Outrage as AP exposes Japan scientists taking money from nuke industry — But we usually only fly coach so it’s OK — Radiation standards ‘twisted’ after 3/11 to limit evacuations

Published: December 6th, 2012 at 11:03 am ET
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Title: AP Exclusive: Japan scientists took utility money – The Denver Post
Source: AP
Author: YURI KAGEYAMA
Date: Dec 6, 2012
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Influential Japanese scientists who help set national radiation exposure limits have for years had trips paid for by the country’s nuclear plant operators [...]

The potential conflict of interest is revealed in one sentence buried in a 600-page parliamentary investigation into last year’s Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant disaster and pointed out to The Associated Press by a medical doctor on the 10-person investigation panel. [...]

Some of these same scientists have consistently given optimistic assessments about the health risks of radiation, interviews with the scientists and government documents show. Their pivotal role in setting policy after the March 2011 tsunami and ensuing nuclear meltdowns meant the difference between schoolchildren playing outside or indoors and families staying or evacuating. [...]

The doctor on the parliamentary panel, Hisako Sakiyama, is outraged about utility funding for Japan’s [International Commission on Radiological Protection] ICRP members. She fears that radiation standards are being set at a lenient level to limit costly evacuations.

The assertion of the utilities became the rule. That’s ethically unacceptable. People’s health is at stake,” she said. “The view was twisted so it came out as though there is no clear evidence of the risks, or that we simply don’t know.”

Yoshiharu Yonekura, president of the National Institute of Radiological Sciences and an ICRP member

  • The risk is such a non-concern in his mind that he says with a smile: “Low-dose radiation may be even good for you.”

Fukushima Medical University professor Ohtsura Niwa, the only Japanese member to sit on the main ICRP committee

  • [He] acknowledged that the electricity industry pays for flights and hotels to go to meetings of the International Commission on Radiological Protection, and for overseas members visiting Japan
  • He stands behind his view that continuing radiation worries about Fukushima are overblown
  • Those who evacuated just want to believe in the dangers of radiation to justify the action they took
  • All ICRP members fly economy, except for long flights such as between Argentina and Japan, he said
  • [He] said that residents need to stay in Fukushima if at all possible, partly because they would face discrimination in marriage elsewhere in Japan from what he said were unfounded fears about radiation and genetic defects

See also: UN official back from Fukushima exposes nuclear cover-up: "Large number of different cancers and other diseases" after Chernobyl are not reported -- Tells Japan to pay attention (AUDIO)

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32 comments to Outrage as AP exposes Japan scientists taking money from nuke industry — But we usually only fly coach so it’s OK — Radiation standards ‘twisted’ after 3/11 to limit evacuations

  • or-well

    Hisako Sakiyama steps up!
    Niwa confirms he's corrupt!
    Japan slowly learns
    they are being burned,
    like Fuji, will they erupt?


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  • dosdos dosdos

    Of course they want to use the ICRP standards, which says that only 34 people suffered any negative effects from Chernobyl.


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  • Sickputer

    Quote: "[He] said that residents need to stay in Fukushima if at all possible, partly because they would face discrimination in marriage elsewhere in Japan from what he said were unfounded fears about radiation and genetic defects."

    SP: There you have it…the same arrogant Japanese bastards who labeled the A-bomb victims "hibakusha" and discriminate against them to this day.

    Fukushima victims…to say you got a raw deal is an understatement. You won't find good health in the future, but I hope you find personal peace in any decisions you make.

    As for your leaders…they won't pay to evacuate you and they certainly will avoid eating Fukushima crops. Two-faced liars.


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Citizens must check levels and leave if they detect radiation.


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      It is hard to carry around a detector at all times, much less test all air, water and food…

      IMPOSSIBLE!

      The nuclear industry counts on this fact. INvisible poison, very HARD to detect all of it..

      You are lucky if you manage to detect 1% of the total.


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  • JustmeAlso

    Do people really care more about money than existence without cancer and death? IS MONEY REALLY WORTH MORE THAN AN AGONIZING CANCEROUS DEATH?


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    • dka

      Strange! But true. I can't understand either, but some people think that live exists only for their own self. Good people should spot them and manage them very tightly because they can cause great dangers to others without any emotions or regrets.
      Look at Republican Presidents (or conservative in Canada and UK) for example. They deny the dangers of Global warming so that they can benefit from oil producers money. But Global warming holds devastating dangers for people and their children. This is what shocks me the most. These people will have children that will also be affected. How can they be so money focused when even the life quality of their own family decendants will be affected?
      Researchs showed that people in power gradually loose their sense of ethic/moral as they gained power. Power renders ruthless. I forgot what is the mechanism the leads but it is in human nature it seems.


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      • soern

        "They deny the dangers of Global warming so that they can benefit from oil producers money. But Global warming holds devastating dangers for people and their children"

        "Global Warming" was just an argument for Nuclear Power, because Nukepower doesn't produce CO2 which they told us, would cause global warming. Bullshit!
        CO2 increase occures about 200 Years after a global warming period.
        Scientists found this after analysing ice burrows at Greenland some years ago.
        Latest watchings show, ice shelfes and glaciers increase again and climate prognose changes from warming to cooling.
        So all that is no question of belief but a question of watching facts i think.
        A really bad fact is, OIL PRODUCERS POISON HUGE AREALS BY "FRACKING" and are seemingly exempted of environment laws by US Govt!

        Those corrupt people, mentioned above,just know one word: Profit.
        And this deminishing knowledge of humanity increases proportional to "Stop thinking by TVing" daily. After some years they get brainwashed and living just for profit becomes quite normal.

        Today, thinking people are an exeption i belive.


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        • dka

          Global warming is real. It is not somethihg that "was", it is going on. If you think that it is not real, it is because of the Republican brain washing machine, because almost everywhere else in the world, it is a well known fact.


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          • dka

            In fact, people who think that global warming is not real, are like people who do not think that Fukushima contmination can be armful. It is exaclty the same thing, both have been brainwasched by their deceptive information environment.


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          • soern

            sorry, as i'm living in germany, i'm not brainwashed by republicans or other political parties.
            I'm just interested in facts.
            Fact is WE humans as a global society destroy our environment in order to get most profit possible.
            WE don't care about our children nor for their future.
            And imho the discussion about global warming is so boring as meanwhile we poison and radiate our world for ever and make it unheritable for thousands of years !!!
            Of course there will be changes of regional climates as (did you know?) gulf streams energy decreased already by one third (warming power for northern europe) because of our massive seesalt use and also melting ice on Pole caps (which are increasing again as i read).
            I think it is MUCH WORSE to poison and radiate our environment for some really long lasting period than to change climate when at all.
            After our civilisation may be gone because self poisioning, self radiating and consecutive deadly deseases, nature probably won't worry about climate changes as it will have helped nature getting rid of humans also!
            Meet you at next stone age next life :-)


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          • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

            DKAhead – Truman was a DEMOCRAT – quit blaming all this BS on republicans – Obama is as big of a nuclear supporter as you will find. THis is a HUMAN crisis – not a political issue!


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    • AGreenRoad AGreenRoad

      YES!

      to sociopathic narcissists.

      They seem to rise to the top, and make up most of the 1%, global corporations.

      They all think they are right and everyone else is wrong, and that they are saving the world; even those in the nuclear industry.

      They TRULY BELIEVE all of the nuke dogma, and all of the ivory tower teachings.


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  • Great. Now we can't trust anyone. We're own our own :|


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    • soern

      don't worry, we can trust our own watchings, comparisons and conclusions. Our brains can be independent and very useful by using them :-)
      Of course always look for interests and cash flows when reading some new or old statements of "scientist" thus seemingly those seldomly develop thier studies independently.
      As more informations we get, as less we can sort it because we cannot trust an article about something only because the author was a "scientist"
      So you are right, saying "We're own our own (Brain) :-)
      best regards


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    • dharmasyd dharmasyd

      JHewes76: Very few of the folks connected with this shameful industry were ever trustworthy. The 1950s AEC, forerunner to the NRC, told the same lies then. I know; I was there. I saw & heard it. UC Berkeley 1950. Friends and I took geiger counters around the UC parking lots in the rain during the Pacific tests. We knew, and the AEC was lying, just as their descendants lie now.


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  • or-well

    From the article:
    "Those who evacuated just want to believe in the dangers of radiation to justify the action they took," Niwa told the AP in an interview.

    "Low dose radiation may even be good for you."
    Yoshiharu Yonekura, ICRP member and president of the National Institute of radiological Sciences.

    I suspect these guys will keep their jobs, and that is as outrageous as their statements.


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  • You can evacuate if you wish upto seven days before a dangerous quake so Japan and others could have saved the trauma of so many deaths and damages to the body, the earth and to future generations. Check out
    http://predictingwwquakes.blogspot.com
    This in conjunction with
    http://predictingquakes.blogspot.com
    may help save invaluable lives-of all kinds.
    And this may force the rulers to stop nukes now.


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  • PavewayIII PavewayIII

    “Those who evacuated just want to believe in the dangers of radiation to justify the action they took“

    I guess that includes the sailors in the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group that was heading to Japan. The Ronald Reagan is a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered, nuclear-armed aircraft carrier. Everyone knows how jittery the reactor crew gets around a few random gamma rays. The entire carrier group altered course and kept their distance from Japan to avoid the initial radioactive plume. This was after the helicopter crew alpha contamination and 'nothing to worry about' from the captain.

    Just south of Tokyo, another Nimitz-class carrier – the USS George Washington – was docked at Yokosuka undergoing several major upgrades. They rushed to get the carrier sea-ready and out of port by March 21st. This was much earlier than planned. The George Washington is also nuclear-powered and nuclear-armed. They finally returned to Yokosuka last month after getting rid of all their aircraft and ammunition. Kind of an odd way to equip a forward-deployed aircraft carrier.

    The George Washington reported detecting radiation last March (early in Radionuclide Release Week) before their hurried departure. The levels they measured were above 1.5mSv/hr, but they didn't give specifics. Yokosuka is 160 miles or so South of fukushima. The crew's thyroid TDE would have been around 5mSv at those levels and would have required the crew to take iodine. No reports of this though, and no such…


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  • Fukushima safety scientists paid by nuclear operators
    7:55 AM Friday Dec 7, 2012
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10852528

    "Influential Japanese scientists who help set national radiation exposure limits have for years had trips paid for by the country's nuclear plant operators to attend overseas meetings of the world's top academic group on radiation safety.

    The potential conflict of interest is revealed in one sentence buried in a 600-page parliamentary investigation into last year's Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear power plant disaster and pointed out to The Associated Press by a medical doctor on the 10-person investigation panel."


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  • @bwoodfield
    December 6, 2012 at 2:01 pm
    Thanks for your studied reaction. After a deep focus earthquake like this all hell will break loose. At the present one the question is which one? Anyone?


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  • Isotope Isotope

    INTERESTING site I stumbled upon:

    >> "Radiation Effects Research Foundation —
    A Cooperative Japan-US Research Organization"

    http://www.rerf.or.jp/index_e.html

    >> There's even a Fukushima information link:

    http://www.rerf.or.jp/fukushima_e.html


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  • VanneV anne

    Fukushima safety scientists paid by nuclear operators
    “The doctor on the parliamentary panel, Hisako Sakiyama, is outraged about utility funding for Japan's ICRP members. She fears that radiation standards are being set at a lenient level to limit costly evacuations.
    "’The assertion of the utilities became the rule. That's ethically unacceptable. People's health is at stake,’ she said. ‘The view was twisted so it came out as though there is no clear evidence of the risks, or that we simply don't know.’…

    “All ICRP members fly economy, except for long flights such as between Argentina and Japan, he said…. ‘No serious health effects are expected for regular people,’ he said.
    “The parliamentary investigation found that utilities have repeatedly tried to push Japanese ICRP members toward a lenient standard on radiation from as far back as 2007.
    “Internal records at the Federation of Electric Power Companies obtained by the investigative committee showed officials rejoicing over how their views were getting reflected in ICRP Japan statements….
    “Niwa, a professor at Fukushima Medical University, said that residents need to stay in Fukushima if at all possible, partly because they would face discrimination in marriage elsewhere in Japan from what he said were unfounded fears about radiation and genetic defects.
    “Setting off such fears are medical checks on the thyroids of Fukushima children that found some nodules or growths that are not cancerous but not normal.


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