Filmmaker: Hope is hard to come by in Fukushima — To this day women having abortions for fear of genetic damage, families breaking up

Published: November 6th, 2012 at 2:16 pm ET
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Title: Production Notes
Source: ‘Women of Fukushima’ website

The full ramifications of the aftermath of the disaster that occurred at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in March 2011 will take decades to unfold. Having shifted from the initial visceral drama to a more long-term, almost invisible threat, there is a real risk that the situations faced by residents of Fukushima Prefecture will simply vanish from the radar screens of the world’s media (or, in the case of Japanese media, remain non-existent). To this day, as a result of the meltdowns, children can’t play outside, families are breaking up, and women are even having abortions for fear of genetic damage to their unborn children. Hope is hard to come by in Fukushima.

However, after meeting a group of outspoken local women, we were compelled to capture their spirit and stories. [...]

One of the ‘Women of Fukushima’ Kazue Morizono:

One month after the explosion, Kazue Morizono of Koriyama, fell sick with symptoms of vomiting, cold sores, diarrhea and joint pain. She was bedridden for months, but upon recovery she was out in full force, speaking up at public meetings and making heartfelt appeals to government and electric company officials— all of which fell on deaf ears. Vibrant, compassionate, angry and hurt, Morizono, like all of the Women of Fukushima, bears the burden of keeping the children safe.

“The government is 80-90% men and they are making all the decisions. It’s time for them to become enlightened to the fact that they are wrong. I want them to listen to us women; the women need to speak up, I feel that very strongly.”

Published: November 6th, 2012 at 2:16 pm ET
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17 comments to Filmmaker: Hope is hard to come by in Fukushima — To this day women having abortions for fear of genetic damage, families breaking up

  • arclight arclight

    http://www.londonlift-off.com/

    i was unable to buy a ticket for this as the page for ticket sales is down..
    the film will be shown

    Thursday 29th November 2012. 9pm – 11.30pm.

    "we are fighting to show that there are more important things than money"

    wonder if geraldine thomas will be called out to "put" these honest women down? its her style… she slaged of the semey accusing them of drinking and smoking so much that their childrens conditions is their fault…

    like to see her turn up at this film.. i think any of these women could put her straight in 2 seconds flat…

    looks like a powerful, well produced documentary, dont think that it will be taken up by a pro nuclear britain though.. :(
    they think everything is just fine and dandy..
    they know more about the x factor..

    hope this helps to bring awareness of this murderous corporate solution of imprisoning the people of fukushima as a cheap labour force for pointless decontamination projects and of course the imperial college london and the fukushima "medical" hospital will be experimenting on the children..

    "a wonderful opportunity".. just like belarus..
    they said they would destroy the samples of thyroids during the fukushima symposium.. so as to mitigate costs.. imo
    the respective japanese and uk thyroid assocs as well as the very connected above 2 "institutions" should be consulting a lawyer as they will, in the next few years, be needing them.. i hope

    thats what its all…


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    • Sickputer

      Arc sez…"looks like a powerful, well produced documentary, dont think that it will be taken up by a pro nuclear britain though..
      they think everything is just fine and dandy..
      they know more about the x factor.."

      SP: Hey…America resembles that remark! *;-) The American apple didn't fall that far from the old English tree.


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      • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

        How Dangerous Is 400-600 Pounds Of Plutonium Nano Particle Dust Liberated By Fukushima? Via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/03/how-dangerous-is-400-600-pounds-of.html

        Hot Particles (Fuel Fleas) From Fukushima Continue To Circulate Globally; via A Green Road http://agreenroad.blogspot.com/2012/04/hot-particles-from-fukushima-continue.html


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        • VanneV anne

          TY, AGreenRoad. I just posted the link to your first article above to the class on Sustainability. Though the class ended some time ago, a physicist who works for CERN is still arguing with me and there are still other people tuning in to the debate. He keeps asking me why we aren't all dead from the 5 lbs. of plutonium released by atmospheric testing. Your article with links shows how much more plutonium was released by Fukushima.

          I will post the second article on the hot particles now.

          This person really doesn't know how to argue, because there is no real argument. Really sad.


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          • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

            Thanks… people do not understand it takes YEARS for cancer to develop from a small nano sized particle of whatever it is. Genetic damage may take multiple generations to show up.

            We may all be dead and not know it yet, like a super slow motion train going off a cliff. We hope that this is not happening, cross your fingers.

            However, with the rate of thyroid medications going up drastically, from 50 million to over 100 million prescriptions in four years just in the USA, it does not look good.


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            • VanneV anne

              I read an article about the children in Los Alamos suffering from plutonium caused diseases. Not only are the children while in the womb especially vulnerable to a small particle of plutonium, women are also 40% more likely to suffer from radiation than men.


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              • PavewayIII PavewayIII

                The biological half-life of plutonium is around 50 years. Strontium is 40 years. I think both will cross the placental barrier.


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                • VanneV anne

                  TY, PavewayIII.
                  Zentralbl Veterinarmed A. 1998 Dec;45(10):581-90.
                  Transplacental transfer of radionuclides. A review.
                  von Zallinger C, Tempel K.
                  Source
                  Institut für Pharmakologie, Toxikologie und Pharmazie, Abteilung Radiologie, Tierärztliche Fakultät, Universität München.
                  Abstract
                  “Transplacental transfer of tritium (H), cesium (Cs), iodine (I), strontium (Sr) and plutonium (Pu) has been observed in all examined species with an active transfer mechanism for iodine, strontium and plutonium. Cesium and tritiated water freely cross the placenta and are distributed approximately uniformly in maternal as well as in fetal tissue. In pregnant mice, 137Cs concentrations in maternal organs were 4-6 times higher than in the foetus. With increasing weight, Cs amounts rise in the foetus. 131I distribution in the foetus before and after the beginning of thyroid function is totally different. In an 8-week-old human foetus, there was almost no accumulation of 131I in the thyroid gland, while on week 14 of gestation more than 40% of the fetal iodine was accumulated in the thyroid gland. Radioiodine given only once results in distinctly higher fetal-maternal ratios than after long-term exposure. Experiments performed to evaluate the extent of placental barrier of Sr in comparison to Ca showed a maximum of Sr/Ca discrimination early in pregnancy while at the end of pregnancy Sr and Ca are transported to almost equal proportions across the placenta.


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                  • VanneV anne

                    [cont.]
                    . A well-known phenomenon is the accumulation of Pu in the yolk-sack of rats such that 80% of the total activity is contained in the feto-placental unit. For the extrapolation of results from animals to man, experiments should not be confined to laboratory animals but include primates. Furthermore, computer softwares like MIRDOSE could be used to simulate transplacental distribution.”
                    PMID:
                    9923140
                    [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
                    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9923140


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              • VanneV anne

                Deadly exposure: Plutonium-related cancers plague children of the Manhattan Project
                http://www.santafenewmexican.com/Local%20News/Deadly-exposure#.UJoA8Gf-uSo


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  • or-well

    I must put something of Hope here.

    You realise you are not alone:
    this must for others be as true;
    that more than you live in despair
    for what they can't undo.
    But there are other children
    in desparate circumstance
    and if you act you may secure
    if but for one, a chance,
    and if two join, or three can act as one,
    you may prevent one more child's life
    from being as undone,
    and if all those who know a child
    and love or have been loved
    will act for the most precious
    their futures to improve,
    much threat of death and misery
    from young lives can be removed.

    And so in pre-dawn grayness an inner light ignites
    that can no more be extinguished
    than the Sun or Human Rights,
    when one by one the many come
    understanding to the fight
    you can rip away vast Evil's face
    though it holds you by the throat
    and expose the lies of Nuclear
    before all Life it smotes.


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  • PurpleRain

    this just makes me tear-up. Thank you Or-Well.


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Mother earth is the tree of life. Man whittles, chops, digs and poisons that tree daily. How long before the tree falls on man.

    It will take the collective outcry of women to save mankind…

    NUCLEAR POWER and WOMEN

    Decisions on nuclear power, nuclear weapons, nuclear wastes are almost exclusively made by men.Yet the brunt of nuclear-caused cancer is suffered by women and children, as is the brunt of nuclear war, and of depleted uranium spread.

    Opinion polls over many years, and in many countries, consistently show that women are opposed to nuclear power and nuclear weapons.

    More women than men are concerned about health and environmental effects of the nuclear industry.

    Yet they are consistently reassured by narrowly educated nuclear physicists, and other technocrats, that nuclear power is safe, and that they have nothing to worry about in regard to ionising radiation.

    http://www.dianuke.org/nuclear-power-and-women/


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  • Jebus Jebus

    Koodankulam women from prison: Tell everyone we are still here !

    “This is not about a personal vengeance or anger. We are here for a common cause- we are here for the world. So I do not feel sad or angry. I know that in the Samara pandal at Idinthakarai, all our sisters, children and brothers are keeping the torch of resistance ignited”

    http://www.dianuke.org/koodankulam-women-from-prison-tell-everyone-we-are-still-here/


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  • omniversling

    “The government is 80-90% men and they are making all the decisions. It’s time for them to become enlightened to the fact that they are wrong. I want them to listen to us women; the women need to speak up, I feel that very strongly.”

    Wow..pure point, great to have it articulated…

    Women the givers of life…men, the takers of it…


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