Japan Times on Fukushima Hearing: “I’m really terrified” says mother — Another in tears, “I just hope my son will stay healthy” — “I’m deeply concerned” says father

Published: August 4th, 2012 at 4:07 pm ET


Title: Kids’ safety key worry in Fukushima
Source: The Japan Times
Date: Aug. 3, 2012

A year and half after the start of the nuclear crisis, many who attended the government’s latest public hearing on energy policy in Fukushima on Wednesday still expressed concern about the impact of radiation on their children.

“I’m really terrified,” said a city resident who gave only her last name, Hanazawa. “I have two daughters. I wonder if it’s a good idea to let them lead a life, give birth and stay here.”


A 50-year-old woman living in Koriyama, Fukushima Prefecture, told The Japan Times after the public hearing that she fears young people will be harmed by the radiation, and that discrimination against Fukushima residents will continue. […] “I just hope my son will stay healthy,” she said in tears.

A father of two university students in the city of Fukushima and one of the 30 speakers at the hearing also expressed misgivings.

“I’m deeply concerned about whether it is OK for my children to marry and raise their kids in Fukushima,” the man, who only gave his surname, Nogi, said. “Young people (in Fukushima) have to feel anxious and fearful at such joyful moments in life. Can we accept society and politics that are causing this situation? It’s time for us to think seriously about this.”


Published: August 4th, 2012 at 4:07 pm ET


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36 comments to Japan Times on Fukushima Hearing: “I’m really terrified” says mother — Another in tears, “I just hope my son will stay healthy” — “I’m deeply concerned” says father

  • karaa karaa

    dear mothers and fathers of the radioactive area around FKSHM: don't "wonder" if it's a good idea to let the children grow there. If you care, don't stay. Go away with your children, now! Even if you have a poorer life, it is life. Please take your beloved and go. If the people stays and keep just crying or wondering if, the lie will continue. Imagine an area with just nobody who wants to live, despite of promises, money or publicity. It would be a good answer to the criminal leaders of the japan country.

  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Cesium is in fish and crops in U.S. and Japan. And beyond. It's a world problem, brought on by a few foolish men that believe nuclear can be controlled. It can not be controlled, as proven by past and present nuclear disasters.

  • Radio VicFromOregon

    Once again, i read a story and weep and try to use my anger constructively by changing it into better energy that can go out to this family and this young man as healing thought to them and deeper more committed action on my part. I am grateful some of these stories are making it to the media and that some of the media are writing them up. What's the chance of some of us creating a media forum here or elsewhere to help each other write opinion and educational pieces online and for our local media outlets. It's called "outreach" in social change. Going to those who can't come to you for whatever reason. Anyone game?

  • arclight arclight

    some footage of the hearing here.. enenews gets a view at the end of the video too!

    Fukushima Radiation News Aug 1, 2012 Energy policy hearing held in Fukushima

    "Published on Aug 1, 2012 by MissingSky101
    NHK World

    Energy policy hearing held in Fukushima

    People from Fukushima Prefecture have called on the government at an energy policy hearing to eliminate the country's reliance on nuclear power
    Thirty people voiced opinions on Wednesday at the public hearing in Fukushima — the 9th of 11 such meetings the government is holding across the country. Attendance at Wednesday's meeting was limited to residents of the prefecture and people who evacuated from it after the nuclear disaster at the Fukushima Daiichi plant…………"

    nicely done news blog!


  • arclight arclight

    this is what noda puts on the table…

    "..Published on Jun 29, 2012 by CSFRieti
    The Japanese government has presented three options of future energy policy for public debate, hoping to finalize by August the extent of Japan's reliance on nuclear power. The government has been reviewing its energy policy in the wake of the Fukushima nuclear accident last year. On Friday, ministers in charge of energy came up with options for the year 2030……."

    short clip
    listen to the chanting of the crowd….


  • arclight arclight

    Fukushima's Biggest Secret

    Published on Aug 3, 2012 by Inodie1
    "..Along with the tragic loss of life, the destruction of homes, farms, businesses and property, and the beginning of the Fukushima nuclear crisis, the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami exposed the biggest secret of all: that the myth of the necessity of nuclear power in Japan is just that. A myth. Find out more about Fukushima's biggest secret in this week's episode of The Corbett Report…."

    This video was produced by James Corbett and is shared with his expressed permission.


    • arclight arclight


      you gotta love scientists.

      he makes some interesting points considering corbetts video on the working thorium reactor? the nuke crowd trying to backtrack.. flip flop?

      Kirk Sorensen @ PROTOSPACE on Liquid Fluoride Thorium Reactors


      for balance

      Don't believe the spin on thorium being a greener nuclear option

      "…'Without exception, [thorium reactors] have never been commercially viable, nor do any of the intended new designs even remotely seem to be viable. Like all nuclear power production they rely on extensive taxpayer subsidies; the only difference is that with thorium and other breeder reactors these are of an order of magnitude greater, which is why no government has ever continued their funding.'

      China's development will persist until it experiences the ongoing major technical hurdles the rest of the nuclear club have discovered, he says.

      Others see thorium as a smokescreen to perpetuate the status quo: the world's only operating thorium reactor – India's Kakrapar-1 – is actually a converted PWR, for example…"


  • WindorSolarPlease

    “I'm really terrified”…in tears…“I just hope my son will stay healthy”…“I'm deeply concerned”..My family…The generations…
    …The World…

    These are the cry's of everyone, do they hear these cry's?


    • WindorSolarPlease

      Correction..Most Everyone…Can't speak for the uninformed

      • andagi andagi

        Dear WindSolarPlease,
        Thanks for all you do and have done to share your expertise and raise awareness. ENENews is making a difference!!
        'Nite Y'all 🙂

        • WindorSolarPlease

          Hi andagi

          I haven't done a thing here, but thank you. I continue to learn from people here who are very knowledgeable in this area.

          When I write, it comes from my heart, from what I have learned, and what I believe to be true.

          I am not an expert in this area at all, and I wish with all my might that this never happened.

          I agree with you >>> ENENews and so many are making a difference!!

          Love & Peace

  • Urban27

    People in Fukushima region must take in consideration the manipulation of statistics. When an accident happens the company only thinks of itself. They try to hide as much of evidence as they can – so they will not be held responsible.
    Actually the residents are in danger – especially the danger of not knowing what actually is going on.
    Then the society should take over the responsibility – but when also the society tries to avoid telling the truth, the people are in fact left on their own.
    If it was me, I would try to get out from radiated areas. I wouldn't trust authorities and media in this situation.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    The parents in Fukushima and surrounding areas have every reason and right to be afraid for their children..
    It is the correct response to the situation.
    I hope that this fear will push them… if ANY way possible…evacuate the children.
    (This includes leaving everything behind and walking away)
    Better still..
    RUN..run for the lives of yourselves and your children.
    Grab your kids and run!

  • CBuck CBuck

    I find it sad that some parents are "wondering" if it's safe over there. They could learn a few things from Chernobyl…the horrors of that disaster are STILL going on and hurting children a generation after it happened.


  • CBuck CBuck

    What is terrifying about this clip is that it is true. It states that Fukushima is worse than Chernobyl.
    Reading some of the comments on this clip are spine chilling, there are so many people who aren't grasping what is going on, and that is why it will be allowed to continue unabated and unknown to the majority of the world…
    God knows that TEPCO won't volunteer any factual information to the world, so the majority goes on about their lives in ignorance about the situation.
    It is a horrible shame.


  • arclight arclight

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2012
    Japan Marks 66th Anniversary of Atomic Bombing in Hiroshima

    If you think that this year people pay more attention to the anniversary of the atomic bomb dropped in Hiroshima in 1945 because of the Fukushima accident and ongoing radiation contamination, you really have to look for the news.

    Yomiuri Online headlines on August 6, 2012, from the top:
    LDP to submit "reprimand of the prime minister" on August 7

    Successor to Shuttle to be outsourced to 3 private companies, says NASA

    Table Tennis women's team advance to final, guaranteed medal

    Koji Murobushi won Bronze in Hammer Throw (the rest is all Olympics)

    Asahi online headlines:
    Murobushi won Bronze in Hammer Throw

    Hiding radiation exposure has been done for long time

    Men's 100-meter dash won by Bolt

    Japan's men's fencing team won silver in team foil

    (In the Social News section) Namie-machi mayor to attend the ceremony in Hiroshima

    more here 🙁


    • arclight arclight

      Prayers for peace: Japanese light hundreds of lanterns to mark the 67th anniversary of those killed in Hiroshima bombings

      ".People across the country have started to light lanterns of peace and express their sorrow in preparation for tomorrow's anniversary…"

      "..The grandson of the former U.S President Harry Truman prepares to lay a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park in Japan. Daniel is the first member of his family to do so.."

      "..The U.S. government sent a representative – the American ambassador – to the annual commemoration of the atomic bombings for the first time two years ago. Ambassador John Roos also is to attend the Hiroshima ceremony on Monday…"

      at least someone is covering it! 🙂

      • arclight arclight

        err admin.. looks like the daily mail beat you to it! lol! 😉

        • arclight arclight

          some really good pictures of todays event on the link!! VERY GOOD!

          • arclight arclight

            Hiroshima marks atomic attack's anniversary (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

            Published: 06 August, 2012, 07:53

            ".A bell toll set off at 8:15 am local time – the time of detonation – announcing a moment of silence.
            About 50,000 people have gathered for an official ceremony, while thousands more joined other commemoration events held across the city…"

            "..Anti-nuclear protesters stage a demonstration march near the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park on August 6, 2012 as the city marks the 67th anniversary of the atomic bombing.."


          • arclight arclight

            Hiroshima marks 67 years since atomic bomb attack
            President Truman's grandson partakes in memorial for victims of U.S. bombing

            "..Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui said Japan must take a bolder role in leading global disarmament efforts and called on world leaders to come to his city to "contemplate peace."

            He also said the nuclear accident at the Fukushima power reactor last year — an accident caused by the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan — has shown the dangers of nuclear technology, even for peaceful purposes, and urged the government to create a mix of energy sources for Japan that is safe and secure…"


            • arclight arclight

              lol the bbc has a version of the above paragraphs

              "Mayor Kazumi Matsui called for a nuclear-free world at the event at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park.

              "I call on the Japanese government to establish without any delay an energy policy that guards the safety and security of the people," he said…"

              these guys are a bit late.. must be the redactions by the ministry of truth brigade imo


              interesting propoganda style by the bbc

              i mean..

              "..The crisis WAS regarded as the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl in 1986…"

              not is regarded? something change.. the coriums are ok? the spent fuel pool no problem? arghhh..

              what drivel..


              • arclight arclight

                a cool video here

                Hiroshima, 1945 to 2012

                Published on Jun 25, 2012 by economyincrisis
                This video shows the transformation of Hiroshima from one destroyed by the atomic bomb to it's current state.

                This video used music by Kendra Springer released under the Creative Commons license and footage from A quiet Monday evening stroll through Hiroshima, Japan by truetenik & original footage from the US war department.


                • arclight arclight

                  this is an amazing speech!!

                  Takashi Tanemori, Hiroshima survivor

                  Published on Aug 5, 2012 by raqcoonmammal

                  (8-4-2012; 19:21 PDT) BERKELEY CA [Aquatic Park] – Takashi Tanemori, Hiroshima survivor and author of Hiroshima: Bridge to Forgiveness, speaks at the 11th San Francisco Bay Area Peace Lantern Ceremony.


                  • arclight arclight

                    "..revenge gets revenge… son do you remember what i taught you…. live for the benefit of others…"

                    "a voice from heaven…"

                    "a white butterfly…
                    no revenge.. i surrendered…"

  • Fury Fury

    O WOW, Terrible Stuff. Yes lets shutdown ALL nuclear reactors. then we wont have to worry about manmade radiation. but wait! what radon gas leaking outof the ground and collecting in our houses?!! where is a safe place to build? Hey!! stop digging Coal by the time it is dug out transported and burned it produces at least 10 times as much pollution, Mercury, CO2, Acid rain, etc. And stop making Solar Cells. When they are produced the pollution goes up another 100 times, and the cancers are 100 or so times more insidious. and wind , copper mines are almost as bad of polluters as coal mines!! lets just shut it ball down and go back to the GOOD 'OL DAYS. YEAH!! This is my Cave.!! Dont get up till Sun-up Go to bed before Sun-down!! What do we need electricity for, we can make everything by hand!! HMMM? Are there enough animals left for evryone to get a FUR COAT?!! No? GREAT!! Nudism!! Love it. every body looks the same.!! No Lords, no Masters, no bankers , no congressman!! We are alike now. PeRRfect!! Love it!!

    • arclight arclight

      radon gas leaking outof the ground and collecting in our houses


      10 times as much pollution from coal

      “Kyrgyzstan rejects radioactive Kazakh coal 28 Oct 2011 09:23 GMT
      … after Kyrgyz customs officers learned incoming Kazakhstani coal has background radiation 12-15 times … and to terminate their contracts with the mines. Babanov will order a new tender for alternative coal suppliers if necessary, the Kyrgyz government press …”


      something to do with ionising radiation and effects on lower rock strata, perhaps??? bit thick me! can you explain??

      here u on the back to nature thing.. nut i would prefer to go this route..

      A Household Twelve volt System – By Nev Sweeney



    • arclight arclight

      FUR COAT


    • rambojim


      Plutonium-239 half life=24,300 year
      Cesium-137 half life=30.2 years
      Strontium-90 half life=28 years
      Americium-241 half life=430 years
      Tritium half life=12 years
      Iodine=131 half life=8.04 years

      Radon half life=3.8 days

      Not much we can do about radon. Its naturally occurring and dangerous only if inhaled..

      I'll go along with you on nudism though. I think you're on to something there!!

    • rambojim

      Personally,I don't look that great naked.

      How about you Arclight,Sickputer and CB…

  • Fury Fury

    And how are they lying. Just because you dont want to believe what they does not make it a lie. So since everyone is changing around what they DO say why should they say anything. It will just get turned into a lie that it did not start out as. The third person that hears this from the second person that heard it from the person that read this will not hear the same thing as the person who read this.!! Just one person away and the story is changed.!!!

  • Sickputer

    Many pollution foes indeed. But we fight the first battles against the biggest and meanest bastards and right now none is bigger than the nucleocrats. If the human race is alive in the year 2525 it will be because nucleocrats were deposed and also the other poison merchants. Just defeating the biggest polluters will not save the human race, but it's a step in the right direction.

    As for the tearful lady worried about discrimination for Fukushima survivors…I would worry more about the physical threats of radioactive poisons. A caste system means little when the radiation is so widespread across Japan. Yes the Okinawa folks may feel safer, but anyone within 1,000 miles of Fukushima is accumulating radiation internally rapidly. No place to hide in Japan. Many suspect they are dead people walking. Not a nice way to exist. Some of the intelligentia have fled. More will follow.