Fairewinds Energy Education, Apr. 10, 2014 — Chiho Kaneko, member of the Board of Directors of Fairewinds Energy Education originally from Iwate, Japan (at 10:30 in): I think about what’s unfolding in Japan today — I sense something grave is happening. I have heard many Fukushima people’s personal accounts of their family members or friends dying suddenly. In one case, a baby suddenly died — and these illnesses and sudden deaths are not happening only in Fukushima Prefecture — people are sicker in Tokyo [...] During my month-long stay in Japan in December and January, I too experienced unusual symptoms. I developed a skin rash that doesn’t heal. When I was in Fukushima, I developed a scratchy throat and pain in my eyes. Something is happening, and yet we cannot prove anything. The IAEA and Fukushima Medical University are working together to collect and collate the health data of Fukushima residents. Many residents fear that this effort is just a show — or worse yet, just for the sake of collecting secret data. Many people fear that the experts already have a forgone conclusion — the conclusion that if people get ill it is not because of the Fukushima Daiichi disaster. [...] The Fukushima Daiichi disaster opened the door for me to see how this is not a mere Japanese crisis, it’s a crisis that transcends geography and time. [...] What can we do now? Sometimes a big part of me feels the situation is too late to remedy. This is a situation mired with the world politics and economy, the struggle for power and money. [...] If we care about life, we must try to find ways to at least slow the pace of nuclear contamination and we must focus on what’s actually happening to humans, animals, and birds, and everything else on this planet — instead of consigning the interpretation of radiation’s effects to the so-called experts.
Asian Perspective Vol. 37 No. 4, Anders Pape Møller and Timothy A. Mousseau, Oct.-Dec. 2013: [...] The lack of interest by the nuclear industry in providing reliable information on the consequences of Chernobyl and Fukushima should not be ignored. This industry deals with investments of many hundred of billions of dollars, so business interests loom large. Of course, national and local oversight agencies monitor the industry, although as was demonstrated at both Chernobyl and Fukushima the same individuals tend to move between these different positions on a regular basis [...] Nowhere else than in the nuclear industry are scientists so partial with respect to research questions regarding public health or the ecological effects of low-dose radiation. One is reminded of the 1950s when medical doctors employed by the tobacco industry acted as witnesses in court cases about the role of tobacco as a cause of lung cancer. Perhaps history repeats itself? [...]
Watch Chiho Kaneko’s moving video here
Published: April 10th, 2014 at 11:06 pm ET