Japanese musicians film as children play barefoot in elevated radiation levels -Gawker (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)

Published: April 30th, 2012 at 6:10 pm ET
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Title: Geiger Counter-Wielding Fukushima Hipsters Make Monitoring Nuclear Fallout Cool
Source: Gawker
Author: Adrian Chen
Date: Apr 30, 2012

[...] They’ve formed the “Gamma Watch Squadron,” the world’s coolest nuclear watchdogs.

For months, the Gamma Watch Squad has been taking geiger counter readings around Fukushima [...] The leader of the crew appears to be Japanese rapper Deli, a member of the hip hop group Nitro Microphone Underground. [...]

In between snowboard sessions and rapping in Youtube video, Deli and his friends take readings and pose in hazmat suits while documenting elevated radiation levels around kids playing barefoot in a stream. [...]

The author adds, “I first found the Gamma Watch Squad’s work on the blog Fukushima-Diary.”

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Published: April 30th, 2012 at 6:10 pm ET
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9 comments to Japanese musicians film as children play barefoot in elevated radiation levels -Gawker (PHOTOS & VIDEOS)

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    RightThisMinute WILL post this one I'll bet.

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    • snowwy snowwy

      quite! (sorry for the pun)

      the music is dreadful but the thought behind it is quite expected.

      remember all the songs and the band names in the 80ies that referred to the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings starting with Enola Gay ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d5XJ2GiR6Bo )

      or Ultravox Hiroshima Mon Amour

      ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3kQr4lAcsA&feature=related )

      the point i am making is that it is part of creating awareness and to point out in a good way to people that the world is not just cream and peaches as we are supposed to believe.

      I just inquired recently if I could use some spoken word in my music by a well known nuclear activist.

      I would gladly work with musicians in Japan to create music to raise general awareness that way of what is going on in Japan and especially in Fukushima. Music can and does reach people and places that words alone often cannot.

      This story and photos cold easily end up being a subject in a new song of mine.

      If anyone would like to collaborate with me on a track who is from Japan then I would welcome this. To get in touch please look me up on Facebook under Snowwy Standgericht. My heart goes out to those who are oblivious and who are yet the ones who are most in danger.

      One of the tracks that are yet to be finished can be found here:


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  • arclight arclight

    Gamma Watch Squad….


    well done for highlighting this situation!!


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  • EasyAs08

    They're doing some good work over there, it's important to keep everyone informed.
    Just like to confirm that what we are seeing there is really heightened radiation though, 0.293 I can't quite read the units but I think it might be microsievets per hour. Following that logic 0.293/1000 to turn it into millisievets and then *24*30*12 to turn it into millisievets per year to arrive at roughly 2.5 millisievets per year. Which sounds about consistent with an average background radiation reading – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Background_radiation
    Saying this maybe I've read the figures wrong!

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