Headline: “Radiation from Fukushima may lead to decreased population in Japan” — Concerns about children’s health spread across northeast, Tokyo

Published: August 11th, 2011 at 5:36 pm ET
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Radiation from Fukushima may lead to decreased population in Japan, The Christian Science Monitor, August 11, 2011:

In the post-disaster environment, there is now another disincentive to have children: concerns about radiation. [...]

[W]omen across the northeast of Japan, and as far away as Tokyo, are concerned about having children amid ongoing fears of the effects of radiation.

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Published: August 11th, 2011 at 5:36 pm ET
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37 comments to Headline: “Radiation from Fukushima may lead to decreased population in Japan” — Concerns about children’s health spread across northeast, Tokyo

    • WindorSolarPlease

      I agree, it’s not a matter of “MAY”.

      Being exposed to especially that much radiation will create health issues there, and who knows how far this problem, will extend to.

      Everyone should be able to receive free health care and people will need it. Tepco and all Nuclear Corporations should help with this.

      We have plants spewing and dumping here also. They should all be accountable.


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  • farawayfan farawayfan

    Another distraction from the truth…worrying about people not wanting to have children for fear of radiation is asinine when the actual event is still ongoing and actively poisoning.


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  • Stephengn

    We will not be seeing pictures of monstrous birth defects coming out of Japan. The Japanese have no problem with euthanasia.

    Keep an eye on Japan’s population it hit it (supposedly) hit it’s peak in 2007 at 127.771 million in 2007. two years later by 2009 it lost more than 250,000 people.

    Expect a sharp dip in the next few years


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    • Edward Edward

      Unfortunately I think you are right. They will go to those extremes to cover this up.


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    • xdrfox
      August 10, 2011 at 10:45 am · Reply Report comment Report comment
      Japan’s population declines for 2nd year in a row

      Japan’s government says the nation’s population has declined for a second straight year.
      The internal affairs ministry said on Tuesday that the population as of the end of March was about 126-million-230-thousand. The figure was down 122-thousand from a year before, and excludes data for 22 municipalities in 3 northeastern prefectures that were hit hard by the March 11th disaster.
      The ministry attributes the decline …
      http://www3.nhk.or.jp/daily/english/09_29.html

      Wonder Why do I beleive this will be a steady trend !


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  • TheWorldIsBlind

    The population already HAS decreased a tremendous amount. Everyone who has passed in the tsunami LET ALONE the radiation. OBVIOUSLY THIS RADIATION IS NOT GOOD WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE ITS 100% CLEAR NOW! Really this world is blind….


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    • WindorSolarPlease

      Exactly… The population has already decreased from the tsunami/radiation..More to follow.

      I think there are many who would rather wear blind folds and not hear about it.


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  • fukushima had a 6.0 earthquake today… Might want to keep all eyes on the cam (via reactor 2 ) ;)


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  • Magnitude
    5.9
    Date-Time
    Thursday, August 11, 2011 at 18:22:04 UTC
    Friday, August 12, 2011 at 03:22:04 AM at epicenter
    Time of Earthquake in other Time Zones
    Location
    36.999°N, 141.080°E
    Depth
    38 km (23.6 miles)
    Region
    NEAR THE EAST COAST OF HONSHU, JAPAN
    Distances
    18 km (11 miles) ESE of Iwaki, Honshu, Japan
    76 km (47 miles) SE of Koriyama, Honshu, Japan
    88 km (54 miles) NE of Mito, Honshu, Japan
    188 km (116 miles) NE of TOKYO, Japan
    Location Uncertainty
    horizontal +/- 13.7 km (8.5 miles); depth +/- 7.8 km (4.8 miles)
    Parameters
    NST=460, Nph=464, Dmin=261.6 km, Rmss=0.84 sec, Gp= 40°,
    M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=8
    Source
    Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Event ID
    usc0005cf5


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    • theypoisonus

      Gosh,

      I haven’t seen you post in awhile, but I have been busy myself and not had time to read all the posts on every thread.

      Good to see you back. :)


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  • arclight arclight

    weve discussed in some detail the psychological issues that may arise…it might be what the mad happy scientist was alluding too! but the health, social and financial implications will cause people to go into survival mode. that is to say, living moment by moment with little occupying the mind other than surviving day to day! denial will play a huge part in peoples defensive mechanisms and from what i see of the government, i can not see them coming up with a comprehensive psychological support network (these are the muppets that told a traumatised people to stay happy or die of radiation poisoning dont forget)!! and on this note i need to crash!
    good night all here
    peace!


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  • shaktasna999

    Did you see the beef story? If these were my kids and I found out they’d been eating radioactive meat Tokyo would be ablaze right now.

    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/08/radioactive-beef-consumed-in-school.html


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  • shaktasna999

    That post was dated for today. Did ex-SKF repost? @Arclight Lol even apples are too thinned skinned to reject the poisons.

    Anyone for the breathatarian or water-only diet?

    Oh right…


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  • arclight arclight

    URGENT WATCH THIS VIDEO NOW then watch the other video on the main exskf page
    http://ex-skf.blogspot.com/2011/08/nhk-special-mapping-radioactive-fallout.html


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  • Discordian

    For a moment there, I thought that headline must have been pulled from The Onion, not the CSM. That may be a sick sense of humor, but it’s been a long day.


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  • It seems we need to get better information on which foods absorb which radioisotopes. We need better information all around. This disaster has pointed out how the powers-that-be want to contain the information more than the radiation. We need a paradigm shift. We need to trust people with the truth.


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    • alasanon

      yeah, where are all the research institutes, public health bodies, and university radiology and nuclear science departments?! If they want to learn something that applies to the real world, this is it. The Big Kahuna.

      They should be all over this project, instead of hanging back, playing dumb… How much can you sell out and pay people off before it becomes too obvious?? (I know that’s been said before, but they do take our taxe$!)


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      • lam335 lam335

        re: nuclear science departments–refer to the article posted a few days ago which mentions that such departments often get money from the nuke industry (TEPCO even sponsored a chair at one prominent department). (see “TEPCO funds chair/professsorship at MIT” on this site)

        The nuke industry benefits from the ability to claim that we don’t *know* enough about the effects of long-term exposure to low radiation doses to say that it is necessarily bad for us (the whole linear no-threshold vs. threshold vs. hormesis debate). They need to be able to keep denying there is any definitive proof of its harmfulness. They need this since they know that they periodically release/vent stuff into the air and leak stuff into the ground water.

        I’m afraid this is going to sound more paranoid/conspiratorial that I mean to, but it’s an interesting coincidence that, at the very moment that there is a huge and growing body of data in Japan regarding the effects of radiation on the body, the U.S. Congress/president have decided to cut funding for research into the effects of low-level radiation on the body (though, sadly, many in Japan can’t even be said to be receiving *low* does anymore).
        (see “Budget Deal Could Crush Low-Dose Radiation Research” Health Physics Society News Cafe)


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        • lam335 lam335

          Source: Forbes

          Much has been written about the probable effects on renewable energy of the budget deal struck between President Obama and Congressional Republicans last week.

          Solar panels and windmills, boosted by a massive influx of funding from the Stimulus Package in 2009, will see subsidies dry up when they expire in 2012. But wind and solar won’t be the only casualties in the Energy Department.

          The nation’s only Low-Dose Radiation Research program is likely to suffer a severe cut in funding not long after the United States was blanketed with low doses of radioactive fallout from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.

          “Is it reasonable to assume that there is some radiation dose below which cancer risks are actually zero? And if so, what is that dose?” asks Dr. David J. Brenner, a professor in the Columbia University medical school’s Center for Radiological Research, in a recent editorial in The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

          “Researchers really do not know the answers to these questions. It follows that neither they, nor the policymaking community, can really understand or predict the long-term consequences of Chernobyl, or of Fukushima, or of any future accidental or terrorist-based large-scale radiological event.”

          Brenner questioned cuts in funding for low-dose research in late July, based on the president’s proposal, which reduced funding for the Low-Dose Program by more than a third, from $25 million to $14 million. The program supports research at a suite of universities and institutes and hosts an annual gathering of scientists.

          Since Brenner published his editorial, the president and Congress struck a budget deal that will put a far tighter pinch on federal spending. The deal could force more than $2.1 trillion in spending cuts, according to the Congressional Budget Office. And more cuts could be trigged by automatic deficit-reduction laws.

          At Energy’s Low-Dose Radiation Research Program, officials are waiting for the impacts, which have yet to be finalized in the detailed budgets of each department:

          “The FY 2012 budget is still up for debate, and the final funding level is not yet determined. The recent budget deal did not discuss any details related to this program, or any other programs, as far as we know,” said Julie Wiley, a communications specialist for the program, via email. “That’s all the information we have at this point.”

          Dr. Brenner departs from many other scientists and government officials who downplay the effects of low-dose radiation exposure. When it comes to Chernobyl, for example, he attributes the commonly quoted fatal cancer toll—4,000—to selective attention to “the more highly exposed groups — the implicit assumption being that the radiation-induced cancer risk for the large number of people receiving lower doses is zero.”


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    • Novamind

      @metamind You are correct TPTB do not care for anyone but themselfs. The factual part of the puzzle is by the time we figure it out it is too late. Damage Done.


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  • Misitu

    Taken a while for the message to get into focus eh.


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  • arclight arclight

    Schools in Fukushima clearing radioactive dirt, but nowhere to dump it.
    2011/08/12
    “The municipal governments are fully behind the project. Officials are keen to prevent more children from moving outside the prefecture. They also are anticipating the day when children, who were evacuated with their families, return to their home schools for the second semester.

    At one school in Tanagura town, heavy machinery was stationed on the school grounds because of repair work being done at the gymnasium. As a result, soil removal work could not start.

    No soil-removal plans are in place among 287 schools located either in the Aizu region of western Fukushima Prefecture, where radiation levels are low, or in the no-entry zones near the Fukushima No. 1 plant, including Futaba and Naraha towns.

    Two-hundred and eighty-nine schools, including those in Iwaki city, said they were “considering” soil removal work.

    All municipal governments reported that the soil removal work had proved to be “effective,” with radiation levels on school grounds falling, for example, from 3 microsieverts per hour to 0.2-0.3 microsieverts per hour as a result.

    High-pressure hoses were used to clean school buildings at facilities where soil was not removed, the municipal governments said. Officials said those schools also removed sludge from side ditches and took other safety measures.

    In the absence of a blueprint to dispose of the contaminated soil, schools have had to bury the dirt in their own grounds–usually in a corner in holes 1.5 to 3 meters deep.

    The volume of soil in 19 municipalities, where data is available, amounted to some 178,000 cubic meters, equivalent to a pile 14 meters high covering the entire baseball field at the Tokyo Dome.
    The cost of the soil removal work differs according to the size of school grounds. But many of the municipal governments set aside roughly 10 million yen ($130,000) for each junior high school and about 5 million yen for each elementary school.

    In the meantime, 23 of the 90 prefectural senior high schools in Fukushima either have implemented, or plan to implement, soil-removal work. The total cost is estimated to hit at least about 6 billion yen if private-run kindergartens and day-care centers, which receive prefectural government subsidies for works, are included. “
    Arc: why not put the money into resettlement???
    And this
    “The Fukushima city government has received a number of inquiries on decontamination plans from parents of children who have been evacuated outside the prefecture.

    “We cannot ask them to return, given that the families are facing a tough choice,” said an official in charge of those matters. “But we wish to send out the message that we have at least a certain outlook with regard to the safety of school grounds.”
    Arc: speechless!
    Peace
    http://www.asahi.com/english/TKY201108110241.html


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