UN informs Japan: Radiation went far beyond Fukushima, affected people should get health checked — Gov’t not protecting residents properly — Chernobyl data is no good, there was information blackout

Published: November 26th, 2012 at 9:05 am ET
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Follow-up to Yesterday’s Report: 350 km from Fukushima: I get very sick when there for 3-4 months -- Had to leave after bleeding form nose -- "There's a health problem in Shizuoka" (VIDEO)

Title: UN envoy: Japan should do more for nuclear victims
Source: AP
Author: MARI YAMAGUCHI
Date: November 26, 2012 07:44 AM EST

[After finishing an 11-day survey in Fukushima and other areas] A United Nations rights investigator said Monday that Japan hasn’t done enough to protect the health of residents and workers affected by the Fukushima nuclear accident.

Anand Grover, U.N. special rapporteur on the right to health, said the government has adopted overly optimistic views of radiation risks and has conducted only limited health checks after the partial meltdowns at several reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant caused by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011. [...]

Although he welcomed ongoing health checks of affected residents, Grover said they were too narrow in scope because they are only intended to cover Fukushima’s 2 million people, and that only children are being given thyroid tests, even though the impact of radiation went far beyond Fukushima’s borders. He said the health survey should cover “all radiation-affected zones” stretching across much of the northeastern half of the main Japanese island of Honshu. So far, only one-quarter of Fukushima’s population has been covered.

[...] many residents complained that they have not been allowed access to their own health check results, Grover said. [...]

More from the UN investigator

  • “The scope of the survey is unfortunately narrow as they draw on the limited lessons from the Chernobyl accident and ignore epidemiological studies that point to cancer as well as other diseases in low-dosage radiation”
  • “Chernobyl is not a good example, whose study in the first three years was a blackout. So we don’t have data”
  • “[Some studies that say radiation exposures of up to 100 millisieverts per year show no clear evidence of higher cancer risks] But that is controversial. And there are a lot of studies which indicate otherwise. The government need not say which is right. The government has to err on the side of caution and be inclusive.”
  • In Chernobyl the obligatory resettlement threshold limit was just one-quarter of Japan’s

Update: UN Press Conference: Fukushima parents denied access to children's medical records -- Must try FOIA requests (VIDEO)

Published: November 26th, 2012 at 9:05 am ET
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17 comments to UN informs Japan: Radiation went far beyond Fukushima, affected people should get health checked — Gov’t not protecting residents properly — Chernobyl data is no good, there was information blackout

  • lam335 lam335

    “The scope of the survey is unfortunately narrow as they draw on the limited lessons from the Chernobyl accident and ignore epidemiological studies that point to cancer as well as other diseases in low-dosage radiation”

    “Chernobyl is not a good example, whose study in the first three years was a blackout….

    “[Some studies that say radiation exposures of up to 100 millisieverts per year show no clear evidence of higher cancer risks] But that is controversial. And there are a lot of studies which indicate otherwise…."

    "In Chernobyl the obligatory resettlement threshold limit was just one-quarter of Japan’s"

    <<<<

    Even if Gundersen is right about the WHO downplaying internal emitters, etc., it is encouraging to see a UN official saying some of these things. It is more than I would have expected given the power of the IAEA. Hopefully others in the organization will follow this man's leadership, and they won't be silenced by the IAEA.


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  • jec jec

    I hope the people of Japan get TOLD this information and requirement/suggestion for medical testing. Unfortunately, the medical community has totally ignored any testing based on Japan's directive. Bet no insurance there will touch tests for radiation health effects. So those with money (today) can get tests..what about the rest?

    Of course it is the Japanese taxpayers who will get the bills..maybe it a money thing now? Lots of governments are doing the same tactic. The Economist just reported on why USA AND JAPAN were collaborating on keeping nuclear..for the "technical advantage" because globalization has made nuclear companys depend on talents in both nations. IE, if Japan crumbles..1/2 of the brain trust for US nuclear is lost..for GE and other US countries. From the report, not my beliefs…


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  • tim_in_tucson

    What's with the "partial meltdowns?" Based on what I've been reading here, those plants had total meltdowns. Am I wrong?


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    • Sickputer

      My thought exactly. Unit 1, Unit 2, and Unit 3 (three reactors) were loaded with fissile nuclear fuel which melted down, melted through the reactor containments, and we believe melted completely out of the foundation of the buildings. Full meltdowns.

      There were no partial meltdowns. That is a Tepco, Diet, and US government lie from the beginning of the crisis despite their knowledge otherwise. It is a coverup comparable to the biggest government scandals in history worldwide and nobody has been held accountable. When crooks run governments they make the rules to fit their wishes. To hell with the citizens.


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    • Good point!

      "…government has adopted overly optimistic views of radiation risks and has conducted only limited health checks after the PARTIAL meltdowns at several reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant CAUSED BY an earthquake and tsunami in 2011."

      It seems like Mr. Grover is trying to do the right thing. On the other hand he should get a couple of the basic FACTS straight.

      3 Meltdowns (core locations -> UNKNOWN)
      1 Mega-Size Man-Made catastrophe of historical significance to every living thing on the planet.
      (The earthquake was just the catalyst NOT the cause.)

      'They' are not really 'overly optimistic', they are liars with an agenda.


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  • or-well

    J-Gov to Grover – "Thanks, come again.
    Just wait 'til we call, filthy gaijin.
    Your face isn't welcome as you spit in ours.
    How dare you upset our balance of power?
    Unless and until you send blue-helmet troops,
    we'll do as we want, so go and eat poop!
    You may be a "special rapporteur"
    but we've got our own big-time nuclear-whores;
    the IAEA and the WHO
    and a buddy with Security Council veto.
    And oh wait, before you go -
    here's a gift; Fuku produce, so special it glows."

    What effect will this have on the DPJ's re-election chances?
    Does this help the LDP?
    Is there anything to the timing?


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Vast amounts of radiation traveled thousands of miles from Fukushima ..and it's circling the globe today. As for "health check" . . unfortunately, doctors can't do anything.


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  • ftlt

    In 1959, the WHO signed Agreement WHA 12–40 with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The agreement states that the WHO recognises the IAEA as having responsibility for peaceful nuclear energy without prejudice to the roles of the WHO of promoting health. However, the following paragraph adds: "whenever either organization proposes to initiate a programme or activity on a subject in which the other organization has or may have a substantial interest, the first party shall consult the other with a view to adjusting the matter by mutual agreement". WIKIPEDIA


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    • ftlt

      The above has been scrubbed up a bit – forcing one to look even further for meaning information of taking one towards the Truth…

      Sadly, much of Wikipedia typically has been scrubbed-up/polished over the past decade – in regards to politically hot topics.. The truth scrubbers have plenty of work.. While we stand in the unemployment and food kitchen lines and live in our tent cities

      The above was toned down in May 2012 or later.. The footnote date..


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  • razzz razzz

    The guy is safe saying 'partial meltdowns' because none of the robots can get in close enough to find where the cores are really at.

    I wonder if the UN dude brought his own bottled water with him to drink. Some kids going to school aren't allowed to bring their own bottled water because it makes the situation look bad.

    I didn't see where the UN made a comment about containment and ongoing fallout.

    The WHO really can't get anything done since the IAEA has some kind of veto power over WHO at the UN.

    http://www.llrc.org/health/subtopic/iaeawhoagreement.htm


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  • tasteslikedaniel

    If people cant see their own or their childrens medical records it says to me that only the government was intended to see them


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  • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication

    "Chernobyl data is no good, there was information blackout."

    It should be commonly known that nearly one MILLION people died as a result of Chernobyl. Also that there are many terrible birth deforrmities, especially in Ukraine. Surely many people know this by now and have read the N.Y. Academy of Sciences documentation of it? There was an information blackout, but that has been overcome in recent years.


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  • amberlight amberlight

    The problem, NoPrevarication, is that many people do NOT know the truth about Chernobyl and think that it was a manageable crisis that resulted in few deaths. The propaganda machine is very efficient at its task, especially when people don't WANT to know!


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  • Mack Mack

    Worldwide awareness of Fukushima.

    Today, HuffPo has a very interesting interview of Buddhist Sungjang Rinpoche, who said,

    "Fukushima releases a lot of radioactivity in the sky and it can fall on America, Alaska, China, Russia and Europe. We should end all nuclear energy because even that can be like a nuclear bomb. It will kill everybody."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vivian-norris-de-montaigu/a-buddhist-perspective-on_b_2189010.html


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  • arclight arclight

    hey admin (and everybody) well done!!
    you have pushed hard for this recognition of the childrens plight and i include all those other bloggers out there too that have been chipping away at the old block..

    the alternative media is WAY infront of the marker..
    and thanks admin for allowing us to develop our activism through shared knowledge and support..

    now im off to drink a tea and play the now downloaded missmilky version UN raconteur listing the obvious video! again and again..

    as a side note
    the children of semey kazahkstan and gomel regions
    and a few gold and uranium mining contaminated areas.. in fact the list is endless.. and well done CRIN (my favourite NGO charity)
    maybe good times ahead for children around the world??
    its a possiblity? worth keeping a close eye on.. imo
    peace light and love to all here!


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    • arclight arclight

      and the UN isnt only aiming at Japan either, in fact i think japan wanted to use the HR ASEAN version instead of the UN version.. thats how WPP would have planned it.. but it didnt quite work, apparently??

      US critiques ASEAN Human Rights Declaration
      Monday, 26 November 2012
      Stuart White
      Phnom Penh Post

      The US Department of State issued a statement yesterday saying that while it “in principle, supported” ASEAN’s efforts to codify human rights, last week’s newly signed Human Rights Declaration had the potential to jeopardise human rights as enshrined in well-established international declarations.

      “While part of the ASEAN Declaration adopted November 18 tracks the [Universal Declaration of Human Rights], we are deeply concerned that many of the ASEAN Declaration’s principles and articles could weaken and erode universal human rights and fundamental freedoms as contained in the UDHR,” said State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland in the statement.

      http://nuclear-news.net/2012/11/27/us-critiques-asean-human-rights-declaration/

      so politics at work huh?
      but the UN is on it! (non military version UN) they are attacking with no tanks or drones.. very Ghandhian of them!
      :)


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