Japan Gov’t tells residents that 20 millisieverts/year is not too high of a limit — Could have allowed 100 mSv

Published: June 11th, 2011 at 9:57 am ET


Young parents moving away from areas near damaged Fukushima plant, Mainichi Japan, June 11, 2011:

[…] Almost two months later, on June 5, the government’s nuclear disaster response headquarters held a conference for residents. They stressed that by international standards, in times of nuclear disaster 20 millisieverts per year is at the bottom of a range (20 to 100 millisieverts per year) of radiation exposure it is recommended to try to limit residents to. However, residents were not satisfied with this explanation. […]

Published: June 11th, 2011 at 9:57 am ET


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18 comments to Japan Gov’t tells residents that 20 millisieverts/year is not too high of a limit — Could have allowed 100 mSv

  • Lill2

    “However, residents were not satisfied with this explanation.”

    indeed not! i’m glad there are those who see it for what it is, (or isn’t, depending on the disinfo).

  • Japan In the capital an estimated 6,000 demonstrators protests
    By Shigemi Sato | AFP – 26 mins ago
    Thousands of people staged anti-nuclear rallies in Japan on Saturday as the country marked three months since its massive quake and tsunami, which resulted in the world’s worst nuclear accident in 25 years.
    Radiation continued to leak from the…

    • tony wilson

      6 fucking thousand demonstrators…

      let that pathetic number be carved into
      a shinto death stone for this nation of zombie child killers.

    • jump-ball jump-ball

      Protests and indivual or family decisions to evacuate will be hindered by paternalistic Japanese practices based on hierarchy, loyalty, collective association, deference to authority and need to maintain the appearance of control in the respective family, village, prefecture, corporate or national structures.

      Independent decisions to leave perceived locations of high radiation will entail the violation of centuries of tradition if one member of a family decides to leave, one family decides to leave a village, one village decides to abandon a prefecture, or one corporation decides to move off the north island (American Morgan Stanley notwithstanding).

      It is tragic that deeply seated Japanese traditions are so ill-suited to the self-preserving actions that need to be taken.

  • Whoopie Whoopie

    This is messed up!! Geezzzzzzzzzz!!

  • May I assist by sending tar and feathers !

  • FanJapan

    Yeah, they could have allowed 5Sv/h… That’s the power of a government: it can allow whatever it wants.

  • milk and cheese milk and cheese

    They could also show a little humility or regret. This arrogance should be punished. Will it be?

  • chrisk9

    For a female nuclear worker in power plants in the United States it is recommended that they receive no more than 5 milliseverts during the 9 months of their pregnancy. Yet the Japanese are allowing almost 4 times as much to pregnant mothers. And we do not allow minors under 18 years old to work in nuclear plants at all, or get doses over 1 millisevert a year. Research would indicate that these Japanese standards are not healthy for children or women who might become pregnant.

    And this dose postulates that their is no internal dose from the contamination all around them, which is preposterous, and is not even being measured.

    • Whoopie Whoopie

      Great comment…and the TRUTH! This beyond anything I imagined Japan would do! If anything, this will increase PROTESTER numbers. I am so pissed off! I will never ever forgive the Japanese Gov, EVER!

  • fromtokyo


    Even in TOKYO it will reach the 1mSv per year

    really need to get out here soon…

  • Mark

    Check this link out


    If you click the top left map you will see a giff simulation of Cs-137 dispersion. Site is in German but if you look carefully there is some English. Please note page states below first set of maps:”The release rate is estimated as 1015 Bq/d. This is appr. one tenth of the Chernobyl release. This simulation is a so called “worst case scenario” with continuous release rate.” I think we now know Fuki is bigger then Chernobyl

    At the top of the page it states: “The observational data of the CTBTO now show a clear decrease of the worldwide radioactive concentrations outside of Japan (see measurements at bottom right of this page). Therefore we now do not continue with the predictions for the northern hemisphere.” We’re getting screwed over just like the Japs. Peace out everyone!

  • Mark

    Above link is from University of Cologne which is 623 years old.

    Just want to say how sorry I am for the Japanese people. The extent of the disaster is unfathomable. Lot’s of displaced residents from earthquake and tsunami and now there will be more refuges running away from nuclear disaster. Where will they go? Tokyo I believe is one of the worlds largest cities 35 million people roughly same population as all of Canada. Just so much less land available in Japan. Authorities are lying to the people because they don’t know what else to do. So very very sad.
    Everyone should take a minute to pray for Japan. God Bless

  • TraderGreg

    You can use the Chrome browser. It will automatically pop question to translate to English. It will translate everything to everything. The quality of translation is like all other applications, sometimes good, sometimes bad, but I find it satisfactory.

    The best part, it gets done wothout any effort on your part. IMHO – it is better than other browsers.

  • Ariana

    I think the Japanese government is humiliating the entire Japanese culture because they are actually handling this WORSE than the Soviet Union after Chernobyl! At least they had the balls to evacuate people after they finally admitted the scope of the accident. This is just plain stupidity!
    I have always been somewhat morbidly fascinated by the Chernobyl accident, so I have done a lot of reading on the subject. I know the Soviet Union tried to cover up the accident with little success, but at least they finally agreed to evacuate when shit got real. I know that the Japanese people have a lot of pride. I admire that, but there comes a time to let that go and admit that things are not going so well. There were hundreds of babies born after the Chernobyl accident who did not live more than a few hours due to liver contamination among other things. What are they thinking?!

    • Manifest Irony

      My thoughts exactly. If your response is worse than the Soviets, you are doing something wrong.

  • Manifest Irony

    What “international standards, in times of nuclear disaster 20 millisieverts per year is at the bottom of a range (20 to 100 millisieverts per year)” are they referring to? Never heard of this 20-100mSv/year scale for ordinary people.

  • Sunday, June 12, 2011
    A professor of zoology at the Tokyo Institute of Technology would not rule out the possibility of the birth defect being caused by radiation exposure to the mother rabbit, but he told Flash it would be difficult to ascertain the cause of the mutation. a radiation meter on the farm premises displayed a count of 2.4 microsieverts per hour. Needless to say, no one at this stage even wants to think about the potential effects on the humans who will be born from around this autumn.
    Liabilities aside, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (Tepco) faces…