“It is not much fun being part of a medical experiment” says worker — Fukushima a center of radiation ‘safety’ research?

Published: November 10th, 2011 at 8:07 am ET


Nuclear energy: A hotter topic than ever, Financial Times, Nov. 9, 2011:

“The crisis will yield unprecedentedly detailed information on the effect of radiation exposure in coming decades. There are plans to make Fukushima a centre of radiation safety research. The prefectural government proposes to monitor the health of the population of more than 2m, producing data for future study.”

“The conclusions should prove invaluable for global energy policy and disaster preparedness. Yet this is of limited comfort to residents stuck on the radiation front line, says a worker involved in the Fukushima City decontamination project: ‘It is not much fun being part of a medical experiment.'”

Published: November 10th, 2011 at 8:07 am ET


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24 comments to “It is not much fun being part of a medical experiment” says worker — Fukushima a center of radiation ‘safety’ research?

  • farawayfan farawayfan

    It’s not a software bug, it’s an unexpected feature. Yay for Fuku! Giving us radiation data in unprecedented numbers for centuries to come.

  • arclight arclight

    Research expedition to Fukushima seeks to unveil genetic and ecological effects of radiation on animals and plants

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    “Germantown, Maryland, and Fukushima Prefecture, Japan – A new international scientific expedition led by the University of South Carolina and supported by the biotechnology company QIAGEN is seeking to measure the genetic impact of radioactivity on animals and plants in areas surrounding the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan.

    The initiation of field work today in Japan marks the beginning of a long-term research project designed to better understand the actual impact of radiation on molecular building blocks of life such as DNA and the consequences for ecosystems. The work will build on research results gained following the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster with an aim to provide more comprehensive data for hazard assessment of nuclear accidents.”

    Updated April 15, 2011 08:57:15

    “A Spanish research ship is in New Zealand as part of its search for traces of radioactivity from Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear plant in the central Pacific Ocean.

    The Malaspina Expedition, which arrived in Sydney last week, has completed half of a world tour to assess the impact of “global change” on the ocean’s ecosystem.

    • arclight arclight

      With over 250 scientists on board, he Malaspina Expedition is one of the world’s largest collaborative scientific expeditions.

      Searching for radioactivity was not part of the original plan for the seven-month trip, but since the crisis at the Fukushima plant in Japan, the expedition has decided to track it. “
      “DUARTE: The cross has been greatly successful so far. We have reached now the middle of the cruise in Auckland. It is a circumnavigation cruise and now we will investigate the Pacific Ocean sailing north from Auckland to Honolulu and we will take this opportunity to search for traces of radioactivity being released from Fukushima power plant in Japan, which is being investigated on land in both sides of the Pacific, but it’s not being investigated in the centre of the ocean that we will be sailing.

      COUTTS: And have you managed to detect any traces of it so far in the Pacific?

      DUARTE: Well, we have not yet started the research on the waste. We will do so tomorrow as we sail off from Auckland towards Honolulu, but traces of radioactivity have already reached to the West Coast of North America and has been affected in Europe. So I believe we will indeed detect traces of radioactivity in the Pacific, certainly not in huge amounts, but at levels that will be detectable in the atmosphere, and possibly also on the marine food well.

      COUTTS: The levels of radiation that have been detected so far as you’ve mentioned. How high are they, are they how far above usual normal, acceptable are they?

      DUARTE: Yes, they are well above base line, but of course they do not represent any threat to humans or food security in the distant areas that they’ve been detected. Their security range is around 20 to 50 kilometres from Fukushima, but the traces are being found elsewhere high radiation levels comparable to those that were detected during the Chernobyl accident in Russia.


      • arclight arclight

        COUTTS: Are you expecting that these levels won’t have any adverse affect on the sea life, or the fish life, or the coral reefs in the Pacific?

        DUARTE: Yes, I don’t think that the levels we are detecting will be detrimental to marine life, but there is a concern that the higher levels of the food web will accumulate. some of this radioactivity, particularly those species and populations even in the Asian coast of the Pacific caesium levels will be high, but elsewhere the levels will be detectable, but I don’t think they will pose any threat to marine life or even less humans.

        COUTTS: Well, you’re interrupting a very large or massive expedition the Malaspina, and it’s very important, but one are the most important parts of your research in this expedition?

        DUARTE: Well, our research focuses on the impacts of global change, on the ocean eco-system and that includes climate change, ocean acidification, increased input of nitrogen and fossils to the ocean, but also increased levels of pollutants in the oceans. Whereas we have set out to examine the inputs of persistent organic pollutants to the ocean, then radioactive waste is also an important source of pollution, but one that we will certainly not prepared to address when we sail from Spain on December 15th, 2010.”

        I think that last bit should read have set sail unprepared?
        Listen to the radio interview here!!


  • arclight arclight

    ah yes oncology…

    Fukushima uncertainty for long term health

    “On the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, a Comment and Editorial published by Lancet Oncology describes the known health consequences of this event. The authors point out that there were many obstacles in studying the aftermath of the Chernobyl accident and that the Fukushima incident might offer a new, albeit sad, opportunity to more accurately study the health consequences of a major nuclear power plant accident. The authors attribute this to the greater scientific expertise in Japan, as well as the greater economic and political stability. The Comment is by Dr Kirsten B Moysich and Dr Philip McCarthy, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, USA, and Dr Per Hall, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden— who have contributed to numerous scholarly articles on this topic, including the first major United Nations Report into the effects of the Chernobyl accident in 2000.”


  • Misitu


    Here we go.

    Demographic radiobiological surveys.

    As predicted.


  • This would make sense if you were releasing the data in general. If it were a planned demolition. and everyone hadn’t been consuming radioactive decay all year; Meanwhile if you remember in the beginning, and even currently at this time: You assure people that japan is safe & fukushima is safe’.

    Which will forever be recorded in history. While in reality you have deceived them as the whole world witness the japanese dancing in potentially highly toxic rain and living in extremely contaminated areas… Thats the truth.

    We are witnessing a international plague and these soft handed reports, that are full of lies and spin get us nowhere. An experiment? Which has no official bounds, and suggests global contamination in a crisis that is no more than 3% contained. Laugh it up now. However if you have been consuming milk and its laced with strontium and cesium. Your screwed . Thats the bright side of the nuclear flush. What about the even more long lasting and toxic attributes of this atomic cocktail..

    Where is the fuel? What are the conditions of the fuel?. What are the conditions of the cores? How many workers have died on site? What is the status of reactors 5 and 6. Where is the radiation monitoring?, Its been several months… You can do better than a crappy 1.2 mega pixel webcam and a press release that is debunked in minutes.

    FML. The jig is up.

  • Human0815

    It is not nice to be seen as a Laboratory Animal/Human, on the other side it is very good
    to have the best medical Practitioner and
    “the state of the Art” Equipment in F’Shima
    and surrounding Areas!

    There would be a much smaller Benefit
    for the radiated People
    when we get this Facility in Kyuushuu!

    We need to accept nuclear Radiation
    because it is a fact,
    a denial of this would be fatal!

    (We do not need to accept new,
    future Plants, but sadly i think
    new Plants and techniques
    are the only Way to reduce the Waste!)

  • pure water

    Every experiment with human participants requires informed consent. Official information infuriates most of us! And on the other hand any health experiment with children is just criminal, while endangering DNA is simply insane. So, if an informed adult, who do not intend to have children, and hove none, lives there because of his/her own choice, it is OK. The rest is unacceptable.

  • Americans have been told there were no casualties as a result of the Three Mile Island (TMI) plant meltdown on

    March 28, 1979. Yet some 2,000 Harrisburg area residents settled sickness claims with operators’ General Public

    Utilities Corp. and Metropolitan Edison Co., the owners of TMI. Their symptoms included nausea, vomiting,

    diarrhea, bleeding from the nose, a metallic taste in the mouth, hair loss, and red skin rash, typical of acute

    radiation sickness when people are exposed to whole-body doses of radiation around 100 rads,


  • Clocka

    Japanese physicians who did human experiments at China were allowed to go scot-free by the Americans, and ended up as pillars of the Japanese medical establishment.

    Americans are now going to reap what they have sown. “It seemed to be a good idea at that time…”

  • moonshellblue moonshellblue

    Watch the jet stream and stay out of the rain here in the good ole radiation ladened USA.http://youtu.be/8Q1TsbDkdlE

  • dpl dpl

    The conclusion will be to build nuke plants with tents for containment and charge people for recovery cost to get their plutonium back from the corpses when they die. But its all green cause they are recycling the waste.

  • dpl dpl

    no money for relocation ,but a research center no problem
    medical science is important and test subjects are dieing to get in

  • jec jec

    Radiation Victims in Japan have traditionally been shunned– I wish someone would correct me — BUT what do you think will happen with the personal informatin of 2 MILLION Japanese when the local government,the national government and the International community get their data on health, personal habits, family, children, xrays/tests, medical problems etc etc. First it will be to see what happened to them due to the radiation, then it will become a science project to probe into all aspects of their lives, make sure who can and can not have children due to contanintion (of those that can..) and so on. And of course, the rest of Japan will totally accept all the radiation victims without question–helping them with their physical challenges, relocate them to similar homes/buisnesses/farms in non-radiated areas, provide jobs, and support them medically at no cost…Right?

    • Misitu

      One might guess at life insurance policies in Japan being declared void due to “undeclared circumstances” when the claim comes up and the insurers check the claimant’s medical records.

    • arclight arclight

      a third of japanese are without health care according to one of the reports i have been reading!! this was not the case at chernobyl

      this was not the same in eugenics ridden kazahkstan and the special bio passport for the 1 million POLYGON vistins.., (surprised alex jones hasnt picked up on it!!??) .. but they get free healthcare… admittedly the funding is being squuezed in belarus etc..

      people of japan!! time to act…relocate en masse and see if the worlds media can cover that up!!

  • watcher watcher

    Maybe they can come out smelling like roses! Japan lets half it’s people die!, thank-you Japan for your contribution to mankind! Life gives you lemons, make lemonaid!
    Smart! Sociopathic, but smart!

  • watcher watcher

    I think they should cover the whole zone in a heavy layer of varnish and sell tours!