Gov’t answer to protecting children in Fukushima from radioactive fallout? Wear long-sleeved shirts while at school

Published: June 1st, 2011 at 5:05 am ET
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Long sleeve uniforms urged in Fukushima, NHK, June 01, 2011:

Some schools near the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant are urging that children continue to wear long-sleeves in summer, to limit their exposure to radioactive fallout.

The schools issued the advice on Wednesday, the day many students switch to summer uniforms. The move is a response to parents’ concerns about radioactivity. [...]

The school says students can choose to wear their long-sleeved gym wear or the long-sleeved summer uniform.

 

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127 comments to Gov’t answer to protecting children in Fukushima from radioactive fallout? Wear long-sleeved shirts while at school

  • cossack55

    CITIZENS ANSWER TO GOVT’S ANSWER: GOVT SHOULD START WEARING REINFORCED STEEL TURTLE-NECK SHIRTS.


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    • 85% of Children Gone From Hard Hit Areas

      10,000 children flee Fukushima over nuke fears
      Japan’s education ministry says about 10,000 children have moved out of Fukushima Prefecture following the March 11th disaster and crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

      On Wednesday, the ministry announced that the number of school-age children who have left Fukushima — from kindergarteners to high school students — reached 9,998 as of May 1st.

      They include 974 kindergarten pupils, 5,785 elementary school children, 2,014 junior high school students and 1,129 senior high school students.

      The prefectures of Saitama, Niigata and Tokyo have each welcomed more than 1,000 children from Fukushima. The other children relocated elsewhere across the country.

      The Fukushima board of education attributes the exodus to the nuclear accident, as the number of children who left the prefecture accounts for about 85 percent of the total from the 3 hardest-hit regions of Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima.

      An additional 5,500 children have changed schools within Fukushima Prefecture.
      Wednesday, June 01, 2011 16:52 +0900 (JST)


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  • Ger

    These are pathetic measures, ordered by people who have no notice or do not care!


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    • mothra

      I agree – it’s pathetic nonsense. It’s just a psychological pacifier. Ate they filtering the school air system, removing outdoor shoes, are they testing food are they sheltering them from rainouts and the evaporation inhalant period after, are they filtering their water, are they testing amd remediating playground dust – or tenting outdoor areas, possibly providing indoor facilities? Providing exposure reduction training to them? Are they providing online classes for sheltering in home days? What radiological health training staff are available? Have instructors been trained on symptoms to watch for and expect?

      Geezus!


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      • Mitch

        I concur with the steps that you suggest. I have already been in contact with the mayor of one of the cities and recommended similar responses. My suggestion was that no one be outdoors in some of the areas unless they were wearing a PAPR (hooded air filter with its own powered fan)equipped with a HEPA filter pack. Outdoor shoes should have a plastic or rubber cover to be cleaned after wear and a dust cover should be worn over pants with the legs taped shut over outer boots.

        The eyes are very vulnerable to alpha radiation and simply wearing inexpensive “shop” safety glasses should be mandatory in these areas. Participating in sports could lead to cuts. Our facility was very adamant to immediately treat any open wound as our facility had areas flooded with alpha sources.

        Houses need to be converted to have positive pressure indoors to keep the dust out and HEPA filters need to be added to keep the replacement air from bringing in the dust.

        What I learned was that life has returned to normal and they are even hanging their laundry outside to dry. They have gone back to living in very open architecture homes.

        Soon, the water from the shallow wells is going to be a far greater problem than the dust. Iodine 131 can almost be completely removed from water just by holding it for a year. It can also be removed by processes such as De-ionizing or Reverse Osmosis. However, it is not easily removed by simple distillation and needs multiple stages with carefully controlled temperature regions.


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  • Summer of Death vs Summer of Life

    I’m angry and ready to fight.

    We can do more than write words to each other.

    We can write letters to people with power to help those poor kids before they all die.

    We can raise hell and we should.

    I’m no leader, but some of your are. Use your skills to greatest effect.

    And maybe we can save those kids. And maybe, just maybe, we can be the kind of people we always hoped to be.

    Join the fight — or aid the fighters. It is now or never for those kids.


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    • Bread+Butter

      You are SO right. I’m more than willing to upgrade my German protesting to an international level!!
      On this forum is somebody using the screenname “from tokyo” – he / she provides us with lots of direct information. If we come across him / her, we should ask for the prefecture’s government e-mail-adress.
      Other ideas?


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      • Steven

        ‘ENEHELP’

        Ask ENENEWS admin to start an online petition page, to be forwarded every day to the relevent Japanese and international authorities, media etc. Everyone ask family/friends to visit and add support. Also contact prominent people to add thier support (place their names at top of list). As numbers of petitioners grow the recipients will feel pressure to act/report on the ongoing effort.


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        • Bread+Butter

          Steven,
          that is a great idea! ENEHELP….
          Besides, I think, it would be great if we could just flood them with e-mail, as their address has so kindly been provided to us. That’s something everybody can do immediately. Typing to them instead of typing to ourselves.


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        • Bread+Butter

          As a reminder…
          chijikoushitsu@pref.fukushima.jp

          tell THEM what you think


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          • Summer of Death vs Summer of Life

            YES. I salute your ideas.


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          • Mitch

            I am an american and had my Japanese niece contact the mayor of one these cities to ask to be on the team to help. I am concerned that people e-mail bombing the officials could make it difficult for them to notice those of us with education, experience, and training trying to contact them to offer help.

            The first day that they asked for help, I called the Chicago consulate and told them that I had experience processing large volumes of contaminated water that the plant was building up and that I had experience in accelerated deployment of such plants. I was told that they only wanted people with nuclear plant operation experience and that contaminated water was not an issue that they were looking to solve. We could have deployed a treatment plant in the weeks before they dumped to the ocean.


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      • SamsuLevin

        HEY! Let´s upgrade our protests here in Germany!
        I´m going to print flyers – what do you think – will they arrest me?
        Where are you from? Maybe we can start a monday-demonstration regarding Japaneese kids in a city closed to us?


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    • Summertime Express

      Are there better solutions than shirts?

      Probably yes, but what are they?

      Summer camps on other islands? Summer schools away from radiation?

      Realistic, larger no-go zones!!!!!!!! This one is doable more than the others.

      If you have a suggestion, then now is a good time to share.

      If we fail to do anything, then maybe we are virtual people living out our virtual lives on the worldwide web.

      Maybe we are dead and just don’t know it.

      Save The Kids.


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    • PEOPLE POWER

      Kid’s Can’t Save Themselves.

      Are you journalist? We have a story that needs to be told.

      Do you comment at other websites? You have a story that needs to be told.

      If we want to do this right, then we need a slogan and symbol. (Remember those “yellow ribbons?” –example symbol. “Save One Million Children” — example slogan.

      Are you an artist? (I know you’re a writer.) Do your best work and pitch in.

      Are you in advertising? Your help would be invaluable. Pitch in.

      Remember why we’re fighting — kids can’t save themselves.


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    • Cassie

      Summer:
      You are a leader, and I like your style.

      I wrote my US Senator who typically
      replies to all correspondence, but this time
      only crickets from him.

      Makes me think he knows full well the situation
      and has nothing to say.

      In any effort, the most important part is the front end.
      The homework of figuring out what buttons to push and who has the most power and/or a dog in the fight.

      What are the options and who can actually do something?
      In terms of the children of Japan, who could help?
      International Red Cross?
      Air lift the children out?
      UN?
      Or fly in protective gear for them?
      Iodine pills?
      Flood the Japanese government with mail, shame them
      into doing something?

      Cassie


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      • Summer of Death vs Summer of Life

        Hello, Cassie:

        I posted a “battle plan” below — Summer of Life vs Summer of Death.

        It took me all night to write it, and I’ve been awake forever.

        I’m willing to start a Facebook account, but I could use advice. I am newbie to Facebook… although my degree from college is in mass communication (and teaching elementary school).

        Cassie, do you know how to set up a Facebook account for a political movement? Is there any trick to it, or do I merely need to use a catchy, inspiring title?

        I need to “organize” this project — to give it a home, a face, a mission, a strategy, real soon.

        But right now I need sleep. The sun never sets in Alaska at this time of the year.

        Thanks.


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      • Summer of Death vs Summer of Life

        Cassie, your ideas are great — all of them.

        My “battle plan” lacks sex appeal. Your ideas are magnetic, alluring, effective. Clearly you can motivate people.

        Everybody likes to hike, but nobody wants to break trail — except for natural born leaders.

        In other words, you’re a leader, and I salute you for that.

        I won’t be this wordy again. Promise.


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    • Kids Can't Save Themselves

      Kids can’t save themselves.


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    • cossack55

      Uh, those same people of power are the ones who caused this mess and continue to cover it up. If you want to write a letter to them, simplify it by writing to below address and they will forward it.

      Satan
      Hell
      South of any Border
      Other Side of River Styx 666-666


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    • SamsuLevin

      It´s for all the kids worldwide.
      They still need a future!


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    • Summer of Death vs Summer of Life

      @ EVERYBODY
      @ CASSIE

      A BATTLE PLAN (rough draft)

      I hereby propose One goal, One tactic, and One noble cause — because children can’t save themselves.

      The only goal is “expand the No Go Zones” enough to save every child.
      The only tactic is “Japanese leaders will loose face … unless they expand the Zones.”

      To expand the Zones will cost a fortune, but we don’t give a damn. Children can’t save themselves.

      The value of face is greater than money to the Japanese. Japanese leaders will spend a fortune rather than lose face.

      Face is part of the Japanese soul. Japanese people work to save face. Suffer for face. Lie to save face. Die to save face.

      Do you know why Japanese people don’t riot? They are afraid to lose face. Better their children should die than loose face.

      Parents don’t want their children to die, but honor and face trump death in Japan .

      Face is a weakness that we can exploit to shame their leaders into expanding the Zones.

      Never insult the Japanese people. Go for the throats of their leaders, of course, but go for hearts of the people.

      To win this fight, we have a weapon — modern communications. Facebook has toppled governments.

      We are masters of the world when it comes to communications. Why? Because we use the internet better than world leaders do.

      We are the people “who own the web.” We are the tip of the sword.

      You don’t matter to Japanese leaders. But Japanese leaders care very much about their relations with major leaders of other countries around the world.

      We need to embarrass Japanese leaders in the eyes of other world leaders.

      We need to make noise, lots of noise, and catch the attention of major leaders in major countries around the world — especially in the USA, for starters.

      Our leaders won’t do a freaking thing, unless they think we’re mad enough to vote them out of office. Politicians value power more than they value money.

      A blizzard of…


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      • Summer of Death vs Summer of Life

        A blizzard of emails ought to do the trick.
        Let’s be honest. We need allies. Millions of them. Millions sending emails, posting movies, using YouTube. With the help of Facebook, we will grow from dozens into millions in a month or less. “Action groups” will be created in countries around the world. Our message will be on CNN in 30 days if we do this right.
        We also can use http://www.enenews.com to recruit thousands of “members.”
        We ought to create a list of addresses for email writers to use, with, perhaps, 1000 addresses of important people. NOW –> 6 million members times 1000 emails equals more emails than people on earth. Copy, paste, send, all done — 1000 emails written and sent in 5 minutes. That is the power of internet. That is the power we’ll use.
        I viewed a protest on television — 45 people were there. 45 people made worlwide news because they alerted CNN in advance. Smart move. CNN needs video footage of people shouting “save the children.”
        YOU are the most important friend those kids will ever have. Please pitch in. Make suggestions. Help however you can.
        If you are angry and ready to fight, then we can save millions of children.


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      • Summer of Death vs Summer of Life

        A blizzard of emails ought to do the trick.

        Let’s be honest. We need allies. Millions of them. Millions sending emails, posting movies, using YouTube.

        With the help of Facebook, we will grow from dozens into millions in a month or less.

        “Action groups” will be created in countries around the world. Our message will be on CNN in 30 days if we do this right.

        We also can use http://www.enenews.com to recruit thousands of “members.”

        We ought to create a list of addresses for email writers to use, with, perhaps, 1000 addresses of important people.

        NOW –> 6 million members times 1000 emails equals more emails than people on earth. Copy, paste, send, all done — 1000 emails written and sent in 5 minutes.

        That is the power of internet. That is the power we’ll use.

        I viewed a protest on television — 45 people were there. 45 people made worlwide news because they alerted CNN in advance. Smart move.

        CNN needs video footage of people shouting “save the children.”

        YOU are the most important friend those kids will ever have. Please pitch in. Make suggestions. Help however you can.

        If you are angry and ready to fight, then you can save millions of children.

        I will do this, alone if I must. But I can’t win it alone.


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  • steve

    This is completely criminal. They are advising kids to wear long sleeve shirts?
    What about the air they breath, the food they eat, the water they drink?

    In 10~ years times when people are sick and dying what will TEPCO and the government advise?

    The people of Japan need to stand up and remove the criminal idiots in power. Their beautiful country is being destroyed before the world to see.


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  • @daikon_y from Japan

    Hello,Bread+Butter!

    Fukushima prefecture’s government e-mail address is

    chijikoushitsu@pref.fukushima.jp


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    • Bread+Butter

      How cool is that!!
      Thank you!!
      Do you think it will be ok to write in English?
      Or could you maybe write a message for us in Japanese which we could spread and send to them? That would be great!
      :-)


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      • Bread+Butter

        I just wrote to them in English – very polite, but very clear. Maybe others want to join in? I’ll spread the address amongst my friends.


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        • Cassie

          BB
          Would you be willing to share the content
          of your message?
          Thx.
          Cassie


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          • Bread+Butter

            Cassie, as I’m not an English native speaker, well….ther you go:
            “Dear Madam,
            dear Sir,
            I’m writing to you to express my deepest concern about the situation of the people living in Fukushima prefecture.
            I saw on NHK Television that the government advises school children to wear long-sleeved shirts to protect them of radiation.
            What about the air they breathe, the food they eat, the water they drink ? (*Thanks Steve)
            I think the measures which are taken so far are not sufficient, and that you should react in a more responsable way to this desaster.
            The children need immediate protection, if necessary, by evacuation.
            The world is closely watching, and it fills us with anger and sorrow to see that you are not protecting your citizens.
            I wish you all the best.

            Best regards

            Voilà


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          • Cassie

            Most excellent letter BB.
            Your english is great.


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          • Summer of Death vs Summer of Life

            @ Bread+Butter

            Your letter is excellent. Kudos.


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        • Summer of Death vs Summer of Life

          @ Bread+Butter — posted on “long-sleve page.”

          Tonight, Ill start to compile a list of email addresses — every senator, represenative, president, etc.

          Foreign leaders, etc.

          Religious leaders, etc.

          New Agencies, Wire Servoces, Newspapers, CNN, etc.

          The idea is “to write one letter,” copy and paste 2 or three times, and send off 1,000 emails in a flash.

          I’d be willing to make a web page; post the addresses, and spread the word around here.

          Enenews.com is popular — we/I could encourage dozens — or thousands — of people to do emails if we/I make the process fun, easy, quick.

          1,000 people x 1,000 addresses = one million emails sent.

          Cheers. I’m off to dreamland.


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          • Bread+Butter

            @ Summer of love
            Thank you, we´ll get into action!
            If you like, I could translate the letter into German and add some e-mail adresses from over here…
            Unfortunately, I won´t have a laptop for the rest of the week and can only check ocasionally here – I suggest we stay in this thread!
            YESSSS, you go girl (boy?)


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      • No Wonder Americans Are Hated in Many Places

        How shameful to bombard people when they’re busy trying to help others. It reeks of arrogance to act like they don’t care about each other and they have to meet your approval.

        私はマナーを示す他のアメリカ人のために謝罪したいと思います。計測機器、広告を売ることで一部のコンピュータサイトの利益。彼らは多くの人々が誤った情報を書いている。私は人々が助けを必要とする人々を傷つけることを行うことが申し訳なく思っている。


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        • nice.....

          No, we apparently just care about innocent children much more than you do!!!! Get them out of there! Shut down what’s left of any Fukushima schools. Relocate the administrators and teachers to a safer, distant site & start an official boarding school–it would be a hit!!~


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        • tony wilson

          japan…wake up before it is to late.
          i have seen more resistance in sheep on the way to the slaughter house.
          simply stand back and look at what you government said 2 months ago about containment and look now.
          even tepcogov truth speak is a lie.
          if tepco say the sky is blue do not believe them.money.money money.
          fight for your fucking kids.
          even poor countries like mongolia understand the power of protest.
          i only mention mongolia because thats the place tepcogov want to dump most of the toxic waste.


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        • You know I was reading the thread thinking how noble some people are in the world. But I kept having this deeper feeling that the great intentions would not be received as they should be and that these great people here are better to look after their own kids. Didn’t want to post that and take away from the great actions and exchanges amongst friends here by posting something contrary.

          But YOUR post suggests my instincts were not so off the mark as I thought, which by the way, is a sad truth. Sad as it is, it is better to know up front before investing energy where it is not appreciated.


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          • nice.....

            Anthony,
            There’s a time for diplomacy and then there’s time to cut through the BULLSH*T!! (long overdue)

            Someone needs to intervene in Japan, whether they prefer it or not. Isolationism is not working for them.

            When one member of the world is playing crazy and hazarding the lives of millions of their own, not to mention the health of an ocean and the N. Hemisphere, the rest of the world may have to step in!!!… (long overdue)


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          • Bread+Butter

            Anthony,
            you put my thoughts into words. I´m afraid, and I have the strong feeling that something must be done to wake people up. But I´m afraid to be seen as an “intruder”, assaulting people we know next to nothing about. I´m absolutely sure all Japanese parents care about their children just like us, of course they do!
            And I understand very well the fears they face:
            - loved ones lost in the tsunami
            - home / workplace wrecked
            - country in recession
            - being afraid to leave everything behind, while officials / friends tell them everything is fine
            - not knowing where to live with your family in case of leaving home…etc…etc…
            Personally, I find it offensive to shout at these traumatized people. Government needs to be adressed. Heavily.


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        • Bread+Butter

          I am very sorry that you get the message the wrong way.
          By the way, I´m not American, but German, and I care a lot about our world.
          And I feel strongly that your government is not too busy helping others. If so, this thread wasn´t existing.
          All the best to you


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  • jump-ball

    Tyvek turtlenecks will be popular, then later when rad readings double or triple it’ll be mandatory moonsuits.

    This is a slow motion tragedy; just watching it unfold may be toxic.

    Sun is setting in Fuku I live cam shot and buildings seem to have good illumination; next daylight view approx. 1pm pacific.


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  • JC

    In my opinion, japanese government and TEPCO board should be transfered to work inside fukushima city as long as there are people living there. That simples. I think they would be safer by now….

    Humanity is pathetic!


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  • markww

    TO THE PEOPLE IN JAPAN CONCERNING THE EXPLOSIONS FIRES, AND CONTINUATION OF RADIATION RELEASE AT FUKUSHIMA. YOUR GOVERNMENT IS LYING CONCEALING IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO EVERYONE IN A 200 MILE AREA OF FUKUSHIMA AND THE SURROUNDING PREFECTURES.RADIATION BEING RELEASED IS A DEEP CONCERN FOR YOU AND ALL YOUR CHILDREN. MASSIVE AMOUNTS OF RADIATION IS BEING BREATHED INTO YOUR BODIES, FALLOUT IS AT DANGEROUS LEVELS MANY MANY TIMES THE RUSSIAN ACCIDENT AND EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE BEEN EVACUATED AWAY FROM THE AREA 2 MONTHS AGO. TEPCO AND YOUR GOVERNMENT LEADERS CONTINUE TO LIE, HOLD BACK INFORMATION NOT ONLY FROM THE JAPANESE PEOPLE BUT THE WORLD. FOODS PLANTS ANIMALS AND FISH ARE RADIOACTIVE. WORLD SCIENTIST ARE EXTREMELY AGITATED AND UPSET ABOUT THE CRIMINAL ACTIONS BY MANY IN THE JAPANESE GOVERNMENT AND TEPCO THAT ARE BREAKING MORAL,AND ETHICAL LAWS AND CRIMINAL LAWS OF PREMEDITATED MURDER, JUST TO TELL PEOPLE EVERYTHING IS SAFE. IT IS NOT SAFE. MILLIONS OF JAPANESES PEOPLE ARE GOING TO DIE FROM RADIATION EXPOSURE.

    MARK


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  • jump-ball

    Another approach would be to give all the children (and adults) an appropriate exposure patch, with the idea that they move, or be moved, when accumulation is too fast or too much.

    How would the authorities respond to the realization that everyone in the village was seeing everyone else’s overexposed patch just one week or so into a monthly patch period?

    Probably by banning the patch, but I think it’s time to patch everything up and get the village and the criminal authorities on the right page.


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  • xdrfox

    These poor precious Children !


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    • nice.....

      Japanese children are exceedingly cute…crazy cute… They are terribly cute children. :(

      I saw a young girl living some 30 km from Fukushima being interviewed regarding her dad’s radiation meter readings… They asked her if she knew what those numbers meant. She blushed, then honestly and respectfully answered, “no”…… It was so touching.


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  • what day do you think that they choose to tell us, were all going to die?

    I mean they admitted to a time lapsed information release…
    stating: Its far worse than chernobyl…
    And it being pretty much impossible to control…

    I mean how long are they planning on kicking rocks?


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    • not to mention: not one reporter or nuclear physicist will touch this issue with a 50ft stick…


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      • cossack55

        Because they prefer to be at the other end of a 4,865,349,245,811 foot stick.


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      • Summer of Death vs Summer of Life

        I’m am ex-reporter with a degree in same.

        I wasn’t allowed to write a story without quotations from solid sources. Editorial, yes. Story, no.

        Reporters won’t touch this story because those in the know won’t talk. The bottleneck begins on the “information side.” As long as TEPCO plays this game, stories will be scarce.


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      • SteveMT

        They will wait and wait, hoping that we will be unable to fight back, hoping that we will be unable to kill them with our bare hands.

        So at that point, we will have to resort to using guns.


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    • Radiation levels fall in Fukushima

      Radiation levels fall in Fukushima seawater
      Tokyo Electric Power Company says radiation levels have fallen in seawater near the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

      The utility said on Tuesday it had detected 3.1 becquerels of cesium 134 per cubic meter of seawater near the water intake of the No.3 reactor.

      The reading is 52 times the national limit, but the lowest since TEPCO began checking radiation levels near the intake after the nuclear accident that followed the March 11th earthquake and tsunami.

      On May 11th, a level 32,000 times the national limit was detected at the same location due to a leak of highly contaminated water from the plant.

      Cesium 134 was found in seawater 16 kilometers from the plant on Monday, but the level was below the limit set by the government.

      The utility said the level of radioactive iodine near the water intake at the No.2 reactor was 160 times the limit on Monday.

      But the reading was less than one-third of the previous day’s figure.

      TEPCO said it found radioactive strontium in seawater samples taken at 4 locations off Fukushima Prefecture on May 9th, but the levels were all below the national limit.

      Radioactive strontium is produced during the nuclear fission of uranium. It was found in seawater off Fukushima in April.

      TEPCO said the substance probably came from the damaged plant. The utility also said the detected levels were very low, but it will continue to monitor the seawater.
      Wednesday, June 01, 2011 02:59 +0900 (JST)


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  • Jean

    It’s heartbreaking that a government and society have so little respect for their most precious resource–children. As if long sleeves will protect from radiation exposure! This is so absurd I’m almost at a loss for words!


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  • Dear tepco…
    Its been forever…
    Give us the data.
    You mother F(*&$RS


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    • IAEA Team Submits Nuclear Findings

      IAEA team submits report to Japan government
      A team from the International Atomic Energy Agency has submitted to the Japanese government a summary report of its investigation into the disaster at Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.

      The 18-member team inspected the plant and other nuclear facilities from May 24th, before an IAEA ministerial meeting on nuclear safety starts on June 20th in Vienna.

      Team leader Michael Weightman handed the report to the prime minister’s advisor Goshi Hosono in Tokyo on Wednesday.

      The report points out that Japan underestimated the impact of the tsunami. It urges the government to correctly assess the risks of all natural disasters, and draw up protective measures in the design and operation of nuclear power plants.

      The report adds that Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency should be independent and given a clear role based on IAEA standards, so it can respond appropriately to disasters.

      Hosono thanked the team for its extensive and detailed investigation, and said the Japanese government will make the best use of the report as it probes the crisis.

      Weightman said his team had been given access to all the information it needed, and was able to compile the report quickly. He said the accident in Fukushima has lessons that can be shared by all countries.
      Wednesday, June 01, 2011 15:59 +0900 (JST)


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    • I think this is my all time fave post of yours Taco! And you write some good stuff too…..


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  • radegan

    “He said the accident in Fukushima has lessons that can be shared by all countries.”

    Yep, we learned – build all new reactors upwind of Japan.


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    • Don't Eat the Yellow Snow?

      Snow on Fukushima peaks found to be radioactive
      Snow in the mountains in Fukushima Prefecture is showing radioactive contamination at levels above the safety limit for drinking water.

      Researchers from Fukushima University performed the analysis with a local environmental group. They sampled snow in 31 locations and at different altitudes from 7 peaks around Fukushima city, from mid-April through early May.

      The results showed that snow in 14 locations contained more than 200 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium, the adult safe limit for drinking water.

      A sample of snow from an altitude of 1,300 meters contained 3,000 becquerels of cesium.

      Fukushima University Vice-President Akira Watanabe specializes in meteorology and says the data support his team’s analysis that radioactive substances scattered at an altitude of 1,300 meters.

      He is urging mountain climbers not to drink river water or gather edible wild plants, now that high levels of radioactivity in the snow have been confirmed.
      Wednesday, June 01, 2011 15:40 +0900 (JST)


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      • Darth

        Radioactive snow melt will irrigate the farms below.

        Nature has a way of puking it back at you.


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      • Maa

        I wonder what will happen to the air travel industy with all the radiation going on in the air. Is it advisable to take air travel?


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        • Jack

          Maa, Air Travel may leave you Stranded
          in a strange place
          under martial law,
          unable to travel further. It is Quite
          actually very near to a total shutdown
          of all the systems we have come to
          expect as normal. We have taken a lot
          for “Granted”, as this Fuku Demon now
          reveals to us all. Don’t get stranded.


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        • That`s what Ive been thinking …think about it!


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        • Anna

          Maa, I now what you mean. My husband made a trip to China and back when that cloud was thick and heavy. He was pretty wiped out. It was/is a worry. Got him home and sleeping on grounding sheets and taking good care of him. He is feeling good. All we can do is cross our fingers and hope it is ok after all we have done and continue to do. He said the pilot made a point to say they were taking the least radioactive route which was (on the return trip) to come down the alaska coast down to LA. Worst route ever!!

          Don’t you think the level up there is not as bad as it was when those big clouds were belching out big releases?

          Do you have available to you any supplements to help protect you?


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  • norral

    the only thing that will cause change is we the people. the ptb’s do not care about us period. when we rise up we will be victorious but we dont want to rise up because it is uncomfortable sadly.


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  • from tokyo

    thank you govt,
    thank you tepco!!!

    this is from a japanese forum

    (Bq/kg)

    0.5 German Gas&Water Association
    1 WHO limit (Water)
    10 WHO limit (Vegetables)
    10 Japanese limit until 3/16 (Water)
    100 Japanese temporary limit for babies (Water))
    170 US limit (drink&food)
    300 Japan’s temp limit since 3/17 (Water)
    370 Japan’s limit until 3/16 (Vegetables)
    965 tap Water in Iitate
    1,000 WHO Emergency limit←”to prevent death from starving”
    2,000 Japan’s temp limit since 3/17 (Vegetables&fish)
    54,100 carefully washed and then measured vegetables from Ibaraki ←”but no immediate health risk if we eat it”
    5,190,000 grass & plants in Iitate/Fukushima
    2,900,000,000,000 the water in reactor no. 2


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    • Darth

      Where did you find these numbers. Any links?

      As far as I know food and drink in the USA is .11B/kg or 3 pCi/kg.


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      • Mitch

        Yes, the german limit may have been a little liberal to allow water contaminated by Chernobyl’s accident to be used to make beer, cheese, and process foods.


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    • Bread+Butter

      Hi,
      there you are! I’ve been waiting for you. If you read the posts above, you’ll see that we’re having quite a discussion here regarding the situation of the children in Fukushima. I’d like to know: what do YOU think would be an appropriate way to support the locals and try to force the government to do more for the children’s protection than letting them wear long-sleeved shirts?
      I’m just as angry as anybody else here, but I think we also don’t have the right to blame the parents, as some members here do. We know absolutely nothing about those people.
      Whereas in my opinion a heavy load of pressure on the government is the right choise. What do you think?
      Thank you for your input!!


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      • Summer of Death vs Summer of Life

        I don’t think you’re addressing me, but I published a “battle plan” (first draft) on this page as a proposal for action. Word search for my user name to find it if you like.

        My ideas may be “too Vulcan” — too matter of fact — to win hearts and minds. Your ideas have energy. I’d gladly follow YOU.


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    • Horrible truth. Sorry to hear this From Tokyo.


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    • Frank Snapp

      “from Tokyo” Thank you for the VERY clarifying information. I appreciate this sort of thing from this site. It’s nearly impossible to find this sort of information elsewhere for the concerned non-scientist. In gratitude.


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      • from tokyo

        I don’t have sources for all numbers right now, but here are some:

        first, the data from 3/17 by the MHLW…
        http://www.mhlw.go.jp/stf/houdou/2r9852000001558e-img/2r9852000001559v.pdf (japanese)

        Iodium 2000bq/kg
        Caesium 500bq/kg
        there are even doses of uranium and plutonium which are said to be “safe”.
        is it really????
        Some time ago I’ve researched on the net and found that indeed plutonium does not stay in your body that long. But not all will go out and even if just a little stays and gets to yoru lungs (? forgot..) then there’s risk cancer…

        WHO radiation
        http://www.who.int/water_sanitation_health/dwq/fulltext.pdf (english)
        this is the full text, couldn’t find special extracts now. But e.g. p.204 is about water.

        In fact, many Japanese people are well aware about those numbers. But of course not everybody.
        So many Japanese try to take action and have created clarifying pictures where you can see the comparison (Japanese & international dose limits)
        like that:
        http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2127/5776030461_70d72c4067.jpg

        http://blogimg.goo.ne.jp/user_image/16/49/6fbdde3a15bb1fc89aacdc04828c9c28.png

        about the fukushima kids..
        I really don’t know.. so desperate.. But what I still read is that some families just do not want to move away. I think in those cases it’s the officials’ duty to tell them about the real risks.
        The government still is playing down the real health risks.

        You know, everyday our news here in Japan are: “Fukushima spinach/milk/food/whatever measured and under dose limits – government cancels production/shipping-ban”
        “most of Ibaraki prefecture vegetables were not measured after 3/11″
        “over-dose spinach has been shipped out to kanto area” <= over the present limit. so spinach OVER 2000bq/kg. Imagine a baby eating it……..

        the food crontrol system is awful now.

        also, I found out that some people wrote about the tap water in Osaka/kansai area, which show HIGHER radiation doses than here in…


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  • Jack

    Bread and Butter! HARSH Facts!! Those Kids in Fukushima are
    as Good as Dead, in all rational, considered, compassionate
    reality.
    YOUR neighborhood is the best place to Focus your Mind.
    Sorry. It’s nice to share sorrows and come together and weep.
    Now. Let’s get it together.
    Remember the article from a couple weeks back where the
    Third-Graders were made to stoically carry out the traditional
    Tea-Leaf ceremonies IN THE FALLOUT RAIN? They went on
    with the Ritual EATING of fresh-picked TEA-LEAF Tempura!
    OK?
    GET IT?
    They are soon DEAD!


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    • Harsh truth there Jack. I agree we have to look after ourselves as they do too. I can`t imagine arguing with someone they are in danger and them being pissed we are meddling interfering idiots. I think the animals appreciate our vocal efforts more than people buying into the propaganda and letting kids still go to school there instead of moving too the other side or off the island to safety. I see your point.


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      • Frank Snapp

        Anthony, we are in a position in these times with this event to see the insanity of “just carrying on” and “move along nothing to see here” blind faith in status quo behaviors and systems of management of crises. This crisis is, of course, absolutely not manageable within the hierarchical structures that protect wealth and move slowly therefore, over non-hierarchical, community based structures that could respond, however, imperfectly, in a more timely manner.


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    • Frank Snapp

      Your torque is appropriate. Children in Fukushima, the younger the more likley, to die from the worsening contamination of their environment. I also believe that it is only a matter of time before Tokyo is evacuated or greatly reduced in population due to necessary methods of survival there having to radically change due to widespread contamination over the coming year, years, decades that it will take to contain this mess.


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      • I mean I think if Fukushima had been bombed instead with poisonous contaminating radiation, they would have run for the hills to avoid the fallout, right? I mean, isn’t this just common sense?


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  • Jack

    Maa, Where’s Home? On Earth? Nope!
    You might want to realistically assess whether you are
    economically better off, Foreign Marketable skills? Is
    Back Home going to be any better, really?


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    • Maa

      I live in the Southern Hemisphere. What do u think ^^


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      • Frank Snapp

        I think you are, for the moment, safER in the Southern Hemisphere. However, eventually the contamination from the Japanese nuclear cataclysm will extend worldwide. There are reactors in the Southern Hemisphere that will likely be fumbled by humans addled by hubris and made inefficient by adhering to greed driven secretive hierarchical structures that ensure nuclear accidents will occur until such status quo polities are overthrown and replaced by community generation problem resolution and community-based active acting to solve all problems in the short term rather than working, as the status quo does, to maintain status quos for greed and jingoistic security purposes.


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        • anne

          Chile is on the path to build nuclear reactors, even with their terrible earthquake history.


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          • Frank Snapp

            Do everything you can to see that does not happen. There are several existing nuclear reactors in South America that I’m aware of in Argentina and I believe, in Brazil. These must be decomissioned immediately, as waste management will take up the bulk of all labor hours involved in the insane decision to even operate one of these absolutely unnecessary and nearly, for humans, unmanageable technologies.


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  • April

    This article just makes me furious! I know that the Japanese are very serious about education, but I think this is just another way to keep the public from panicking. I can’t believe they are putting that many children in danger just to save the almighty dollar. This is absolutely disgusting! I am part of a teacher’s union, and I am going to send some emails to our leaders etc. These poor children are either going to die young from radiation exposure, die young from cancer, or their DNA is going to be compromised and they will produce children with terrible diseases and mutations (just like in Ukraine).


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    • nice.....

      My teacher friends would boycott the schools. They have a mandatory legal duty here to report child endangerment or they could face serious penalties themselves… Moreover, I know they would never stand for this risk to their students!! No way!


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      • April

        Yes, my colleagues and I have talked about this and we would absolutely boycott even if it meant not getting paid/losing our jobs. Risking the lives of the children just for the sake of (insert your chosen answer here: avoiding a panic, money, education, government greed, etc.) We have a duty to report child endangerment too, however, with so many officials involved in this cover-up, I can imagine it would be nearly impossible to get anything done about the situation. They know that we know that they are lying to us, but they also know that there is little that we can do about it. People always laugh at me when I say that the government would NOT tell us if we were in danger; now they can see that I am right.


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  • I have a question and would like opinions. If you lived in Cali. and were getting bombarded with this “Cloudzilla”, thanks whomever coined this a few days ago,…..anyway,….if you had to stay in the US,…which state, or states, do you think would ‘buy you a few extra months perhaps’,…if you moved there soon?

    Thanks for your opinions–Yes, I know it’s only a stop-gap TEMP measure.


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    • nice.....

      SC had tons of EPA tests with no detectable results…? Granted, they got a nice coastal swipe from the BP Gulf Stream/water cycle that ruined their gardens last year?… It’s just overlooked as a pleasant, affordable possibility. :)


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      • Jack

        SC is an Apartheid/simmering cauldron of segregation leading
        to some bad outcomes in the near future.
        Not that the segregation is itself a bad thing.
        The Overpopulation, based upon a wealth of supply, is about to
        be decimated by yer Standard four Horsemen, champing at the
        bit.
        So Jill! Jill!
        you are correct:
        ;you think would ‘buy you a few extra months perhaps’,…if you moved there soon?
        CORRECT, A FEW MONTHS, Perhaps…that’s all! No More!


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      • nyc

        SC had tons of EPA tests with no detectable results

        That appears to be correct. But I think it is pretty certain that every state got some degree of contamination, even if under the detection threshold.


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    • Darth

      Keep in mind that in adults ingested radiation will take about 20 years to manifest a cancer – if at all.

      So add 20 years to your present age and knowing your family history for life expectancy decide if you will die from something else first.

      This is how I am evaluating this crisis. Given my senior status I will most likely die from a heart attack or old age before any effects from the fallout.
      Thus, I am taking no precautions on what I eat or drink.


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  • nice.....

    Opinions of EXPERTS on Radiation re: Children–

    “But when it comes to children, experts say extra care is needed, because the younger they are, the more vulnerable they are to radiation.

    “Children have higher rates of cell division than adults. So when they are exposed to radiation, it can result in more damage than adults,” Ishikawa of Hokkaido University said.

    Experts estimate that children have two to three times more risk of cancer mortality than adults.

    Children’s vulnerability was manifested in the 1986 Chernobyl accident.”

    http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20110601f1.html


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  • Thank you very much nice–it WAS nice of you indeed! :-)


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    • nice.....

      It’s a beautiful place-yet toasty in the summer. It is not perfect, but so friendly and kind in the Palmetto State! (strong Christian element in the best sense) I think you would like it. Keep fighting for life, Jill!! So far, you’re winning. ;)

      Quoting Wm. Osler: “We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.”………..


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  • from tokyo

    also, there is a very detailed jp website about the reactors.

    http://fukumitsu.xii.jp/syu_f/FukushimaGenpatsu_1.html

    I don’t know why but on the site it says “this site will be closed on 5/31″…


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  • SteveMT

    Here is an ironic headline from NHK: “Japan population decreasing despite more births.” Unlike the grim pragmatists here on enenews, if they only knew how much more it will decline.

    Japan population decreasing despite more births
    Wednesday, June 01, 2011 19:00 +0900 (JST)

    Japan’s population decrease is accelerating, despite a slight increase in the number of births last year.

    The health ministry said on Wednesday that the number of babies born in 2010 was 1-million 71,306, up 1,271 from the previous year, but that the number of deaths was 1-million 197,066, up 55,201. Consequently, the population dropped by a record-high 125,760, topping 100,000 for the first time.

    The ministry also says the average number of births per Japanese woman during her lifetime was 1.39 last year, up 0.02 from the previous year.

    Japan’s fertility rate stood at 4.54 in 1947. It hit a record low of 1.26 in 2005, but later rose for 3 years in a row.

    http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/01_34.html


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  • xdrfox

    The second deadline is May 31st, 2011.

    !! Request for Urgent Signatures !! Stop IKATA Nuclear Power Plant
    To: Tokihiro Nakamura, Governor of Ehime Prefecture

    Demand

    •Immediately Stop the Ikata Nuclear Power Plant!
    •Protect our hometown!
    •Fulfill your duty to our children and the future generations!
    Object of Demand

    “Nuclear reactors are protected by 5 layers of walls.” “Earthquakes of any scale are within our calculations. We are convinced that no earthquakes or Tsunamis would have any effects on the reactors,” are the statements repeatedly presented by Ehime prefecture and Shikoku Electric Power Company. We have, however, witnessed that all of these words were all too soon swallowed up by the recent Tsunamis, throwing us into a state of irreparable devastation. The crippled Fukushima Nuclear Power plant has forced upon us days of the great anxiety and terrors.

    As if to say that the accidents were a ‘natural calamity,’ the government and the company have shamelessly tried to evade their responsibility and maintained their excuse that it was ‘beyond calculation.’ Among earthquakes that hit the coastal areas in Japan, there was the Meiji Sanriku earthquake in 1896, some 100 years ago, which caused tsunamis that registered as high as 10 or 20 meters. The sized of the earthquake this time is, therefore, not unprecedented and could naturally expected to recur. The power company which ‘deliberately didn’t calculate’, should assume a greater responsibility, as we have to admit that the current disaster at the nuclear plant is nothing but a ‘man-made’ one.

    There are earthquakes in ‘Tokai (eastern sea area),’ ‘Tonankai (southeastern sea area)’ and ‘Nankai’ (Southern sea area), all of which are potential regions that are likely to connect with the latest earthquakes in the Northeastern region, and off Ikata there is a class A zone of active faulting. In Ikata, the plant’s No.3 reactor is, like the Fukushima No.3 reactor, an extremely dangerous MOX fuel…


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  • xdrfox

    MOX fuel power generation, which was forcibly introduced and is now being operated. Thus, we are exposed to terrifying dangers ‘beyond calculation’ to come.

    We are outraged and sad to live in a country whose government hides true information from us and to see the government and its scholars who keep lying to us by saying, “The current radioactivity level will have no direct effects on our body.”

    The former governor, Moriyuki Kato, and the current governor, Tokihiro Nakamura, have insisted on their opinion, saying, “We trust the government screening and we will follow the government policy.” However, we don’t want to sacrifice ourselves for the profit of the power company and the tactics of the government at the risk of a nuclear disaster. Ehime Prefecture should admit its error in its safety assessment, and immediately stop the Ikata Nuclear Power plant for the sake of our children, generations to come and all life on the earth. We urge the Ehime Prefectural Governor who is authorized to take this measure, to do so.

    http://japannukecrisis.wordpress.com/


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  • xdrfox

    This video is heartbreaking in so many ways !

    1 Months after Earthquake and Tsunami
    May 23, 2011
    This is a video made by a filmmaker who went to Rikuzentakata being “wiped off the map” by tsunami in Iwate Prefecture with a volunteer group in April.
    There is no English subtitles, so here’s some description.

    In a scene that the volunteers go to a school that many evacuees are living, there are a lot of shoes on the schoolyard.

    After the earthquake and tsunami, there was a severe shortage of shoes among evacuees in the city. So, they asked the internet community for help through Twitters and blogs, and then those shoes were sent from across the nation.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGWmgk2n5x8&feature=player_embedded


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  • from tokyo

    about the japanese dose limit (effective from 3/17)

    http://kingo999.web.fc2.com/kizyun.html


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