Kyodo: Family suffered nausea, diarrhea after meltdowns 60km away, Mother very worried — “We think it’s a human rights problem and grave violation” says expert

Published: March 8th, 2012 at 1:19 am ET


Title: Fukushima mothers, kids speak of health concerns at N.Y. event
Source: Kyodo
Date: March 8, 2012

Two mothers and their sons from Fukushima Prefecture on Wednesday spoke in New York about their health concerns stemming from the nuclear crisis triggered by the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Chiaki Tomitsuka, from Koriyama city, 58 kilometers from stricken Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant:

She is very worried about the effect of radiation on children after seeing many Internet postings about its potential danger. “Our family could not evacuate for a while…We could not sleep at night and suffered from nausea and diarrhea. […] I don’t want them to disregard the lives of children who live in Fukushima. It would be too late if they wait until after they become ill.”

Yuri Tomitsuka, from Koriyama, age 10:

“It is sad that I can’t see my father often. But I believe it was good for us to evacuate because I am afraid of becoming ill in the future. I would like to live a long time and want to relieve my father and mother of anxiety.”

Kaise Fukagawa, from Koriyama, age 7:

“I heard that there was a nuclear power accident in a place called Chernobyl a long time before I was born. I found out that there were people who became ill under the influence of radiation emitted from the accident and that there were many deformed children born afterwards. I wonder why grown—-ups didn’t think that it might happen in their own country in the future when they saw such a disastrous accident happen in another country.”

Kazuko Ito, secretary general of Human Rights Now:

“We think it’s a human rights problem and grave violation of the right to life, right to health and reproductive health.”

Read the report here

Published: March 8th, 2012 at 1:19 am ET


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11 comments to Kyodo: Family suffered nausea, diarrhea after meltdowns 60km away, Mother very worried — “We think it’s a human rights problem and grave violation” says expert

  • Unfortunately, ALARA, or "as low as reasonably achievable" comes to mind. Don't expect anything much different in terms of response to any future nuclear accident, regardless of what country your living in. The mistake people make is that this is a Japanese problem.

  • Sorry, the mistake people make is thinking that the response was a Japanese phenomenon

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Nuclear plants must be dismantled.

    • kintaman kintaman

      100% agreed but then where do they put the 1000's of tonnes of hot nuclear fuel? 🙁 It is a man made problem with no solution.

  • americancommntr

    Allow me to relieve you of some critical ignorance.

    There is a gas called "Brown's Gas", made by hydrolysis of water in a particular manner.

    This gas, when burned, produces peculiar effects. One of these peculiar effects is the ability to render a radioactive material, from being radioactive, to being non-radioactive.

    • americancommntr

      I don't know how much clearer that can be made, and I don't know how anyone can overlook something like this.

      Within Brown's Gas is the solution to two problems: the first is cleaning up extremely radioactive materials. Yes, you will still have toxic elements, but they will no longer be seriously radioactive. You would be able to render a fuel rod non-radioactive. How much clearer do you need it?

      How wedded to sky-is-falling-and-no-solution mentality? Most problems in this world already have known solutions.

      • americancommntr

        Myriad solutions to the need for cleaner, cheaper energy have been found. Brown's Gas is one, and that's another reason why companies Satanically inspired with inordinate greed would rather nursemaid and treasure spent fuel than render it non-radioactive and merely a toxic element waste to be isolated and stored.

        • americancommntr

          It's like the inventor of the repeating, cartridge-fed rifle, in 1767. Nobody would accept his technology.

          Or the inventor of the machine gun, in 1801. Nobody would accept his technology.

          Or the British Navy doctors who ignored two cures for scurvy, given to them 50 years apart, during which time a million British sailors alone died unnecessarily when the cure was known.

    • James2

      Hmm – I've smelled what I imagined was Brown Gas before – and this smells a bit like it again…

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      Hugely Expensive Technology Would Increase Environmental, Health, Safety
      And Nuclear Proliferation Risks, New Report Says

      "’Asking the public for huge sums of money for new reactor research and development under the guise of radioactive waste management appears to be largely a scheme to perpetrate the nuclear power industry using public opposition to waste repositories as an excuse,’ said Dr. Arjun Makhijani, President of IEER. ‘Our research shows that the road will not only be costly and dangerous, but that it will also be a dead end. There is no magic bullet for solving the problem of long-lived nuclear waste.’

      “According to The Nuclear Alchemy Gamble, even transmutation proponents agree that many long-lived components of radioactive waste, such as cesium-135 and carbon-14, cannot be transformed into less dangerous forms because of fundamental limitations that cannot be overcome by technology development. Uranium, which makes up 94% of the mass of the spent fuel, cannot be transmuted because it would result in the production of even more plutonium. In some cases, the report notes, transmutation would create new and even more toxic transuranic radioactive materials, making the residual wastes far more dangerous per pound….”