Kyodo: Highly contaminated fish detected in Fukushima rivers and lakes — Up to 25 times legal limit

Published: July 2nd, 2012 at 2:19 pm ET


Subscription Only: High level of radioactive cesium detected in Fukushima freshwater fish
Kyodo News
22:17 2 July

The Environment Ministry said Monday it detected 61 to 2,600 becquerels per kilogram of radioactive cesium in 23 varieties of freshwater fish sampled at five rivers and lakes in Fukushima Prefecture between December and February.

After the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant crisis, the government reduced the level of radioactive cesium deemed safe for consumption to a maximum of 100 Bq/kg for fish, meat and other food items.

A kind of goby taken from the Mano River in Minamisoma, located north of the crippled nuclear plant, showed 2,600 Bq/kg, according to the ministry.



Published: July 2nd, 2012 at 2:19 pm ET


Related Posts

  1. Mainichi: Highest radiation level yet — 37 times gov’t limit detected in river trout caught 40km from meltdowns March 30, 2012
  2. Blueberries almost 6 times legal limit detected in large city far outside evacuation zone September 17, 2012
  3. Kyodo: Radioactive fish at 400% gov’t limit found 200km inland at lake in Gunma April 4, 2012
  4. Radioactive tea above legal limit found 100 miles southwest of Tokyo June 9, 2011
  5. Kyodo: Cesium detected in Fukushima children’s urine July 1, 2012

12 comments to Kyodo: Highly contaminated fish detected in Fukushima rivers and lakes — Up to 25 times legal limit

  • arclight arclight

    JP Govt's TV CM: "Let's Support East Japan by Eating!
    just a quick and to the point video here…

  • I can look into my crystal ball and see an increase in the legal limit for contaminated fish.

  • Myme

    Absurd stupidity of the masses is Japan’s national strategy now.

    Great find, the TV CM i great find, arclight. We almost fell off our hairs with sad laugh.

    Japan was once a nation of high education and technology. With the government itself promoting stupidity among its citizens, China and South Korea will have easier times surpassing Japan in all industrial strength. This is an excellent example how a country can destroy itself without a sound vision, even if it had economic, political, and technological power.

  • Myme

    There’re tons of JP govt ads that promote eating Fukushima area produce as a way to support the disaster victims and help economic recovery, etc. They are played out on people’s guilt when they don’t cooperate.

    My sister in Western Japan says all her friends laugh at them, saying “ahorasii” (ridiculous), even though they are too Japanese-polite to show such emotional display in the public. The government politicians and TEPCO executives should do all of the eating, they say.

  • arclight arclight

    there is a useful graph and info on how the cesium contamination is likely to move and settle here..

    Radioactivity in the Baltic Sea

    "..Finland has been a pioneer in monitoring radioactivity in the Baltic Sea. Research into radioactivity began towards the end of the 1950s. There was an impetus to start research due to atmospheric nuclear weapons testing being carried out at Novaya Zemlya in the 1950s and 1960s. Over the years, the monitoring of radioactivity has expanded in all the Baltic States. Fallout from the nuclear weapons testing spread evenly across the whole of the Baltic Sea drainage area. The fallout consisted mainly of cesium-137 and strontium-90…."

    it might be worth noting that testing SINCE febuary has not been done by CRIIRAD, ACRO or any independent testers…. just saying???

    the reason? the spring brought the contamination levels up, more than likely.. it would be the same reason the uk stopped their monitoring of scottish/welsh lamb (currently of the menu for old arcy boy!)

    wonder what the readings would be now?? and where did they catch these freshwater fish??

    cant find any reference to this study.. maybe a japanese speaker could try to find the raw data??

    viva la vegetarians!! 🙁
    seemto be heading in that direction myself!

    • Cisco Cisco

      If you live in the US, I wouldn't feel very secure about vegetables you're thinking of consuming. I suspect the San Joaquin Valley has been sufficiently contaminated as well as other crop growing areas on the west coast, from Canada through to Mexico.

  • Gotham

    Eat Octopus

    It's that simple – they have tested offshore octopus and found it to be radiation free.

    Trouble is – can you believe that bull shit?

  • markww markww

    LETS SEE a deck of cards each one a radioactive element lets shuffle them,and then we can juggle the numbers too and make it all go away. I see that in the cards. More lies and switches coming
    soon to make radiation NON HARMFUL by selling souls for MONEY and ELEC .


    • Cisco Cisco


      I think you've got that right. It's like Three Card Monte. The con artists control the deck.

  • It has been known since 1928 that X-rays produce mutations in DNA.

    It has been known since the 1930s that ingested alpha emitters poison victims.

    It has been known since the 1940s that there is NO SAFE LEVEL OF EXPOSURE WHEN GENETIC MUTATIONS ARE CONSIDERED.

    The idea of permissible dose developed in 1947 was based on observation of somatic changes, like change in skin color after contamination, rather than being based on genetic changes.

    It is now known that genetic changes can be delayed and that genes not directly hit by ionizing radiation can be impacted.

    There is no safe level of exposure to ionizing radiation when genetic changes are considered.

    Transversal of a single alpha particle can break DNA bonds.

    • Radiation causing mutations.

      Disney-like video: 1960.

      Photo's of irradiated cells. Strange things happen. Broken and misshapen chromosomes. Some cells cannot reproduce.

      @2:12 in "But lighter doses may cause changes that can't be seen in the chromosomes apparently by producing changes in the genes themselves, thus the descendents…"

      @2:33 Girl asks question, "But Dr. Baxter, are all the affects of radiation bad?"
      Dr. Baxter states, "Most of them are, therefore we must be very careful when we use radiation."