Japan Gov’t: “Unprecedented situation of radioactive pollution” from Fukushima disaster — “Intensive Contamination Areas” designated near downtown Tokyo, and officials there say health assistance for kids and pregnant women is needed (MAP)

Published: October 30th, 2013 at 2:04 am ET


Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan: The “Act on Special Measures Concerning the Handling of Radioactive Pollution” was enacted in August 2011, in response to the unprecedented situation of radioactive pollution after the accident at TEPCO’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station. […] a new policy framework for the off-site decontamination has been arranged […] There are two categories of contaminated areas under the Act. The first one is the “Special Decontamination Area”, where decontamination is implemented by the national government. It includes 11 municipalities in Fukushima Prefecture. The second one is the “Intensive Contamination Survey Area”, where decontamination is implemented by each municipality with financial and technical supports by the national government. […]

Mainichi, Sept. 24, 2013: Municipalities criticize gov’t agency for limiting Fukushima disaster aid […] At least 13 municipalities in Chiba, Ibaraki and Tochigi prefectures have sent critical comments to the Reconstruction Agency for its basic policy to limit the scope of assistance to only areas in Fukushima Prefecture […] Those municipalities are: Noda, Kashiwa [~10 miles from downtown Tokyo], Kamagaya [~10 mi], Matsudo [~5 mi], Shiroi [~10 mi], Nagareyama [~5 mi], Sakura [~20 mi], Abiko [~10 mi] and Inzai [~20 mi] in Chiba Prefecture; Toride [~15 mi], Moriya [~15 mi], and Joso [~20 mi] in Ibaraki Prefecture; and Nasushiobara in Tochigi Prefecture. […] The central government sets the maximum permissible amount of radiation exposure per year for the general public at 1 millisievert (0.23 microsieverts per hour). The government designated those areas (municipalities) that were exposed to radiation exceeding the permissible limit as “Intensive Contamination Survey Areas,” and has since been providing assistance to them. Currently, 100 municipalities in eight prefectures are designated as “Intensive Contamination Survey Areas,” and the 13 municipalities are among them. […] all of the 13 municipal governments called for attaching importance to health assistance for children and pregnant women. They are critical of the government for applying “double standards” with the decontamination law and the nuclear disaster aid law. […]

World Nuclear News, Sept. 18, 2013 (Emphasis Added): […] In the Intensive Contamination Areas, decontamination work is being implemented based on plans developed at the municipal level, with some municipalities setting targets of five years to complete the work and others choosing a timescale of two to three years. […]

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Published: October 30th, 2013 at 2:04 am ET


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19 comments to Japan Gov’t: “Unprecedented situation of radioactive pollution” from Fukushima disaster — “Intensive Contamination Areas” designated near downtown Tokyo, and officials there say health assistance for kids and pregnant women is needed (MAP)

  • Usefulbreather

    "Currently, 100 municipalities in eight prefectures are designated as 'Intensive Contamination Survey Areas,' and the 13 municipalities are among them."

    Are they just learning this? If so, they are a bit late…the radiation has been accumulating at these locations for over two years.

    • ti

      Yeah their "experts" are so reliable that they now even made an agreement with turkey to share their vast competent knowledge of nuclear power/radiation as well. Guess that’s the best way to make money out of this suicidal technology before all evidence of their incompetence leaks through (pun intended).

      Win for Multinational Corporation yet again.
      Speaking of it, have a look at this short. Really sums up that problem perfectly.

    • gottagetoffthegrid

      This information has been around since the end of 2011, and published on the web. if they are just gettin around to admiting it out loud, then they are some really depraved fuggers.


      (it takes a while to load)

      everything green and up is the same as these zones.

      dark blue and up is eqivelent to the Chernobyl permanent evac zone.

      the circles are the Fukushima evac zones. sad.

  • VyseLegendaire VyseLegendaire

    Translation from Jargon-speak:

    Enjoy your radiation, slaves!

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    What is so sad is that they will not be able to decontaminate these areas which will get worse and worse from increasing contamination at Fukushima Daiichi.

    They need to evacuate everyone, but especially the children and pregnant women.

    The nuclear industry and the world need to acknowledge that radiation is horrible and to stop making more and more of it.

    After a nuclear accident the radiation keeps increasing for at least 250,000 years.

    • weeman

      How can you decontaminate something that is continually being re contaminated?
      Does anyone deny the daily realeased of radiation into the atmosphere, never mind the water contamination?
      Does anyone think that the radiation released already does not move to low lying areas from mountains, etc?
      Does anyone think that radiation can not be spread by wind and water?
      Tepco aka humpy dumpy will not be put back together again?

      I have a dream that has turned to a nightmare.

      • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

        No way to decontaminate such large areas. The world will limp like a dog from now on with many uninhabitable regions. In other news, Nikkei is up 1.2%, stocks and bonds rally with T bills still yielding a free lunch to those with liquid assets!

    • tnnelson tnnelson

      Can a community of world scientists be organized to hammer at the core of Fukushima's issues? Or is Japan just to proud to receive constructive help? If so Japan is taking the world down with their insular pride. This makes no logical sense what so ever for intellegent people to watch and do nothing……. Wait and watch the Pacific die…..this tesrs apart my vey soul.

    • SS4U SS4U

      they dont care. they view society as one ledger card with 2 columns:
      asset or liability. you and I are in one column or the other.

      those poor people exposed to the radiation are not in the asset column.
      they dont care

  • Lawrence Whitmore

    What is the possibility of drilling below the reactors and sinking them deep into the ground, below the water table?
    Is it feasible to explode building 4 to scatter the fuel rods? That would perhaps prevent the critical mass issue but would need clean up of a wide area.

  • Bones Bones

    I hope they start admitting whats going on and let the world tackle this with them. It affects all of us and is indeed very,very serious.

  • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

    Bones you are so hopeful, but when you have an entire world and created reality built around us is based on promoting and sustaining lie after lie, we must at some point realize the truth concerning such matters. No one is going to admit to anything and many profits will be made as the massive losses are passed onto the general populations being affected negatively in the future.

    This has been happening all over the world for generations…

    • ftlt

      Obe: Yes, for millenniums. Since the dawn of so called civilization!

      However with one big caveat now, we now are living in a new techno/industrial age that has made the world small.

      Starting with things like the electric telegraph to the steam powered engine and since then, the fruition of "applied" knowledge has gained a deadly momentum towards today's FUFUs and not far beyond, I'm afraid. A momentum that we are not capable of controlling and one that will likely destroy us in a few generations – if it hasn't already.

      Bones: There is no traditional nation state left on earth any longer. To think, that somehow, Japan is anymore able to control its own affairs than we here in the USA are – is naive.

      Open your eyes and look around you. Not an attack on you, here. Just look.. Think about it… There has been a strange shift in the global culture of man in the last 100 years and it is accelerating quickly to a point beyond our individual and institutional controls.

      Some Marshall McLuhan seems appropriate here.

      "All media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values" – Know this first when you surf and study.

      "The new electronic independence re-creates the world in the image of a global village." – He could have used *abuse* instead of *independence* and not left out the word *slave* in front of *village*. (He should have know better too )


      • ftlt

        He should have known that because he wrote this..

        "We become what we behold. We shape our tools and then our tools shape us" he could have added to *shape us* – *** and then our tools kill us all ***

        • Bones Bones

          I maybe an optimist, but I've seen the world shrink first hand. I was born in '87 and witnessed the huge change in how small this world has become and I've learned that most people are generally moral relativistically, but on a basic instinctual level will help and care with empathy one another when it really gets down to it. I know there are no states left just trans-national corporations controlled by trans-national banks, the true owners and controllers. My point, perhaps not well articulated, is that we as individuals built this world not the oligarchs and we don't need the permission of any government to begin organizing groups of people committed to stopping this. We are all affected in this world and having that in common will give us the strength to tackle this. Secrecy and isolationism is the anti-thesis of progress and destroys civilization. I foresee a future of no lines dividing our Earth and people just doing what they want building their communities with a general code of my rights end where yours begin and all functions of governance are locally controlled by volunteers for free at the behest of the local population.

  • antipodes

    Please do not forget John B Wells coast to coast late night radio, Saturday night, encourages this topic – call ins, etc.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    T O O . L A T E . . G O N E

    Nuclear was a booby trap from the beginning.

    Was never safe.

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