School Official in Fukushima: Almost every night parents come to our temple crying about kid’s health problems — My own children are sick and have diseases

Published: December 2nd, 2012 at 10:14 pm ET
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Title: The winds of Fukushima
Source: Majirox News (Japan)
Author: Catherine Makino and Naoyuki Ogi
Date: Dec 3, 2012

[...] Michinori Sasaki, the vice-principal of Doho kindergarten and priest of Shingyoji Temple in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima, said, “the children have health problems that they didn’t have before, including thyroid diseases. Almost every night parents come to our temple crying about the their children’s health problems and their future.”

Sasaki worries about his own four children as well.

“My wife and I want to leave this city because my children are sick and have diseases, but I can’t throw away my temple.” [...]

“Parents fight,” Sasaki said. “The mothers want to leave and take their children to a safer area, but the fathers can’t leave since they can’t find jobs outside.” [...]

See also: Fukushima 'Superhero' tells kids the arch-enemy is bad reputation from nuclear crisis -- Fights against 'fools' & 'sloppy people' (PHOTO)

Published: December 2nd, 2012 at 10:14 pm ET
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19 comments to School Official in Fukushima: Almost every night parents come to our temple crying about kid’s health problems — My own children are sick and have diseases

  • Well, we have a way of dealing with children that complain too much about little things like leukemia, thyroid problems and cancer.

    Kids, you cannot escape – we have you covered:

    Clinton in Prague to lobby for Westinghouse nuclear bid
    [By David Brunnstrom
    PRAGUE | Sun Dec 2, 2012 8:46pm EST]
    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/03/us-czech-energy-clinton-idUSBRE8B201I20121203

    "(Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will seek to convince Czech leaders of the advantages of picking U.S. firm Westinghouse over a Russian rival as the contractor for a $10 billion nuclear reactor project in meetings in Prague on Monday.

    U.S. officials traveling with Clinton to Prague said the Temelin nuclear power project could bring as many as 9,000 jobs to the United States and would help diversify the Czech Republic's energy supply away from Russia.

    Majority state-owned Czech firm CEZ applied on Friday to build two new blocks at its 2,000 megawatt Temelin nuclear power plant, in what would be the European country's biggest energy deal.

    Westinghouse, a unit of Japanese firm Toshiba Corp, is competing with Russia's Atomstroyexport, which is bidding in a consortium with a Russian-owned Czech group."


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    • Maggie123

      As a woman with definite 'feminist activist' leanings on some issues, I've never lost awareness that the individual, regardless of gender, may command my respect or not. From Clinton's earliest days as potential pres. candidate, I knew I could never vote for her. This doesn't mean I think she's worse than other gal or guy ambitious career politicians – it means I think she's the same – an ambitious careerist, enjoying opportunities to increase personal prestige and wealth due to contacts while she's at it.

      I'm not surprised she'd do as she's bid to promote nuclear sales, and I've no respect for her choice to do so. She knows better. She *could* have handled "service to nation" very differently – same is true for other ambitious folk, regardless of gender. When they do come through with actual 'of benefit to all' policies, they expect to receive acclaim and praise, and expect the one good turn to have equal weight to successfully counter 'negatives' such as this sales pitch. Poppycock. The occasional 'of benefit to all' policy is intended to buy us off.

      As I said: she knows better.


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      • Radio VicFromOregon

        M123, i beg to differ just slightly with you on this one. Yeah, she knows nuclear is dangerous, but, i think that many in the Democratic party as well as the Left, which are two completely different groups IMHO, have bought into nuclear energy as an alternative to oil and a necessary way to reduce green house gases. They have fallen for the "either/or false dilemma, dire if we don't, green energy can't get us there in time meme, it's our only choice, science will deal with the waste… . I think the reason our system is sooo broken is because these people, like Hillary herself, are all surrounded by handlers and aides who are surrounded by lobbyists. They maybe read a few headlines in a paper with their morning coffee, then everything is put to them throughout the day that is already packaged, slanted, analyzed, talking pointed, and in need of a fairly quick decision or action based, not upon the time needs or circumstances of the PROBLEM, but based upon the time limits and resource needs of the SYSTEM that will respond. One of the things i learned in administering nonprofit social support services was that the government piece would always be inadequate because there was simply no place to actually lay out an entire issue to the government, nor ANY existing program or function within government to provide a complete response. It just never got built in to it as government was developed because government was created by legislators and not by service providers.


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        • Maggie123

          Not good of me Vic – on one thread I do what I argue against on another! (Make assertions, angry at that, that someone "should know better"!) :)

          It's good to be reminded of government's structural realities "the government piece would always be inadequate because there was simply no place to actually lay out an entire issue to the government, nor ANY existing program or function within government to provide a complete response."

          You may be right "created by legislators and not by service providers" – but I suspect other factors also. All of us have a 'concept' of how decision making structures best work. Maybe we inevitably follow the model – information is gathered 'close to the problem', members of the 'ground committee' are selected to package and report to a smaller, more isolated committee that makes a determination which they then present to the next, smaller, group and eventually, through this filtering process, those at top declare decision. (Maybe I'm more or less saying what you said.)

          I esp. liked this in your note: "these people, …surrounded by handlers and aides who are surrounded by lobbyists. They maybe read a few headlines in …morning .., then everything is put to them throughout the day that is already packaged, slanted, analyzed, talking pointed,…".

          I liked your whole argument – think I was venting. Think I use H. as Exhibit 1 for 60's vision/activist abandonment. I do think she/Bill chose a diff. path. (OT?) :)


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    • PurpleRain PurpleRain

      THAT bothers me so much. Thank you for sharing the news even though I hate it.


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  • ocifferdave

    If this guy who is in the midsts of dying and diseased children can move, how much harder it must be for us on the West Coast USA to move.

    I still haven't.

    At least I just got my family's passports in the mail.


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  • Sickputer

    This school and town is 34 miles away from the crippled nuclear plant.

    Any parent adhering to the Tepco-imposed off-limit zones and thinking they are safe another ten miles away…what can we say?

    If your children are sick then you as parents are resigned to their mutanization and possible deaths.

    The weakest affected will die. Hard to understand people's decision to stay in a hot zone. I advise them to emigrate, but if they want to stay they must accept the consequences of their decision. I am not blaming them, but I personally could not let young children become ill from a known toxin for which there is little defense other than flight.


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  • amberlight amberlight

    Geez, another dispatch from the Twilight Zone, aka Tepco Safe Zone…

    Amazing how well mind control works, isn't it? Even to the death, people will stick to their preconceived notions of how things are or how it will turn out well enough in the end.

    Looking on the bright side, when the whole family dies of cancer Dad won't have to worry about finding another job. (Yes, yes, I know… not funny, but the only outlet left to us seems to be black humor.)


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  • “…the exposure risk is far from over. Seen the challenges encountered in decontamination, the exposure risk will be a long term problem requiring continuous monitoring and caution.”
    – from article

    “…measurements show dose rate values in the range of 0.3uSv to 1.3uSv in Fukushima City and in the range of 2-4uSv/hr in Ita-ite village,” said Franken of Safecast.

    So, when Nuclear Plants meltdown, you have a LONG TERM PROBLEM.
    (understatement!)


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  • Stephengn

    My guess is that Japan would rather watch their own citizens become diseased and die rather than "lose face" (whatever the hell that means in this context) and admit they have a problem.

    When even the usually ultra pro nuclear UN say you aren't doing enough, maybe it's time to realize that you are not doing enough

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/story/2012/11/26/wrd-japan-nuclear-health-fukushima.html


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  • dharmasyd dharmasyd

    Some have been warning these people and the peoples of the world for decades, for a half century. But did anybody listen? Yes, a few listened and heard, but not enough to make a difference, to change things.

    Now we put out an even stronger warning with multiple pieces of evidence from Fukushima, from Japan! But who is listening? Are people in the US listening? I don't think so. It doesn't look like we hear these warnings.

    I'll be 80 in January, so I've lived my life. I can't despair for my life. Yet I feel awful for those who are younger than I, and for the generations "to come" who may not even be born.

    How can we be so ignorant, so arrogant and ignorant?


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  • TheBigPicture TheBigPicture

    Thyroid removal, cancers, leukemia, and a myriad of other illnesses are caused by the radiation.


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  • eatliesndie eatliesndie

    Makes me cry just thinkin about it….


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  • GBCIR

    We're hurting Children all over the world. Enough.


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  • markww markww

    The people in Japan have been Brainwashed since the Roman Empire. They listen to old people that they think have Wisdom , and young smart educated people are shunned in Japan. leaders Live in Lies and deception always saying if you smile you are to be well, while people are going to die by the Millions.

    Wake up Japan, your going to die from radiation that is like a headless killer.

    Markww


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