used to promote smoking as a healthy habit, too. So, take a little pity on their thinking capacities. They are brainwashed at an early age. Anyway, emerging studies from Chernobyl now show that the lower the radiation dose, the more likely the body will not begin an immune response and the radiation can accumulate in tissue without the body protecting itself. This is because we are exposed to low levels of natural radiation that are healthful. The body welcomes them. But, the radioisotopes doing the damage are not natural radiation, they are manmade and far more lethal in many cases. The body is essentially tricked into accepting them without defense.

  • Sue

    Thanks Vital1. I will certainly be using a lot of this information. A great site, I have referenced it often.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    On a note of compassion for the hiding of radiation in Japan, we must remember that Japan has been occupied by the US since the mid 1940's, they have emulated Americans in many ways, were not allowed to publicly talk about the US nuclear bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, and have a culture of hiding illness and weakness from public view, and while the only survivors of that particular holocaust, were conditioned to turn around and accept nuclear power as a good thing while wiping out the memories of what it can really do. Japan went to great lengths to achieve this. It was not until the 1980's that the 1000 Cranes movement began public reminders and broke the silence within Japan. It was part of what spurred the antinuke movement further in the US as each year overnight people outlined bodies with chalk on US sidewalks to represent the victims of those bombings.

  • Sue

    By the way, thanks for your help and support Vic and Weeman.