“Fukushima radiation worse than feared” — Gov’t and Tepco ‘ignore’ effects of radioactive iodine (VIDEO)

Published: October 13th, 2013 at 11:14 am ET
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NHK WORLD, Oct. 12, 2013: UN panel: radiation dose may be underestimated […] Investigators from the UN Scientific Committee of Atomic Radiation […] raised doubts about estimates by the Japanese government and [TEPCO] […] The UN committee found the Japanese government and TEPCO ignored the effects of radioactive iodine. […]

Reuters (via Al Jazeera), Oct. 13, 2013: UN: Fukushima radiation worse than feared […] the tests used on workers did not take into account some types of radiation. In particular, workers were tested for thyroid gland doses from radioactive iodine after a significant delay, through procedures that failed to account for iodine-132 and iodine-133, which have half-lives of two hours and 20 hours respectively. […] Increased radiation exposure has been linked to greater rates of cancer and thyroid disorders.

Asahi Shimbun, Oct. 12, 2013: The Japanese government may have underestimated by 20 percent the internal radiation doses in workers […] But the possible underestimates are just one problem […] many companies involved have failed to conduct medical examinations or file reports […] A government database on workers’ health conditions is still not running, making it impossible to check whether workers have suffered health problems. […] companies had failed to submit basic examination data on 4,297 workers, more than one-third of all the people who should be covered. […] Some companies are believed to have not even conducted the health examinations. A more serious problem is that experts cannot check all thyroid examination results. The database […] does not cover thyroid dose data, and only part of the thyroid examination results is included. […]

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Published: October 13th, 2013 at 11:14 am ET
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67 comments to “Fukushima radiation worse than feared” — Gov’t and Tepco ‘ignore’ effects of radioactive iodine (VIDEO)

  • Jebus Jebus

    Atoms for every piece of DNA on the planet…

    • hbjon hbjon

      People know when they have been exposed to a deadly amount of ionizing radiation. Be it iodine, strontium, cesium, uranium, plutonium or others, your mind will sense there is something terrible wrong.

      It is at this point where the propaganda is valuable to sway ones belief in their understanding of health and science. The power of suggestion will influence a persons understanding when they have not fully identified a situation.

      A learned man can see this phenomenon currently happening in all cultures throughout the world. The internal sensations, though subtle, do not escape the human mind.

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Radiation Contamination is like a invisible "ghost of death", which is always found slinking around in the day and night, constantly entering your bedroom/home/work place/village/food/air/water, and it is usually a very sneaky, silent, subtle killer that often stays with you and your offspring for many years…

    • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

      Jebus, lets all just keep shuffling the Human Gene cards..DNA loves to play.
      http://www.genecards.org/cgi-bin/listdiseasecards.pl?type=full

    • …no one denied….
      ……………………glad they didn't leave me out!…..

  • MichaelV MichaelV

    http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(11)60519-9/fulltext

    The nuclear power industry of Japan is facing its worst-ever crisis. Not only the Japanese people but also people all over the world have a sense of distrust towards the industry, which is seen as insufficiently transparent in terms of information disclosure. Furthermore, the officials and authorities related to the industry seem to be reluctant to admit the seriousness of the problem to protect the industry's reputation as much as possible. However, the most important mission is to save the nuclear workers' lives and to protect the local communities. Such an approach would be the industry's best defence: if a fatal accident happened to the nuclear workers, the nuclear power industry of Japan would collapse. It would also cause serious damage to the industry and the nuclear power policy all over the world. Therefore, we should prioritise support for the nuclear workers' health.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    I think Tepco may be missing out on a big money maker here:

    Since they are bombing their workers DNA, thereby altering their DNA possibly, perhaps they can patent their workers DNA.

    Monsanto does the same thing? They patent plant life that is altered by their company. They claim patent rights on the seeds, pollen, and any unintentional , or otherwise produced offspring of the plants thus modified.

    So, by this method, Tepco should own the offspring of any mutant genes produced by their workers sexual encounters. All they need to do is document these changes, and they would be rich….

    If there are any desireable changes, that is, such as resistance to Roundup (ha) or something.

    But alas, they are missing the opportunity by not performing medical evaluations and following up and properly maintaining documents. Maybe they can get a Tepco protection act passed (seems like they may have already…)

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    .. 🙂

  • Jebus Jebus

    The people of Japan have to determine their own fate going into the future.
    Is it all going to be just a nuclear village with a nogo park?
    Some are trying. The example they set can determine Japans nuclear future and the global nuclear future…

    'Don’t pollute our sea:' Mass demo in Tokyo to ban nuclear energy (PHOTOS)

    "Anti-nuclear sentiment has grown massively in Japan since the Fukushima disaster, one of the world’s worst nuclear power incidents. Rallies similar to Sunday’s are held regularly and attract thousands of people. According to opinion polls, some 70 percent of Japanese believe that the country’s nuclear power industry should be closed down."

    http://rt.com/news/japan-nuclear-rally-fukushima-135/

  • dosdos dosdos

    Getting the job done as cheaply as possible does not include comprehensive health care. Window dressing is about it, and that is to reduce liability that would cost more without it.

  • rockyourworld

    the u n should demand to see all the employees who've worked at the plant since the original event and give us the numbers on those dead or dying. make them account for all the workers and make sure none are coerced or forced into working there.

  • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

    Iodine 131 = Thyroid cancer
    All USA should be on an Iodine supplement. Best one I can find is at Alex Jones – infowars.com It blocks the radioactive iodine 131. Especially if you live on the US West coast, Alaska or Canada.

    • MichaelV MichaelV

      I apply iodine on the neck in the region of the thyroid…

      • We Not They Finally

        Iodoral, available over-the-counter at compounding pharmacies (not at your local Walgreen's)is a FABULOUS idoine supplement. It also normalizes thyroid function for damaged thyroids, corrects metabolism, and allows for weight loss for those so afflicted due to a bad thyroid.

        Anyone can get a THS blood test — that's thyroid stimulating hormone. It's supposed to be low — reading 3-4 on their scale –meaning the hormone has to work less hard because the thyroid is functioning.

        We got into it in our household because someone had a reading of "8" normally, which is high anyway. But after the first plume from Fukushima in the Spring of 2011, it sailed up to a "23"! But taking Iodoral drove it down to normal reading, and we hope protect against radioactive iodine as well.

    • MichaelV MichaelV

      I apply iodine on the throat in the region of the thyroid…

    • dka

      Cesium also causes thyroid cancer.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    'Don’t pollute our sea:' Mass demo in Tokyo to ban nuclear energy (PHOTOS)
    Oct 2013.

    http://rt.com/news/japan-nuclear-rally-fukushima-135/

    We are going to fight the 'good fight'.
    We are never going to stop.

  • I'm completely bewildered. I wanted to post something about Fukushima on my blog and started to look for new ideas on what can be done at this late point in the game.

    I googled "international intervention" and I found a reasonable call for exactly that by none other than Jacques Attali, former president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Dev. – hardly a radical. The date of his Christian Science Monitor column was MARCH 30, 2011 !!!

    He wrote: Just as the international community had to come together to stem the financial meltdown from contaminating the entire world economy or prevent massacre in Libya, it must now intervene in Japan to prevent radiation from poisoning the planet…. the world has the “responsibility to intervene” when a sovereign nation cannot or will not protect its own people and when the danger extends beyond borders. –

    http://www.csmonitor.com/Commentary/Global-Viewpoint/2011/0330/The-international-community-must-intervene-in-Japan

    I repeat, that was back in March 2011.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~

    Japan and the rest of the world seem to be suffering from psychological dysfunctions that allow for this "perfect storm" of slow-motion nuclear Armageddon to take place. We can call them states of denial, or official indifference to ecocide to the point of criminality.

    In the case of Japan, some recent items on the news raise questions as to their level of understanding of the situation and concern for others.

    (Continued on part 2.)

  • First item – What kind of mentality is this? A water park where visitors will have the spiritual experience of swimming with wild dolphins before sitting down to eat dolphin meat is being planned in Japan. The controversial fun park has been announced by the town of Taiji, which is already known for its mass dolphin hunts which turn the shoreline blood red (documentary The Cove).

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2455754/Japan-open-water-park-watch-EAT-dolphins.html

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Second item: Japan has asked the World Trade Org. to step into a row over S. Korea's import ban on fish caught in waters near the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant. What could possibly be wrong with Fukushima fish?

    http://www.chinapost.com.tw/asia/korea/2013/10/09/390789/Japan-asks.htm

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    That comes on top of a recent announcement about a Japanese fast-food chain using radioactive Fukushima fields to grow vegetables for their restaurants.

    http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/2013/10/what-do-you-do-with-radioactive-farm.html

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    This is all just too bizarre to comprehend.

    There is a major nuclear catastrophe going on and everybody, starting with Japan, seems to be in a state of complete disconnection from reality.

    And let's not forget – Japan expects that everything will be fun and celebration in their 2020 Olympics. Let the spending on major Olympic projects begin.

    http://ottersandsciencenews.blogspot.ca/

    • the dolphin fun and chew…gut wrenching…

      however, looks like japan insist on taking the lead once again…
      it's not enuf to desensitize the children against violence of every sort…
      now they intend to take the lead in building psycopaths from a young age…they can't wait for one to accidentally show up…
      they want no child to be left behind….

      this is pure sadistic psychopathy……
      the only thing missing is meglomania…
      god don't tell 'em…..

    • bo bo

      Tracy, this may be a strange thought but I have had many enraged people show me that photo asking me why Japan could allow such carnage to the dolphins… and I was actually personally confused why these people are only suddenly enraged when this happens to dolphins and then they go off to munch on a burger (I am in no way assuming that this is you, I do not know what your diet decisions are) As a vegan I try my best to not be judgemental about other people's diet choices but have been confused when carnivores come up to me to judge the action of those who eat dolphins, whales, horse, dogs (I am of course adamantly against ALL of that). Perhaps they do not know the carnage that goes on in factory farms that the cows and chickens die a peaceful death. That is the only explanation…

      • bo bo

        I mean the dolphin fun and chew is definitely bizarre, but this was a point I always found confusing

      • @ Bo,

        most people have managed to make a distinction between their consumption of animal products and their devotion to their pets or their favorites species.

        Many are generous with their time and effort advocating for animal rights but eat hamburger for lunch.

        I don't have answers for this. Perhaps they haven't given those contradictions much thought. Perhaps they want to satisfy some high moral call within themselves without sacrificing the food they like.

        Personally I started out as a carnivore, and then gradually quit beef, then chicken, then fish. I've been a vegetarian for many years now. I avoid buying leather products too.

        I need to eat some animal protein for health reasons (can't tolerate vegetable protein), so I eat organic cheese and eggs. I compromise too, but as little as I can.

        The situation of all animals is so dire that I appreciate every word and act geared at eradicating cruelty against animals. Things have gotten to such point that I would not demand absolute purity in the behavior of those who make the effort to advocate for some pro-animal cause. Every bit of advocacy helps.

        All we can do now is to expose crimes against animals and educate or shame the perpetrators (whatever works in each case), while hoping that future generations will be kinder and more aware.

        • bo bo

          I agree too. I try to not be judgemental towards carnivores, and appreciate any type of support usually. What I wanted to express here is it almost felt unfair at the moment when carnivores stuck the photos at me describing 'your people' 'the japanese' etc etc and lumping everything together and getting enraged and directing their upset at me, even though I personally try daily to not get fixated on food politics and am not judgemetal towards carnivores. This post just reminded me of that unjustice. The human race just puzzles me. I really feel like saying ' so long and thanks for all the fish…'

          • bo bo

            Sorry I'm so grumpy about this, I never comprehended the compartmentalized outrage of carnivores and wanted to hear an opinion as to why this was. Inconsequential issue, I realize, in the face ofthe entire Pacific ocean being destroyed and potential collapse of SPF 4.

          • richard richard

            'The human race just puzzles me' – yep, well, with over 6 billion conflicting interests it's as unpredictable as the weather.

            There is no homogenised 'human race' – thank goodness.

            If you're not puzzled – you're dead 🙂 No one will ever figure it all out. Just gotta live with it 😉

            • bo bo

              True, and I'm usually not knuckleheaded in my vegan ways, never throw around holier than thou self righteous attitude at others. But the whole dolphin/japanese outrage thrown at me by some carnivores did make me feel uncharacteristically knuckleheaded about being a vegan and all I could do was blink my eyes in amazement at the situation. Sorry, this thread has completely strayed off topic and now has turned into a personal rant projecting onto the original post. I promise to end here.

              • richard richard

                @bo – I'm am by your side, I hope I wasn't miscontrued. I meant it in good humour.

                I'm vegetarian, and I completely sympathise with your concerns (although I could never go vegan).

                The japanese treatment of dolphins and whales is abominable.

                I recognise the paradox you note with carnivores. I suppose they consider 'farmed' animals to be like wheat 🙂 .. (where as you and I see it differently).

                Anyway, not sure where I was going on this, as you say the thread has side tracked, but I just wanted to clear it up that we are on the same side.

                • bo bo

                  It's kind of like when a white child goes missing it's national news but when a black child is missing it's just another day. Or 3 people die in a bombing in Boston and it's covered non stop for months and millions raised overnight, but on the VERY same day 57 civilians, many children, die of a bomb attack (who knows how many injured if that many died) in Iraq, and it's just another day. Where are the millions raised for them ? Ok I really stop now I promise

    • Anthony Anthony

      By week two what you just wrote was considered quasi-criminal. I bet one can find proof of my claim herein too.

  • rockyourworld

    i use lots of iodized salt

  • pkjn

    120 Bq/Kg from 2 bags of rice in Minamisoma Fukushima
    October 10th, 2013 Fukushima Diary
    Fukushima prefecture measured Cesium-134/137 over the safety limit from 2 bags of rice produced in Minamisoma city Fukushima in 2013. The reading was equally 120 Bq/kg about both of the bags for some reason. Fukushima prefectural government announced that on 10/8/2013.
    They implemented the screening test of 52 bags of rice produced by this specific farmer. As a result, they measured over their screening level from 44 bags, and detected Cs-134/137 from all of them.
    http://fukushima-diary.com/2013/10/120-bqkg-from-2-bags-of-rice-in-minamisoma-fukushima-all-the-other-bags-are-to-be-shipped/
    http://wwwcms.pref.fukushima.jp/download/1/suiden_syousai_131008.pdf

  • J.

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article36515.htm

    The link above discusses the coverup of DU damage in Iraq. The same thing may occur in Japan now.

  • and there is of course the enenews report on the massive loss of DU as a result of the earthquake…

    http://enenews.com/june-30-meeting-revealed-depleted-uranium-storage-facility-burned-after-quake-contained-765-kg-du